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The weather is going to be stellar this weekend and we’ve got a bunch of tours this weekend to some neat “untapped” destinations in New York City. While our subway tours are sold out already, there’s still space on our exploration of the Remnants of Penn Station on Sunday and our second tour and tasting at Rooftop Reds, the world’s first commercially viable rooftop vineyard, on Saturday. Here are more details and why you should join us!


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Monday, May 30th

Amongst the slew of Memorial Day activities (both holiday related and more off-the-beaten path) you can find in our separate guide, Manhattanhenge will take place at 8:12pm. See more details on this twice-yearly phenomenon here.

Wednesday, June 1st

For five consecutive days, Grammy Award-winning folk comedy duo Flight of the Conchords (aka Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie) will perform “Flight of the Conchords sing Flight of the Conchords Tour” at the McKittrick Hotel.

Located where the Persian Room, a once legendary nightclub, played host to such formidable acts as Bob Hope, Kay Thompson, Bob Fosse and Liza Minnelli, The Rose Club walls have listened in on many unforgettable moments in music and entertainment history. During the Persian Room’s 41 year run, modern jazz made a spectacular debut with a stellar cast of performers including Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Billie Holiday. Join in a performance of live jazz music performed by the Kat Gang.

Thursday, June 2nd

June 2nd is the last day to view Picasso’s “Le Tricorne” at the New-York Historical Society. Picasso was commissioned to paint the tapestry for the ballet of the same name by Sergei Diaghilev, and it was displayed in the Four Seasons Restaurant for 55 years. The artwork is the centerpiece of a bigger exhibit, featuring related works from the Society’s collection and special loans to complement the work. Tickets for the exhibit are included in the admission to the museum and can be purchased here.

The Brooklyn Museum will hold its 4th annual Sackler Center First Awards, honoring women who have broken gender barriers to achieve something first in their fields. This year’s awards and dinner, presented by Elizabeth Sackler and Gloria Steinem, honor Angela Davis, a political activist, scholar and author influential to the Civil Rights movement. New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray will give special remarks. Past honorees include Toni Morrison, Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Connie Chung and Miss Piggy. To purchase tickets for the awards ceremony and/or dinner, email firstawards@brooklynmuseum.org or call 718-501-6589.

Friday, June 3rd

The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden is hosting an Artisanal Cider Tasting event. This 21 and over event is co-sponsored by City Wine Gallery and Miso Hoppy Craft Beers. Try ciders from a number of different local and international suppliers, including Sarene Craft Beer Distributors, Skurnik Wines and Spirits, Domaine Pacory Poire Ciders and Opici Imports. Get tickets for the tasting here or call the museum at 212-838-6878.

The New Taste of the Upper West Side – Summer in the City: Surf and Turf returns this year with summer surf and turf favorites. 45 participating restaurants will bring their best summer dishes to this food and wine fundraiser, including Momofuku Milk Bar, The Meatball Shop, Jacob’s Pickles, Shake Shack, AG Kitchen and more. The event is hosted by celebrity chefs Anne Burrell and Alex Guarnaschelli. Other chefs and culinary heavyweights will also be in attendance. The net proceeds go to the local community for neighborhood improvement and beautification projects such as the Columbus Avenue BID’s Sustainable Streetscape project, Theodore Roosevelt Park, Wellness in the Schools nutritional program, Greenhouse Classroom, Citymeals-on-Wheels and other beneficiaries. The events continue into Saturday. Get tickets here.

Saturday, June 4th

Come join Untapped Cities for a Wine Tasting and Tour at Rooftop Reds, The World’s First Rooftop Garden at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The technology used to sustain the vineyard is an urban planter system that was developed in cooperation with Cornell University and Finger Lakes industry leaders. Enjoy an array of wines with a great view on the 14,800 square foot rooftop. You must be 21 and older to attend this event. Get tickets for the event below.

Sunday, June 5th

The Bialystoker Synagogue Tour is hosted by Untapped Cities, in partnership with the Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy. Get an inside look at a synagogue that is usually off-limits to the public. Bialystoker was built in 1826 as the Willet Street Episcopal Church, but later was converted to a place for Jewish worship. In addition to touring the synagogue, you will also get the opportunity to walk through the streets of Historical East Broadway to see historical landmarks like the Henry Street Settlement, Seward Park and the exterior of the Beth Hamedrash Hagol, once home to the first and largest Russian Jewish Orthodox congregation in the United States.

Tour the remnants of Penn Station with Untapped Cities, and discover the past, present and future of the railroad. On the Penn Station Tour, lead by tour guide Justin Rivers, learn of the little known secrets of the station, including never-before published photographs of the station at its peak and demolition. Go on the hunt for the remaining pieces of the McKim, Mead and White stations, and explore the surrounding buildings of the station in depth. Learn secrets of how to navigate Penn Station like a pro, from the best places to enter and exit the station to learning how to beat the rush on the Amtrak concourse. Purchase tickets for this event below.

Check out our full list of Untapped Cities Behind the Scenes tours.

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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.