As the holidays approach, we’re very excited for our festive tour of the secrets of the Eldridge Street Synagogue on Wednesday, December 9th. The event will include an after-dark exploration of the structure’s hidden secrets and gems, followed by a wine reception where we will celebrate the Jewish Festival of Lights. Tickets are can be purchased below. In addition to our event, be sure to check out this week’s various celebrations of food, including a chocolate tasting and cookie festival.

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Monday, December 7th

Join New York Historical Society curator Stephen Edidin for a walking tour of their new multimedia exhibition, Silicon City: Computer History Made in New York. The Silicon City Gallery Tour examines New York’s early development in the world of sales technology.

For cult film buffs, make sure to enter for the chance to participate the 30th anniversary of the cult classic Clue at the private social club on Gramercy Park, The Players Club. The event, held on Sunday, December 13th, will honor the film’s screenwriter and director, Jonathan Lynn. Although it is closed to members of The Players, 10 Clue super fans will have the chance to win tickets. For more details on the event how to enter, click here.

Tuesday, December 8th

The Museum of the City of New York will be hosting The City Is My Muse: Artists in Conversation, where contemporary artists Christopher “Daze” Ellis, Jane Dickson and Lee Quinones will discuss how New York City’s energy and diversity has inspired their work.

Wednesday, December 9th

We’re very excited for our upcoming secrets of the historic Eldridge Street Synagogue tour. Discover the hidden gems of this stunning structure’s architecture, embellishments and history on our after-hours exploration, in partnership with the Museum at Eldridge Street. As a bonus, following the behind-the-scenes tour, we’ll be celebrating the Jewish Festival of Lights. Join us for a wine reception where the Museum at Eldridge Street will provide latkes, jelly donuts and other traditional holiday goodies and light a menorah marking the fourth day of the holiday! Tickets are available below:

Thursday, December 10th

Chocolate lovers should not miss out on this opportunity to join a panel of chocolate experts as they discuss this history and production of this delicious treat. Held at the Brooklyn Historical Society, in partnership with Brooklyn BraineryCocoa in the City: NYC Chocolate Makers will feature the origin and stories behind some of your favorite chocolate bars, and of course, tastings will be included.

Friday, December 11th

The Apollo Theater in Harlem will kick off its performance of the First Noel, which follows the story of three generations affected by the loss of a loved one. However, at Christmas, they receive an unexpected guest, who reminds them how communities can heal.

The 8th Annual Brooklyn Film and Arts Festival will take place this Friday honors the borough through a variety of documentaries, films, art and literature. While the event is free, it’s first come, first seated so make sure to get there by at least 6:30 when the doors open.

Saturday, December 12th

Anyone trying to get funky this weekend should not miss out on Arts Brookfield’s “Quiet Clubbing.” Participants receive a pair of wireless headphones on which they can adjust the volume and select a DJ. LED lights will indicate who you are listening to so you can find a crew to dance with. And if that doesn’t sound crazy enough, the whole event will be held under a canopy of 650 lanterns in the glass-enclosed Winter Garden at Brookfield Place. While the event is free, you must RSVP here.

Sunday, December 13th

Hop on board for a vintage train ride! Every Sunday, the Transit Museum will roll out vintage fleets of the 1930s, 40s, and 80s subway cars for regular service. They will make all local stops along the Sixth Avenue line between Second Avenue and Queens Plaza. For a list of the schedule and more details, click here. You can also take a look at some of our vintage photos of the subway from the 1980s.

Practice baking your holiday cookies for Santa at the 2015 Brooklyn Cookie Takedown. According to their site, its “ONE SERIOUS DAY OF SERIOUS COOKIES,” whatever that may mean. Sounds like a cookie festival that should not be missed if you, well,  love cookies.

Be sure to join us for other upcoming tours and events, including our secrets of Grand Central Tour and the Remnants of Penn Station tour.

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