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Spring is here and that means the city is booming with events. Here is your handpicked list of cultural events this week.

Monday May 5th

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Get in the spirit at Empellón Taqueria. Both their East Village and West Village locations have a special 3 course dinner menu for $55 with unlimited wine, beer and margeritas.

Tuesday May 6th

Normally closed off to the public, Central Park’s magnificent Hallet Nature Sanctuary will be open from 1-3 pm for anyone waiting to take advantage to see what the Conservancy has done to restore this wildly overgrown piece of land in the middle of Central Park. 

The Museum of The City of New York begins its Innovators talk series in conjunction with the current exhibit, Palaces for the People: Guastavino and the Art of Structural Tile. The first of three lectures will address the question, “Who are the Guastavinos of today?” A panel of architects and engineers will discuss contemporary innovations like 3D printing and the ever-changing landscape of engineering.

The Historical District Council begins its three part series of films focusing on the life of New Yorkers in the streets and in private residences. Before the screening of a 1948 documentary titled In The Streetauthor and curator of the series James Saunders will lead a lecture on the importance of NYC in cinema.

Wednesday May 7th

Everyone loves Italian food, the cuisine of the country in the shape of a boot can bring back nostalgia of family dinners, or just be what is needed for a cheap, filling dinner when we forget to buy groceries again. At the New York Society for Ethical Culture, come see master Italian chefs talk about bringing their style of cooking, and with that their culture to NYC.

Friday May 9th

Over at The Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan, the Pulse NY Contemporary Art Fair kicks off exhibiting contemporary art from some of the most recognizable and profitable galleries in the country.

Pulse is not the only art fair happening in NYC this week, as the Frieze Art Fair will also be showing off  incredible contemporary art for three days starting Friday.

FOUND, an exhibition of work made with found objects is opening at Spreadhouse (SHNY) at 116 Suffolk Street. Come check out work by many NYC artists, including Amar Stewart.

Saturday May 10th

The first large scale project by world renowned artist Kara Walker at the former Domino Sugar Refinery will be open to the pubic. The show titled “A Subtlety, or The Marvelous Sugar Baby” will address the history of the sugar trade and its implications in the past and present. It will be a rare opportunity to see the inside of the once-abandoned sugar refinery before its conversion to a mixed-use development.

Sunday, May 11th

Learn about Lower Manhattan’s latest development projects, from WTC to Santiago Calatrava’s PATH station and the transit hub at Fulton Street on a Municipal Art Society walking tour led by Matt Postal.

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