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New York City is all about design in our top picks for events from May 4th to May 10th, with the return of NYCxDesign festival and the Design by Hand series at the Cooper Hewitt museum. History buffs will enjoy our tour of authentic Prohibition speakeasy on May 9th, walking tour of East Harlem, or an interactive play at a hidden Times Square theater.

Ongoing: Saving Place: 50 Years of NYC Landmarks at the Museum of the City of New York

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Monday, May 4th

Take the second walking tour of East Harlem with historian and tour guide Justin Ferate with Historic District Council covering architectural treasures and cultural landmarks reflecting the El Barrio and Spanish Harlem’s history. This tour will end with a visit to the “Crack is Whack” mural by Keith Haring.

Tuesday, May 5th

At the NYU Furman Center, By the Numbers: Discussions on Density focing on the value and challenges of higher density cities with panelists Charles V. Bagli, The New York Times (Moderator), Carl Weisbrod, Chair, New York City Planning Commission; Carol Willis, CEO and Founder, The Skyscraper Museum and more.

A Hip-Hop Poetry walking tour by Elastic City around Clinton Hill with an ear to the musical elements in everyday surroundings. Using different techniques from hip hop, sound and writing, the group will create poetic lines set to a beat.

Wednesday, May 6th

It’s the last week to check out Ziegfeld’s Midnight Frolic, the newest interactive play by Cynthia Von Buhler in a secret location amid Times Square’s historic theaters. Check out our reviews of Von Buhler’s past plays, Speakeasy Dollhouse: the Brothers Booth and Speakeasy Dollhouse: the Bloody Beginning.

At the Cooper Hewitt Museum, fashion designer Ralph Rucci talks about his creative process, inspiration, and the role of the hand in his work in the museum’s Design by Hand series.

Thursday, May 7th

The 2015 Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance conference, Shaping Your 21st Century Waterfront, will again take place on the Hornblower Infinity. Topics on deck include the five-borough ferry service, the working waterfront, climate change, the MWA’s waterfront design guidelines, and more. Morning sessions take place on the docked boat, afternoon sessions take place while the boat cruises New York City harbor. Tickets here.

Friday, May 8th

NYCxDesign festival begins, New York City’s official citywide celebration of design. NYCxDESIGN takes place in al 5 boroughs and brings together all the disciplines of design, commerce, culture, education, and entertainment with a full, varied program, including exhibitions, installations, trade shows, talks, launches and open studios.

Saturday, May 9th

Our popular tour of the authentic Prohibition-era speakeasy in the East Village is taking place at 3pm. Join us for a tour, which includes a walkthrough of the Museum of the American Gangster, real mafia escape routes and speakeasy remnants. Optional Prohibition-era cocktail will take place afterwards.

Sunday, May 10th

Join the Brooklyn Historical Society in This is Brooklyn, and learn about the history of Brooklyn amidst one of New York’s great landmark buildings. Free with museum admission.

Join us for an upcoming Untapped Cities tour of the Woolworth Building, the remnants of Penn Station, a book talk by founder Untapped Cities about the history of Broadway, and more.

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