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Looking for something fun to do next week? Untapped Cities has you covered with the top ten NYC events from June 27th to July 3rd. Enjoy tasting wine at the world’s first rooftop vineyard, celebrate an early Independence Day at the historic Richmond Town House and much more!

Monday, June 27th

Socrates Sculpture Park celebrates its 30th anniversary with the outdoor exhibition LandmarkThe outdoor museum and public park in Long Island City will  feature eight artists whose work represents both the physical and symbolic change in the landscape of the park. The exhibit is curated by ARTPORT and showcases the works of Abigail DeVille, Brendan Fernandez and Cary Leibowitz. Viewing is opened from 10 am to 8 pm and is free to the public. Look up directions to the park here.

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There’s so much more to the Gowanus Canal than the dirt and sludge. Join our walking tour of its secrets this Saturday with Joseph Alexiou, author of Gowanus: Broolyn’s Curious CanalHe’s a veritable Gowanus Canal enthusiast and he’ll show you the places you overlook, the hidden history of the area and the industrial landmarks. Learn how the Gilded Age barons, with grand homes in Manhattan and Brooklyn, transformed this area (for better and worse) and how this neighborhood is getting its rebirth today amidst the creative economy. From this tour, you’ll be able to envision the change in the Gowanus neighborhood from a land of barges to a land of small manufacturing and luxury condos, and all the secrets hidden in between. The weather is looking great on Saturday!

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Do you have Summer Fridays? Or you love getting into places before everyone else can? This Friday, we’ll be visiting The Hills, the new park on Governors Island on a tour led by the Governors Island Trust. Once open, The Hills will certainly be popular and crowded, and for good reason. There will be 40 lush acres of green space with four new hills up to 70 feet above sea level.

On this tour, you’ll learn about the Island’s history from military base to open green space and get an inside look at the recent and ongoing transformation of the barren landfill on the south island. You’ll get an unbelievable view of the New York harbor, lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty from the summit. We’ll hear about the engineering feat behind the construction of The Hills, which will include New York City’s longest slide, a granite “scramble” made of old blocks repurposed from the old island seawall, and the planting of nearly 3,000 new trees.

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In the 1920s and early 1930s, Prohibition put a ban on alcoholic beverages in the United States. Despite this ban, the era was characterized by opulent parties and grand celebrations. The Jazz Age Lawn Party is an annual celebration of Great Gatsby proportions, hosted by Michael Arnella held on two weekends this summer. Every year for 11 years, guests have attended this Governors Island event to party like it was 1920, dressed in themed clothing and dancing to music that captures the zeitgeist of the ’20s and ’30s. Untapped Cities attended last weekend to share with you some of the highlights from the festivities. If you missed the festival this past weekend, worry not, another will be held later this summer on August 13th and 14th.

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Kick off the start of summer with an awesome list of things to do around the city, from exclusive Untapped Cities tours and museum exhibits, to special behind-the-scenes events and free yoga. Here are the top ten events happening in New York City from June 20th to June 26th.

Monday, June 20th

The Alamo Cube at Astor Place is a little delayed for its grand return to the East Village, but you can still partake in events in anticipation. The Strangers Project and Processional Arts Workshop are collaborating in the weeklong Creativity Cubed event. The weeklong event allows individuals to share their stories and memories of the Alamo Cube and Astor Place, in which participants will design their own miniature version of the iconic landmark. The event runs from 11 am to 8 pm and is free to the public.

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There was something strange happening in Williamsburg last night. More strange than usual. BBQ Films, the immersive cinema group who last took us to the scariest wedding we’ll ever attend, threw a party to celebrate the opening of the new Ghostbusters headquarters. Since 1984, parapsychologists Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz and Egon Spengler, along with former construction worker Winston Zeddmore, have based their operations in Tribeca. Now after more than thirty years, the Ghostbusters have moved their operations (as well as all the ghosts they keep locked away) to Villain in North Williamsburg. Why? With ghosts from outside of New York City gentrifying neighborhoods, displacing the native ghosts who have haunted here for years, the Ghostbusters need help, which means they need you.  (more…)