Photograph Courtesy of Hudson River Park

This week is jam packed with activities to do in New York City! Here are our Untapped Picks for getting out and experiencing all the history, art, and culture of the city:

Friday, August 17th

Join Untapped Cities on a special Twentieth Anniversary Tour of Hudson River Park led by Director of Outreach and Education Tina Walsh. Explore stories of the incredible oysters of New York Harbor, Manhattan’s changing shoreline and the revitalization of the west side through environmental activism. If you are of become an Untapped Cities Insider, you can join this event for free!

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Saturday, August 18th

Explore the abandoned Ellis Island Hospital complex that has been off-limits and decaying for over 60 years on our Behind-the-Scenes Hard Hat Tour. Gain exclusive access to rooms that once served as the laundry facilities, morgue, contagious disease wards and FBI headquarters, all spaces that are only accessible on a guided tour. Along the way, learn about the hospital’s role in the history of immigration and see pieces from the site-specific art installation Unframed, by world-renowed artist JR.

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

It’s the last Saturday to take part in NYC Summer Streets! From 7am to 1pm, nearly seven miles of New York City’s streets, along Lafayette Street and Park Avenue from City Hall Park to 72nd Street, will be closed off to car traffic and opened to the public to play, run, walk and bike. See the full list of programming here!

Celebrate math at the Third Annual NYC Math Festival by the Fosun Plaza at 28 Liberty St. The outdoor festival will include hands-on math exhibits, entertaining mathematical games, and intriguing puzzles and brainteasers, plus, exciting performances, group constructions of giant geometric sculptures, and a bagel-juggling demonstration!

Immerse yourself in the food, shopping, and culture of Red Hook, Brooklyn with Brooklyn Based’s final immersion day of the summer. Tickets to The Total Red Hook Immersion grant guests access to access to exclusive sales and deals, including four free Brooklyn Brewery beers, on a self-guided tour of the waterfront neighborhood.

Sunday, August 19th

Find the best home brewed beer at the All-Borough Home-Brew Takedown 2018 hosted at Queens Brewery. New York City home brewers will gather and compete with their best summer home brew while guests enjoy beers from Queens Brewery, Bridge and Tunnel and more!

Monday, August 20th

Daniel Avila/NYC Parks

Join Untapped Cities Insiders and the NYC Parks Deputy Director of Public Art, Jennifer Lantzas, for a tour of the newly opened Phase 2 of Hunters Point South Park in Long Island City. Throughout the tour, view and learn about multiple outdoor art installations within the park and hear from NYC Parks Monument Coordinator Colombina Valera, representatives from SculptureCenter, and representatives from SWA/Balsleyand Weiss/Manfredi, the firms that designed the park. If you are or become an Untapped Cities Insider, you can join this tour for free!

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Tuesday, August 21st

Mingle with other New Yorkers at a community potluck at the new West Harlem Pier Park. Built on a narrow patch of land along the river that was formerly a parking lot, the West Harlem Pier Park has expanded the community space available along the waterfront. The park’s designer Barbara Wilks will be on hand to talk about the design. All you need to bring is a dish to share! Drinks, cups, plates, napkins, and other picnic needs will be provided. The event is free and open to the public.

Spend an evening with award-winning, The Opera House Filmmaker Susan Froemke and producer Muffie Meyer at 35 W. 67 St. Froemke and Meyer will discuss how they put together their acclaimed documentary, The Opera House, which chronicles the over fifty year saga of the creation of the Metropolitan Opera’s home at Lincoln Center. Discover how the pair sorted through the history, dug out archival material, and pieced together a cast of characters and storylines to tell this story. The film will not be shown at the event, but you can catch it on PBS on Monday, August 20th at 9:00pm.

Wednesday, August 22nd

Walk through Alice’s Garden on the grounds of the Biddle House at 70 Satterlee Street, Staten Island, to view an arrangement of rare and unique architectural terra cotta ornaments crafter over 100 years ago by the artisans of the Atlantic Terra Cotta Co. in Tottenville. This event is part of the NYC Parks Department’s Open Gardens Days series.  Alice’s Garden is free and open to the public during regular park hours.

Thursday, August 23rd

Discover the Lost British Forts of Long Island at a talk with author David Griffin and learn about new and ongoing research within the inner city areas of Brooklyn and Queens. Griffin will discuss the fortifications covered in his book and go in-depth into his research on a few of the key posts. This event will take place inside the historic Fraunces Tavern Museum.

Check out the full lists of Untapped Cities tours and Insider events