Looking forward to the long weekend and Martin Luther King Jr. Day? Here are our picks for things to do in New York City this week from a guerrilla art performance, to the launch of our Coffee Tour, unique events at historic museums throughout New York, and the launch of both Restaurant Week and Must-See Week. Find out more below!
Friday January 17
As part of Exponential Festival, Project Assemble is a guerrilla, choose-your-own-adventure performance that transforms the mundane spaces of a well-known store in New York City into a series of worlds, fantasies and meditations. Participants are prompted to navigate and interact with the store through a series of choices and tasks. The resulting experience is part immersive theatre, part audio tour and an entirely unique experience for each person. The event starts tonight, with dates over the course of three weekends. If you are an Untapped New York Insider, we still have three free tickets available to any show through Sunday.
Saturday January 18
Our VIP tour of the Woolworth Building this Saturday at 3:30 PM is led by the architect Cass Gilbert’s great grand daughter! Join us on this exclusive, highly-rated tour.
It’s Family Day at the Wyckoff House Farmhouse from 11 to 3 PM where you can dive into Delft china with a fun and fascinating DIY project for the whole family followed by the opening of a photo and film exhibition of photographer Richard Louissant at 5:30 PM.
Our popular Secrets of Grand Central Terminal tour will be taking place at 2 PM Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.
Sunday, January 19th
Walk the original street grid of Manhattan and see where the coastline was during colonial times on Untapped New York’s Tour of the Remnants of Dutch New Amsterdam at 2 PM. On this expert led tour, guests will get to check to physically touch centuries old relics and see how the city’s first European settlers influenced the modern cityscape.
Monday January 20th
It’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! There are tons of events all around the city, including the 34th Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at BAM.
Tuesday January 21st
The Museum at Eldridge Street will be hosting a rare Evening Open House. With a drink in hand, unwind after work in our beautiful landmark building. This rare evening open house gives you a special chance to enjoy the Museum’s latest exhibition Pressed: Images from the Jewish Daily Forward. The exhibition features artifacts from a century of Yiddish newspaper history as well as newly created prints made using vintage equipment. The Forward’s archivist Chana Pollack, instrumental in the Pressed exhibition, will give a short talk detailing her work preserving and exploring the Forward’s fascinating history..
Restaurant Week in New York City begins: get a prix-fix two-course lunch for $26 and 3-course dinner for $42 at over 350 restaurants. Restaurant “Week” actually runs until February 9th.
Wednesday, January 22nd
See how filmmaker Nora Ephron turned sites in Manhattan’s Upper West Side into iconic film settings at the Landmark West! multimedia presentation, Grand Illusions: Nora Ephron’s Magical Manhattan on Film. Historian and author Paula Uruburu revisits will look back on Ephron’s love affair with some of the city’s beloved landmarks that make appearances in her films where the Upper West Side is as much a character as its enchanted inhabitants.
Thursday January 23rd
Museum of the City of New York is hosting the event, Getting Out the Census: Counting New Yorkers in 2020. We have some free tickets for our Untapped New York Insiders members (become a member and register for this event on our members-only Facebook page).
It’s the launch of one of our newest tours, Greenwich Village Coffee Tour & Tasting! Untapped New York Insiders got first dibs on this tour but the public can join our upcoming tours on 1/29 and on.
Join photographer Stanley Greenberg and architect Micahel Sorkin for a conversation about our unseen city at the Brooklyn HIstorical Society’s talk An Urban Amble: Exploring NYC’s Streetscape. For his book Codex New York: Typologies of the City, Greenberg walked every block of Manhattan capturing images of the overlooked, underseen elements that we take for granted every day: alleys, skybridges, buttresses, parking sheds. These two city observers reflect on the humble city spaces that most of us look past and through, but rarely see, in a conversation moderated by Karrie Jacobs, founding editor-in-chief of Dwell and a professional observer of the manmade environment herself. If you are an Untapped New York Insider, you can attend this event for free!