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Here’s our roundup of the top NYC events for this week, including a speakeasy dedicated to local cheese, a talk on the Verrazano Bridge at 50 years old, and a discussion on the evolution of Times Square.

Monday, November 17th

Learn about what Bushwick was like in the 1970s, before the trendy cafes and yoga studios came in. The Brooklyn Historical Society will be hosting a discussion called Brooklyn’s On Fire: Bushwick is Burning, with photographer Meryl Meisler, a tenant lawyer, an FDNY fire marshal, a Community Board manager, and a displaced resident.

New York City based film company Film at 11 has a great salon series for its film The Uncondemned, a documentary about the trial that made rape a war crime. Tonight at Paname Restaurant, Melissa Jeltson of Huffington Post will be speaking on her upcoming feature on incarcerated battered women and the failure of the criminal justice system to respond to domestic violence survivors.

Tuesday, November 18th

As part of its exhibit Times Square 1984, The Skyscraper Museum will be collaborating with Columbia University to host a panel discussion called Senses of Place: Reflections on Preservation in Times Square. Check out our Top 10 Secrets of Times Square NYC.

Wednesday, November 19th

At Albertine, the new bookshop in the French Embassy Vahram Muratyan, author of the Paris v. New York illustration books will be discussing his new memoir, About Time, about his travels across four continents.

The New York Public Library will be hosting the event: Camera Crazy: A Panel on Analog Photography to inspire discussion into how toy cameras fit into the digital age. Attendees will also be able to enter into a raffle and win one of the panelist’s favorite toy cameras.

Thursday, November 20th

The Williamsburg Independent Film Festival begins its 5th run at the Wythe Hotel. The three day festival showcases independent films from all around the world with a focus on Brooklyn filmmakers.

Museum of City of NY will be hosting a talk about the Verrazano Bridge on its 50th Anniversary, with author Gay Talese of The Bridge: The Building of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and Clyde Haberman, contributing writer & former columnist at The New York Times.

Friday, November 21st

The 2nd Annual Speakcheesy will be taking place at 61 Local in Brooklyn. Expect local cheese and pairings of honey, chocolate preserves, and beer, as well as a live DJ. The event is to support the Kickstarter campaign for the Cheese Grotto, a small cheese storage unit.

Saturday, November 22nd

The Brooklyn Museum is hosting the 2nd Annual American Fine Craft Show. Visitors will have the opportunity to view and purchase “an extraordinary selection of handmade works in ceramics, jewelry, glass, furniture, wood, metal, mixed media, sculpture, wearable and decorative fiber by 90 of the nation’s finest craft artists.”

Sunday, November 23rd

The Morbid Anatomy Museum in Gowanus will be hosting an Open House to the public, featuring quirky tours, taxidermy and hair art demonstrations, short talks, interviews, music and more. Read our past coverage of this creepy institution.

 Did we miss any events? Let us know by contacting Anna Brown at her Twitter handle @brooklynbonanza

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