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2016 marks the 100th anniversary of New York City’s zoning resolution, which has shaped the way our city functions in the present day. To celebrate, the Museum of the City of New York and Open House New York is hosting the Zoning New York Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, July 9. Players will be taking photos in front of key zoning sites using hints provided in the game. The scavenger hunt is a lesson on how zoning has shaped the city in ways both seen and unseen, and explores the themes of the museum’s upcoming exhibit, ‘Mastering the Metropolis: New York and Zoning, 1916-2016.’

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Broadway and 42nd Street circa 1947 – Courtesy of MCNY

Photographs have the ability to capture the zeitgeist of an era and transport the viewer from the present to a completely different time. The Museum of the City of New York is hosting an exhibit called “Lost in Old New York.” The series of eight interactive black and white photos gives a glimpse into New York City in the 19th and 20th centuries. The exhibit also gives museum guests a special chance to win a year of free admission at the MCNY. To enter the visitors must take a selfie or ask someone to take their picture in front of the photographs and post it on Instagram with the hashtag #LostInOldNY. The museum will choose a winner every month from now until the exhibit closes on October 1st.

“Lost in Old New York” is a precursor to the museum’s first ever permanent exhibit “New York at Its Core,” a three-gallery exhibition that tells the story of New York’s 400-year history. “New York at Its Core” will open on November 18, 2016. Preview the pictures for “Lost in Old New York” below.

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Lavish, eccentric, mysterious, and exclusive is what someone would call The Illuminati Ball. Recently, Untapped Cities had the opportunity to step into the secret world of one. The Illuminati Ball, a production created by playwright and director Cynthia von Buhler, was inspired by leaked photos from the infamous Surrealist Party hosted by the Baron and Baroness de Rothschild in 1972. A night of immersive theater, von Buhler describes the play as “a surreal, bourgeois dinner party filled with power struggles, morality tests, and anthropomorphic escapades.”  (more…)

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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!

Here are more photographs of what you’ll see on this visit:

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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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