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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.

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Restoration now complete on the Harlem Corn Exchange Bank BuildingThe Corn Exchange Building Renovation in Harlem

We’re very excited to announce our next Behind the Scenes NYC tour in partnership with the NYCEDC where we’ll bring Untapped Cities readers into Harlem’s exciting development projects and incubators, including a special visit into the Corn Exchange Building redevelopment and its rooftop.

On this walking tour of East and West Harlem on October 1st at 6pm, guests will learn about the history of the neighborhood and observe first-hand the role of new incubator spaces and urban redevelopment projects on the present and future of Harlem.

Stop will include La Marqueta and the Hot Bread Kitchen Incubator, led by Nadia Munoz, NYCEDC’s project lead for the Marqueta and the Head of Operations at Hot Bread Kitchen, a tour of the Corn Exchange Building with Artimus Developers, and a tour of Harlem Biospace with Matthew Owens (Harlem Biospace Executive Director) and Christine Kovich (Harlem Biospace Co-Founder and head of HypotheKIDS).

As August comes to a close, the eclecticism of New York City events is still evident with a historical re-enactment, an urban planning potluck, and special museum events.

Monday, August 24th

Named in honor of the Whitney’s new address, 99 Gansevoort Street, 99 Objects is a series of in-gallery programs focusing on individual works of art from the Museum’s collection on view in America Is Hard to See.

Tuesday, August 25th

The Design Trust for Public Space will have its second Public Space Potluck this summer at Staten Island’s Pier 1 from 6-8pm, in front of the National Lighthouse Museum and a short walk from the Staten Island Ferry. RSVP to attend, and bring a dish to share.

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SONY DSCJanelle Monae at the 2012 Afro Punk Festival. Image via ourstage.com

Ring in the end of summer with the return of Afro Punk Fest, city-wide deals on National Thrift Shop Day, yoga at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the Battery Dance Festival, and  Time Out New York’s 2015 Battle Of The Burger.

Monday, August 17th

The Urban Park Rangers are hosting weekly obstacle-challenge Adventure Courses in Queens’ Alley Pond Park, for people of all ages and physical ability. The next outing takes place on August 23rd and registration opens August 17th.

The Museum of the City of New York presents Life Along the Curb: Inside the Department of Sanitation of New York, part of Garbage and the City: Two Centuries of Dirt, Debris, and Disposal.

It’s National Thrift Shop Day! Go out and find a deal using our guide of the 43 best vintage, consignment, and thrift shops in Manhattan.

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JazzAgeLawnParty-Orchestra-NewYork-Untapped-Cities-AlexWallach-010The 2013 Jazz Age Lawn Party 

Though New York remains hot and humid, there are still a few good weeks of summer left, with Willie Nelson at Celebrate Brooklyn!, drinks and drawing lessons from the Museum of the City of New York, the International Fringe Festival, and the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor’s Island.

Monday, August 10th

This Monday, visit the Lilac, a Lighthouse tender launched in 1933, for Lilac X Green, a showcase of artists who use disposables to create paintings, photography, collages, and sculptures. LILAC is a nonprofit aimed at restoring a vintage steam ship.

The Urban Park Rangers are hosting weekly obstacle-challenge Adventure Courses in Queens’ Alley Pond Park, for people of all ages and physical ability. The next outing takes place on August 16th and registration opens August 10th.

Books Beneath the Bridge, a story-telling and reading performance from local authors, will take place outdoors at Granite Prospect in Brooklyn Bridge Park

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Our tour of the Remnants of Penn Station has been one of those unexpected hits. When we first launched it in partnership with the play The Eternal Space based on one of our articles, we knew that as city and architecture buffs, we’d be the types of people who might spend two hours on a Sunday exploring the most hated station in the city, if not the country. We’ve been honored and humbled that since February we’ve hosted hundreds of likeminded explorers on this tour–and we ourselves keep discovering new remnants of the original Pennsylvania Station each time we visit.

As reviled as the station may be, its complex and labyrinth nature tells so much of how the original was demolished and the new one built, and why there’s so much left to see for architectural hunters like yourselves. As plans for a new Penn Station are underway, awareness of these remnants will be the only thing that may save the original station from a second destruction.

After more than a year of readings (like at the Center for Architecture), and a successful Kickstarter campaign, the play The Eternal Space will have a run of 25 performances at the Lion Theatre on Theatre Row in New York City from November 13 to December 6, 2015. In celebration, we’ve announced tour dates of the Remnants of Penn Station through December. Our October tour will be particularly special, coinciding with the date when demolition commenced.

The Remnants of Penn Station are led by Justin Rivers, playwright of The Eternal Space, using some never before seen photographs of Penn Station sourced from the play and Tamara Agins from the NYC Department of City Planning, who addresses the present and future plans for the station.

The tour dates are (always on Sundays): September 20, October 25, November 15 and December 6. Tickets are available below: