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Founded by the New Museum and now in its third edition of the biennial, Ideas City open its doors today, May 28th, with this years theme “The Invisible City.” Through May 30th, the Ideas City Festival will host conferences, debates, workshops, performances and architectural and artistic interventions.  In keeping with the theme, they will be exploring questions of transparency, surveillance, and citizenship in a quest for visibility in the city. The event launched this morning with a livestream of the festival, broadcasting the discussions from The Great Hall at Cooper Union.

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This upcoming week in New York City seems to truly mark the beginning of summer, with the return of Governors Ball, Figment art festival, Celebrate Brooklyn! in Prospect Park, Belmont Stakes, and Discovery Day at Staten Island.

Monday, June 1st

Fata Morgana, the controversial 500-foot canopy of mirrored disks, will open at Madison Square Park. It’s been in construction for a few months–check out our preview here.

In partnership with The Eternal Space, a play about an untold story of the destruction of Penn Station, we have added another slot of our special tour of the remnants of Penn Station on May 31st with Tamara Agins, tour guide, project manager at NYC Department of City Planning, and author of our popular article on the Secrets of Grand Central and Justin Rivers, playwright of The Eternal Space.


Weaving in moments from the play, which features over 1,000 never before published photographs of the station by renown photographers Norman McGrath, Peter Moore, and Aaron Rose, along with the work of railroad aficionados Alexander Hatos, an employee of Pennsylvania Railroad and Ron Ziel, a railroad historian, the tour will also cover the past, present and future plans for the central transportation hub in New York City, accompanying a hunt for the remaining pieces of the grand McKim, Meade & White station.

A portion of the tickets supports The Eternal Space, which has been previewed at The Center for Architecture. The event includes an optional drink afterward and conversation with the tour leaders and The Eternal Space creator at Tracks bar in Penn Station, which has some remnants of its own.

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Monday is Memorial Day, so there’s a lot going on with the kick-off to summer in NYC. Begin with an Ice Cream Social Run on Roosevelt Island and end with our popular tour of the remnants of Penn Station (tickets still available for one tour slot).

Monday, May 25

Start off the summer right with an NYCRUNS 5K or 10K race around Roosevelt Island which ends with an ice cream social

Then, hit up the Might Get Weird Party from creative Brooklyn DJ collective the Deep, with early open bar from one of our favorite local distillies, Owney’s rum. RSVP to mightgetweird@gmail.com to get the still-undisclosed location.

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12 hours, 32 miles, 1,235 people and an unforgettable experience of hiking the entire perimeter of Manhattan. It’s called The Great Saunter–an annual urban walk that meanders through some twenty waterfront parks and promenades, several historic communities and innumerable moments of surprise and wonder. 2015 marks the thirtieth year of this extreme city walking adventure and Untapped Cities jumped right in, to explore the shores of Manhattan with several other enthusiasts amidst the blossom of Spring earlier this month.

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In Long Island Sound, not far from the Bronx highlights like City Island and Hart Island, is one of the most unique bed and breakfasts in the New York City area. The hauntingly named Execution Rocks Lighthouse dates from 1849 has three bedrooms that go for $300 a night, all going to the non-profit that is maintaining the lighthouse. If that seems too steep, we’ll be offering a daytime exploration of the island on June 13th (tickets below) in support of the lighthouse renovation.

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