We’re finally over the cold wave that hit New York City last week. If you’re eager to get out into the world now that the weather has warmed up, check out our roundup of event picks for this weekend and the coming week: 

Friday, January 12th

The Zlatne Uste Golden Festival at Grand Prospect Hall is taking place from the 12th to the 13th: enjoy the dance and music festival, which features 60 bands, vendors of Balkan art and Middle Eastern refreshments.

Saturday, January 13th

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 14th

Head to the Crossroads of the World to enjoy musical acts from countries across the globe as part of this year’s globalFEST

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

Monday, January 15th

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! If you’re planning on celebrating on Monday, check out our list of activities taking place throughout the city.

Tuesday, January 16th

Reserve your tickets for 45 Years after Roe v Wade, a talk taking place at the Brooklyn Historical Society, which brings together Ilyse Hogue, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America, Rebecca Traister, writer for New York magazine, and Katha Pollitt, author of Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights.

Wednesday, January 17th

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 18th

Head to Grand Central Terminal for the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions that brings together the world’s best Squash players who will battle it out in Vanderbilt Hall.

See photographs by Marian Beneš taken after the extensive renovation of the Bohemian National Hall, one of New York’s landmarks. Celebrating the 10th anniversary of its re-opening, a special guided tour of the space is being held.

See all upcoming Untapped Cities Behind the Scenes Tours.

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