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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.


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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.