Check out the top ten New York City events happening from July 25th to 31st 2016, including a book reading series in Brooklyn, Untapped Cities tours of iconic and abandoned locations and a French film festival.

Monday, July 25th

July 25th is the third week of the Brooklyn Bridge Park annual literature series Books Beneath the Bridge which continues on the Granite Prospect Steps. This book series features authors representing local, independent bookstores in Brooklyn, who read excerpts from their works and participate in a Q&A and book signing. This week’s installment of Books Beneath the Bridge features authors representing powerHouse Arena in DUMBO. At 7 pm, author Jessica Winter will present her debut novel, Break in Case of Emergency and Ed Park will read from his work, Personal Day. This event is free and open to the public. For a full list of authors participating in this series, visit 

Tuesday, July 26th

On July 26th at 8pm, Shakespeare in the Park presents Troilus and Cressida, directed by Tony Award winner, Daniel Sullivan. The plot begins in the midst of the Trojan War, as the young prince Troilus vies for the love of Cressida. Meanwhile, there is debate whether Ajax, Ulysses and Achilles should return Helen or continue to wage war. Troilus and Cressida runs daily, excluding Mondays, through August 14th. Tickets for this event are free and can be obtained in one of four ways: in person at the Delacorte Theater, mobile ticket lottery, distribution lottery at Astor Place and borough distributions. Visit for more information and to see other Shakespeare in the Park events.

Wednesday, July 27th

On July 27th from 6 to 9 pm, the Museum of the City of New York, in partnership with El Museo del Barrio, presents Uptown Bounce. The kickoff to this event will feature music spun by Misbehaviour of the Mobile Mondays! collective, “Waacking” dance lessons and roller skating dancers of Space Age. Visit for more information about this four-week event. Register for admission to this free event here.

Thursday, July 28th

The 13th annual Animation Block Party kicks off on July 28th at Rooftop Films and BAMcinématek. The first day of the festival is presented by Arts Brookfield and will feature short films from around the world. Doors open at 6:45, followed by live music at 7:45 and the screening at 8:45. Purchase tickets for the event here or buy tickets at the door to each event.

Friday, July 29th

This Friday at 8:30 pm, Films on the Green presents the 1987 film Boyfriends and Girlfriends at Tompkins Square Park. All movies are shown in French with English subtitles. This free event lasts until Thursday, September 8th and is open to the public.

Saturday, July 30th

If you’ve missed the past events, Untapped Cities is hosting another Wine Tasting and Tour at Rooftop Reds from 3 pm to 4 pm. Rooftop Reds is the first rooftop vineyard in the world, hidden atop a building in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. On the tour, sample some of the vineyard’s own wine and learn all about the methods to maintaining a rooftop vineyard in New York City. Enjoy beautiful views from the 14,800 square foot rooftop, while discovering insider secrets from one of the vineyard’s founders. All participants must be 21 and older to attend. Purchase tickets for the event in the form below.

Join Untapped Cities for the Tour of the Woolworth Buildingled by Cass Gilbert’s great-granddaughter 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.

On July 30th, you’ll have another chance to party all night long with a bona fide secret society at the Illuminati Ball. Beginning at 6 pm, get whisked out of New York City to a secluded and secret lake peninsula an hour out of the city. Enjoy a night of food, drinks and dancing, with “esoteric rituals” designed to welcome you into the exclusive club. Find out more about the ball here or text Pig King at 646-221-5239 for more details. Apply for tickets to this event now.

Sunday, July 31st

July 31st from 4 to 8 pm is the last day of Queens International 2016, where there will be a screening of the film “A Frame Apart.” Nathan Kensinger and co-director Nate Dorr will present the film compilation of short films made in or about Queens. There will also be a Q&A after the screening. For more information,

Untapped Cities is hosting a Secrets of the Gowanus Canal Walking Tour today at 2 pm. Lead by the author of ‘Gowanus: Brooklyn’s Curious Canal,’ Joseph Alexiou, the tour outlines the Gowanus Canal’s history and transformation from a naturally occurring creek and salt marsh to a thoroughfare central to Brooklyn’s industrialization. Tickets for this walking tour can be purchased below.

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