Kick off the start of summer with an awesome list of things to do around the city, from exclusive Untapped Cities tours and museum exhibits, to special behind-the-scenes events and free yoga. Here are the top ten events happening in New York City from June 20th to June 26th.
Monday, June 20th
The Alamo Cube at Astor Place is a little delayed for its grand return to the East Village, but you can still partake in events in anticipation. The Strangers Project and Processional Arts Workshop are collaborating in the weeklong Creativity Cubed event. The weeklong event allows individuals to share their stories and memories of the Alamo Cube and Astor Place, in which participants will design their own miniature version of the iconic landmark. The event runs from 11 am to 8 pm and is free to the public.
Tuesday, June 21st
View P.S. Art 2016: Celebrating the Creative Spirit of New York City Kids at The Met Fifth Avenue. P.S. Art 2016 features the artwork of 90 students in prekindergarten through 12th grade from the five boroughs. The students have created a variety of work in different mediums including paintings, prints, sculptures and photographs. The exhibit is included in the price of museum admission and runs through October 23rd 2016.
Today is the last day to view the Astor Place Alamo Cube, made possible by the Strangers Project and Processional Arts Workshop. Don’t miss out on the last chance to be a part of Creativity Cubed. Share stories and memories of Astor Place and its cube that will be passed on for generations to come. The event runs from 11 am to 8 pm and is free to the public.
Wednesday, June 22nd
The New York Transit Museum is hosting the PLATFORM: Creative Musings on Mass Transit on June 22nd, from 6 pm to 8:30 pm. Nine performance artists will exhibit their varying talents, including modern dance performances, collages of New York City locations and two site-specific plays by Pulitzer Prize nominee Tina Howe. All performances and displays will demonstrate how mass transit influences adult creativity. Purchase tickets for the event and enter the promo code UNTAPPED10 at checkout to receive $5 off the ticket price and a complimentary beer ticket.
Thursday, June 23rd
The International Center of Photography opens its new museum at 250 Bowery. From 10 am to 6 pm, view the opening exhibition of the museum “Public, Private, Secret” which examines the theme of how contemporary self-identity is tied to public visibility. The exhibit is curated by Curator-in-Residence Charlotte Cotton, Associate Curator Pauline Vermare and Assistant Curator Marina Chao. The exhibit features art from artists such as Zach Blas, Martine Syms and Natalie Bookchin, with streams of real-time images and social media videos. “Public, Private, Secret” will be opened from June 2016 to January 2017. Tickets will be $14 for adults, $12 for seniors, $10 for students and free for children 14 and under. More information can be found on the ICP website.
Friday, June 24th
Be the first to see a new exhibition at Governors Island, before it opens to the public. Join Untapped Cities for a Tour of the Hills at Governors Island and get a behind-the-scenes look at the new project that brings a new green space to New York City. On the tour, guests will learn about the history of Governors Island, from its beginnings as a military base, to the present. Take a short ferry ride across the New York Harbor and get ready to learn on this immersive tour. Renderings of what the The Hills will look like once construction is finished are available on govisland.com/hills. Participants must wear closed-toed shoes to the tour as they will be walking through an active construction site. Tickets for this exclusive event can be purchased below.
Every week this summer, Films on the Green will be showing a French film celebrating the theme “A summer in Paris.” On the 24th at 8:30 pm, FOTG will show the 1985 Luc Besson film ‘Subway’ in Transmitter Park. All films are shown in French with English subtitles. This movie screening is free and opened to the public.
Saturday, June 25th
Go behind the scenes to see how world-renowned piano makers create their signature instrument on the free Steinway & Sons Tour. The Steinway & Sons factory will open the doors of its Long Island City location to the public. Take a tour of the factory and talk to the legends who bring the instruments to life. On the tour guests will also get the opportunity to see the new Steinway Spiro, “the world’s finest high-resolution piano player.” This is a one day only event and reservations are limited! RSVP for this event here or call 212-246-1100.
Join Untapped Cities on the Secrets of the Gowanus Canal Walking Tour. Lead by the author of ‘Gowanus: Brooklyn’s Curious Canal,’ Joseph Alexiou, the tour outlines the Gowanus Canal’s history and transformation from a naturally-occurring creek and salt marsh to a thoroughfare central to Brooklyn’s industrialization. Tickets for this walking tour can be purchased below.
For one night, party with a famed secret society. The Baroness and Baron de Rothschild will be holding an exclusive Surrealist Illuminati Ball on June 25th. Choose one of five animal kinships that fit your personality: pig, monkey, chicken, cow or mouse. Once at the ball, slip on an elegant mask and enjoy an array of cocktails, food, dancing and “esoteric rituals.” Though tickets are limited, you can still apply to attend the event here. Learn more about the event on the website.
Sunday, June 26th
Pride week kicks off this Sunday, June 26th, and what better way to celebrate the LGBTQ community than attending the 2016 Pride March. Since 1970, members of the community and their advocates have marched in this civil rights demonstration to bring awareness to salient issues in the community, including the fight against AIDS and marriage equality. Marching in the parade will be community activists, nonprofit organizations, small businesses and political candidates. Follow the march route downtown as it passes through 5th Avenue, from 36th Street to the end at Christopher and Greenwich Streets. The March begins at noon and is free to the public.