Notable NYC Events – July

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July Highlights/Events

(from Trip Savvy)

(from WHERE NewYork)

Lowdown Hudson Music Fest

French Restaurant Week

Louis Armstrong’s Wonderful World Festival

Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest

Lincoln Center Festival

Formula E: New York City ePrix

Panorama Music Festival


Nightlife (from

Lincoln Center Out of Doors

(7/26-8/13) Lincoln Center Out of Doors returns, kicked off with NPR Music’s Turning the Tables Live, Paul Taylor Dance Co, a double dutch tournament, An Evening with Rumer, Nick Lowe, a silent screening of The Big Lebowski and much more!


(7/5-7/9) Cirque du Soleil’s OVO at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. 

(now-8/13) The popular Shakespeare in the Park program returns to Central Park. This year’s productions include Julius Caesar and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (7/11-8/13).

(7/4) Billy Joel performs at Madison Square Garden. 

(7/5) Screening of Moonlight at Hudson River Park. 8:30pm. FREE.

(7/6) Dispatch, with special guest Guster at Forest Hills Stadium. 

(7/6) Lyfe Jennings at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill.

(7/8) Ruben Studdard at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill. 

(7/8) Buster Poindexter Residency at City Winery. 

(7/8) Back to the Eighties Show with Jessie’s Girl, the world’s hottest tribute, at Le Poisson Rouge.

(7/11) John Mellencamp, with special guests Emmylou Harris and Carlene Carter, Lily and Madeleine at Forest Hills Stadium.

(7/11-8/15) Sunset Salsa with Talia Tuesday nights at Hudson River Park Pier 45 & 46. Beginner Salsa dance lessons from 6:30-7:15pm, DJs start the party at 7:15pm!

(7/12) Jill Scott at Brooklyn’s restored Kings Theatre.

(7/12) Echo & the Bunnymen and Violent Femmes at Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk.

(7/15) My Morning Jacket with special guest Gary Clark, Jr. at Forest Hills Stadium.

Tom Petty

(7/26-7/27) Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: 40th Anniversary Tour stops at Forest Hills Stadium. With special guest Peter Wolf.

(7/21-8/6) Phish in residency at Madison Square Garden.

Iron Maiden

(7/21-7/22) Metal giants Iron Maiden: Book of the Souls Tour at Barclays Center.

(7/24) Muse performs at Central Park Summerstage. A Benefit Coalition for the Homeless.

(7/28) Welcome to Blinkin Park at Citi Field, with Linkin Park & Wu-Tang Clan. 

(7/28) Queen & Adam Lambert at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

(7/28-7/30) Panorama Music Festival at Randall’s Island with Tame Impala, Nine Inch Nails, MGMT, A Tribe Called Quest, Frank Ocean, and more.

Music (from TimeOutNY)

(Sandy) Alex G at Music Hall of Williamsburg; July 6; Bowery Ballroom; July 7; $16–$20
Prolific singer-songwriter (Sandy) Alex G has come far since first building a fanbase around DIY Bandcamp releases. The past year, he’s riffed on Frank Ocean’s Blonde and Endless, and released a full-length on Domino Records Rocket. You’ll have two nights here to catch the new irreverent indie odes and demented psych musings.

My Morning Jacket at Forest Hills Stadium; Jul 15; $63.50–$73.50
Jim James & Co. roll into town to dish out a hearty helping of Southern-fried rock. The beloved Kentucky outfit never fails to hit that sweet spot where jammy looseness meets eclectic indie rock, so count on a freewheeling performance and some seriously crowd-pleasing covers.

PJ Harvey at Central Park, Rumsey Field SummerStage; Jul 19; $49.50
Alt-rock icon PJ Harvey’s airs songs from her latest release, The Hope Six Demolition Project, which balances weighty tone and musical simplicity. It’s another example of Harvey’s penchant for dark, compelling songwriting rooted in odd moods. Expect her SummerStage renditions of the tunes to be nothing less than arresting.

Ride at Terminal 5; Jul 20; $40
Shoegaze diehards have had a good few years. Following My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive’s surprise comebacks over the past several years, seminal outfit Ride—which broke up during Britpop’s ascendency—returns with a new album, Weather Diaries. The new tunes demonstrate the same traits that made the band standout in the ’90s: a sharp pop sensibility many of its peers lacked.

Panorama Festival at Randall’s Island Park; July 28–30; $125; weekend pass $345
Randall’s Island plays host to a second year of the city’s hottest new music festival (move aside, Governors Ball). This year’s star-studded lineup features big names like numbed R&B crooner Frank Ocean and psych-rock kingpins Tame Impala playing alongside up ’n’ coming acts like country-flecked emo band Pinegrove and Chicago MC Noname.

More Music Events coming soon.

The July Calendar: Events for Each Day This Month 

(By Alison Durkee,

Poet Sara Coleridge once wrote that “Hot July brings cooling showers/Apricots and gillyflowers.” It also brings culture, at least in NYC, where we’re looking forward to a month of smart events, spanning everything from espionage to burlesque.

Saturday, July 1:

Get cultured on this tour through Chelsea’s numerous art galleries. New York Gallery Tours.

Art history scholar and visual artist Maestro Francesco Santoro continues his Saturday lecture series at the Mulberry Street library with a look at Édouard Manet. The lecture is in Italian with a simultaneous English translation.

Sunday, July 2:

Plan a covert operation to this talk on the history of espionage in New York City. Q.E.D.

Join the Williamsburg Art & Historical Center for a lunch and lecture with publisher Carter Kaplan of International Authors, which brings together writers, artists, and critics.

Catch a summer afternoon Green-Wood Cemetery trolley tour that takes in the history and beauty of this landmark.

Smart Things to Do in NYC This Week: July 03-06

Revolutionary history, shrooms and Tibetan notions of attachment, and the human drive for rarity highlight our picks for the best smart things to do in NYC this week.

 Monday, July 3

Great minds think alike: both Q.E.D. and Videology are hosting screenings (Queens and Brooklyn) of the 1996 kitsch classic Independence Day. (Q.E.D. promises to fast-forward through the Randy Quaid scenes).

“Toon” in to Frank Connif’s Cartoon Dump, a stand-up show in the guise of fake children’s programming. Q.E.D.

Tuesday, July 4

Stroll the streets of the Financial District at dawn, when they most resemble their colonial incarnations. You’ll learn about NYC’s pivotal role in America’s war for independence, and hear about little-known Revolutionary heroes like Marinus Willet, who evolved from street brawler to a prominent leader. Fraunces Tavern Museum.

Mark independence at the New-York Historical Society’s day-long family-friendly celebration, with reenactors representing diverse Revolutionary War soldiers, a trivia quiz, and crafts that explore life in America 200 years ago.

Wednesday, July 5

The Tibetan Book of the Dead Book Club reconvenes with clinical psychologist Tony Bossis, an investigator and session guide for the NYU Psilocybin Cancer Anxiety Project. He’ll be in conversation on the possibilities for magic mushrooms and Tibetan understandings of hallucination and attachment. Rubin Museum of Art.

The sole survivor of an 1856 British Guiana stamp issue has been an object of desireso much so that it sold for $9,499,999.99 more than its original price in a 2014 auction. Hear about its unlikely story and the human drive for rarity from the author of a new book. Bryant Park/Bryant Park Reading Room.

Thursday, July 6

Delve into a lost Brooklyn art: fishing, which was once a major pastime in the borough. The Brooklyn Historical Society hosts a representative of the Brooklyn Urban Anglers Association who will answer questions about contemporary piscine edibility and legality.

Woman up for Lassos of Truth: A Celebration of Three Wonder Women, which looks at the titular action hero, the masterful storytelling of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and a “Modern Day Renaissance Woman,” musician Pamela Z., in a night led by three different speakers. Brooklyn Art Library.

Smart Things to Do in NYC This Weekend: July 07-09

Friday, July 7: Mark the centennial of America’s entry into WWI with a free screening of All Quiet on the Western Front, one of the most powerful anti-war films ever made. NYU professor Rolf Wolfswinkel, author of a biography of Erich Maria Remarque, will provide the introduction. New-York Historical Society.

Cultural critic Charles A. Riley, author of Free as Gods: How the Jazz Age Reinvented Modernism, speaks on the overlap between dramatics and art. The Strand.

Saturday, July 8: Temper your nostalgia at Evoking the 1950s, a thorough examination of our often romanticized midcentury past. Bed Stuy Brownstone.

Catch a summer afternoon Green-Wood Cemetery trolley tour that takes in the history and beauty of this landmark.

Sunday, July 9: Take it off at this cabaret event exploring the bawdy history of burlesque. Littlefield.

Catch a summer afternoon Green-Wood Cemetery trolley tour that takes in the history and beauty of this landmark.

Smart Things to Do in NYC This Week: July 10-13

Monday, July 10: Go offline for From Napster to Netflix, an event that dives into the history of media over the past two decades. Prospect Heights Brainery.

Tuesday, July 11: Dress up for Adornment as Resistance, an examination of black dandies and street styleas well as a seersucker social to show off your Tuesday best. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Wednesday, July 12: You won’t have to count your pennies for Fear City: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics, a free event on NYC’s history of edging toward financial collapse. New York Public Library – Mid-Manhattan Library.

Thursday, July 13: Nothing really matters at this in-depth breakdown of Queen’s iconic hit, “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Brainery Annex.

Smart Things to Do in NYC This Weekend: July 14-16

A secret garden, a read-in for Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations, and the telescope that may upend out understanding of the cosmos highlight our picks for the best smart things to do in NYC this weekend.

Friday, July 14: Spend time with the ghosts of New York’s past on this twilight tour of Green-Wood Cemetery.

Stargaze and hear from astrophysicist Dr. Amber Straughn, who’ll discuss a next-generation telescope launching in 2018 that may upend our understanding of the universeIntrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

There’s only a couple of weeks left to catch Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern at the Brooklyn Museum. Go behind the scenes of the show with a lecture by Associate Paintings Conservator Lauren Bradley, tracing “the lifelong friendship and cooperation between Georgia O’Keeffe and Caroline Keck, her personal conservator.”

Performance art and experimental poetry legend John Giorno is the subject of a night unpacking the history of John Giorno’s 1968 MoMA Dial-a-Poem Series. The Strand.

Saturday, July 15: Discover Roosevelt Island’s “maddening” history on this tour of the island’s past as the home to New York’s “undesirables.” Boroughs of the Dead.

The military ruins and rustic beachfront of Fort Tilden may be somewhat less under the radar these days, but they retain a secret feeling. This weekend and next you can find art performances, live music, jam sessions, lectures, and more as part of the “Secret Garden Art Festival.”

The Queens Museum is a host of Day 3 of WE ARE THE PEOPLE WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR: A Festival of Visionary Ideas, Activism & Arts. Saturday catch a panel delving into What Will Be Different? A Conversation on Artist-Activists in a Changing America.

Sunday, July 16: Find your zen at this meditation event with artist and scholar Michael Prettyman. Dean Machine.

Journalist Greg Berger guests at the New York Society for Ethical Culture‘s Sunday Meeting, speaking about his experience nurturing the “lesser-known stories of well-organized social and political movements” often ignored in the U.S. media.

Enjoy a three-hour crash course in feminist art history as the Brainery Annex in Windsor Terrace hosts a convening of the “Feminist Art Club.”

Smart Things to Do in NYC This Week: July 17-20

The secrets of air, dharma, and an outer space travel guide highlight our picks for the best smart things to do in NYC this week.

Monday, July 17: Get into a rhythm at this introduction to jazz music and the city’s thriving jazz scene. Prospect Heights Brainery.

Immerse yourself in Buddhist psychology and philosophy with Australian-born Tibetan Buddhist nun Venerable Robina Courtin, a representative of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition. The Three Jewels.

Journey to the center of the Earth with the Secret Science Club. Geologist and geophysicist Maureen Long will speak on plate tectonics, the lava lamp that is the planet’s mantle, and her adventures in fieldwork. The Bell House.

Tuesday, July 18: Find out a few more inconvenient truths at this TimesTalks event with climate change activist and former Vice President Al Gore. Tribeca Performing Arts Center.

Summer is the perfect time to think about otherworldly getaways. Join the authors of the Vacation Guide to the Solar System as they tour through the canyons of Mars, the satellites of Jupiter, and a ski run down the slopes of Pluto. American Museum of Natural History.

In conjunction with current exhibition Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim, join artist Lucy Raven for a new live work exploring the museum’s heritage in nonobjective film of the early 20th century, creating “an alternate prehistory of cinema.” Guggenheim Museum.

Mark the centennial of America’s entry into WWI with a special night dedicated to the food and drink of the era, led by food historian Libby O’Connell, author of The American Plate: A Culinary History in 100 Bites. Period cocktails will be served. Museum of the City of New York.

Philosophy professor and art critic Dena Shottenkirk (Knowledge, Reality, and Values) speaks on aesthetics, “the red-headed stepchild in philosophy.” She’ll examine the work of Nelson Goodman (1906-1998) on her way to explaining why the field of aesthetics has never caught fire with artists.

Wednesday, July 19:Politicize the gender divide at this talk on the battle for women’s rights and how gender equality became a political issue. Bryant Park/Bryant Park Reading Room.

“At your next breath each of you will probably inhale half a dozen or so of the molecules of Caesar’s last breath,” once posited the physicist Arthur Holly Compton. Best-selling author Sam Kean runs with this premise in his new book, which reveals the secrets hidden in the air that we breathe. He’ll be joined by Radiolab’s Robert Krulwich. The Strand.

Ponder the nature of attachment in the next meeting of the Tibetan Book of the Dead Club. Clinical psychologist Scott Kellogg, whose focuses include identity theory and addiction treatment, will be in conversation with Buddhist studies expert Ramon N. Prats on addiction. Rubin Museum of Art.

Thursday, July 20: Take a delicious look at politics at this event exploring how America’s immigration policies have shaped our collective food culture. Museum of Food and Drink. The story of America is an immigrant story, and an alien food story as well. Tuck into a Museum of Food and Drink panel that looks back at pivotal moments like the Chinese Exclusion Act and the Bracero Program, and forward to the future of American culture and cuisine.

Genspace hosts David Guston, editor of the newly published Frankenstein: Annotated for Scientists, Engineers, and Creators of All Kinds, which juxtaposes scholarly essays with the original Mary Shelley text.


Friday, July 21: Look past the battlefield to discover World War I’s effect on fashion at this free event. New-York Historical Society.

Saturday, July 22: Peer through the ivy on this architectural walking tour of Columbia University. 92nd Street Y.

Sunday, July 23: Deconstruct the Rubin Museum’s site-specific installation Le Corps Sonore at this discussion with the artists who brought it to life. Rubin Museum of Art.


Monday, July 24: Get your facts straight at this discussion on how politicians “mistake, misrepresent, and utterly mangle” science. New York Public Library – Mid-Manhattan Library.

Tuesday, July 25: Add de-extinction to your list of ethical questions for the modern world. Although woolly mammoths have been gone for 10 millennia, scientists are actively using cloning and gene migration to bring them back. Learn more about the history of the animal (and its mastodon cousin) and the science behind recovering ancient DNA. Brooklyn Historical Society.

Wednesday, July 26: Come in from the woods for an illustrated presentation on the complicated story comprised by Henry David Thoreau: A LifeMorgan Library & Museum.

Thursday, July 27: You won’t have to go undercover to get an inside look at the CIA, thanks to this event with former CIA former senior analyst and Division Chief Melvin A. Goodman. New York Public Library – Mid-Manhattan Library.


Friday, July 28: Find strength through style at this dialogue centering on women, design, and empowerment. The Strand.

Saturday, July 29: Amuse yourself on this walking tour of Coney Island that delves into its amusement park’s storied history. Prospect Heights Brainery.

Sunday, July 30: Go west for this architectural tour of the new design additions in West Chelsea, the Far West Village, and Hudson River Park. Center for Architecture.


Monday, July 31: Party on, dudes, at this screening of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, introduced by film critics Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer. Brooklyn Historical Society.

Your Week Untapped: TopNYC Events

Saturday, July 1

Tour of The Remnants of Dutch New Amsterdam: At first glance, it might seem like there’s not much left of Dutch New Amsterdam, but there’s much more than meets the eye. This includes the massive one hidden in plain sight: the original street grid embedded in lower Manhattan grid today. Discover the many hidden Dutch relics south of Wall Street, as you trace the streets of Manhattan in 1667. You’ll hear about New York’s founding myths and facts while standing in the very spots they all happened.

Also, head over to Central park for an evening of free Jazz as a part of the SummerStage festival. From 5 – 10 PM, see four different groups perform in a celebration of Parisian and New York Hot Jazz, Swing and Ragtime in commemoration of WWI and the cross pollination of French and US culture. This includes, Vince Giordano with special guests Catherine Russell, Kat Edmonson, Nicolle Rochelle, and DeWitt Fleming Jr: From Harlem To Montmarte: the Jazz Age Voyage. For more performances at SummerStages this week and for the rest of the summer, check out the full lineup.

On Saturday, July 1 at 7 PM, visit the City Reliquary for the opening event of its current exhibition, The United States: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. The event will commemorate the 65th Anniversary of SS United States’ famous record-breaking Maiden Voyage. There will be an 8 PM screening of the film Colossus On The River (1965; Runtime: 15 min.). In addition, beverages will be offered by suggested donation, with beer courtesy of The Brooklyn Brewery and a specialty cocktail courtesy of Montauk Rum.

Sunday, July 2

Tour and Wine Tasting at Rooftop Reds, the World’s First Rooftop Vineyard: Did you know the world’s first commercially viable rooftop vineyard is hidden within the Brooklyn Navy Yard? Untapped Cities will be bringing readers on a special wine tasting and tour at Rooftop Reds, led by one of its founders who will share his knowledge of winemaking.

Within the 14,800 square foot rooftop, you will see a unique urban planter system that is the first of its kind, developed with Cornell University and Finger Lakes industry leaders. Get in on this experience early, as the first harvest will be taking place in October 2017. Take in an amazing view and sip on Rooftop Red wines on our tours. Please note that the wine served on the rooftop is from Rooftop Reds partners in the Finger Lakes until the first harvest off the Navy Yard rooftop are ready!

You can also see the Hudson River Ramblers perform at Federal Hall as they celebrate the Erie Canal Bicentennial.  The event will include a march, where a DeWitt Clinton reenactor will read excerpts from the 1815 New York Memorial that convinced New Yorker to support the construction of the Canal.

Monday, July 3

Head over to Central Park for Landforms: A History of Central Park’s Fort Landscape Exhibit. This free, daily exhibit shows how the large rock outcroppings and passes in Central Park’s Fort Landscape played an important role in shaping our city’s — and nation’s — history, and how Central Park Conservancy cares for this history today. This exhibit reveals the fascinating findings of archaeological and historical investigations conducted as part of the recent landscape restoration that upgraded infrastructure and recreated the scenic overlooks that Park designers envisioned. The exhibit will be running until November 5, 2017.

Tuesday, July 4

Fourth of July Fireworks Cruise With Statue CruisesSummer has finally arrived and Independence Day is just around the corner. For those seeking an adventure, Statue Cruises — the official ferry boat service to the Statue of Liberty and the Ellis Island Memorial Museum — is hosting a special, one-day fireworks cruise in celebration of the holiday. Forgo the standard barbecue and grill in exchange for a unique experience, where guests will have the opportunity to watch the sun set behind Lady Liberty, and see New York City’s legendary skyline light up during a dazzling fireworks display.

Also on the Fourth, catch a performance by DJ Tiësto. Dubbed the world’s Most Travelled Artist, Tiësto will return to his adopted home of New York City to play a special, one-off show to celebrate Independence Day. Fans will have the opportunity to see the dance music legend perform on the hallowed grounds of Governors Island, where the backdrop of the city’s skyline and explosive energy of his extensive musical catalog will magnify the revelry of the holiday, affording concertgoers an unparalleled Fourth of July experience. The lineup will also feature some of Tiësto’s collaborators and friends, including KSHMR, Cheat Codes and Aazar.

Visit the New York Historical Society’s Museum and Library for its July Fourth celebration as part of their Summer of Hamilton. The day will feature Hamilton-themed family fun. Families will be able to meet a costumed Hamilton, join a dueling history tour, hear revolutionary tales and listen to songs from renowned musical troupe, The Hudson River Ramblers.

Wednesday, July 5

Visit the Museum of the City of New York to check out its Stettheimer Dollhouse exhibition. One of the Museum’s most popular artifacts, the dollhouse of Carrie Walter Stettheimer (1869-1944) weaves together the fashion and style of New York’s Gilded Age in miniature form. Stettheimer worked on the 12-room dollhouse for nearly two decades, creating many of the furnishings and decorations by hand.

Thursday, July 6

Explore the wonders outside of New York City with a free panel discussion by local authors and adventurers, hosted by the Atlas Obscura Society and Filson. This panel of adventure experts – including Untapped Cities founder, Michelle Young – will reveal surprising and undiscovered weekend escapes from the everyday hustle of New York’s metropolis.

Friday, July 7

Join Manhattan By Sail for a Daytime Statue Sail aboard the historic Shearwater, departing from North Cove Yacht Harbor. It’s the perfect opportunity to sit back and relax while you take in close-up views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the Manhattan skyline. The sail lasts 90 minutes and includes a beverage. Friday’s departure options are at 12:30 PM and  2:45 PM.

Saturday, July 8

Behind-the-Scenes Hard Hat Tour of the Abandoned Ellis Island Hospital: The abandoned Ellis Island Hospital complex—once the standard for United States medical care (and later transformed to the FBI headquarters when the island served as a detention center)—has been left to decay for nearly 60 years. Now, Untapped Cities is bringing you behind-the-scenes for an unique exploration of the abandoned facility; on this experience, you’ll visit the contagious disease wards, the autopsy rooms and have exclusive access to places usually closed to the public. Join us for our upcoming hard hat tour, guided by a Save Ellis Island docent, where we’ll uncover its many, buried secrets.

You can also hang out at the New York Transit Museum for its Vintage Bus Bash, held in partnership with the Department of Buses. From 11 AM to 4 PM, the museum will bring four vintage buses to Governors Island for a summer getaway. Come see iconic “fishbowl” windows, the city’s first air-conditioned transit bus, and more. No Metrocard needed — you can see and step aboard these historic transit vehicles of the past for free. Buses will be parked on Colonels Row and are open for exploration.

Another option to is to attend Inspired Madness: Nikola Tesla in New York from 11 AM – 1 PM. Join tour guide Deborah Zelcer on a prowl, where you’ll track down local haunts of the mad genius, Nikola Tesla, whose musings, inventions, and rantings predicted and gave form to our modern technological era. Follow the footsteps of this eccentric and colorful resident who left a “charged” impression on our city. Cost: $30 / $20 Members.

Sunday, July 9

Secrets of Central Park Walking TourDid you know that Central Park was once the site of a former African-American village? Or that it was previously home to an infamous casino, where alcohol flowed throughout the Prohibition? For almost 160 years, Central Park has been the green heart of the city, serving as a pastoral haven for New Yorkers and visitors alike. Even so, it still holds many secrets that have yet to be discovered. On this walking tour, kicking off on May 14th, we’ll explore the history behind some of its best-loved and hidden sites. Learn about the genesis, design, and evolution of the immense green space, while uncovering its many outrageous happenings, scandals and more.

Also on the 9th, join the Atlas Obscura Society New York  for an evening of bawdy discovery as they delve into the history of burlesque, an enchanting form of performance that has shimmied and shifted with the times over a transformative century in America. The sensational Doctor Lucky, the World’s Premiere Ph(Double)D, will be your guide, sharing titillating tales from the past. As the evening unfolds, a dazzling array of in-the-flesh performances will demonstrate a range of burlesque styles from the past and present on the new, state-of-the-art Littlefield stage.

You can also head to 60th Street to celebrate Bastille Day and all things French during a fun and festive afternoon of food, wine, culture, and entertainment. For over 20 years, Bastille Day on 60th Street, presented by the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), has been New York’s largest public celebration of France’s Independence Day (July 14, 1789) and France’s historic friendship with the United States. Abounding with French cuisine, music, dance, and myriad attractions for the whole family, this three-block fête populaire invites New Yorkers to revel in the flavors, sounds, and joie de vivre of France. 

Monday, July 10

Starting July 10 and lasting until July 15, head over to Brooklyn for the 13th Annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival. Established in 2005, The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival is New York City’s largest Hip-Hop cultural event, scattered in venues throughout Brooklyn. The festival offers a variety of culture-based educational and entertainment events, in addition to its performances. Activities include panel lectures, exhibitions, movie screenings and even a family-friendly block party for all. The festival’s initiative is to celebrate and preserve Hip-Hop’s legacy by promoting artistic progression, community building and social change. Tickets for various events and performances range from $0 – $180.

Tuesday, July 11

Take a tour of Manhattan Districts 1/2/5 Garage and Salt Shed. Dattner Architects, WXY, and the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) are taking part in Open House New York’s (OHNY) Getting to Zero series, a year-long event featuring tours and talks that explores New York City’s waste system. Manhattan Districts 1/2/5 Garage is DSNY’s first LEED Gold-certified facility, which includes a 1.5-acre green roof that increases storm water retention, enhances thermal performance, and promotes biodiversity. Rising nearly 70 feet, the adjacent Salt Shed houses 5,000 tons of salt, and is modeled after a salt crystal’s structure. The OHNY tour will take place at 7 PM and preregistration is required.

Also make your way to Central Park for the first showing of Shakespeare in the Park’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The Delacorte Theater will transform into the most enchanted forest for Shakespeare’s beloved comedy. In this hilarious, fairytale fantasia, the merry sprite Puck meddles with a magical love potion, causing young lovers lost in the woods to mysteriously find themselves infatuated with the wrong person. Lear deBessonet, Founder of The Public Theater’s groundbreaking Public Works program and Resident Director, brings her electric theatrical vision to the classic romance about the supernatural nature of love.

Wednesday, July 12

Insider Tour of the American Irish Historical Society: Usually off-limits to the public, the American Irish Historical Society is opening its doors to Untapped Cities. The center of Irish culture and knowledge, located on Manhattan’s Museum Mile, was built in 1901. The five story Beaux-Arts townhouse was a private home before it was purchased by the Society in 1939, and it currently stands as one of the last standing mansions on Fifth Avenue. Today, the Society hosts a variety of public events such as concerts, lectures and poetry readings. With a library that holds over 10,000 volumes, it is home to one of the largest private collections of Irish and American Irish history and literature in the United States.

You can also join Queens Borough Historian, Dr. Jack Eichenbaum in Crossing Newtown Creek: Long Island City to Greenpoint. From 6 to 8 PM, walk through a nexus of contemporary artists’ activity in converted industrial buildings; follow newly gentrified Jackson Ave. and cross the Pulaski Bridge connecting Long Island City to Brooklyn; and see remnants of the intense and largely unregulated industrial development that thrived along Newtown Creek during the late nineteenth century before the consolidation of Greater New York City and infrastructure improvements rendered it obsolete.

Another option is to hang out with Open House New York for Projects in Planning: Brooklyn Army Terminal Activation PlanFrom 7 – 8:30 PM, check out a presentation about Brooklyn Army Terminal, the 97-acre complex designed by legendary architect Cass Gilbert, which supports many different activities, and includes more than four million square feet of space and multiple buildings. With the recent arrival of the new NYC Ferry service and a half-million square feet of renovated space available for new tenants, the City, with the help of WXY architecture + urban design, is working to make the complex more accessible and improving connections to the waterfront for the surrounding community.

Thursday, July 13

Enjoy the film Pariah (2011, R) at Brooklyn Bridge Park during the Movies With A View series. The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy is also excited to announce a new partnership with DeKalb Market Hall – the newly opened, 60,000-square-foot food hall in Downtown Brooklyn. While taking in spectacular views and enjoying the film, attendees can now snack on all kinds of food from the Hall’s diverse food vendors. Some highlights include Kotti Berliner Döner Kebab, Foragers Rotisserie, The Pop Cake Shop, and Cuzin’s Duzin. Furthermore, for the first time in the series’ history, visitors will be able to enjoy cool beers and tasty wines from Warsteiner and Oak Beverages – all from the comfort of their picnic blankets.

Also gather with city enthusiasts for the Public Space Potluck at Freeman Plaza East. From 6 – 7:30 PM, join the Design Trust for a communal meal at Freeman Plaza East in addition to a conversation about the transformation of the tunnel entry area. Hudson Square Connection President Ellen Baer and Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects Principal Signe Nielsen, RLA, FASLA, will discuss how the transformation took place and the design strategies that were used to create the oasis. All you need to bring is a dish to share. They’ll provide drinks, plates, napkins, and all other picnic needs. The event is free and open to the public.

Image via Randall’s Island Park Facebook

In mid-July, Louis VIII became king of France, the Rosetta Stone was unearthed in Egypt, and Nelson Mandela came into the world. Now, hundreds of years later, a plethora of momentous events are taking place this seasons. With outdoor movie festivals, art installations and tours to explore city treasures, New York City is offering several exciting activities next week:

Now in its 10th year, Films on the Green, a free outdoor French film festival produced annually in New York City parks, will present French cinema through the eyes of curators, filmmakers and actors, including Wes Anderson, Jim Jarmusch, James Ivory, Saul Williams, Isabella Rossellini, Wanda Sykes, Laurie Anderson, Matthew Weiner, Matías Piñeiro, and Amy Hargreaves.

The films are free, subtitled and open to the public. For a full list of movies, see here for the upcoming line-up and schedule.

Saturday, July 15

Tour of the Remnants of Penn Station:There are two things most commuters don’t realize about Penn: First, there used to be a gorgeous Beaux Arts station that was demolished in the mid-60’s. Second: Parts of that old station can still be found today. They’ve just been buried under the arena that landed on top of them.

Get out on the waterfront—and on the water—with the Waterfront Alliance’s annual City of Water Day. Now in its tenth year, this free, family-oriented event is the region’s biggest harbor festival, celebrating the world-class potential of the New York and New Jersey waterfront. Held on Governors Island, New York and dozens of In Your Neighborhood locations around New York Harbor, the event draws thousands of people to the water for a day of fun, which includes highlights like free boat tours on all kinds of vessels, from tall ships to tugboats; free rowing, kayaking, paddle-boarding, and the highly anticipated Con Edison Cardboard Kayak Race.

Take a ride through the living history of the world’s largest rapid transit system (in area) by weaving in and out of the past and present transit hubs of lower Manhattan. This unique tour is designed to give a comprehensive history of the NYC Subway system, from its groundbreaking in 1901 up through the creation of the three different proprietary lines which were unified into the system we know today. We’ll uncover information and learn about spaces even the most seasoned commuter might not know about.

This tour will stop in stations that are all open to the public. Using the 6 train as our own ten-car time machine, we will ride through and see three abandoned ghost stations that 4, 5, and 6 riders unknowingly pass through everyday: Worth Street, 18th Street and the famed City Hall Station. We will not stop inside these stations.

Sunday, July 16

Tour and Wine Tasting at Rooftop Reds, the World’s First Rooftop VineyardDid you know the world’s first commercially viable rooftop vineyard is hidden within the Brooklyn Navy Yard? Untapped Cities will be bringing readers on a special wine tasting and tour at Rooftop Reds, led by one of its founders who will share his knowledge of winemaking.

Within the 14,800 square foot rooftop, you will see a unique urban planter system that is the first of its kind, developed with Cornell University and Finger Lakes industry leaders. Get in on this experience early, as the first harvest will be taking place in October 2017. Take in an amazing view and sip on Rooftop Red wines on our tours. Please note that the wine served on the rooftop is from Rooftop Reds partners in the Finger Lakes until the first harvest off the Navy Yard rooftop are ready!

Discover the “Sounds of the Street” with art-making demonstrations, performances and in-gallery sound experiences as The Rubin Museum of Art hosts its annual summer Block Party. Come make some noise with thousands of other New Yorkers and participate in unique experiences for all ages, inspired by the exhibition The World is Sound.

Another option to stop by a special two-day pop-up of the famous Los Angeles-based Museum of Broken Relationships– a globally crowd-sourced exhibition featuring curated objects and stories from failed relationships. To celebrate the premiere of Bravo’s new series, A Night With My Ex (premiering July 18th), the museum is coming to New York City. For the first time, Bravo and the Museum of Broken Relationships Presents: The EXhibition (located at Flatiron Plaza on Sunday, July 16 and Monday, July 17.)

Monday, July 17

Join the Randall’s Island Park Alliance’s for a FLOW photo tour. Hang out with 2017 FLOW artist, Rose DeSiano, as she addresses how photography can affect our surrounding, the place of photography in history and what comprises a beautiful photo. Those interested are asked to meet on Randall’s Island Connector at 2PM to learn about this year’s FLOW art pieces. Bring your camera or camera phone (RIPA will also offer a few Polaroid cameras to borrow for the event) and spend the afternoon capturing Island images that you can take home with you.

Get ready for the fifth annual Coney Island Flicks on the Beachpresented by Alliance for Coney Island and Amazon Studios. On Mondays at 8 PM in July and August, a giant 40-foot inflatable screen turns the beach at West 10th Street into a free, outdoor movie theater. Come and see great flicks, representing a mix of modern, classic and indie movies. July 17th will present a showing of Landline.

Tuesday, July 18

Walking Tour of New York Art Deco Architecture (Part I): Murray Hill to Gramercy ParkNew York is defined by its Art Deco buildings, which has transformed the city into the thriving metropolis that stands today. In celebration of the city’s architectural legacy, Untapped Cities is partnering with Anthony W. Robins, New York’s best-known Art Deco guide, for a special walking tour series that will bring visitors past the stunning monuments of the 1920s and 30s—from the towering Empire State Building to the Gramercy House on 22nd street. We’re holding this event series in conjunction with the launch of Robins’ guidebook, New York Art Deco: A Guide to Gotham’s Jazz Age Architecture,which captures thirty years’ worth of Art Deco knowledge within its pages.

  • JULY 18th (PART I):
    Murray Hill to Gramercy Park: This walk through the east side of Midtown South includes an unusual collection of buildings, each different from the next. We have a surprising modernist apartment building among the genteel town houses of Murray Hill; Ely Jacques Kahn’s most impressive office building (Two Park Avenue; and another Kahn building that’s no slouch); a work by Edgar Brandt, the great French iron master; the iconic Empire State Building; an incomplete attempt by Metropolitan Life to capture the Empire State Building’s “world’s tallest” title; and George and Edward Blum’s Gramercy House, with some of the most enjoyable Art Deco terra-cotta ornament in the city.

The Death and Dharma 2017 Summer Meditation Series is an informative and spiritual event, meant to inform and inspire traditional Buddhist practices. An off-site event, the meditation series will take place at the Green-Wood Cemetery at 500 25th Street, Brooklyn, with the program beginning in the Modern Chapel. Zen history and stories will be shared, which will guide a discussion on the application of this practice.

Wednesday, July 19

From sideshows to burlesque, Brooklyn’s underground circus arts are making a comeback. Join the founder of the Mermaid Parade and unofficial “Mayor of Coney Island,” Dick Zigun, for the slideshow, The Circus Comeback: Brooklyn’s Nouveau. Zigun will moderate a discussion with circus arts leaders from across the borough, including Sephanie Monseu, Co-Founder of the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, and Adam “Realman” Rinn, Dean of Coney Island USA’s Sideshow School. Doors are at 6 PM with the event starting at 6:30 PM. Tickets are just $5 (and free for members).

Thursday, July 20

The Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD) is teaming up with the Street Vendor Project to explore the impact of US immigration policy—past, present, and future—on American food and culture. Join them for an evening of thought-provoking discussion, followed by an informal reception featuring light refreshments from Brooklyn Brewery and Sonia Perez, a street cart vendor and member of Street Vendor Project’s Leadership Council. This event is presented in partnership with the Street Vendor Project, an initiative of the Urban Justice Center.

more great July event info coming soon,

so Y’all come back now, you hear.