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True to form, New York City’s summer events show no sign of slowing down. The third week of June is packed with things to do from parades and music festivals to dance performances and plays.

Saturday, June 17th

The story of Grand Central Terminal is that of New York City itself: the structure embodies the social, cultural, economic and technological evolution around it. It is one of great men, feuding architects, ingenuity, rejuvenation, secrets and surprises.  On this tour, we will tell you these stories – about what once was, what could have been, and what can be; about the struggle to save and restore Grand Central as a preserved icon of the past, and of the challenge to ensure that it serves New York City’s future. We will show you what it was like in the booming age of the railroad, as a rundown embarrassment, and as a renovated jewel at the center of the city. Whether you pass through it every day on your morning commute or stroll through the Beaux Arts beauty for the first time, you are sure to leave having learned, seen, or experienced something new and extraordinary.

Tour of the Secrets of Grand Central Terminal

A completely original creation of Coney Island USA (the not-for-profit arts organization at 1208 Surf Avenue), the Mermaid Parade is the nation’s largest art parade and one of New York City’s greatest summer events. A celebration of ancient mythology and honky-tonk rituals of the seaside, it showcases over 3,000 creative individuals from all over the five boroughs and beyond, opening the summer with incredible art, entrepreneurial spirit and community pride. The parade highlights Coney Island Pageantry based on a century of many Coney Island parades, celebrates the artistic vision of the masses, and ensures that the summer season is a success by bringing hundreds of thousands of people to the amusement area in a single day.

In celebration of Open House New York’s 15th anniversary, New York Now Scavenger Hunt will take place all day long. The citywide scavenger hunt will challenge participants on their knowledge of architecture, planning, and development projects in the past fifteen years.

Sunday, June 18th

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 his 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. Get in on this experience early, as the first harvest will be taking place in October 2017. Take in an amazing view and sip on Rooftop Red wines on our tours. Please note that the wine served on the rooftop is from Rooftop Reds partners in the Finger Lakes until the first harvest off the Navy Yard rooftop are ready!

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

June 18 is the last day to see Shakespeare in the Park’s first free, public summer show: Julius CaesarRome’s leader, Julius Caesar, is a force unlike any the city has seen. Magnetic, populist, irreverent, he seems bent on absolute power. A small band of patriots, devoted to the country’s democratic traditions, must decide how to oppose him. Shakespeare’s political masterpiece has never felt more contemporary.

Monday, June 19th

The American Ballet Theatre Presents Oneign. Pushkin’s great verse novel, Eugene Onegin, is interpreted with flawless storytelling skill by John Cranko. With a wealth of magical moments, this compelling tale features an unusual twist of double unrequited love—while the high-handed Onegin at first spurns the young, naive Tatiana, she blooms to become a sophisticated St. Petersburg aristocrat who, in turn, rejects his subsequent advances in a final crushing blow. Tchaikovsky’s vivid music brings to life the world of Imperial Russia with beauty, drama and passion.

Tuesday, June 20th

Speaking in public for the first time in over three decades, the pioneering photographer Lee Friedlander will take to the LIVE stage in conversation with his grandson Giancarlo T. Roma at the New York Public Library. Friedlander is perhaps best known for his portraits of the social landscape, which have penetrated to the heart of American life for half a century. Also available to livestream. 

The Times Square Advertising Coalition (TSAC) and The Metropolitan Museum of Art will be displaying works of art created by New York City public school students. Images of the 27 selected works of art will be presented on the Clear Channel Spectacolor sign in the heart of Times Square’s Military Island (43rd and 44th Streets on Broadway). The launch event takes place on June 20th at 2:00 pm, and continues through the week. P.S. Art also opened for the tenth season at The Met, and the 27 works of art selected for the Times Square showcase are part of a larger exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which will be view on view from June 13 through October 29, 2017.

Wednesday, June 21st

Now entering its 11th year, Make Music New York, “the largest music event ever to grace Gotham” (Metro New York), is a unique festival of 1,000+ free concerts in public spaces throughout the five boroughs of New York City, all on June 21st, the first day of summer. MMNY takes place simultaneously with similar festivities in more than 750 cities around the world – a global celebration of music making. From 10 in the morning to 10 at night.

The Brooklyn Historical Society presents: Inspired by the Water’s Edge. Author Jennifer Egan, whose forthcoming novel, Manhattan Beach, led her to years of research about communities on the water’s edge, leads this panel in a conversation about Brooklyn’s waterfronts, industrial and liminal, as an inspiration to artists.

Thursday, June 22nd

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, which kicks off on May 11th, will give you a whole new appreciation for one of New York City’s most iconic landmarks.

The Secrets of Brooklyn Bridge Walking Tour

Friday, June 23rd

Join Open House New York for a tour with NYC Parks and Department of Sanitation (DSNY) officials. While the city once relied on a network of several landfills across the outer boroughs, by the 1990s only the colossal Fresh Kills Landfill in Staten Island remained. Today, more than a decade after its closure, the site is in the midst of a transformation into a new crown jewel in the city’s vast system of public parks.

Check out our full list of Behind the Scenes Tours.

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