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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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Like photographer Anderson Moran, who showed how scaffolding could be beautiful, German photographer, Thomas Struth, depicts a perspective-altering view of construction sites in his photo series “High Art.”  The series is part of a larger work in the latest New York Times Magazine issue “The New York Issue: 800 Feet Above the City,” which included the virtual reality video Man on Spire, a climb to the top of 1 WTC. “High Art”gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at some of New York City’s tallest buildings as they were built, and at their completion.

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Television began in New York. It debuted at the World’s Fair in 1939 and developed through flagship stations of the CBS and NBC networks. Milton Berle’s Texaco Star Theater was broadcast from Studio 6B at Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan. The Goldbergs was set in the Bronx. Ralph Kramden drove a bus for the Gotham Bus Company.

So by returning to Gotham in 1991, the CBS sitcom Brooklyn Bridge was bringing television back to where it began. Broadcast in 1991 and set in 1956, the series followed a Jewish family in the borough, and television was central to their lives and their home. The show created a dialogue between television’s history and New York’s histories as they move from midcentury to the turn of the century.

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Have you ever wondered what the value of gold is on a daily basis? Unless you’re Scrooge McDuck, we don’t know why you would want to. However, if you want to truly understand a new public art piece by Brooklyn artist Mika Tajima, it might be wise to check the Nasdaq.

Inside Hunter’s Point South Park in Long Island City, Meridian (Gold) will show you in real time if the price of gold is going up or down. The mist of water in the center of the sculpture will change color thanks to the use of LED lights. The water will be colored magenta if the price of gold goes up, cyan if it goes down. A computer algorithm is being used to check on the price of gold every two seconds. So when you enter the pink square, the color may change numerous times, depending on how long you sit.

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The theaters in and around Times Square have incredible architecture and history, but for almost sixty years, there has been another incubator for plays and performance making history and influencing the Great White Way far south of 42nd Street.

The Off-Off-Broadway movement started around 1958, when a young Italian-American gay man opened up a cafe where he and his friends could get together and share poetry, music and art. Eventually those friends  started writing and performing plays in the Caffe Cino, which got the ball rolling on an entire theatrical movement.

The Off-Off-Broadway movement still thrives today.
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