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Here are some great New York City events to check out this week, ranging from discussions about the evolution small business in Brooklyn to our Untapped Cities tour of the Woolworth Building. You can take part in a fun and exciting performance involving past Daily Show contributor Jason Jones, or you can go to Jersey City for a day trip and check out an interesting exhibit on the printed page hosted by the International Center of Photography.

We’re also offering a special limited time 15% Valentine’s Day discount to all of our upcoming tours this year using code VDAY16. Our full list of tours is available here

Tuesday, February 16

Spend your evening at the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesman near Bryant Park where there will be a special screening of Modern Ruin: A World’s Fair PavilionThe film discusses the New York State Pavilion, once the shining symbol of the 1964 New York World’s Fair, which now sits as a haunting reminder of what became of the age of optimism that was the 1960s. The film is followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Mathew Silva.

Wednesday, February 17

Check out an exciting performance at the Bell House in Brooklyn where there will be another installation of Ask Me Anothera co-production of NPR and WNYC with special guest, former Daily Show with Jon Stewart contributor Jason Jones. A rambunctious hour that blends brainteasers and local pub trivia night with comedy and music.

Head over to the Brooklyn Historical Society as a group of business professionals discuss Brooklyn’s business boom. Join host, Jim Cramer from CNBC’s Mad Money, and a panel of local Brooklyn businessmen involved in Brooklyn’s evolving economy. Panelists include Chad Dickerson, CEO, President, and Chairman of Etsy, Jesse Hertzberg, CEO of Livestream, Robin Ottaway, President of Brooklyn Brewery, and Douglas Steiner, Chairman of Steiner Studios.

Head over to the New York Transit Museum to check out the event Revenue Review: 370 Jay Street & The Money Room, a look back at the once-secret room that processed the subway and bus fares from 1951 to 2006. This event is part of the exhibit, The Secret Life of 370 Jay Street.

Enjoy the last day of  the New Year Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival located between Christie and Forsyth streets. It is the final chance to enjoy the holiday with friends and family. For more information check out this website for directions and a detailed description of the events taking place.

Thursday, February 18

Spend another evening at the Brooklyn Historical Society with a presentation on the Green Book Chronicles. The event celebrates the work of postal worker Victor H. Green who in the mid-1930s used his resources at the post office to compile the Green Book. The Green Book was a network of white and black-owned businesses that would welcome African American workers who travelled northwards during the Great Migration. Green’s efforts helped African Americans travel safely for nearly 30 years, until the passing of the Civil Rights Act in 1964, when publication of the guide was halted.

Awareness of the guide faded until award-winning author and playwright Calvin Alexander Ramsey started to work on the The Green Book Chronicles, a documentary that will examine the rise and fall of the Green Book. Join the Brooklyn Historical Society for an exclusive conversation with Ramsey and a viewing of some of the raw footage in his upcoming film. Admission is free and more information is available here.

Saturday, February 20

Join Untapped Cities on our monthly exclusive tour of the normally off-limits Woolworth Building led by architect Cass Gilbert’s great granddaughter, Helen Post Curry. In addition to a guided visit through the spectacular lobby, we will also visit the cellar level where the bank vault is located and where the former entrances to the subway are, and provide special access to the gorgeous mezzanine level. Tickets for the event can be purchased below. If you can’t join us this weekend we are offering the same tour on March 12 and March 19th, and monthly through August.

Sunday, February 21

Head over to the International Center of Photography at Mana Contemporary art gallery in Jersey City. The exhibit titled Sudden Impact: Photography on the Printed Page is running until April 8th and explores the moment when innovative photography and imaginative graphic design joined forces. The publications have been selected from ICP’s extensive collection of more than 2,000 historic magazines, newspapers, and posters of the 1920s-1940s. Sudden Impact reveals the emergence of photography as a key component of modern visual communication. The magazines displayed in the exhibition helped to create a vast, news-hungry audience that wanted not just to read about the events and celebrities of the day but to see them as well.

Check out the Museum of the Moving Image for the final showing of their See It Big! documentary. The exhibit delves into the theme of modern virtual reality and the recent  desire to reduce images to the size of a smartphone screen. However, the films featured in this all-documentary edition of See It Big!, the size of the screen and the nature of the collective theatrical experience are vital.

It is also your last day to check out the 14th Annual Holiday Train Show at Grand Central Terminal. Taking place in the station’s New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex and Store, the exhibit displays a popular model railroad which features Metro-North, New York Central, and subway trains departing from a miniature Grand Central Terminal on a 34’-long, two-level “O” gauge layout. 

Also, check out our upcoming Untapped Cities tours including the normally off-liimts Bialystoker Synagogue, The Remnants of Dutch New Amsterdam and the Secrets of Grand Central Terminal.

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