Add the factor of fear to your October. Check out these Friday the 13th activities, along with other autumn events around the city to complement the chillier weather.

Friday, October 13th

What’s going to heighten the horror of Friday the 13th? The Brooklyn Horror Film Festival might be your answer. In addition to many horror movie screenings, the event will include parties, Q&A’s, panels, and other events.

Halloween is coming early to the New York Public Library with its Library After Hours party. The Halloween Masquerade will feature a costume parade and contest, curated collections of spooky photographs, prints, rare books and 16mm films, and other activities for the literary folk!

Head through the Gothic gate of Greenwood Cemetery and enter the realm of the dead. As visitors navigate through the cemetery, immersive performances and live music will take place as part of its two-day Into The Veil event.

Saturday, October 14th

The 2nd Annual Queens Beer Festival will unfold in Long Island City this weekend! Along with brews from the other boroughs, Queens-based breweries will be featured, so stick around for unlimited tastings.

Artists will open their work spaces to the public for the Brooklyn Army Terminal Open Studios, hosted by The Chashama Space. Experience the history of the terminal while exploring 70+ painting, sculpting and photography studios.

Coney Island’s Luna Park is inviting stylish dogs to its annual Halloween Harvest Dog Parade & Costume Contest. You can enter your dog in the contest to win prizes or adopt a pup of your own during its all-day adoption event.

Sunday, October 15th

Come join us on several tours happening this Sunday, beginning with the Remnants of the Original Penn Station, where we’ll learn about the present and future of this hectic transportation hub. There are also some tickets available for one of our most popular events: our tour of the Abandoned Ellis Island Hospital, where you’ll enter its various wards, usually closed off to the public. Finally, discover 400 Years of New York City History by walking a mile stretch of Lower Broadway. Trace the footsteps of George Washington and Alexander Hamilton, and see architectural and technological breakthroughs.

Cycle through Williamsburg and Bushwick, while viewing its outdoor galleries (aka street art). This bike tour, organized by grassroots environmental groupTime’s Up, includes a deep dive into the history and social implications of street art.

Monday, October 16th

Explore the new Soho location of Artists & Fleas. This week-long pop-up event starts Monday, and features interactive confetti installations, photo-shoots and more.

Tuesday, October 17th

The Dodgers, now based in Los Angeles, still holds a special place in Brooklyn’s history. David Krell, historian and author, will share stories about the team and its contribution to modern sports and popular culture.

Wednesday, October 18th

Access the exclusive, members only Players Club in Gramercy Park. Explore the historic and atmospheric private social club that has been home to several generations of actors, artists, writers and arts aficionados far and wide founded by Edwin Booth, one the most renowned American actors of the 19th century.

Insider Tour of the Players Club on Gramercy Park

Untapped Cities contributor, Jeff Reuben, will be giving his presentation, “The Bronx’s Early 20th Century Charitable Residences,” to the East Bronx History Forum. The free and open to the public event takes place at the Huntington Free Library and Reading Room, and is based on Reuben’s article that was published in the Bronx County Historical Society Journal last year. For more information, click here.

Thursday, October 19th

Untapped Cities presents an exclusive tour of the stunning Bialystoker Synagogue, in partnership with the Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy. See the synagogue’s beautiful murals and Tiffany inspired glass, and learn the secret, within the impressive structure.

Tour of Stunning Off-Limits Bialystoker Synagogue in the Lower East Side

Make sure to look out for the Empire State Building on Thursday evening. The building will light up ingreen to commemorate Prospect Park’s 150 year anniversary. Tag #prospectpark150 on your social media posts to join in on the celebration.


The 2017 edition of the International Fine Print Dealers Association’s Fine Art Print Fair will be held in the River Pavilion at the Jacob K. Javits Center. The event — the largest and most celebrated art fair dedicated to the artistic medium of printmaking — takes place on October 26-29th. View and purchase a diverse collection of rare works that span a range of periods and prices. For more information, click here.

Also check out our full schedule of Behind the Scenes tours in NYC.

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