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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: Thad Zajdowicz/Flickr
Photo: Thad Zajdowicz/Flickr
  1. NYC Slavery & the Underground Railroad Tour

Check site for meeting point (Lower Manhattan)

Saturday, Mar. 11 at 1:00 PM

Inside Out Tours’ NYC Slavery & the Underground Railroad Tour is a riveting history lesson on slavery in colonial New York. Visit important archaeological sites, Foley Square, and discover the events (like the Draft Riots of 1863) and people (the courageous David Ruggles among them) who risked everything to help secure the freedom of others.  Tickets start at $20.

Photo: Jameson Fink/Flickr
Photo: Jameson Fink/Flickr
  1. New York Wine

The Altman Building (Chelsea)

Tuesday, Mar. 7 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

NY Drinks NY is an event that celebrates New York winemakers and food artisans. Sip and taste your way through the Finger Lakes, Long Island, the Hudson River Valley, Lake Erie, the Thousand Islands and Niagara Escarpment. These local pours and bites will confirm that New York is, and always was, the best at everything! $55.

Photo: Yuri Levchenko / Flickr
Photo: Yuri Levchenko / Flickr
  1. Drink, Draw & Take Action

Housing Works (SoHo)

Tuesday, Mar. 7 at 7pm

Drink, Draw & Take Action is a creative way to have your voice heard. Create handmade messages to members of Congress on issues that matter most.  All you need to bring are stamps: blank postcards, markers, pens and crayons will be provided, and you can buy drinks and snacks from the tasty Housing Works Cafe. Rebecca Schiff will be on hand to read inspiring words of action. FREE!

Photo: Insomnia Cured Here/Flickr
Photo: Insomnia Cured Here/Flickr
  1. The Terminator

IFC Center (West Village)

Friday, Mar. 10 – Saturday, Mar. 11 (check site for showtimes)

Over thirty years later, James Cameron’s The Terminator is still one of the best films of all time! We have seen it dozens of times and we are going to see it again because right now we need a reminder that evil cyborgs can be beat. $15.

Photo: Wally Gobetz/Flickr
Photo: Wally Gobetz/Flickr
  1. Roman Street Food

Trapizzino (Lower East Side)

Monday-Wednesday from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM; Thursday-Saturday from 11:00 AM to 12:00 AM; Sunday from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Already a huge hit in Rome, Trapizzino has opened its first ever U.S. location in New York! A sandwich/pizza hybrid, the rectangular bread pocket is split open and stuffed with rotating Roman specialties like pollo alla cacciatora, carciofi alla Romana and parmigiana di melanzane. Make sure to try the suppli, the Roman version of the riceball.

Photo: Nate Burgos/Flickr
Photo: Nate Burgos/Flickr
  1. Social Pop-Up

VNYL (East Village)

Sunday, Mar. 12 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

The Sunday Social Pop-Up features art, goods, music and fancy cocktails. Interactive artist experiences include henna tattooing, palmistry and tarot card reading, plus artists Nathalie Helfer of NativAzul and Adrienne Charuel of Tala will present their works. Grab a drink and complimentary snacks and and peruse an array of the handcrafted creations from local artists. RSVP early for one FREE cocktail.

Photo: Moyan Brenn/Flickr
Photo: Moyan Brenn/Flickr
  1. Cat Camp

Metropolitan Pavilion (Chelsea)

Saturday, Mar. 11 – Sunday, Mar. 12 from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Cat Camp is New York’s first ever “feline-focused conference and adoption extravaganza.” Spend the day attending talks by folks like Animal Planet’s Cat Daddy Jackson Galaxy, exchanging tips and stories with fellow cat lovers, and browsing the cat-focused goods of dozens of vendors. Tickets start at $20.