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Governors Island. Photo courtesy Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation

From arts festivals to movie screenings and music performances, the second weekend of June is full of exciting events. Check out the schedule for next week, and participate in the upcoming festivities.

Saturday, June 10th

Weaving in moments from The Eternal Space—a play about an untold story of the destruction of Penn Station featuring over 1,000 never before published photographs of the station—our tour of the Remnants of Penn Station will cover the past, present and future plans for the central transportation hub in New York City, accompanying a hunt for the remaining pieces of the grand McKim, Mead & White station (of which there are many)! Each guest will also receive a framable, reproduction ticket of the first commuter ride into Pennsylvania Station from 1910.

Tour of the Remnants of Penn Station

Join us for our off-limits tour into the Woolworth Building, led by building architect Cass Gilbert’s great granddaughter, Helen Post Curry, who runs the Woolworth Building tours. Cass Gilbert was Curry’s paternal great grandfather and she began running tours in the Woolworth Building on the 100th anniversary of the landmark. On our tour, we’ll access the gorgeous mezzanine level, see the spectacular “cathedral-esque” lobby, and visit the cellar level where the bank vault is located.

VIP Tour of the Woolworth Building

Every weekend in June, Writing On It All offers free and open participatory art exhibits on Governors Island. Various artists will lead sessions, including Mariame Kaba, Laia Sole, Ana Lara and LaTasha Diggs, and more. The 3rd artist workshop, which takes place this weekend, will feature award-winning poet and author Ana-Maurine Lara and writer/vocalist/sound artist LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs.

Sunday, June 11th

The New York Transit Museum is celebrating the 100th birthday of Lo-V subway cars, which ran on the IRT line from 1917 to 1969. From 9am to 11am, it’s holding a Party on Wheels, with breakfast and birthday cake, crafts, dancing, face painting and more.

Did you know that Central Park was once the site of a former African-American village? Or that it was previously home to an infamous casino, where alcohol flowed throughout the Prohibition? For almost 160 years, Central Park has been the green heart of the city, serving as a pastoral haven for New Yorkers and visitors alike. Even so, it still holds many secrets that have yet to be discovered. On this walking tour, we’ll explore the history behind some of its best-loved and hidden sites. Learn about the genesis, design, and evolution of the immense green space, while uncovering its many outrageous happenings, scandals and more. Discover the secret navigational device that keeps pedestrians from getting lost on the park’s winding paths, see the secret bolt left behind from the creation of Manhattan’s street grid and uncover the hidden meaning in Bethesda Terrace’s sculptures.

Secrets of Central Park Walking Tour

Monday, June 12th

It’s not too late to check out the “Other Homes” group exhibition, housed inside the Arsenal Gallery in Central Park. Curated by Audra Lambert, the exhibit, which remains on view until the 15th, focuses on the role of organic materials in contemporary art. The closing celebration and tour will take place on the 12th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

Tuesday, June 13th

Enjoy classical music with free concerts taking place across New York City public parks. This week, the New York Philharmonic will be hosting events in Central Park, Van Cortlandt Park, Cunningham Park and Prospect Park. See the line up here.

Wednesday, June 14th

The 16th annual River To River Festival takes place from June 14–25! As part of the festivities, over 100+ performances — with 12 days of dance, music, theater and the visual arts activities — will take place across 31 unique sites across Lower Manhattan and Governors Island.

Thursday, June 15th

The SOHO International Film Festival kicks off on Thursday, and runs until the 22nd. Head to the Village East Cinema to watch great films from around the world.

Friday, June 16th

The Chelsea Music Festival will present a world premiere performance of Etudes & Lullabies by Composer-in-Residence Sebastian Currier. The event will be followed by a curated reception. For more information, click here. 

Check out our full list of Behind the Scenes Tours.

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