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Book talk with Abandoned NYC’s Will Ellis on February 4th and February 25th

Our picks for events in NYC this week include talks about the High Line, South Street Seaport, and cider at the Morris-Jumel Mansion.

Tuesday February 3rd

The 1928 Loew’s Kings Theatre in Flatbush, Brooklyn is finally restored to its former glory and is making its debut tonight with: “An evening with Diana Ross: Grand Opening Concert.” Doors will open at 8 pm for the first chance to see the concert hall gleaming with gold ornate ceilings and opulent chandeliers. Tickets are available for purchase online.

“I’m New Here – Can You Show Me Around?” is a stand up comedy show at Union Hall, Brooklyn tonight at 7:30 pm designed for those of you who moved to New York City “because it was the only thing to do.” The hilarious duo, Jon Ronson and Maeve Higgings have put together a stand up show with fresh interviews “with other strangers from strange lands who have made New York their home.” Tickets can be bought online and are $10.

Wednesday February 4th

Wednesday at 6:30 pm, Untapped Cities will be hosting longtime Untapped Cities columnist Will Ellis’ talk about his new book Abandoned NYC at the East Village speakeasy The Red Room. Though the event is sold out, due to popular demand will be held again on February 25th 2015! Tickets for the February 25th event, which will be at WeWork West Broadway (with free beer!) are still available:

Come discuss the tremendous growth Chelsea has experienced due to the High Line, in “The High Line as a Public Accelerator: A Conversation.” Join High Line co-founder Joshua David and architectural critics Paul Goldberger and Vishaan Chakrabarti in a conversation about the High Line’s impact on the city and its economy at 6:30 pm, Museum of the City of New York.

Thursday February 5th

Historian James M. Lindgren, author of the book “Preserving South Street Seaport: The Dream and Reality of a New York Urban Renewal District” will shed light upon the efforts of preservationists to protect the area leading to its being designated a New York City Historic District, the challenges faced by the South Street Seaport Museum, the controversial construction of the New Fulton Market and recently demolished Pier 17 mall, as well as the impacts of 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy. The event will be held at The Center for Architecture from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. It is free for members and $10 for Non-Members.

Travel back in time to the New York High Society circa 1900 with the Sylvan Winds, an ensemble who will play a program of French and American Music at “A Gilded Age Salon: Music from Paris and New York” at 6:30 pm, Museum of the City of New York. Prior to the concert join Donald Albrecht for a tour of the newly furbished exhibition, Gilded New York. Tickets are $15 for Museum and Beaux Arts Alliance members; $20 students/seniors; $25 general public.

Friday February 6th

Stephen Mallon’s photography of NYC subway cars getting dumped into the ocean goes on display at the Kimmel Galleries at NYU.

“We Can’t Breathe” at 12 pm at Low Library Rotunda, Columbia University is an interdisciplinary conversation that will explore race, justice and urban space today. Organized in response to the Michael Brown and Eric Garner incidents, the dialogue will include the role of density in racial politics, the legacies of slavery and Jim Crow racism on the physical and social structure of US cities, and the use of urban space as a stage and platform for dissent.

Saturday February 7th

Join the Aaron Burr Association and The Morris-Jumel Mansion at Jumel Terrace at 5 pm for the installation of the restored portrait by Eric Maunsback depicting Aaron Burr, the Third Vice-President of the United States, resident of the Moriss-Jumel Mansion (Manhattan’s oldest house). Come and enjoy an 1817 recipe of Apinette Cider, a light and fine rare delicacy. The event is priced at $20, and all proceeds post costs go to the 2015 restoration of the Portrait of Madame Jumel – the second wife to Aaron Burr.

Sunday February 8th

Head out to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens for an eco -friendly day. At 11 am or 2 pm join in the Tropical Plant Stroll in Steinhardt Conservatory or if you like to keep it moving, learn the traditional hula at 3:30 pm! Priced at $10, seniors and students $5, children under 12 free.

Check out upcoming Untapped Cities events like tours of the Woolworth Building and a book talk with Abandoned NYC.

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