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The Museum at Eldridge Street. Image by Peter Aaron

Come discover the history, architecture and the magical sanctuary of the landmarked Eldridge Street Synagogue, a beautiful house of worship built by Eastern European immigrants in America, in our After Hours Tour and Wine Reception on Wednesday, July 22nd, co-presented by Untapped Cities and the Museum at Eldridge Street. This will be our Summer Happy Hour event for our readers and contributor community, so come on down, we’d love to meet you.

You’ll step into the footsteps of the synagogue’s immigrant founders who finally got to celebrate their religion gloriously and openly in the free land of America. Swap historical facts and quirky architectural detail over wine. Be on the lookout for the parts of unrestored lath and plaster in the building’s balcony which reveal how the building is put together, with brick, lath, plaster, even pieces of horse-hair, used to bind the plaster.

Tickets are 25% off for Untapped Cities readers using discount code UNTAPPED. (Tickets for the neighborhood tour beforehand are now sold out).

Museum at Eldridge Street- New York City - NYC - Lower East SideThe Museum at Eldridge Street. Image by Peter Aaron

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Staten Island is the next frontier of urban development in New York City, with the forthcoming arrival of the world’s tallest ferris wheel and the St. George Waterfront development. While these projects are currently under construction, there’s already a lot happening. In our next Behind the Scenes NYC tour with the NYC Economic Development Corporation, we’ll be doing a walking tour of the New Stapleton Waterfront with the NYCEDC’s Munro Johnson, Vice President of Development for Staten Island on Saturday, July 25th at 10am.

Stops on this walking tour will include:

  • SI Makerspace, an arts, technology and business incubator for NYCEDC
  • The New Stapleton Waterfront development project with Ironstate Development speaking on the construction progress of the decommissioned U.S. Naval Base, to be turned into a mixed-use development and public waterfront esplanade
  • The Stapleton Town Center (with a representative from the Neighborhood Association)
  • Staten Island Artists Building Corporation

After the tour, for those interested we’ll head to the nearby Flagship Brewery in downtown Stapleton for beers and pizza at around lunchtime for those that want to grab a bite to eat (food/drink not included in price of ticket).

The tour will begin at the St. George Ferry, where Munroe will speak about the St. George Waterfront developments, then we’ll take the Staten Island Railroad two stops down to Stapleton for the rest of the tour. 

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Summer is in full swing this July in NYC with The Tempest in Central Park, the start of Elastic City 2015, and a Transit Museum vintage bus showcase on Governors Island.

Sunday, July 5th

July 5th marks the last summer performance of Shakespeare in the Park’s 2015 production of The Tempest, free and open to all ages in the open-air Delacorte Theater in Central Park. The Public Theater’s next production, Cymbeline, won’t start up until July 27th.

Experience the serenity of summer with YogaSole as part of their free outdoor yoga classes in Prospect Park. All ages and experience levels are welcome.

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July 4th festivities predominate New York City this week, but there’s more under the surface to explore.

Monday June 29th

Ingrid Michaelson, Jukebox the Ghost, and Secret Someones are kicking off the week with some feel-good indie pop at SummerStage on Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield. Tickets are $40 at the door, so if you’re into some free music check out SummerStage’s free concerts all summer.

Monday also marks the second to last showing for The Tribe, an experimental film by Ukrainian filmmaker Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy. Taking place at a high school for the deaf, the entire film is acted in sign language by deaf non-actors. Showing now at the Film Forum.

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HBO Bryant Park Summer Music Festival. Photo via New York Post.

Events big and small in New York City this week, with the return of Bryant Park movies, New York City PRIDEFEST, and Night at the Museums, as well as new exhibit Living Landmarks.

Monday, June 22nd

The HBO Bryant Park Summer Music Festival returns on Monday with a screening of Ghostbusters on the lawn.

Tuesday June 23rd

It’s the annual Night at the Museums: 15 downtown museums and historic sites will offer free admission from 4 to 8pm, including the 9/11 Memorial Museum, Fraunces Tavern Museum, Skyscraper Museum, South Street Seaport Museum, NYC Municipal Archives Visitor Center and Wall Street Walks. Each museum will have special program offered on this night only.

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Untapped Cities and New York Adventure Club took a group of 25 explorers to Execution Rocks Lighthouse this past weekend, one of the most unique locations in the New York City area. The journey to the non-profit-run lighthouse involved the subway, train, and two boats, and then some adventurous climbs to the top. On the tour, led by the Philadelphia couple who run the organization, we learned about the history, the process of running such a unique property, and some of the hauntings that allegedly come with the lighthouse.

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