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We’re excited to announce our second annual tour, on June 11th, to Execution Rocks, a storied lighthouse in Long Island Sound, not far from City Island and Hart Island in the Bronx.

According to popular lore (and still claimed by the Travel Channel), Execution Rocks was named because of the executions that took place there under the British authorities before the American Revolution, who chained prisoners to the rocks at low tide to be drowned. There is no historical evidence that this is true, though a serial killer claimed to have done some of his macabre deeds near the island in 1920. The official history of the island’s naming refers to the dangerous passage for ships around the rocks at low tide.

The lighthouse was designed by architect Alexander Parris, who also built Boston’s St. Paul’s Cathedral and Quincy Market. The original granite for the lighthouse was quarried from Manhattan in 1840, excavated in the construction of the Hotel Continental, located at Broadway and 41st Street, and brought out to Long Island Sound by barge. The granite lighthouse tower went up in 1849 and the lighthouse keeper’s house was built in 1867, in a neoclassical style.

The tour, which we’re producing in partnership with New York Adventure Club, is led by a Philadelphia-couple who has been lovingly restoring Execution Rocks after buying the decaying lighthouse from the United States government for $1 in 2009. More details below:

Here’s what we’re looking forward to in NYC: the arrival of the Prospect Park goats, events in several Gilded Age mansions and on the city’s rooftops, a walking tour of Coney Island, exploration inside the Woolworth Building and more.

Monday, May 16th

Explore the Gilded Age mansion that’s home to the American Irish Historical Society on Fifth Avenue in Brownstone, a multi-sensory food and art event hosted by Metropolis Ensemble featuring the culinary creations of Jonah Reider, known for the supper club he created in his Columbia University dorm, the music of Ricardo Romaneiro, and many others. Tickets here.

As part of New York City’s Strand Book Store series “Discovering Design,” Chwast, along with Jack Lenor Larsen and Jane Thompson, will take part in the panel discussion “Legends of New York City Design” — showcasing lifelong design luminaries all in their ninth decade.


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Warm weather has (almost) come to New York, and with it comes a full array of fun outdoor activities. So grab your picnic baskets, blankets, and friends for a summer of movie screenings. Here is the 2016 schedule for the city’s rooftop and outdoor film screenings from across all five boroughs, presented to you by month for easy planning. Since most of these screenings are free, be sure to get there early so you can get a good view! Many outdoor screenings for this summer have yet to be announced, so be sure to check back with the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Bryant Park, the Central Park Film Festival and more for their movie days and times.  (more…)

Explore the street of Dutch New Amsterdam this week

The events to check out in New York City this week, from a burglars guide to the city, a tour of what’s left of Dutch New Amsterdam, a benefit inside the Four Seasons, an urban exploration expo and more.

Monday May 9th

The Center for Architecture will host BLDGBLOG founder Geoff Manaugh, who will present topics from his new book, Burglars Guide to the City which explores the relationship between burglary and architecture. 6pm, tickets are $10 or free for AIA members and students.


america's cup-rendering-nyc-untapped citiesRendering of the upcoming race. Image via America’s Cup

On May 7th and 8th this year, America’s Cup will be coming to New York City. Known as the competition for the oldest international sports trophy, this event began in 1851 on the South Coast of England, and the last time it was in New York was in 1920. This two-day sailing event between six teams from around the world is one of the preliminary events calendared this year as a prelude to next year’s 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda. The center of the race will be held on the Hudson River, with the course running north from Battery Park to Pier25. Here are 8 places in New York and Jersey City you can enjoy the race from. (more…)

Did 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 their 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. As an added bonus: all guests will get 20% off purchases of Rooftop Reds wines. Get in on this experience early, as the first harvest will be taking place this October 2016. Take in an amazing view, lounge in a hammock, and sip on Rooftop Red wines in our tours which start in May, to continue through the year.

More photos of the space below: