Starting this week, thanks to Untapped Cities reader feedback, the weekly events column will now publish on Fridays for the upcoming week to help you pick out some of the most exciting events for the next week. This week, check out events celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr., the return of the Idiotarod, and many great NYC-oriented events.

Monday, January 19th

At the Apollo Theater with WNYC at 3pm, “Hear Our Voices, Count Our Votes: MLK’s March Continues,” Brian Lehrer of WNYC and Melissa Harris-Perry of MSNBC co-host this event with Congressman Charles Rangel, Dante Berry, the deputy director of Million Hoodies Movement for Justice, urban revitalization strategist Majora Carter, author Daryl Pinckney. RSVP closed but there will be a standby line in person.

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., check out opportunities to volunteer today and all week with Volunteer New York. Read up about where MLK made his mark on NYC and learn about the time he was stabbed in Harlem.

Tuesday, January 20th

Museum of City of NY debates the sweeping city proposal for Vanderbilt Corridor, next to Grand Central Terminal and the One Vanderbilt building in “Is the Vanderbilt Corridor the Future of East Midtown?” at 6pm.

Wednesday, January 21st

The Historic District Council will be doing a NYC “Preservation Trivia Night,” at The Paris Cafe to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Landmarks law. RSVP to

Thursday, January 22nd

The Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance will launch their new Waterfront Edge Design Guidelines (WEDG) at 5pm at the Center for Architecture, in conjunction with the start of a month-long exhibition designed by Pentagram featuring  case studies of Brooklyn Bridge ParkDomino Sugar Site, Sandy Hook Pilots Association headquarters, and the Sunset Park Materials Recovery Facility. RSVP here. (Read previous coverage on WEDG here.)

Just after the WEDG Launch in the same building, the American Institute of Architects will be looking at waterfront challenges and learnings from rising sea levels, comparing Denmark and NYC in “The Future Neighborhood to the Sea: Experiences from Denmark and New York.”

Friday, January 23rd

New exhibit, “Lincoln Speaks: Words That Transformed a Nation” opens at The Morgan Library & Museum focusing on Abraham Lincoln’s mastery of language and how his words changed the course of history.

Saturday, January 24th

The Idiotarod returns. Instead of dogs with sleds in an epic race in Alaska, New Yorkers dress in theme and race shopping carts on the streets of the city.

New York Adventure Club is giving a private tour of the Elevator Historical Society Museum at 2pm.

A grilled cheese feast called The Big Cheesy is taking place Saturday and Sunday at Open House on 201 Mulberry Street.

Sunday, January 25th

Join The Museum at Eldridge Street and the Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy at 3pm for a free reception marking the publication of Jewish New York: A History and Guide to Neighborhoods, Synagogues, and Eateries by Paul Kaplan. Info here.

Get tickets to an upcoming Untapped Cities event like tours of the off-limits Woolworth Building and the book launch of Abandoned NYC.

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