Rooftop Reds Vineyard
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 Landmark. The 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.
Tuesday, June 28th
Pictures and crime are linked in our society. Courtroom artists depict crime through their drawings and sketches of criminals are broadcast on television for the world to see. The exhibit Crime Stories: Photography and Foul Play at the Met Fifth Avenue examines the link between images and crime from the 19th century to the present. Some of the works on display include vintage news photographs of Lee Harvey Oswald shot by Jack Ruby and bank surveillance camera photos of Patty Hearst. Photos will be on display in the Howard Gilman Gallery until July 31st. The cost to view the exhibit is included in the price of museum admission.
Wednesday, June 29th
Enjoy a relaxing Wednesday evening with Sunset Wednesdays at Wave Hill in the Bronx. Take a welcome walk and admire the scenic landscape or participate in an hour and a half yoga class on the Great Lawn. There will also be outdoor music by Jann Klose following the walk and yoga. Prices for admission can be found here.
Thursday, June 30th
Instead of commemorating “Throwback Thursday” with an Instagram photo, learn charming old dances at Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Theater. Join Jenny Sowden, co-founder, director and instructor at Brooklyn Swing, as she teaches a how-to on the Lindy Hop, a popular dance from the ’20s and ’30s. Live music will be provided by the Evan Sherman Big Band, a 17-piece band that captures the spirit of the Jazz Age. Click on the links to learn how to purchase tickets and season passes. See the full schedule for the Midsummer Night Swing series here.
Friday, July 1st
July 1st is opening day for the International African Arts Festival at Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park. The 45th annual festival is a celebration of the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Zulu nation. The kick off to the festival is co-hosted by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, with performances by Forces of Nature, Emeline Michel, Victor Daze and more. Activities include dance workshops, talent search, a poetry show and the 27th Annual Symposium. The suggested donation is $5 for adults and $2 for children. Call 718-638-6700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The French film festival Films on the Green will screen Les 400 Coups (The 400 Blows) at Transmitter Park in Brooklyn. The 400 Blows is film by French director François Truffaut, and tells the semi-autobiographical story of Truffaut’s life through the character Antoine Doniel. The film will be shown in French, but English subtitles will be provided. This screening and all others hosted by Films on the Green are free and opened to the public.
Saturday, July 2nd
For the second time since 2014, MoMA PS1 presents Rockaway! at the Gateway National Recreation area at Fort Tilden. The temporary outdoor exhibit is organized by artist Katharina Grosse, in which she uses spray paints to create works of art in the surrounding areas of the decaying fort. MoMA PS 1 is working in collaboration with the Rockaway Artists Alliance, Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, National Parks Service, Central Parks Conservancy, NYC Parks and Recreation and the Rockaway Beach Surf Club. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
What’s better than drinking a glass of wine after a long hard week at work? Drinking a glass of wine on a scenic rooftop with Untapped Cities! Join us for a Wine Tasting and Tour at Rooftop Reds, the world’s first rooftop vineyard. Enjoy a gorgeous view on a hammock while savoring a glassful of wine, and learn about the technology used to sustain a vineyard in the heart of Brooklyn All guests must be 21 and older to attend the event . Tickets for the tasting and tour can be purchased below.
Sunday, July 3rd
If religiously entering the Hamilton lottery, listening to the soundtrack and reading Ron Chernow’s biography isn’t enough for you, further immerse yourself in everything Alexander Hamilton at the New York Public Library’s special event, Alexander Hamilton: Striver, Statesman, Scoundrel. In this exhibit, the NYPL presents their collection of Hamilton writings and other findings to personify one of America’s Founding Fathers. Included in the collection will be a draft of George Washington’s 1796 farewell letter written by Hamilton himself. Learn more about the free exhibit here.
Take a ferry to Staten Island and celebrate an early Fourth of July with an Independence Day Celebration at Historic Richmond Town. From 12 pm to 4 pm, visitors can participate in a number of patriotic activities including a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence, pie baking and ice cream making and marching in the Pinwheel Parade. Tickets for the event can be purchased at the visitor’s center upon arrival. Call 718-351-1611 or email email@example.com for more information.