Over the weekend, Untapped Cities checked out the Waterfront Museum‘s barge, the Lehigh Valley No. 79 in Red Hook as the organization prepares to host a fundraising Pirate Ball on September 19th. The festive party is to kick off No. 79′s 100th birthday, and start an endowment to continue the mission and preservation of the boat.
On September 12, photographer Robert Herman will be giving an Artist’s Talk before signing copies of his recent book titled The New Yorkers. Herman, who began taking color photographs of people on the street while attending college at New York University, used Kodachrome film to chronicle the evolution of the city from 1978 to 2005. Taking inspiration from the likes of Harry Callahan and Robert Frank, he focuses on the quotidian activities he encounters while walking the streets of New York City.
If you’ve been following Untapped Cities for a while, you probably know that we love the Dîner en Blanc, ever since we started attending the invite-only one in Paris in 2010. But with our belief that great experiences should be shared–like what we do here at Untapped Cities with our articles–we were very excited to see the ”democratization” of the Dîner en Blanc in other cities, which you could sign up via the organization’s website. This year’s event will take place on September 18th.
On Saturday September 21st, join us for our next Untapped Cities event with a tour and cocktail at an authentic Prohibition era speakeasy in the East Village. The speakeasy, still being used as a bar and theater, retains the original wood bar, access to original mafia escape tunnels, and the safes where $2 million dollars were found by Lorcan Otway, the founder of the Museum of the American Gangster, and his father.
Food fighters drown themselves in tomatoes over a Memorial Day weekend fight in Dallas. Source: Dallas Observer.
Summer is tomato season, and the juicy red fruit (not vegetable!) will be thrown in full force at the Tomato Battle this Saturday on Brooklyn’s Aviator Sports and Event Field. The event, held this year in five cities across the U.S., draws inspiration from Spain’s La Tomatina and Germany’s Oktoberfest. It also adds some American flavor, with up to 100,000 pounds of overripe local tomatoes thrown.
MONDAY, JULY 1: For three days only this July, come see a copy of the Declaration of Independence, written in Thomas Jefferson’s own hand, and one of the remaining original copies of the Bill of Rights. New York Public Library Stephen A. Schwarzman Branch at 42nd St, 2nd floor. FREE.
TUESDAY, JULY 2: Join The Freedom Dance Party as they celebrate 10 years of weekly parties with a huge live performance with Funk and R&B legend, Cameo! Part of SummerStage. 6-10pm at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park. FREE.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 3:MoMA presents its first major exhibition on the work of Le Corbusier (Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, 1887–1965), encompassing his work as an architect, interior designer, artist, city planner, writer, and photographer. Ongoing until September 23 with a Member gallery talk at 12:30pm. MoMA, 11 West 53rd Street. (more…)