Photograph by Richard Baddeley, Soul City Arts, Courtesy of MOFAD
New York City is teeming with events this week, whether you want to grab a bite or catch a film, we’ve got you covered with our Untapped picks!
Friday, July 20th
Catch a free French film at Riverside Park (Pier I) presented by Films on the Green. Tonight’s feature is You Will Be My Son by Gilles Legrand.
Saturday, July 21st
Uncover the Secrets of Grand Central Terminal on our expert-led Untapped Cities walking tour! See inside the terminal’s exclusive hidden tennis courts, peek into the entrance of the glass walkways and find out where there are millions of dollars worth of jewels hidden in plain sight.
Explore the history of curry in New York City restaurants and the stories of the Bangladeshi people who brought it here at the Museum of Food and Drink’s new immersive art experience, Knights of the Raj. On view three weekends only, July 20-August 5. Opening night is already sold out!
Learn the history of New York’s sprawling, subterranean public transit system and catch a glimpse of abandoned, out-of-service stations on our Underground Tour of the NYC Subway. By area, the NYC subway system is the largest rapid transit system in the world and it is packed with stories waiting to be discovered!
Sunday, July 22nd
Find out how Central Park went from wasteland to urban pleasure ground on our Secrets of Central Park Walking Tour. Spend an afternoon at the park exploring the its hidden histories, like the forbidden love that inspired the park’s most famous statue at the Bethesda Terrace.
Discover what was left behind by the historic events of the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs on our Tour of the Remnants of the World’s Fairs at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. Learn the story behind the iconic ruins of the New York State Pavilion and locate other souvenirs passed down from this international exhibitions.
Enjoy a performance by The Bardekova Ensemble inside the Woolworth Chapel in Woodlawn Cemetery. The woodwind quartet will perform Celia Cruz, Lefebvre, Verdi, Joplin, and more.
Monday, July 23rd
Nosh on food from distinguished New York City culinary professionals and entrepreneurial graduates of Food Business Pathways, a program to train and formalize the skills of home chefs living in NYCHA housing, at City Flavors, A Night of Local Bites. The event its a tasting showcase and fundraiser to provide grants to support their burgeoning businesses and those of their peers.
Tuesday, July 24th
Join our Special Access Tour of the Woolworth Building to see inside the dazzling “Chamber of Commerce” which is off-limits to the public. Get an up-close look at the stunning mosaics of the building’s lobby while learning about architect Cass Gilbert’s work and the eponymous owner of the building, F. W. Woolworth.
In Polite Company presents Robert Moses vs. Everybody, an unauthorized show on the life story of Robert Moses, the Master Builder of New York City, star of the Power Broker, Citizen Jane, and Body Heat, at Caveat, a Lower East Side speakeasy, from 9:00 to 11:00pm. If you are or become and Untapped Cities Insider, you can attend this event for free!
Wednesday, July 25th
Attend the opening of “Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York,” a new exhibition of photographs focused on small businesses in the Lower East Side by local photographers and Untapped Cities contributors James and Karla Murray. The opening reception will be held at 70 Orchard Street, New York, NY from 6:00pm to 9:00 pm.
Hear how the 9/11 memorial design competition influenced the design and construction of future memorials at Memorial Visions: Fifteen Years After the 9-11 Competition, a discussion with speakers that include Lester Levine (Author, 9/11 Memorial Visions: Innovative Concepts from the 2003 World Trade Center Site Memorial Competition), Harriet F. Senie (Professor, Author, Memorials to Shattered Myths: Vietnam to 9/11) and Mabel O. Wilson (Professor, Columbia University; Founder, Studio And), moderated by Joy Bailey Bryant (V.P. of Cities and Cultural Development, Lord Cultural Resources).
Architect Deborah Gans, who designed the stained glass window of the Museum at Eldridge Street with artist Kiki Smith, will lead a short talk and tour through the historic sanctuary discussing the inspiration, design, and fabrication of the monumental stained glass window at the museum’s after hours program, Twilight Open House. Talk will begin at 6:30 PM.
Thursday, July 26th
Uncover Williamsburg’s layers of history and its evolution from a gritty industrial area, to a counterculture haven, and finally to the hip Mecca it is today on our Grit to Hip, a Williamsburg Walking Tour.
Discover why signal problems screw up your commute with the third installment of Caveat’s love/hate comedy show about the history of the MTA, Why Your Train is F*cked. If you are or become and Untapped Cities Insider, you can attend this event for free!
Watch an outdoor screening of Paris is Burning, at Brooklyn Bridge Park as part of Movies with a View. The film will be preceded by music from DJ Delish and the short film Wild Wild West. Food and beverages from Smorgasburg will be available all night long on the promenade!