We’re halfway through January, and New York City is beginning to warm up with many exciting events unfolding soon. Check out our favorites taking place next week:
Friday, January 19th
The Outsider Art Fair runs from the 19th to the 21st, focusing on odd and unique art created outside the mainstream by self-taught artists.
Also kicking off this week is the Winter Antiques Show, which will run from the 19th to the 28th. Head to the Park Avenue Armory to find one-of-a-kind finds from 70 exhibitors.
Saturday, January 20th
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.
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.
Sunday, January 21st
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.
The New York City subway system is the largest in the world and with hundreds of art installations scattered throughout its 430 stations, it’s also one of the world’s largest public art galleries. Join Untapped Cities tour guide Justin Rivers as he takes you on an in-depth tour of the subway art tapestry, weaved together to tell the complete history of the NYC commuter from Fulton’s first steamboat to the newly minted Second Avenue subway riders. Co-conceptualized by artist Aaron Asis, it’s a perfect compliment to our popular Underground Subway Tour or a fun stand alone for art, history and subway lovers alike.
Monday, January 22nd
Reserve your tickets for a Brooklyn Historical Society book talk, Greater Than Ever: New York’s Big Comeback, which features Daniel L. Doctoroff, deputy mayor during the Bloomberg administration, who will recount his experience spearheading the period of economic development after 9/11.
NYC Restaurant week begins! Grab a meal at one of 300 participating eateries. Here’s a look at what’s in store.
Tuesday, January 23rd
The Brooklyn Historical Society, in collaboration with Underwater New York, will also be hosting Current / Bodies: Art and Action on The Waterfront, which brings together artists and writers whose works address New York’s waterways. The event is being offered in conjunction with BHS DUMBO’s exhibit, Waterfront.
Wednesday, January 24th
Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park is hosting a series of free community seminars around the history and current trends of Bushwick Inlet Park.
Thursday, January 25th
Visit the Greenbelt Nature Center to learn about the transformation of Freshkills Park and to create your own passport-sized field notebook using paper that’s made from an invasive plant (as a form of recycled art)!