Trip.com’s TripPicks This Week: Monday, Jan. 16 – Monday, Jan 23

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Photo: Celeste Lindell/Flickr

Trip.com is an innovative planning tool that tailors recommendations for places to stay, eat and play to your specific tastes. It also allows you to share your great experiences with people who have the same interests as you; people in your “tribes.”

Trip.com’s TripPicks This Week feature empowers you to discover and take advantage of great events, openings and exhibits throughout the city each week.

Here are some exciting events and sites to check out this week in Downtown New York, courtesy of Trip.com. Visit the Trip.com site or download the app for more upcoming events.

Photo: Celeste Lindell/Flickr
Photo: Celeste Lindell/Flickr
  1. Outsider Art

Metropolitan Pavilion (Chelsea)

Thursday, Jan. 19 – Sunday, Jan. 22 (check site for times)

Sometimes coloring outside the lines makes for great — and some would argue pure — art. The Outsider Art Fair brings together artists from across the world who share one defining quality: the guts to march to the beat of their own drum. Tickets start at $20.

 

Photo: Wade Simmons/Flickr
Photo: Wade Simmons/Flickr
  1. Scotch Walk

Check site for complete list of locations

Saturday, Jan. 21 from 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Nose, sip and savor six different scotches at six different downtown bars during NYC Scotch Walk. Whether you like yours neat, on the rocks, or with a splash of water, you’ll meet plenty of fellow scotch enthusiasts to share a drink with. $55.

Photo: Kenny Holston/Flickr
Photo: AK Rockefeller /Flickr

 

  1. TV and Society

Strand Bookstore (East Village)

Friday, Jan. 20 at 7:00 PM

We all indulge in a little binge watching, but is the entertainment industry’s fantasy world the source of our societal problems? The answer may surprise you. Think Olio presents, “Inside the Entertainment-Industrial Complex: How Guilty Pleasures Take the Edge Off Reality” with J. Ward Regan. You may want to cancel your Netflix subscription…$20.00, with complimentary drinks.

Photo: Fabio/Flickr
Photo: Fabio/Flickr
  1. NYC Vice and Murder Walking Tour

Corner of Chambers and Centre St. (Civic Center)

Sunday, Jan. 22 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Last Vegas may be sin city but the original sinner is New York. Join New York Local Tours as they take us through the streets of New York on a History of Vice and Murder Walking Tour. Explore the seedy past of Lower Manhattan and the legendary gangsters, “crooked cops” and “corrupt politicians” that shaped the city’s history and identity. Tickets are $25.

Photo: Kenny Holston/Flickr
Photo: Kenny Holston/Flickr
  1. Brunch-n-Burn

Ludlow Studios (Lower East Side)

Saturday, Jan. 21 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Trillfit’s annual Brunch-n- Burn event is a wellness party where participants sweat it out in two Trillfit classes (a“Beyonce-worthy” cardio dance class followed by a yoga class with a live hip-hop and R&B soundtrack by DJ Nick Bishop) then enjoy a complimentary spa treatment and close out with fancy brunch bites. Don’t forget the gift bag on your way out!  $50

 

Photo: Alpha/Flickr
Photo: Alpha/Flickr
  1. Hot Chocolate Festival

Ladurée Soho (SoHo) – Wednesday, Jan. 18 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Check site for participating stores: Saturday, Jan. 21 – Sunday, Feb. 5

The Valrhona Hot Chocolate Festival KickOff Cocktail party ($35) this Wednesday will preview “all of the festival’s inventive hot chocolates, along with savory bites.” After that, stop by FIKA NYC, Lafayette Grand Cafe & Bakery, La Maison du Chocolat, Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery, BAKED, Almondine, Sugar and Plumm, Dominique Ansel Kitchen, Epicerie Boulud, The St. Regis New York and Patisserie Chanson to try out unique hot chocolate concoctions and help raise funds for Valrhona Clean Water Project.