There are some unique New York City events to attend this week, including a talk about the architectural history of Bedford-Stuyvesant, a “Sound of Silent Film Festival,” and our Untapped Cities tour of the Remnants of Penn Station.
Spend your evening at the City College of New York for an in-depth discussion and presentation regarding the activist James Baldwin. The event titled Baldwin’s America will involve a four part session involving several readings produced by Baldwin followed by a discussion with Black Studies Professor Gordon Thompson. The general theme of the event will surround the role and influence Baldwin had within his native Harlem and the rest of the globe, and the role his legacy played in the past as well as issues we face today.
Head over to the Brooklyn Historical Society for their discussion on segregation in New York City. Why New York? Our Segregated Schools Epidemic will be moderated by journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones and will include testimony from Jill Bloomberg who is the current principal of Park Slope Collegiate. Other panelists will include parents and teachers from various school districts and backgrounds. The goal of the talk is to address the issue head on and allowing representatives from different backgrounds and schools to share their own experiences and view of the issue of segregation in New York City public schools.
Head over to the Museum of the City of New York where you are invited to preview New York’s Yiddish Theater: From Bowery to Broadway, an immersive reimagining of the phenomenon that turned Second Avenue into “Yiddish Broadway” and left a legacy that continues to inform American theater and film today. Visitors will meet the stars and stages that made Yiddish Theater the sensation it was, and will have the opportunity to focus on specific stars and playwrights like Molly Picon, Boris Thomashefsky, Jacob Gordin and the Adler Family Dynasty, which still exists today.
Head over to the Museum of the City of New York for their exclusive panel discussion, How To Fight Homelessness. Join panelists Daniel Tietz, Chief Special Services Officer of New York City’s Human Resources Administration, Lynn Lewis, Executive Director, Picture the Homeless, DeBoRah Dickerson, Formerly Homeless, Spokesperson for Picture the Homeless, and Carl Siciliano, Founder, Ali Forney Center as they discuss the ever-present debate over how to tackle homelessness in the city. In October 2015, it was estimated that more than 59,500 people slept in shelters, with thousands more on the streets. Join the panel as they address this issue and many more pertaining to the current state of homelessness in New York City.
Head over to the Benrubi Gallery located in the Midtown East area for an exclusive discussion featuring photographer Christopher Payne regarding the clothing used in Americas old mental asylums. Asylum:Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals will feature a presentation from Mr. Payne, historical artifacts likely to be displayed one time only, and a Q&A.
Head over to the Lincoln Center where Open House New York will show off the redesigned Jazz room, designed by Ennead Architects. The room aims to create a spatial experience that celebrates institution’s mission to entertain, enrich, and expand a global community for Jazz through performance, education, and advocacy. Join Ennead Architects partner Molly McGowan and Minh Kim Tran to explore the elegant new Mica and Ahmet Ertegun Atrium and the Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame, and take in sweeping views of Columbus Circle and Central Park.
Join The Museum of Food and Drink and a panel of experts for a debate on the ins and outs of flavor. “Flavor Added” is the seventh installment of the MOFAD Roundtable series, and focuses on added flavors in packaged foods and beverages. These flavors are found in everything from butter to orange juice to breakfast cereal. Yet debate abounds over the effects of added flavors on our health and our relationship with food. Panelists will explore questions like: How do added flavors shape our food choices? Are they a crutch for the food industry, or might they be used to improve the sensory experience of food? What’s the difference between “artificial” and “natural” flavors, and how can we best define these terms? Panelists include University of Pennsylvania doctoral candidate Nadia Berenstein, author Mark Schatzker, and Yale University School of Medicine professor Dana Small.
The photo exhibition on the bridges of Harlem River, “Connecting People, Strengthening Communities” will host an artist reception at the ARTViews Gallery at Montefiore in the Bronx from 5:30pm – 7:30pm.
At Crown Heights’ beer hall Berg’n, hear stories about the works from some of Brooklyn’s finest architects at Bedford-Stuyvesant: A Rich and Storied History, and learn about the history and culture of the largest African-American community in New York City, a history that is hundreds of years in the making.
Head over to the Queens Council on the Arts for their exhibition, Celebrating Queens Women Artists. A tribute to women artists of Queens, this LAB event creates a space for performance, collaboration, and networking. Writer/educator Joan Willette of the Enchanted Goddess has curated a dynamic list of 12 featured female poets, singers, writers and musicians across diverse backgrounds, ages, and genres. Performers will share their work and collaborate on the spot, and the audience is also invited to share thoughts/affirmations and make community connections throughout the evening.
Check out the The Sound of Silent Film Festival which features newly composed scores performed live to modern Silent films. The event which will take place at Symphony Space on the Upper West Side will be showing Gaudi, a spellbinding tour through the life and works of Barcelona architect and visionary Antonio Gaudi. The film is rarely shown on the big screen, let alone with a brand new musical score performed live.
Enjoy The Village Voice’s 9th Annual Choice Eats Tasting Event which will feature over fifty handpicked restaurants from all five New York City boroughs. Guests will sample the best dishes from restaurants reviewed and heralded in the Village Voice along with complimentary craft beer pairings, wine and liquor beverages. VIP, Early Entry, and General Admission tickets are on sale now.
Untapped Cities will offer an exclusive tour of the normally off-limits Woolworth Building led by architect Cass Gilbert’s great granddaughter, Helen Post Curry, who runs the Woolworth Building tours. 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. If you were unable to get tickets to March 12th, we have a few tickets left for March 19th, as well as dates through August:
Opening at the Grand Central Terminal Annex of the New York Transit Museum is the newest exhibition Transit Etiquette or: How I Learned to Stop Spitting and Step Aside in 25 Languages explores the creative and engaging visuals and broad scope of humor that transit agencies in the U.S. and abroad have used to cajole and scold passengers into better behavior.
Amtrak officially acknowledges only one physical remnant of the old Penn Station, but on this special tour, participants will be able to see, touch and experience well over a dozen remaining structural pieces of the grand McKim, Mead and White station. This special tour of the Remnants of Penn Station is developed by Justin Rivers, author and playwright of the The Eternal Space, a play about the demolition of Penn Station. Weaving in never before published photographs from the play, the tour will also cover the past, present and future plans for the transportation hub, accompanying a hunt for the remaining pieces of the grand McKim, Mead & White station. This tour meets inside Penn Station in front of the McDonald’s on the LIRR side of the concourse.