There are only a few more weeks left of summer, but there are still so many things to do! Here are our Untapped Picks for events to check out in New York City this week:
Thursday, August 23rd
Photograph by Carly Hoogendyk, Courtesy of Caveat
Find out Why Your Train is F*cked Up at Caveat’s comedy show about the history of the MTA. This month, in the 4th installment of the series, hosts Meg Pierson and Justin Williams, with the help of a ghost writer who is an employee of the MTA, take on the topic of construction. This show will also feature a performance by “busker” Gabriel Mayers.
Friday, August 24th
Catch the last day of qualifying matches for the U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The tournament features 128-player fields for both the men and women contending for the final 32 spots (16 each for men and women) in the singles draws. These matches are free and open to the public!
Saturday, August 25th
Photograph by Nathan Kensinger
See the world premiere of “Managed Retreat” at the closing night of Rooftop Films. “Managed Retreat” is a short documentary by Nathan Kensinger that creates an observational portrait of the three New York City neighborhoods being demolished and returned to nature as part of the city’s first ‘managed retreat’ from rising sea levels. The film follows the process of retreat over the course of five seasons in three communities located on the coast of Staten Island.
Tour the industrial raw spaces and renovations at Kearny Point, a former Navy Yard on our Untapped Cities Insider Tour. During World War I and II, Kearny Point was once one of the world’s most prolific shipyards when it operated as the Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company. Today, Hugo Neu is transforming the 130-acre industrial complex into a new mixed-use, sustainable waterfront destination – one that embraces the site’s history and provides opportunities for the businesses of the new economy.
If you are of become and Untapped Cities Insider, you can join this tour for free!
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Indulge in food and shopping from over 40 handpicked vendors at the Bronx Night Market, a free, open-air festival. The market represents the city’s diverse culinary offerings, introduces the surrounding community to new and exciting flavors, and allows up and coming foodtrepreneurs to engage with the local foodie scene. It will take place the last Saturday of every month through October.
Sunday, August 26th
Learn about the genesis, design, and evolution of Central Park, while uncovering its many outrageous happenings, scandals and hidden histories on Untapped Cities’ Secrets of Central Park Walking Tour! Learn about the curious origins of the Central Park Zoo and the corruption scandal that caused a riot, see the secret bolt left behind from the creation of Manhattan’s street grid, and more stories on this stroll through the park.
See our full list of Untapped Cities tours here!
Boogie on the Boulevard in the Bronx as the center lanes of the Grand Concourse from 162nd Street to 170th Street close to cars and open to the public for a day full of music, art and fitness programs hosted by organizations from the Bronx and beyond. This event is free, but you must RSVP through Eventbrite.
Monday, August 27th
See photographs by artist Naima Green inside Central Park’s Arsenal Gallery, at Green’s solo exhibition, A Collective Utterance. The exhibition features portraits of black and brown artists, writers, culture workers, and thinkers taken at green spaces throughout New York City—such as Riverside Park, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and Central Park—as well as select sites across the United States.
Tuesday, August 28th
Make some Room for Tea at this immersive pop-up experience by Chaimi Food Studio. Inspired by the cultural diversity of tea experiences in New York City, this pop-up features five main scenes and eighteen visual highlights like the Labyrinth of Tea Origin, Milk Tea Metropolis and the Summer BOBA Court. Each ticket includes a free BOBA tea and proceeds go to planting trees. You can also opt to add a forty minute tea ceremony!
Gain entrance to the Woolworth Building, which since 9/11 has been closed to the general public, on Untapped Cities’ Special Access Tour. Explore the stunning cathedral-like lobby and get up close to the intricate mosaic ceiling. Visit the basement vault and learn the history, and secrets, of what was once the world’s tallest skyscraper!
Wednesday, August 29th
Spend an evening with Untapped Cities on the Arabella, a mega-yacht anchored in the New York Harbor with views of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island! Untapped Cities readers get 50% off tickets to hop aboard, enjoy the views, and grab a drink at the cash bar. Book your tickets here, and use code “untapped” for 50% off. We will be boarding at 6:45pm but you can board at any time.
See our full list of Insiders Events here!
Thursday, August 30th
Learn about the history of the New York City subway on Untapped Cities’ Underground Tour. Ride through current and abandoned stations like the famed decommissioned City Hall Station, where the subway began, and discover pieces of art and history that you pass everyday on your commute.
See our full list of Untapped Cities tours here!