A past Idiotarod race, which will take place next Saturday. Image via Gothamist
To end the first month of 2016, here are ten New York City events for people with all interests, ranging from literature and art to urban planning and exploration. Notably, next week, you’ll have the chance to meet the famous cat Lil Bub and compete in a satirical dogsled race. This week’s events also include book talks about the history of two different New York City neighborhoods, a trivia night, urban design panels and more!
Monday, January 25
Head over to the new exhibit Brooklyn in Process | Work by Marvel Architect at the Usagi NY Gallery in DUMBO, Brooklyn. This exhibit features projects by Marvel Architects, who were behind some of Brooklyn’s greatest recent architectural endeavors. The exhibit will make visitors wonder where Brooklyn’s landscape is headed as it gives them a behind-the-scenes look at some of the buildings they pass by everyday. The exhibition will also house St. Ann’s Warehouse project, which was a winner of A|N Best of Design Awards 2016. The exhibit ends on March 12, 2016.
Tuesday, January 26
Head over to the The Energetic City Forum at BRIC House to see a panel of Design Trust Project Partners representatives highlight their attempts to reinvent public space around the five boroughs of New York City. Specifically, this program will delve into four different Design Trust projects: design guidelines for ground-floor retail and community spaces in mixed-use affordable housing, improving the access and circulation of Flushing Meadows Corona Park, creating prototypes of lively public space at the edge of a New York City Housing Authority development, and getting Staten Island’s cultural community to engage in public planning space on the North Shore Waterfront. So if you’re into urban planning in New York City, this event is for you!
Wednesday, January 27
At the St. Marks Is Dead Talk at Museum of the City of New York, which Untapped Cities is co-sponsoring, journalist Ada Calhoun will discuss her book about the history of St. Marks Place, St. Marks Is Dead with critic Luc Sante. The book consists of over two-hundred interviews and several rare pictures, compiled by Calhoun, who was a St. Marks native. From St. Marks’ colonial beginnings to its current hipster-y state, don’t miss this chance to delve deeper into the complex history of one of New York City’s most popular locations. Use discount code MARKS for $10 tickets to the event (normally $16). Get tickets here.
Illustrated lecture: The 19th Century City and the Book at the Merchant’s House Museum will feature architectural historian and writer Francis Morrone, who will talk about the Merchant’s House neighborhood during the time when bibliophiles filled the area. Morrone will cover the DeVinne Press, the Astor Library, the Mercantile Library, Bible House, Fourth Avenue’s former Book Row, and more. A reception will follow.
Speaking of bibliophiles, today book lovers might also want to check out the Strand for Shelf Obsessed: Strand’s Ultimate Literary Trivia Night. This one-night event features five rounds of competitive, energetic, book-themed trivia. So head over to the Rare Book Room with all of your literary knowledge for the chance to win prizes or even the grand title of “Ultimate Bibliophile.”
Thursday, January 28
Today, the Co-Curator of Martin Wong: Human Instamatic Sergio Bessa will moderate a panel discussion looking back at the state of New York City’s Lower East Side in the 1970s at the Bronx Museum of the Arts’ 1040 Lounge: Martin Wong: A Painter Among the Ruins. Here, prominent figures in architecture and design will focus on big urban interventions that have affected New York City and on recovering community memory through art and historical archives. This event is free.
Learn more about the proposed Lower Manhattan Expressway at Creating a History of the Lower Manhattan Expressway. At this panel discussion, you’ll learn about the themes and key players in the story of the proposed LOMEX from the point of views of different creative approaches.
Friday, January 29
Step out of your urban comfort zone and attend the second day of the New York Wild Film Festival running from January 28-31. This festival aims to educate New York City’s urbanites about topics ranging from wild exploration and adventure to natural life and the environment. It will showcase powerful films and conversations to celebrate wildlife and spark discussion and interest in affecting crucial environmental change.
Saturday, January 30
By now, you’ve probably heard of Lil Bub, the famous cat who was born with several genetic mutations to a feral mother, which hindered her adoption. Well today, you can see Lil Bub herself at the Museum of the Moving Image, which will be hosting a live event called The Story of Lil Bub. At this event, Lil Bub will make her final New York City appearance with her owner Mike Bridavsky, who will recount their inspiring story and answer questions from the audience.
However, if you’re in the mood to try something more unusual, head over to Idiotarod NYC XII, which is an annual event that satirizes and puts a “creative spin” on Alaska’s famous dogsled race, the Iditarod. Thus, instead of dog sleds and the freezing tundra, there will be costume-bearing teams of people with themed shopping carts in New York City’s less-extreme, winter weather. There will also be a prize pool. To have a chance at participating, you must send in a form this Thursday.
Sunday, January 31
Today, The Museum of the Moving Image will host a compilation of some of the greatest Muppet moments at The Muppet Show: Comic Legends, as part of its exhibit Jim Henson’s World. Here, you can watch some of the most acclaimed people in comedy history who were in The Muppet Show. This 70-minute compilation is “guaranteed to be the most fantastic assemblage of music, mirth and mayhem ever, um… assembled.”