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…)

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From an outdoor French film festival and the Coney Island Mermaid Parade, to panel discussions and a rooftop vineyard wine tour, Untapped Cities has curated a list of events you’ll be sure to enjoy. Here are the top ten New York City Events for the week of June 13th to June 19th.

Monday, June 13th

The Chelsea Music Festival, which the New York Times calls a “gem of a festival” continues all through this week. Check out the full programming here.

If after-hours museum lectures sound appealing, the American Museum of Natural History is the place for you. The AMNH is hosting the Frontiers Lecture Series: Coloring the Universe at the Hayden Planetarium Space Theater. Astrophysicist Travis Rector will explain the process for creating aesthetically pleasing and scientifically useful photographs from telescopes, while Carter Emmart projects the images in the dome of the theater. The event is at 7:30 pm and tickets can be purchased here.


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In 1922, the New York Times announced that the Gowanus Canal was “one of the dirtiest, one of the shortest and one of the most important waterways in the world.” At the time, more than 26,000 barges and boats would chug up the 1.8 mile long waterway, dropping off precious cargoes of everything from coffee to coal amidst the pungent regular overflow of Brooklyn’s combined sewer system.

This summer on June 25th and July 31st, we’ll be hosting a tour of the Secrets of the Gowanus Canal led by writer Joseph Alexiou, author of Gowanus: Broolyn’s Curious Canal, a source for our popular article on the canal’s historical secrets. On this tour, learn how real estate speculation and Gilded Age denizens transformed the once naturally-occurring creek and salt marsh into a stinking cesspool and toxic dump. Although the barges are long gone, the sewage remains—as does toxic waste and the architectural monuments to Brooklyn’s industrial heyday. The landscape of industrial buildings that remained are transforming the neighborhood into a creative hub, in turn encouraging a flurry of new development.


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On the calendar for next week in New York City, there are plenty of art events, film screenings, behind the scenes tours, and an immersive recreation of the film Ghostbusters. Check it out!

Monday, June 6th

Attend the opening reception of Uptown Arts Review at the Rio II Gallery at 583 Riverside Drive. The exhibition is curated by Andrea Arroyo and features the artwork of 29 local artists working in a variety of media. The exhibition runs from June 6th to the 30th and is free to the public. Call 212-568-2030 for more information.