This week in New York City, taste food prepared by FDNY cooks, learn about climate change from the world’s leading thinkers, sample ciders, shop for art and so much more with our Untapped picks! Every week brings a slew of new activities to take part in across the city and we’ve picked some of our favorite events.

Friday, November 8th

This evening marks the kick-off of Festival Albertine 2019, a three day festival featuring talks with leading thinkers, politicians, activists, artists, and authors. The events this year were curated by environmentalist and author Bill McKibben and fall under the theme of “The Climate Moment.” At each event moderated by McKibben, speakers will discuss the urgency to act, environmental justice, local policy, the food we eat and produce, and how to motivate people to change their ways. If you can’t make any of the events in person, you can live-stream them here!

Image Courtesy of the FDNY Photo Unit

The NYC Fire Museum will once again be hosting the FDNY Cook-Off, a fundraiser showcasing the unrealized talents of the firehouse kitchen. Members of the FDNY compete against each other by preparing their signature dishes to capture first, second, and third place prizes and to earn the title of Best FDNY Chef. The Cook-Off will be held on the third floor of the New York City Museum. Proceeds will support the museum’s fire safety education mission while keeping the history of New York’s Bravest alive. Ray Cooney and Dale Talde will serve as celebrity judges. You can purchase tickets here!

Celebrate New York Cider Week at many participating venues around the city. Sample ciders at Ommegang Brewery in the Bronx, pair cider and cheese at Murray’s Cheese in Manhattan, enjoy a five-course dinner at Brooklyn Cider House, and more!

Saturday, November 9th

Photograph by Argenis Apolinario Photography

Walk through life-sized versions of graffiti tagged subway car photos from 1970s and 1980s New York City on a guided tour of the striking photography exhibits inside the Bronx Museum. On this tour, guests will see documentary photographs shot of New York City by photographers Henry Chalfant and Alvin Baltrop. If you are an Untapped New York Insider, you can join this tour for free! Not an Insider yet? Become a member today to gain access to free behind the scenes tours and special events all year long!

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Explore the stunning landmarked interiors of the Woolworth Building on a VIP tour led by the building architect’s great-granddaughter, Helen Post Curry. Guests will get an up-close look at the shimmering mosaic tile ceiling from the mezzanine level of the lobby, descend into the cellar to see an original bank vault, and learn about the life and legacy of the man who built this “Cathedral of Commerce,” retail magnate Frank Woolworth.

VIP Tour of the Woolworth Building

Get a head start on your holiday shopping at the Renegade Art Craft Fair. This creative marketplace Manhattan’s Chelsea‘s Metropolitan Pavilion is made up of more than 230 makers and designers. While you shop, enjoy  DJ sets, and local food and beverage options/

 Sunday, November 10th

Revisit the old days of gritty Times Square on our expert-led walking tour of remnants of the area’s seedy past. Learn about a time when 42nd Street was the Deuce, Eighth Avenue was the Minnesota Strip, the Great White Way was a red light district, and the Crossroads of the World was XXX-rated as you walk by former peepshows, grindhouses, adult book stores, dive bars, hotsheet hotels, sex clubs, porno theaters, and massage parlors. Guests will also discover the personalities who made Times Square what it was: the King of the Peeps; the reclusive genius behind the McDonalds of Sex, the woman who built a gay and S&M porn empire and the slumlord with two suitcases filled with gold and five wives.

Gritty Old Times Square

Start your art collection at The Other Art Fair. This unique art fair is meant to help new collectors discover and buy art direct from the very best emerging artistic talent. The Other Art Fair returns to Brooklyn with a hand picked selection of next generation art stars and thousands of original artwork encompassing all mediums, as well as experiences including immersive dining, interactive art installations, 3D printing, virtual reality, restaurant and bar pop ups, and much more!

Monday, November 11th

Commemorate Veteran’s Day with a concert performed by the National Festival Chorus at Carnegie Hall. The chorus will sing classic American works, such as “America, the Beautiful”, “Song of Democracy”, “Shenandoah”, “Danny Boy”, and “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” The concert will also feature the Memorial Concert Band of Colonie, conducted by Arthur B. Himmelberger, and Cherry Creek Girls’ 21 & Troubadours, conducted by Adam Cave and Sarah Harrison.

Catch a screening at the DOC NYC film festival. Running through November 15th, this year’s festival marks ten years of celebrating documentary film and encouraging its new directions. In addition to film screenings at multiple cinemas across the city, the festival also features panel discussions with filmmakers.

Photograph by John Abbot

Join the President of Swann Auction Galleries, Nicholas D. Lowry, and Chief Curator of Poster House, Angelina Lippert, for a magical ride through the wonderful world of travel posters. In celebration of its 20th anniversary of Travel Poster auctions, Swann is offering the largest collection of rail posters ever to hit the market. At Poster House’s event, Around the World w/Nicholas Lowry: An Immersive History of Travel Posters, discover what most collectors consider the gateway drug of posters, and learn why vintage travel advertising remains the most popular genre in the medium.

Tuesday, November 12th

Learn how brick and brownstone became the iconic building materials of New York City row houses at a book talk with the Brooklyn Historical Society. Join Patrick Ciccone, coauthor of the newly updated, re-released volume of Bricks & Brownstone, as he illustrates how a brown Triassic-Jurassic sandstone captured the imagination of nineteenth century architects and masons, and continues to define the public streetscape for countless New Yorkers today. Ciccone’s presentation will be followed by a conversation contextualizing the last five decades of brownstone communities with architectural historian Fran Leadon. If you are an Untapped New York Insider, you can join this event tour for free!

What are contemporary glassmakers thinking about, and how can their diverse visions be turned into a cohesive blockbuster exhibition? Susie Silbert, the Corning Museum of Glass’s Curator of Modern and Contemporary Glass, will explore those issues for the first meeting of the Art Glass Forum | New York in a lecture titled Learning from New Glass Now, inside St. Michael’s Church which was decorated by Louis C. Tiffany! The talk will cover how the curatorial panel (which included experts Aric Chen, Susanne Jøker Johnsen and Beth Lipman) sifted through submissions from more than 1,400 people for the museum’s new exhibition New Glass Now, and how the selections shed light on glass’s past, present and future.The talk will be preceded by a wine and cheese reception beginning at 6:30 PM. Non-members are welcome to attend the meeting for $15!

Uncover the hidden treasures of Grand Central Terminal as you tour the iconic landmark with an expert Untapped New York guide. This tour is designed to surprise even a seasoned commuter! Guests will discover private tennis courts, a speakeasy style bar in a former office, priceless artifacts, and more!

Tour of the Secrets of Grand Central Terminal

Acclaimed jazz drummer and composer Jerome Jennings will present a jazz concert in celebration of his sophomore album, Solidarity – an exploration of resilience and resistance through the prisms of the Black Lives Matter, #MeToo, and LGBTQ+ rights movements. The celebratory concert will take place at Dizzy’s Club and feature accompaniment by percussionist Paula Winter, vocalist/flutist Melanie Charles, pianist Zaccai Curtis, bassist Devin Starks, tenor saxophonist Stacy Dillard, trumpeter Josh Evans, trombonist Andrae Murchison, and tenor saxophonist/flutist Jorge Castro

Wednesday, November 13th

Dive into the depths of New York City subway system to discover abandoned stations, artwork, and remnants of the past on our Underground TourStarting at the very first station below City Hall Park, guests will travel through more than 100 years of transit history.

Underground Tour of the NYC Subway

Thursday, November 14th

Peek inside a vintage Polaroid camera at the Polaroid Lab NYC. At this free workshop, join the Brooklyn Film Camera crew as they look into a SX-70 camera. Participants will also get to try out analog instant photography.