This week’s Untapped events include a diverse array of interesting discussions from important civic buildings to mysterious shipwrecks, the history of flavor manufacturing in New York to fighting hunger and poverty in the city today. In addition, we’ve shared some ways you can get in the holiday spirit. If you’re still worried about gift ideas, be sure to check out our holiday gift guide, filled with books, puzzles, our upcoming tours, crafts and more.

This Month’s Featured Exhibit:

Monday, December 14th

As a part of the exhibition Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarksthe Museum of the City of New York will be hosting Civic Grandeur: Preserving Public Buildings. A panel of experts will be discussing the storied history, architecture and preservation of New York’s civic buildings.

The Brooklyn Historical Society will be concluding its “Activism on Film series with the Academy Award-winning documentary about Harvey Milk, one of the first openly gay elected officials in the United States. After the screening, join his nephew, Stuart Milk, an influential LGBT civil rights advocate and President and Co-Founder of the Harvey Milk Foundation, for a discussion about Harvey.

Tuesday, December 15th

In conjunction with its exhibition, Hidden in Plain Sight: Portraits of Hunger in NYC, Brooklyn Historical Society will be hosting NYC and Food Poverty: Margarette PurvisMargarette Purvis, President and CEO of Food Bank For New York City, will shine a light on the hunger issues that affect at least 1.4 million New Yorkers.

Both novelist Naomi J. Williams and poet Beth Schaer have been interested in mysterious shipwrecks impossible nautical missions. This Tuesday, they will present their recent writing at the Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn.

Wednesday, December 16th

If you haven’t had the opportunity to check out some of New York’s famous holiday markets, it’s not too late! Some popular highlights include the Union Square Holiday Market, Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park, and the Colombus Circle Holiday Market. You can also check out our gift guide for urban enthusiast for holiday present ideas!

Thursday, December 17th

Have you ever wondered how certain distinct New York flavors came to be? Many of them date back to the turn of 20th century on the slips and docks of lower Manhattan, where oil manufacturers and spice grinders mixed and mingled. The Museum of Food and Drink will explore the rich history of flavor manufacturing in Manhattan with historian Nadia Berenstein at Making it Here: A Local History of Flavor

Did you know the CBS’ The Good Wife is shot in Brooklyn? Interestingly, Brooklyn is home to many popular film and TV series, although often, as in the case of The Good Wife, it’s disguised as somewhere else. The Brooklyn Historical Society will be hosting Disguising Brooklyn: Film and TV’s Favorite Locationwhere Jim O’Grady of WNYC will discuss how and why production companies do this.

Friday, December 18th

Explore the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine’s distinguished art collection, specifically looking at its vast array of textures, during a behind-the-scenes visit to the Cathedral’s world-renowned Textile Conservation Lab.

Join what is sure to be a fascinating discussion between Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and architect Henry N. Cobb as they discuss their collaboration as client and architect on the federal courthouse in Boston. The Architectural League and The Cooper Union will be co-hosting the event, In Conversation: Justice Stephen Breyer & Henry N. Cobbheld at The Cooper Union.

Saturday, December 19th

Get in the holiday spirit at the Met Museum, where they will be screening Charles Schutz’s timeless classic, A Charlie Brown Christmas

Sunday, December 20th

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.

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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