The lobby of the Woolworth Building
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
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.
Tuesday, June 14th
The Museum Mile Festival kicks off today from 6 pm to 9 pm. The free festival starts on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, with pit stops at all eight of the museums on 5th Avenue, including the Museum of the City of New York, El Museo del Barrio and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. In between museum stops, there will be musical entertainment, chalk drawings and events for kids and families. See the full schedule of events.
Wednesday, June 15th
Celebrate Einstein’s contribution to music and what inspired him at an event at the Chelsea Music Festival.
New York has long been known as the creative capital of the world, but what exactly has contributed to the city’s magnetism, and are those elements now in flux? Attend a talk at the Brooklyn Historical Society on The Surviving Artist in a Changing New York moderated by The New Yorker’s Cresside Leyshon.
Intersection is hosting a panel discussion called ‘It was not about money’: An Intersection|Prospect Heights Discussion at 7 pm. The panel will discuss the future of the Prospect Heights neighborhood following the first affordable apartments in Pacific Park (formerly Atlantic Yards) offered through New York City’s lottery system. Experts in affordable housing, economic development, public policy, community activism and urban planning explain what the implications of redevelopment means for the neighborhood and other communities going through similar experiences. The event takes place at the Central Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library and is free and open to the public.
Thursday, June 16th
At Steinway Hall, photographer and writer Christopher Payne will host a book signing for his new publication, Making Steinway: An American Workplace. Payne will take you on a pictorial tour through the famous Steinway & Sons piano factory in Astoria, Queens. See the teams of skilled workers create exquisite instruments considered to be some of the finest in the world. Payne has artfully captured moments of production, and parts and pieces of the instruments that will never be visible outside of the factory, telling a story of intricacy, precision, and care.
James Joyce was a beloved Irish author, who created works like ‘Dubliners’ and ‘Finnegans Wake.’ In collaboration with the Irish Arts Center, the Symphony Space is hosting Bloomsday on Broadway XXXV. This year’s celebrations honor the 100th year of Joyce’s work ‘A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man’ and a 17-act performance from his epic tale ‘Ulysses.’ The event takes place at 7 pm and tickets can be purchased here.
Friday, June 17th
The French film festival, Films on the Green, continues today in Washington Square Park. Enjoy the warm summer air while watching the 1954 film ‘Air of Paris’ directed by Marcel Carné. All movies are shown in French with English subtitles. This free event lasts until Thursday, September 8th.
Saturday, June 18th
Join Untapped Cities for the Tour of the Woolworth Building at 4 pm. Though normally off-limits to the public, Untapped Cities will take you behind the doors of this grand building. It was completed in 1913 by architect Cass Gilbert, and is an example of an early United States skyscraper. The tour is led by Gilbert’s great-granddaughter Helen Post Curry, who will show you the spectacular lobby, the former entrances to the subways and more. You can purchase tickets for this event below.
Coney Island will be hosting its 34th annual Mermaid Parade at 1 pm. It was originally conceived by Dick Zigun, known as the “Mayor of Coney Island,” and is advertised as the “nation’s largest art parade.” Parade participants march in colorful, homemade costumes that showcase their artistic skill, while riding in cars, on floats or marching on foot. The parade starts at West 21st Street and Surf Avenue and ends at Steeplechase Plaza. This event is free and open to the public, but those interested in marching in the parade can register here.
While you’re at the Mermaid Parade, view the Coney Island Art Walls, which will be completed today. The “outdoor museum of street art” features 21 new projects for 2016. This free event is curated by Joseph Sitt and Jeffrey Deitch from works by local artists.
Sunday, June 19th
Three worlds collide at the Egg Rolls, Egg Creams and Empanadas Festival, hosted by the Museum at Eldridge Street. The Lower East Side and Chinatown have been the home of Chinese, Jewish and Puerto Rican communities, and these groups have left their mark on the neighborhood. The block party starts at 12 pm and features music from these cultures, including klezmer, Peking Opera and bomba and plena. There will also be yarmulke making, Chinese and Puerto Rican mask making, arts and crafts and food from each culture (i.e. kosher egg rolls!) Register for this free event here.
Join Untapped Cities for a Wine Tasting and Tour of Rooftop Reds, the first commercially viable rooftop vineyard, located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Sit on the 14,800 square foot rooftop and take in the views while enjoying a glass of wine. Learn about the urban planter system used to sustain the vineyard and hear the secrets of winemaking from one of the vineyard’s founders. Participants must be 21 and older to attend. Tickets for this event can be purchased below.
June 19th is the last day of OutdoorFest. Enjoy a free outdoor expo and meet/talk to guides, mapmakers conservation nonprofits and community groups. In the evening, watch films about running and hear a talk with guest speaker and ultra runner Mike Wardian. At the end of the night, go to the closing party, featuring beers from the Sierra Brewing Company, s’mores and more. Tickets for this event can be purchased here.