While the frightful weather has kept many of us indoors, the coming week offers plenty of activities that will make you reconsider staying in bed. Here’s a look at what’s to come: 

Friday, January 5th

America’s very first Virtual Reality Cinema & PlayLab has opened its doors on 180 Orchard Street. Immerse yourself in the world of VR with curated 360 degree films, full immersion games and 3D-body scanning technologies.

Saturday, January 6th

The story of Grand Central Terminal is that of New York City itself: the structure embodies the social, cultural, economic and technological evolution around it. It is one of great men, feuding architects, ingenuity, rejuvenation, secrets and surprises. On our Secrets of Grand Central Terminal Tour, we will tell you these stories — about what once was, what could have been, and what can be; about the struggle to save and restore Grand Central as a preserved icon of the past, and of challenge to ensure that it serves New York’s future.

Tour of the Secrets of Grand Central Terminal

Take a ride through the living history of the world’s largest rapid transit system (in area) by weaving in and out of the past and present transit hubs of lower Manhattan. This unique tour is designed to give a comprehensive history of the NYC Subway system, from its groundbreaking in 1901 up through the creation of the three different proprietary lines which were unified into the system we know today. We’ll uncover information and learn about spaces even the most seasoned commuter might not know about.

Underground Tour of the NYC Subway

Sunday, January 7th

The abandoned Ellis Island Hospital complex—once the standard for United States medical care (and later transformed to the FBI headquarters when the island served as a detention center)—has been left to decay for nearly 60 years. Now, Untapped Cities is bringing you behind-the-scenes for a unique exploration of the abandoned facility; on this experience, you’ll visit the contagious disease wards, the autopsy rooms and have exclusive access to places usually closed to the public.

Behind-the-Scenes Hard Hat Tour of the Abandoned Ellis Island Hospital

The 17th Annual No Pants Subway Ride will take place at 3pm on Sunday, January 7 — and you all are invited to join, so as long as you’re willing to strip down and “keep a straight face about it.”

Monday, January 8th

Head to the Videology Bar & Cinema for The Brooklyn Horror Film Festival, which takes place on the first Monday of each month. January’s movie is Devil’s Gate, a sci-fi “creature feature” about the unholy forces inside a middle-of-nowhere farmhouse.

Tuesday, January 9th

Join NYC Audubon for Bird Walks in The Battery, where you’ll get the opportunity to explore the wintering birds that reside on The Battery’s waterfront, including ducks, geese, gulls and more.

Wednesday, January 10th

Discover the historic, traditional and folk usages of plants seeds and how they have been utilized in spellwork and magic. Plant Magik 101: The Seeds takes place at Catland Books on Wednesday!

Thursday, January 11th

Celebrate the Audubon Sculpture Project — a new public art initiative that features 12 bird sculptures — by joining a kickoff party and early bird preview from 6pm to 9pm. The event will include live music, drinks, food and more.

From 5 to 7:30pm, YWCA Brooklyn invites you to join a special panel discussion with elected officials and young women of color community leaders to celebrate 100 years of women’s suffrage in New York State.

See all upcoming Untapped Cities Behind the Scenes Tours.

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