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Though the week before Labor Day is always a little quieter in terms of events, we’ve discovered there’s more than enough to keep you busy. Here are our top picks for the week:

Monday, August 31st

On this last day of August, the U.S. Open Tennis Championship kicks off. Use it as an opportunity to also explore the World’s Fair site and the latest renovations taking place on the New York State Pavilion.

Tuesday, September 1st

The Morbid Anatomy Museum is hosting the Death Cafe produced by London-based funeral planner Louise de Winter. Discuss all matters of death, dying, life and living in a safe and relaxed environment over a cup of coffee and a slice of cake. VICE will be on hand to document for an HBO documentary.

Wednesday, September 2nd

Also at Morbid Anatomy Museum is an event about Cursed Gemstones: Legend and History, exploring the history of precious jewels like the Hope diamond, the La Peregrina pearl (worn by both “Bloody Mary’ Tudor and Elizabeth Taylor), the Black Prince’s Ruby, and the Delhi Purple Sapphire. Hosted by Karen Bachmann, a professor of jewelry design and art history at both Pratt Institute and Fashion Institute of Technology.

Thursday, September 3rd

Join the Transit Museum on a walking tour of Gowanus at 6pm.Tiny and little known by comparison with its fellow landmark bridges, the Carroll Street Bridge and its surrounding Gowanus neighborhood is packed with fascinating history – and an unusual city ordinance and resulting penalty still posted on the bridge to this day!

The OHNY Boat Tour of Newtown Creek will feature NYC DEP‘s Frank Loncar for a presentation about Greenpoint’s iconic Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant and Newtown Creek Alliance‘s Mitch Waxman and Will Elkins who will discuss the area’s industrial legacy.

Friday, September 4th

See It Big! New York in Film festival will begin at the Museum of the Moving Image, co-programmed with the online film journal Reverse Shot, focusing on films featuring New York City.  First up, Once Upon a Time in America, playing on Friday.

Saturday, September 5th

It’s the birthday of the original Penn Station. Celebrate it with us by joining an upcoming tour exploring the many remnants of the first Penn Station.

Also join the New York Adventure Club for a walking tour of Coney Island.

Sunday, September 6th

It’s the last day of Matthew Weiner’s Mad Men exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image, the popular exhibit which was already extended once.

Join us on an upcoming Untapped Cities tour Behind the Scenes in Harlem with the NYCEDC, the Remnants of Penn Station and more.

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