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In mid-July, Louis VIII became king of France, the Rosetta Stone was unearthed in Egypt, and Nelson Mandela came into the world. Now, hundreds of years later, a plethora of momentous events are taking place this seasons. With outdoor movie festivals, art installations and tours to explore city treasures, New York City is offering several exciting activities next week:

Friday, July 14

Now in its 10th year, Films on the Green, a free outdoor French film festival produced annually in New York City parks, will present French cinema through the eyes of curators, filmmakers and actors, including Wes Anderson, Jim Jarmusch, James Ivory, Saul Williams, Isabella Rossellini, Wanda Sykes, Laurie Anderson, Matthew Weiner, Matías Piñeiro, and Amy Hargreaves.

The films are free, subtitled and open to the public. For a full list of movies, see here for the upcoming line-up and schedule.

Saturday, July 15

Tour of the Remnants of Penn Station:There are two things most commuters don’t realize about Penn: First, there used to be a gorgeous Beaux Arts station that was demolished in the mid-60’s. Second: Parts of that old station can still be found today. They’ve just been buried under the arena that landed on top of them.

On our tour of the Remnants of Penn Station, we’ll take you back inside this central transportation hub to discuss the past, present and future plans for the structure. Although Amtrak only acknowledges one remnant remaining, tour participants will learn about station history and discover remnants of the McKim, Mead & White building located in plain sight.

Tour of the Remnants of Penn Station

Get out on the waterfront—and on the water—with the Waterfront Alliance’s annual City of Water Day. Now in its tenth year, this free, family-oriented event is the region’s biggest harbor festival, celebrating the world-class potential of the New York and New Jersey waterfront. Held on Governors Island, New York and dozens of In Your Neighborhood locations around New York Harbor, the event draws thousands of people to the water for a day of fun, which includes highlights like free boat tours on all kinds of vessels, from tall ships to tugboats; free rowing, kayaking, paddle-boarding, and the highly anticipated Con Edison Cardboard Kayak Race.

Take a ride through the living history of the world’s largest rapid transit system (in area) by weaving in and out of the past and present transit hubs of lower Manhattan. This unique tour is designed to give a comprehensive history of the NYC Subway system, from its groundbreaking in 1901 up through the creation of the three different proprietary lines which were unified into the system we know today. We’ll uncover information and learn about spaces even the most seasoned commuter might not know about.

This tour will stop in stations that are all open to the public. Using the 6 train as our own ten-car time machine, we will ride through and see three abandoned ghost stations that 4, 5, and 6 riders unknowingly pass through everyday: Worth Street, 18th Street and the famed City Hall Station. We will not stop inside these stations.

Underground Tour of the NYC Subway

Sunday, July 16

Tour and Wine Tasting at Rooftop Reds, the World’s First Rooftop VineyardDid you know the world’s first commercially viable rooftop vineyard is hidden within the Brooklyn Navy Yard? Untapped Cities will be bringing readers on a special wine tasting and tour at Rooftop Reds, led by one of its founders who will share his knowledge of winemaking.

Within the 14,800 square foot rooftop, you will see a unique urban planter system that is the first of its kind, developed with Cornell University and Finger Lakes industry leaders. Get in on this experience early, as the first harvest will be taking place in October 2017. Take in an amazing view and sip on Rooftop Red wines on our tours. Please note that the wine served on the rooftop is from Rooftop Reds partners in the Finger Lakes until the first harvest off the Navy Yard rooftop are ready!

Wine Tasting & Tour of Rooftop Reds, the World’s First Rooftop Vineyard!

Discover the “Sounds of the Street” with art-making demonstrations, performances and in-gallery sound experiences as The Rubin Museum of Art hosts its annual summer Block Party. Come make some noise with thousands of other New Yorkers and participate in unique experiences for all ages, inspired by the exhibition The World is Sound.

Another option to stop by a special two-day pop-up of the famous Los Angeles-based Museum of Broken Relationships– a globally crowd-sourced exhibition featuring curated objects and stories from failed relationships. To celebrate the premiere of Bravo’s new series, A Night With My Ex (premiering July 18th), the museum is coming to New York City. For the first time, Bravo and the Museum of Broken Relationships Presents: The EXhibition (located at Flatiron Plaza on Sunday, July 16 and Monday, July 17.)

Monday, July 17

Join the Randall’s Island Park Alliance’s for a FLOW photo tour. Hang out with 2017 FLOW artist, Rose DeSiano, as she addresses how photography can affect our surrounding, the place of photography in history and what comprises a beautiful photo. Those interested are asked to meet on Randall’s Island Connector at 2PM to learn about this year’s FLOW art pieces. Bring your camera or camera phone (RIPA will also offer a few Polaroid cameras to borrow for the event) and spend the afternoon capturing Island images that you can take home with you.

Get ready for the fifth annual Coney Island Flicks on the Beachpresented by Alliance for Coney Island and Amazon Studios. On Mondays at 8 PM in July and August, a giant 40-foot inflatable screen turns the beach at West 10th Street into a free, outdoor movie theater. Come and see great flicks, representing a mix of modern, classic and indie movies. July 17th will present a showing of Landline.

Tuesday, July 18

Walking Tour of New York Art Deco Architecture (Part I): Murray Hill to Gramercy ParkNew York is defined by its Art Deco buildings, which has transformed the city into the thriving metropolis that stands today. In celebration of the city’s architectural legacy, Untapped Cities is partnering with Anthony W. Robins, New York’s best-known Art Deco guide, for a special walking tour series that will bring visitors past the stunning monuments of the 1920s and 30s—from the towering Empire State Building to the Gramercy House on 22nd street. We’re holding this event series in conjunction with the launch of Robins’ guidebook, New York Art Deco: A Guide to Gotham’s Jazz Age Architecture,which captures thirty years’ worth of Art Deco knowledge within its pages.

  • JULY 18th (PART I):
    Murray Hill to Gramercy Park: This walk through the east side of Midtown South includes an unusual collection of buildings, each different from the next. We have a surprising modernist apartment building among the genteel town houses of Murray Hill; Ely Jacques Kahn’s most impressive office building (Two Park Avenue; and another Kahn building that’s no slouch); a work by Edgar Brandt, the great French iron master; the iconic Empire State Building; an incomplete attempt by Metropolitan Life to capture the Empire State Building’s “world’s tallest” title; and George and Edward Blum’s Gramercy House, with some of the most enjoyable Art Deco terra-cotta ornament in the city.

Walking Tour of New York Art Deco Architecture

The Death and Dharma 2017 Summer Meditation Series is an informative and spiritual event, meant to inform and inspire traditional Buddhist practices. An off-site event, the meditation series will take place at the Green-Wood Cemetery at 500 25th Street, Brooklyn, with the program beginning in the Modern Chapel. Zen history and stories will be shared, which will guide a discussion on the application of this practice.

Wednesday, July 19

From sideshows to burlesque, Brooklyn’s underground circus arts are making a comeback. Join the founder of the Mermaid Parade and unofficial “Mayor of Coney Island,” Dick Zigun, for the slideshow, The Circus Comeback: Brooklyn’s Nouveau. Zigun will moderate a discussion with circus arts leaders from across the borough, including Sephanie Monseu, Co-Founder of the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, and Adam “Realman” Rinn, Dean of Coney Island USA’s Sideshow School. Doors are at 6 PM with the event starting at 6:30 PM. Tickets are just $5 (and free for members).

Thursday, July 20

The Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD) is teaming up with the Street Vendor Project to explore the impact of US immigration policy—past, present, and future—on American food and culture. Join them for an evening of thought-provoking discussion, followed by an informal reception featuring light refreshments from Brooklyn Brewery and Sonia Perez, a street cart vendor and member of Street Vendor Project’s Leadership Council. This event is presented in partnership with the Street Vendor Project, an initiative of the Urban Justice Center.

Check out our full list of Behind the Scenes Tours.

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