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To help New Yorker’s wrap-up July, the city has a host of events on the horizon. This week, choose from a plethora of tours, sit in on talks and discussions, and take advantage of some of those final opportunities to see films under the stars. Here’s a quick calendar of some of our top events picks to take you into August:
Friday, July 28th
The Hearst fellows at the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum will present their original research on New York City in the 1830s at the Hearst Fellows Symposium. Topics will include early 19th-century immigration and assimilation, as well as newspapers and the printing industry. The symposium is free with admission and free for Museum members. (Admission: $8 adults, $7 Seniors and Students). Those interested should call the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, 212-838-6878, for more details and to purchase tickets.
Then check out a free, outdoor French film, courtesy of Films on the Green. Now in its landmark 10th year, Films on the Green is presenting French cinema through the eyes of 10 guest curators and some of the most creative and compelling filmmakers, actors, and artists of our time: Wes Anderson, Jim Jarmusch, James Ivory, Saul Williams, Isabella Rossellini, Wanda Sykes, Laurie Anderson, Matthew Weiner, Matías Piñeiro, and Amy Hargreaves. Friday’s feature film is Elena and Her Men (1956), preceded by The Trip to the Moon (1902).
Saturday, July 29th
Atlas Obscura’s Secret Mausoleum Club: The Second Gathering is taking place on the 29th! Unlock the doors to Green-Wood Cemetery’s sepulchral secrets in this extraordinary series of intimate after-hours immersive experiences. Altas Obscura is paying an extraordinary tribute to the earliest stories, beloved monuments, and meditative shores that lays among the grounds. A limited number of Early Bird Tickets for the second meeting are available now.
Sunday, July 30th
Tour the Remnants of Gritty Old Times Square: We are thrilled to announce the latest addition to our tours which will take you back to the Gritty Old Times Square of the 1970’s… Back then, Times Square was a dangerous, exciting, gritty, intense, racially and sexually diverse neighborhood frequented by both locals and tourists. Love it or hate it, you couldn’t ignore it. Most of old Times Square has been carefully obliterated by generic hotels, soulless office buildings, and Walt Disney musicals, but there are still a few vestiges of its seedy past—if you know where to look.
So let us take you back to the halcyon days when 42nd Street was the Deuce, Eighth Avenue was the Minnesota Strip, the Great White Way was a red light district, and the Crossroads of the World was XXX-rated. We will see former peepshows, grindhouses, adult book stores, dive bars, hotsheet hotels, sex clubs, porno theaters, and massage parlors–not to mention all three locations of the New York Times. We will discover the personalities who made Times Square what it was: the King of the Peeps; the reclusive genius behind the McDonalds of Sex; the woman who built a gay and S&M porn empire; the slumlord with two suitcases filled with gold and five wives; and the Catholic priest who flew too close to the neon sun and crashed and burned.
400 Years of History in 1 Mile Walking Tour: Take a walk in the footsteps of George Washington and Alexander Hamilton, revel in beautiful architecture across four centuries, hear stories of heroes and rogues that have shaped our history as a country and as a city. Our newest tour, 400 Years in 1 Mile, looks at the history of New York City by walking a mile long portion of Lower Broadway. In this area of Lower Manhattan, you can find examples of streets and structures that date from our Dutch past to the 21st century. Architectural and technological breakthroughs from all period of the city’s history can be found here.
Then in the evening, head to the Urban Art Fair | New York 2017 from 6 PM – 7:30 PM for a double book signing of Luna Park’s (UN)SANCTIONED: The Art on New York Streets, and Lori Zimmer’s The Art of Spray Paint. Featured artists Crash John Matos, Nick Walker, Logan Hicks and Joe Iurato will also be on hand to sign copies. The event will be followed by a talk by Fun Gallery’s Patti Astor.
Monday, July 31st
Kick off the week by heading to Brooklyn for Coney Island Flicks on the Beach. On Mondays at 8:00 P.M. during July and August, a giant 40-foot inflatable screen turns the beach at West 10th Street into an outdoor movie theater. Come on down and see great flicks, representing a mix of modern, classic, and indie movies. Monday’s film is academy-award winning LaLa Land (2016). For directions, maps and the full schedule, head to coneyflicks.com.
Pay a visit to the Brooklyn Historical Society for Hollywood Does History… Poorly Part 1: Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. From biopics to period dramas, Hollywood has always been fascinated with historical events, but that does not mean accuracy is the priority. This series looks at films that play fast and loose with history, often to absurd effect. Join the BHS as it kicks things off with Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, a classic tale of 1980s slackers sent back in time by a futuristic George Carlin. Doors will open at 6PM with the show starting at 6:30 PM.
Tuesday, August 1st
From 10 AM to 10:50 AM, visit the historic home and residence of New York City’s mayor on a tour of the Gracie Mansion. In celebration of the 75th Anniversary of Gracie being a mayoral residence, Mayor de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray have also introduced a new art installation, titled New York 1942. It features artwork, documents and objects dating back to when the La Guardias lived in Gracie.
Then catch a movie and grab a beer at The Museum of the City of New York. Season 2 of Smile, It’s Your Close Up kicks off with a screening of Metropolitan Avenue, which documents a group of Polish, Italian, and African-American women in Brooklyn in the 1970s, who come together to protest the closure of public services in their neighborhoods. The screening will be followed by a conversation with the film’s director, scholars, and activists. Complimentary beer will be provided by Sixpoint Brewery. Use discount code SMILE for $10 tickets.
Wednesday, August 2nd
From 6:30 PM to 7:45 PM, come explore the world of bees with LANDMARKWEST’S The Buzz about Bees. The many gardens of the Upper West Side are literal nectar for the bees, butterflies, moths, wasps, beetles, and hummingbirds. Head to Riverside Park for a special summer evening exploring the hidden world of our pollinating heroes. New York City naturalist and author, Leslie Day, will also be there to talk about bees and urban beekeeping basics.
Thursday, August 3rd
At 7 PM, join Open House New York for talk: Vishaan Chakrabarti: On Opportunity, as part of its Conversations on the City series. Admission is free but registration is required as space is limited. Registration will begin two weeks before each event. Each talk will last approximately one hour, and will be followed by a reception with wine and snacks.