Whether you want to indulge in coffee, food, architecture or New York City’s history, there is an event taking place this week that will satisfy your needs! From a jazz festival in Brooklyn to a lunchtime chat about 19th century New Yorker’s obsession with ancient Greece, here are our Untapped Picks for things to do this week in New York City:
Friday, October 12th
Get your caffeine fix at the New York Coffee Festival. This year’s festival will include over 100 innovative exhibitors like Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Gotham Coffee Roasters, and Joe Coffee Company. While you sip your cup of Joe, find out who will win the Coffee Masters-New York competition, watch latte art made live, and grab a drink from the Coffee Cocktail Bar.
Take part in a Lunchtime Lecture at the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and learn about 19th-century New Yorkers’ passion for ancient Greece as evident in literature, architecture and objects. Bring your food and grab a taste of history. Coffee and tea will be provided. The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum is a 200-year-old historic site built as a carriage house for a grand estate on East 61st Street.
Explore the amazing buildings that make up New York City with access from Open House New York. OHNY celebrates architecture and urban design by opening extraordinary places to the public for talks, tours and other special programming. Though most reservation-required sites are booked out, there are over 140 open access sites that you can visit throughout this three-day event!
Saturday, October 13th
Uncover the secrets of Central Park on a walking tour with Untapped Cities. Discover the sight of a former African-American village, hear the story of the infamous casino where alcohol flowed throughout the Prohibition and learn the dubious origins of the Central Park Zoo on this tour of New York City’s most iconic green space.
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Head to the Long Island City Flea and Food Market for the The Borough’s Third Annual Queens Beer Festival! Enjoy unlimited tastings of beer and hard ciders from every Queens-based brewery, along with a curated selection of brews from Brooklyn, Long Island, and Staten Island at this two-day event.
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See a movie, concert, dance or poetry performance at the fourth BRIC Jazzfest. Brooklyn’s ultimate jazz festival is a three-stage, three-night live music marathon that will fill BRIC House with the sounds of global legends, groundbreaking artists, and exciting newcomers to jazz.
Taste food from your favorite celebrity chefs and enjoy a glass of wine at the New York Wine and Food Festival. With over 80 events taking place throughout the weekend including intimate dinners with world-renowned chefs, late night parties, hands-on classes, educational seminars, coveted wine tastings and more, the NYWFF is the biggest food and wine festival in the city. 100% of the net proceeds benefit the No Kid Hungry® campaign and Food Bank For New York City.
Sunday, October 14th
Now over 130 years old, the Brooklyn Bridge has dazzled both tourists and residents alike. On Untapped Cities Secrets of the Brooklyn Bridge Walking Tour, discover the epic origin story of this iconic landmark and learn about its many secrets, such as a hidden Cold War fall out shelter, champagne vaults, and an inconspicuous statue of the family of engineers who built it.
Monday, October 15th
Honor the 100th anniversary of the birth of Guadalupe (Pita) Amor today, one of the most celebrated Mexican poets of the 20th century, at the Celebrate Mexico Now Festival. The festival is celebrating its Quinceanera, the 15th year of providing a dynamic range of free and low-cost contemporary arts from Mexico including music, film, literature, dance, culinary, and visual art. This year more than 40 artists and an eclectic and thrilling schedule of world premieres, U.S. debuts, and cross-cultural collaborations will be featured. The festival runs from October 10th through October 21st.
Tuesday, October 16th
Attend a live recording of the WNYC podcast The United Stats of Anxiety: Gender and Power, at The Greene Space. At this special event, I’ve Done my Work: Ida B. Wells and the Women Pushing Back Today, host Kai Wright, Wells biographer Paula Giddings, writer and cultural critic Jamilah Lemieux, racial justice activist and Women’s March co-founder Linda Sarsour and Saily Avelenda will discuss the life of Ida B. Wells and her decision to become a young woman activist as well as Wells’ impact on their own lives. Camille Sims will perform a selection from “Southern Horrors.”
Wednesday, October 17th
Join a book talk at the Brooklyn Historical Society with “Brooklyn Tides” authors Benjamin Shepard and Mark Noonan. The authors will uncover the local consequences of Brooklyn’s globalization. Brooklyn has all the features of a “global borough”: it is a base of immigrant labor and ethnically diverse communities, social and cultural capital, global transportation, cultural production, and policy innovation. At once a model of sustainable urbanization and of overdevelopment, the question is now: what will become of Global Brooklyn?
Gain exclusive access to the members-only Players club at Gramercy Park on Untapped Cities’ special access tour. This private social club was founded in 1889 by Edwin Booth, one the most renowned American actors of the 19th century, and counts Jimmy Fallon, Ethan Hawke and Tommy Lee Jones as some of its current members. On this tour, learn about the history of the Club and its members, visit the room where actors met secretly in 1913 to form the Actors Equity Association, walk inside Edwin Booth’s bedroom, where you can find the skull that was used in his famous 100 consecutive performances of Hamlet, and more!