Photograph Courtesy of Catherine Grau/FMCP Community Advisory Board

Get crafty with watercolor painting or enjoy a craft beer for International Beer Day. Practice your Bollywood dance moves in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park or listen to live jazz in Central Park. Explore the subway system or an abandoned hospital. Whatever activity you are looking for this week, it’s happening in New York City. Here are our Untapped picks:

Friday, August 3rd

Image via Lillie’s Victorian Establishment (Union Square)

It’s International Beer Day! Lillie’s Victorian Establishment locations in Union Square and Times Square are offering discounted beer flights of local ales like Bronx Golden Ale, Captain Lawrence Orbital Tilt, Brooklyn Lager and GreenPort Harbor Porter.

Tour the historic home of beloved founding father Alexander Hamilton at the Hamilton Grange National Memorial. With the guidance of a National Park Service Ranger, visit rooms and see artifacts used by the Hamilton family in the 19th century.

If you are or become an Untapped Cities Insiders, you can attend this tour for free!

Saturday, August 4th

Gain exclusive access to off-limits spaces inside the abandoned Ellis Island Hospital Complex on Untapped Cities’ Behind-the-Scenes Hard Hat tour. Explore the contagious disease wards, morgue and other areas of the over 100-year old hospital that was once the standard of American medical care. Along the way you will see life-size historical photographs installed by world-renowned artist JR.

Behind-the-Scenes Hard Hat Tour of the Abandoned Ellis Island Hospital

See the full list of Untapped Cities tours happening this week here

Enjoy Great Jazz on the Great Hill at a free outdoor concert in Central Park. The evening will feature live jazz and swing dancing! No tickets are required.

Sunday, August 5th

Uncover the Secrets of Grand Central Terminal on Untapped Cities’ walking tour. On this tour you will see parts of the terminal that go unnoticed on the rushed daily commute. See inside Grand Central’s hidden tennis courts, peek into the entrance of the glass walkways, discover a multi-million dollar jewel hidden in plain sight and more!

Tour of the Secrets of Grand Central Terminal

See the full list of Untapped Cities tours happening this week here

Dance the night away in front of the Revson Fountain at Lincoln Center’s Heritage Sunday Dance Party. Music this Sunday will be provided by DJ Rekha, the visionary behind NYC’s legendary Basement Bhangra parties. Heritage Sunday is part of the 50th birthday celebration of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance.

Monday, August 6th

Dive below the surface for Untapped Cities’ Underground Tour of the NYC Subway System. Visit what was once considered the “Grand Central of Downtown” but is now a nearly abandoned station, ride through the famed decommissioned City Hall Station, and learn about the winding history of the New York City subway system from its inception to today.

Underground Tour of the NYC Subway

Get crafty with the family at the Museum of the City of New York’s Water All Around: Watercoloring Painting night. Learn about the different bodies of water that surround the city, from the Hudson River to the Croton Aqueduct, and explore the exhibition New York at Its Core to get inspired to create your own watercolor landscape painting.

Tuesday, August 7th

Get in the know with the Guggenheim Museum’s conversation series “Summer of Know.” In this week’s conversation, Jennifer Newsom, Principal, Dream the Combine, and activist and community organizer Stephanie Alvarado will tackle the topic of how to activate overlooked urban spaces. The conversation will be moderated by the Assistant Curator of Architecture and Digital Initiatives, Ashley Mendelsohn, and take place in The Wright restaurant.

Wednesday, August 8th

Test your fraud detection skills at New York City’s Secrets and Lies. Caveat, a Lower East Side speakeasy specializing in intelligent nightlife, hosts this ongoing series where five storytellers tell a secret history of New York City, but one is not telling the truth. Spot the liar and you will be in the running for a special prize!

If you are or become an Untapped Cities Insiders, you can attend this tour for free!

Thursday, August 9th

Photograph Courtesy of Catherine Grau/FMCP Community Advisory Board

Get fit by practicing your Bollywood dance moves in front of the Unisphere and Queens Museum at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Masala Bhangra with Carissa Sarreal is an outdoor fitness dance class, taught by Sarreal, for all ages and fitness levels.

Go out for dinner and a movie at the Tribeca Drive-In outdoor film series. Each film screened at Lower Manhattan’s Oculus Plaza (Mean Girls on this night) shares a common connection: a plot or key scene focused on the theme of food. Enjoy live music, win Westfield retailer prizes, and relax in a summer chic lounge and dining area with exclusive food and beverage offerings from eateries like Eataly NYC Downtown, Epicerie Boulud, Choza Taqueria, Nobletree Coffee, Nunu Chocolates, and Irving Farm Coffee Roasters.

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