There will be a coffee talk at the Lowline Lab this week
There are great New York City events to attend this week including a talk about the history of coffee at the Lowline, an event at the Skyscraper Museum on the preservation of the South Street Seaport, and a street art discussion at the Museum of the City of New York.
Monday, February 29
Community Works invites you to the Open House Reception for harlem is…DOWNTOWN, its largest exhibition to date. The event will be held at the Federal Hall National Memorial on Wall Street. It traces the journey of Americans of African descent from the arrival of the first slave ships in Lower Manhattan in the 1600s to present-day Harlem and honors 75 icons and institutions in music, theater, dance and activism that have helped define Harlem throughout the world. The exhibition includes original works by Bryan Collier, from his best-selling book Uptown, historically-themed quilts by Michael Cummings, documentary photography by Ruth Morgan, the art of Donovan Nelson and Hubert Williams, and creative contributions of NYC schoolchildren.
Tuesday, March 1
Head over to The Art Show at the Park Avenue Armory for their Gala Preview. Organized annually by the Art Dealers Association of America, The Art Show offers intimately scaled and thoughtfully curated presentations by the nation’s leading fine art dealers, providing audiences a rich selection of works from the late 19th century through today. The Art Show Gala Preview is one of the defining special events occurring during the exhibition and launches Armory Arts Week across the city. This elegant celebration brings together top art collectors, philanthropists, and business leaders for a first look at the exceptional works being offered at the fair.
Wednesday, March 2
Join author James Lindgren as he discusses the issues in his new book Preserving South Street Seaport at the Skyscraper Museum. He will explain his view on the historic landmarked district that is home to the largest concentration of early 19th century mercantile buildings, a modern urban festival market, and a retail, entertainment, and tourist destination. Focusing on the recent history of the past half-century Lindgren explains how preservationists came together in the 1960s to save the last piece of lower Manhattan’s old port.
The Museum of the City of New York will host a street art talk between Swoon and DAZE, two influential artists in the New York City scene, moderated by the co-founders of Brooklyn Street Art. They’ll be disussing the sway of the city on the storytelling of street and graffiti artists, and how their work reflects that influence as it moves into galleries and museums
Head over to the Longwood Art Gallery in the Bronx for the exhibit and discussion, BRONX:AFRICA. A pioneering advocate for cultural equity, the Bronx Council on the Arts nurtures the development of a diverse array of artists and arts organizations, and builds strong cultural connections in and beyond The Bronx. Join artists Laylah Barrayn (Senegal), Janet Goldner (Mali) and Howard T. Cash (West Africa). Osaretin Ugiagbe (Nigeria) as they discuss their artwork and the connection the Bronx shares with their own communities.
Thursday, March 3
Head over to the 22nd annual Armory Show on Piers 92 and 94 and examine the work of artists who this year have produced works representing the African diaspora. The art show will be hosting a discussion titled Looking Back, Leading the Way, where artists El Anatsui and Sam Nhlengethwa will be discussing their individual practices and how they continue to inspire artists working today. Don’t miss our full guide to Armory Art Week.
At the NYC Department of Records at 31 Chambers Street, Anthony Flint, a fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and author of Wrestling with Moses: How Jane Jacobs Took on New York’s Master Builder and Transformed the American City will reflect on Jane Jacobs’ role in fighting the Lower Manhattan Expressway, and how she and courageous New Yorkers changed the course of citizen participation in urban planning. Starts at 6:30pm.
Join the Brooklyn Historical Society where State Senator Velmanette Montgomery will introduce acclaimed New York Times photographer Chester Higgins Jr., who has documented New York’s African Diaspora for over 40 years, with images that range from the Caribbean Festival to African American Hebrews in Bed-Stuy. View these remarkable images as Higgins muses on his work with current City Council Member Laurie Cumbo, who founded MoCADA, Brooklyn’s first Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts.
Friday, March 4
Head over to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for their continued exhibition on Schastey’s Steinway Piano’s: Music of the Gilded Age. Pianist John Davis will be performing music by some of the Gilded Age’s busiest, most celebrated and widely performed pianist/composers. These American Roots music pioneers greatly influenced the development of jazz, rhythm & blues, and rock ‘n’ roll. Davis will be performing music by Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Blind Tom, Blind Boone, and Jelly Roll Morton.
Saturday, March 5
Join the MTA New York City Transit, TransitCenter and the NYU Rudin Center for Transportation when they will hold the first-ever New York City Bus Hackathon on March 5, 2016. Participants will use ridership and performance data to inform and improve bus route planning. This event will build upon the MTA’s study of Staten Island bus service and will shape local transit planning in the future. Click here to register.
Head over the Lower East Side for the talk The History of Coffee in NYC at the Lowline Lab. Join coffee devotee and NYC history buff, Peter Longo of Porto Rico Importing Company (over 100 years in the making!), for a unique discussion on everyone’s favorite morning pick-me-up, plus pick up some free samples.
Head over to the Bronx Museum of the Arts for their Back in the Bronx series when author Jerome Charyn will read from his anthology Bitter Bronx, sharing personal anecdotes about his experiences in The Bronx as well as signing copies of the book. In Bitter Bronx: Thirteen Storieshttp://amzn.to/24rBKIo, Bronx-born Jerome Charyn brings to life the pre-and post-Robert Moses world of New York’s northernmost borough in thirteen bittersweet stories. His short stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Paris Review, American Scholar and Epoch. Don’t miss out on this exclusive opportunity for a first-hand account of the rich history of the Bronx.
Sunday, March 6
Don’t miss the first Flea Market of the season at the Bell House Venue in Brooklyn. A one stop shopping event for all your needs at the Bell House, with more vendors and more space than ever before. Antique hunters and curiosity collectors know that nothing is better than a lazy Sunday spent at a great flea market. At the Bell House, you will find all of your favorite artists and antique peddlers.