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Your weekend walking tours: trace the steps of folk rock or dive into Harlem's art scene

By Nicholas McNallen
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Manhattan's city streets are calling, and they want you to take some tours. This Columbus Day weekend is the time to get some crisp air in your lungs and build stamina before Halloween has you trick-or-treating or on parade. Ready to walk? You've got two options:

1. BLOCKS NYC Scavenger hunt (Oct 12) 
Attention folk rockers and vinyl aficionados. This Sunday, meet under the Washington Square Arch for the second annual BLOCKS NYC, hosted by the City Blocks Culture Collective.  For a $10 donation, you and a partner (the Garfunkel to your Simon) can embark on a scavenger hunt for the soundtrack of a generation.  You'll be given the album covers of storied pioneers of New York's folk rock scene, and the competing duos will have to track down the locations of the original photo shoots to recreate the images.  The times, have they a-changed? You be the judge.  Plus, you'll get some sweet selfies out of the deal.  If the day full of freewheelin' and waxing rhapsodic leaves you thirsty, bookend your hunt with the reception at The Bitter End afterward. Drink, share stories, and find out how it feels, to be on your own, with no direction home, like a complete unknown, like a rolling stone.

2. 10th Anniversary of the Harlem Art Walk Tour (Oct 11-12)
On Saturday and Sunday, the art-inclined and thrifty can explore uptown at the annual Harlem Art Walk Tour. From 12-6, get inside access to the studios and homes of local artists in one of New York's most diverse neighborhoods—all for free, in association with Open House NY. Chat with community artists, and don't miss the architectural tours and community gardening projects (including bee-keeping). Participating venues include the Casa Frela Gallery, The Simmonds Gallery, Danielle Sigelbaum Studio, and many more.  All events are free and open to the public.  

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