Step in, Stand Clear, Drink Up!
Thanks to the Second Avenue Subway, you can get all the way from the Upper East Side to Coney Island via the Q Train. We’re kicking off summer, and celebrating this new route to the beach, with a transit history talk and beer tasting at Ryan’s Daughter. As we relax over summery sips, architectural historian Francis Morrone will trace the development of transit on the Upper East Side from horse cars to steam engines to subways. We’ll find out how the 2nd and 3rd Avenue Els carried newcomers to Yorkville, helping the neighborhood’s immigrant communities flourish; see how transit on Park Avenue “went electric” and made the area one of the most prestigious addresses in the country, and discover who’s behind the MTA’s new spectacular subway art.
Thursday, June 20th
6:30 p.m.
Ryan’s Daughter
350 East 85th Street
$15 for FRIENDS Members, $25 for Non-Members 
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Behind the Scenes at the Delacorte Theater

Image: Central Park Conservancy

FRIENDS is pleased to offer this extremely limited opportunity to venture behind the scenes at Central Park’s center stage: the Delacorte Theater. We will tour the famed amphitheater, situated on the banks of Turtle Pond with a striking view of Belvedere Castle, that plays host to The Public Theater’s annual “Shakespeare in the Park” series of  free performances that have featured the likes of Meryl Streep, Al Pacino, Anne Hathaway, Denzel Washington and other celebrated actors. The space was completed in 1962 as the permanent home for Joseph Papp’s Shakespeare Workshop that had been touring the city since 1954.  The theater, named for Valerie and George T. Delacorte, Jr., has been open seasonally ever since and has hosted more than 150 plays, musicals, and of course, Shakespeare productions — free of charge. Join us for this special chance to learn the history of the Public Theater and to explore back (and under!) stage first-hand.

Tickets are extremely limited so reserve your spot today!

Tuesday, June 25th
10:00 a.m.
Delacorte Theater
(Enter the Park at 79th Street on the East Side or 81st Street on the West Side)

Free for FRIENDS Members, RSVP Required 
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These programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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