Experience the culture, flavors, and natural beauty of New York City with the diverse events taking place throughout the week. With our Untapped Picks, uncover the secrets of Brooklyn’s famous Prospect Park, celebrate the city’s museums, hear amazing music and more!
Friday, June 7th
Journey to the stars with the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Weather permitting,
the astronomers will set up hi-powered telescopes for visitors to look through. This event will repeat on select Fridays throughout the summer.
Take a canoe out on the Gowanus Canal as part of Outdoor Fest 2019. On this unique urban adventure, paddle along the canal as you learn its history, the way its been restored, and local environmentalism in Brooklyn. Since 1999 the Gowanus Dredgers have empowered people to care for the Gowanus Canal through advocacy, conservation, and education. This event is part of a 10-day outdoor adventure festival in the five boroughs of New York City.
Climb to the top of the Little Red Lighthouse on a private access, urban ranger led-tour. Learn about the history of this tiny beacon and the surrounding area of Fort Washington Park as you take in wonderful views of the George Washington Bridge and the Manhattan skyline. If you are an Untapped Cities Insider, you can join this tour for free!
Saturday, June 8th
Discover secrets from below on Untapped Cities’ underground tour of the New York City subway system. On this tour, you will travel through over 100 years of history as you ride past current and abandoned stations. Hear stories of the subway’s inception, uncover a massive art installation hidden in plain sight, and so much more!
Spend the afternoon exploring the history and flavors of northern Manhattan with a tour of the historic Dyckman Farmhouse and entrance to the brand new Taste of Uptown Food Festival. The Dyckman Farmhouse shows what life was like in 18th century uptown Manhattan when it was still farmland! At the Taste of Uptown, you will experience the diverse cuisine of the surrounding neighborhoods with free tastings from over fifteen different local establishments. If you are an Untapped Cities Insider, you can join this tour for free!
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Photograph by Ryan Muir, courtesy of Chelsea Music Festival
Attend a unique concert experience inside St. Paul’s Lutheran Church or one of the other locations participating in the Chelsea Music Festival. This evening, two concerts will showcase the musical talent of musicians paying homage to German composer Clara Schumann in honor of the 200th anniversary of her birth, which is the theme of the festival. This evening there will be a choral performance by the GHOSTLIGHT Chorus followed by a late night jazz piano concert. If you are an Untapped Cities Insider, you can attend these performance for free! If you are not an Insider yet, you can enter our raffle for the chance to win a pair of free tickets to the June 8th performances!
Sunday, June 9th
Celebrate the 26th annual Bus Festival hosted by the New York Transit Museum at Brooklyn Bridge Park! This free event will allow you to step aboard buses from the museum’s vintage fleet, representing more than 80 years of New York City surface transit history. There will be special activities and photo ops and the chance to meet some of the bus drivers who help keep our city moving, all while taking in the view of the Manhattan skyline from Bridge Plaza underneath the Brooklyn Bridge at 11 Water Street! THe festival starts at 10:00am and the last admission is at 3:30pm.
Join the latest adventure to be added to Untapped Cities’ behind-the-scenes experiences, our newSecrets of Prospect Park Walking Tour. Led by an expert, longtime Untapped Cities tour guide, you will venture through Brooklyn’s stunning sprawling meadows, woods, and bodies of water as you decode symbols at Grand Army Plaza, learn about the design and the monumental task of building the park, hear about the secret tunnels beneath the park’s surface and more!
Monday, June 10th
Courtesy of Snark Park, Photograph by Noah Kalina
Experience Snark Park, an immersive art installation from the New York City based Snarkitecture. Lost and Found, the first environment in an ever-evolving space encompasses 3,000-square-foot of multi-faceted exhibition that will engage your senses of sight, hearing and touch. If you are an Untapped Cities Insider, you can gain free access to this immersive experience as it enters its last few weeks on display. Not an Insider yet? Become a member today to gain access to free behind-the-scenes tours and access to special events all year long!
Tuesday, June 11th
Celebrate the Museum Mile Festival, the one evening a year when the world-class museums of Fifth Avenue open to the public for free and the street is closed to traffic. Some of New York City’s finest institutions, such as the Museum of the City of New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The American Museum of Natural History, museum lining Fifth Avenue from 82nd Street to 105th Street, will be hosting special Museum Mile events. You can see the full list of participating locations here!
Explore the Queer private life of Walt Whitman through his series of unpublished poems, Live Oak, With Moss, at the Brooklyn Historical Society. A panel of Whitman experts will examine this series of poems written by Whitman in private and largely unknown until recently. You can join this event for free if you are an Untapped Cities Insider. Learn more and register here.
Wednesday, June 12th
Research your family genealogy with the help from The New-York Historical Society and the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society. Learn some historical context and the skills needed to improve your family history exploration by finding out how to best utilize the amazing resources available in New York City. Advance registration required.
Thursday, June 13th
Hear music from French artists at France Rocks, the the largest festival of French music in the United States. The festival highlights the rich diversity of music from France presenting over 30 concerts across more than 25 venues. Tonight, hear Malik Djoudi and Halo Maudat the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center or Camille Bertault at Birdland Jazz Club. See the full line-up for the summer here!