We’re heading into the second week of May, and plenty of activities are taking place throughout New York City. Kick off the weekend with a full schedule of Obscura Day events or join one of our behind-the-scenes tours. Read on for our event picks for next week:
Saturday, May 6th
It’s Obscura Day! Participate in full day of exploration and discovery with scheduled events taking place around the world. Wander the stacks of the Brooklyn Public Library, go behind-the-scenes at the Brooklyn Army Terminal and watch a movie screening inside a moonshine bunker.
It’s the grand opening of Flow.17, Randall Island’s annual outdoor art exhibit. The installation features site-specific projects by participants in the Bronx Museum’s Artists in the Marketplace (AIM) program for emerging artists.
The Great Saunter also takes place this weekend! Do you have what it takes to complete the day-long hike? The event explores Manhattan’s 32-mile shoreline, taking you through more than 20 parks and promenades in the process.
Take part in this year’s Jane’s Walks, a global festival of citizen’s walking tours that celebrate the ideas of Jane Jacobs, the economist and urban life proponent. New York City’s version is organized by the Municipal Art Society. Here are a few of our selected tours across the five boroughs that are led by certified experts – architects, historians, urban planners and organizations directly involved in developing various spaces. There’s also much more to celebrate about Jane this month, with her recent birthday and the release of the documentary, “Citizen Jane.”
Sunday, May 7th
We also have a few openings for our tour of Rooftop Reds. Take in New York City views and join us for a wine tasting on the world’s first rooftop vineyard.
Monday, May 8th
From sculptures to murals, the High Line is covered in public art. Melanie Kress, the High Line Art Assistant Curator, will delve into the story and inspiration behind various works you’ll encounter while strolling through the park. For more on public art, make sure to check out our Art in the NYC Subway Walking Tour. Our first event kicks off on May 13th!
Tuesday, May 9th
In a “Post-Moses New York,” we can reexamine how we invest in public transit infrastructure in order to build a system that can efficiently move people from one place to another. ReThink Studio is inviting you to join in on the conversation with “PLAN 2050: Penn Station & A Post-Moses New York,” a May 9th conference, co-sponsored by Untapped Cities, the University Transportation Research Center and The Architects Newspaper.
Wednesday, May 10th
Every night in May, from 11:57 p.m. to midnight, Times Square will come alive with artist Joshua Frankel’s I LIVE HERE, Animation from “A Marvelous Order.” The project is part of Midnight Moment, a monthly presentation by The Times Square Advertising Coalition (TSAC) and Times Square Arts.
Thursday, May 11th
Head to the Upper West Side to discover a collection of gargoyles perched in nooks and crannies. Architectural historian Nina Harkrader will talk about the history of the neighborhood and share stories about her favorite gargoyles and green men.
Friday, May 12th
Here at Untapped Cities, we love all things spooky. Hear stories read by “flickering candlelight” during the Edgar Allan Poe Festival, taking place at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Greenwich Village.
NYC H2O is presenting water artist Stacy Levy at Hunter College. At 4:30pm, Levy will host a painting workshop that will highlight a formerly visible path of an old stream, which will be followed by a talk about water, ecology and art.