The Brooklyn Historical Society Dumbo outpost
With the end of June and beginning of July approaching, events in New York City are only ramping up. Step into Fourth of July weekend with copious tours, free concerts, art exhibitions and more. For even more going on this week, also make sure to check out our guide for alternative Fourth festivities.
Friday, June 30th
Visit the Brooklyn Historical Society’s DUMBO outpost on Friday nights for free admission all summer long. Located in the historic Empire Stores building in the heart of Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn Historical Society DUMBO is a new cultural destination dedicated to highlighting stories of Brooklyn’s waterfront. Currently on display is the inaugural exhibition, “Shifting Perspectives: Photographs of Brooklyn’s Waterfront,” which looks at the shore as inspiration for dozens of photographers throughout time.
Saturday, July 1
Tour of The Remnants of Dutch New Amsterdam: At first glance, it might seem like there’s not much left of Dutch New Amsterdam, but there’s much more than meets the eye. This includes the massive one hidden in plain sight: the original street grid embedded in lower Manhattan grid today. Discover the many hidden Dutch relics south of Wall Street, as you trace the streets of Manhattan in 1667. You’ll hear about New York’s founding myths and facts while standing in the very spots they all happened.
Also, head over to Central park for an evening of free Jazz as a part of the SummerStage festival. From 5 – 10 PM, see four different groups perform in a celebration of Parisian and New York Hot Jazz, Swing and Ragtime in commemoration of WWI and the cross pollination of French and US culture. This includes, Vince Giordano with special guests Catherine Russell, Kat Edmonson, Nicolle Rochelle, and DeWitt Fleming Jr: From Harlem To Montmarte: the Jazz Age Voyage. For more performances at SummerStages this week and for the rest of the summer, check out the full lineup.
On Saturday, July 1 at 7 PM, visit the City Reliquary for the opening event of its current exhibition, The United States: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. The event will commemorate the 65th Anniversary of SS United States’ famous record-breaking Maiden Voyage. There will be an 8 PM screening of the film Colossus On The River (1965; Runtime: 15 min.). In addition, beverages will be offered by suggested donation, with beer courtesy of The Brooklyn Brewery and a specialty cocktail courtesy of Montauk Rum.
Sunday, July 2
Tour and Wine Tasting at Rooftop Reds, the World’s First Rooftop Vineyard: 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!
You can also see the Hudson River Ramblers perform at Federal Hall as they celebrate the Erie Canal Bicentennial. The event will include a march, where a DeWitt Clinton reenactor will read excerpts from the 1815 New York Memorial that convinced New Yorker to support the construction of the Canal.
Monday, July 3
Head over to Central Park for Landforms: A History of Central Park’s Fort Landscape Exhibit. This free, daily exhibit shows how the large rock outcroppings and passes in Central Park’s Fort Landscape played an important role in shaping our city’s — and nation’s — history, and how Central Park Conservancy cares for this history today. This exhibit reveals the fascinating findings of archaeological and historical investigations conducted as part of the recent landscape restoration that upgraded infrastructure and recreated the scenic overlooks that Park designers envisioned. The exhibit will be running until November 5, 2017.
Tuesday, July 4
Fourth of July Fireworks Cruise With Statue Cruises: Summer has finally arrived and Independence Day is just around the corner. For those seeking an adventure, Statue Cruises — the official ferry boat service to the Statue of Liberty and the Ellis Island Memorial Museum — is hosting a special, one-day fireworks cruise in celebration of the holiday. Forgo the standard barbecue and grill in exchange for a unique experience, where guests will have the opportunity to watch the sun set behind Lady Liberty, and see New York City’s legendary skyline light up during a dazzling fireworks display.
Also on the Fourth, catch a performance by DJ Tiësto. Dubbed the world’s Most Travelled Artist, Tiësto will return to his adopted home of New York City to play a special, one-off show to celebrate Independence Day. Fans will have the opportunity to see the dance music legend perform on the hallowed grounds of Governors Island, where the backdrop of the city’s skyline and explosive energy of his extensive musical catalog will magnify the revelry of the holiday, affording concertgoers an unparalleled Fourth of July experience. The lineup will also feature some of Tiësto’s collaborators and friends, including KSHMR, Cheat Codes and Aazar.
Visit the New York Historical Society’s Museum and Library for its July Fourth celebration as part of their Summer of Hamilton. The day will feature Hamilton-themed family fun. Families will be able to meet a costumed Hamilton, join a dueling history tour, hear revolutionary tales and listen to songs from renowned musical troupe, The Hudson River Ramblers.
Wednesday, July 5
Visit the Museum of the City of New York to check out its Stettheimer Dollhouse exhibition. One of the Museum’s most popular artifacts, the dollhouse of Carrie Walter Stettheimer (1869-1944) weaves together the fashion and style of New York’s Gilded Age in miniature form. Stettheimer worked on the 12-room dollhouse for nearly two decades, creating many of the furnishings and decorations by hand.
Thursday, July 6
Explore the wonders outside of New York City with a free panel discussion by local authors and adventurers, hosted by the Atlas Obscura Society and Filson. This panel of adventure experts – including Untapped Cities founder, Michelle Young – will reveal surprising and undiscovered weekend escapes from the everyday hustle of New York’s metropolis.