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From scenic walks along New York City’s waterfront to cultural festivals celebrating food, there’s plenty to do next week. Mark your calendars: here are our event picks from May 20th to 26th:

Saturday, May 20th

New York City boasts 520 miles of waterfront — that’s more mileage than Miami, Boston, Los Angeles and San Francisco combined. Yet, in a city covered with skyscrapers, we tend to forget that most New Yorkers actually live on an island. To get us thinking about the waterfront, the NYC Department of City Planning and various partners are hosting NYC520 guided walks on May 20th. Take part in an event near you to celebrate the city’s waterfront, its history and plans for its future.

Beyond the Brooklyn Bridge’s stately exterior lies an epic origin story. Now over 130 years old, the granite and limestone structure has dazzled both tourists and residents alike. On our newest tour, author, playwright and Untapped Cities’ tour guide Justin Rivers will not only unpack the history behind the Brooklyn Bridge, but also explore its many hidden secrets. Our unique walking tour will give you a whole new appreciation for one of New York’s most iconic landmarks.

The Secrets of Brooklyn Bridge Walking Tour

Sunday, May 21st

The 3rd annual Harlem EatUp! is taking place inside Morningside Park, from May 20-21st. Join this celebration of food and culture while exploring Harlem sights, sounds and flavors.

Join Atlas Obscura on a guided walk of Bannerman Island, where you will learn about both Bannerman Castle ruins and artist Melissa McGill’s “Constellation” light installation. The tour will be followed with a talk by Melissa and Hadrien Coumans of the Lenape Center, which will delve into the Lenape history of the land and the inspiration for “Constellation.”

Celebrate the return of the Prospect Park goats by heading to the Lefferts Historic House, where you can watch a sheep-sheering demonstration and learn about how sheep’s fleece is transformed into wool. The event will include a special self-guided tour around the woodlands.

Did you know the world’s first commercially viable rooftop vineyard is hidden within the Brooklyn Navy Yard? Untapped Cities will be bringing readers on a special wine tasting and tour at Rooftop Reds, led by one of its founders who will share their knowledge of winemaking. Within the 14,800 square foot rooftop, you will see a unique urban planter system that is the first of its kind, developed with Cornell University and Finger Lakes industry leaders. As an added bonus: all guests will get 20% off purchases of Rooftop Reds wines.

Wine Tasting & Tour of Rooftop Reds, the World’s First Rooftop Vineyard!

Tuesday, May 23rd

At 10:30 a.m., veterans and active military will gather in Times Square for a public viewing of “Just a Common Soldier,” which will be played on digital billboards. The event, hosted by The Times Square Advertising Coalition and producer Tony Lo Bianco, will kick off Fleet Week.

Wednesday, May 24th

UrbanGlass will open its newest exhibit, Aaron Pexa: The Spoils of AnnwnDrawing from his previous career in architecture and urban planning, Pexa utilizes video, optics, neon, light sculptures and more to visualize fantastical narratives, inspired by “Preiddeu Annwn,” an epic poem in the Book of Taliesen, one of the most famous Middle Welsh manuscripts.

Thursday, May 25th

The CRRNJ Terminal, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island (“the Historic Trilogy”) all help to tell the story of the immigrant experience. On Thursday, Liberty State Park Nature Interpretive Center will host a special program, featuring a screening of the film “Dreams of Distant Shores” and a tour of the CRRNJ with views of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.

Friday, May 26th

Enjoy the warm weather with free outdoor movies, taking place under the stars at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

Check out our full list of Behind the Scenes Tours.

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