There are some exciting New York City events to attend this week, including a talk on how New York City is an urban designer’s perfect laboratory, and our walking tour of the the Remnants of Dutch New Amsterdam, an events pick by the Netherlands Consulate Embassy of New York.
Head over to the Queens Library in Flushing for their event, Living Memory: The Culture and Heritage of Chinese New Yorkers. The mission of this program is to preserve the stories, traditions, and cultural contributions of the Chinese community in New York and share them with the rest of the city. This inaugural event consists of two parts. The first part is an interview with renowned artist and Chinese immigrant, Zhang Hongtu. The second part is panel discussion with three celebrated Chinese-Americans.
Head over to the School of Visual Arts for the event, The City as Research Project. Anne Guiney is the director of research at the Van Alen Institute and will share her opinion on how urban environments offer the opportunity to study the design of a variety of vital systems as well as the relationship humans have with their surroundings and one another. This talk traces the research threads through Guiney’s career in publishing and the non-profit sector and proposes how research can be converted into not just conversation but also action.
Check out a talk at the Macaulay Honors College, Affordable Housing in New York: The People, Places, and Policies That Transformed a City. Co-authors Nicholas Dagen Bloom and Mathew Gordon Lasner, will examine New York’s historical efforts to create high-quality affordable housing projects and other reforms, examining key figures such as Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, Robert Moses, Jane Jacobs and Mayor Ed Koch.
The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesman will be hosting an event at the General Society Library titled, Restoring the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum: Stories from a Structural Engineer. Nancy Hudson, a Structural Engineer with Silman, will discuss the intricate and delicate renovations at the Guggenheim that extended over three years.
Check out the Museum at Eldridge Street where they will be hosting a discussion, Remembering the Women of the Triangle Fire with Debbie Wells. Mrs. Wells will discuss the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire that occurred in 1911, sharing the story of a particular Russian immigrant Annie Nicholas who perished along with 145 other young women.
Open House New York will be hosting a tour of Carnegie Hall with architects from Ennead Architects to discuss the recent renovations that took place. Participant who sign up for the event Monograph in Motion—Ennead Architects: Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall & Stern Auditorium will learn about the firm’s work on the restoration of the renowned Stern Auditorium and Zankel Hall—the state-of-the-art performance space created directly below Stern following the excavation of 6,300 cubic yards of bedrock.
Why not enjoy this new wave of warm spring weather with a trip to Central Park? Along with enjoying the usual amenities this great green space offers is a new exhibit that was just unveiled at the Arsenal Building located near the Central Park Zoo. The exhibit, Great Outdoors: Selections from the Museum of American Illustration showcases over thirty artworks from the Museum of American Illustration’s collection that depict the vast indulgences of outdoor life in New York City.
Join Untapped Cities for our Tour of the Remnants of Dutch New Amsterdam, Tracing the Castello Plan, a tour recommended by the Netherlands Consulate Embassy of New York. Although virtually nothing remains of Dutch New Amsterdam, the Dutch influence is felt in many hidden relics south of Wall Street. This includes the massive one hidden in plain sight: the original street grid embedded in lower Manhattan grid today. Join author, playwright, and Untapped Cities guide, Justin Rivers, complete with Manhattan’s first map in hand as you trace the streets of Manhattan in 1667. There’s just one ticket left to the upcoming tour, but more dates are available for April, May and June.
We’re also hosting a special tour inside the landmarked Woolworth Building, led by Helen Post Curry, great granddaughter of building architect Cass Gilbert. Additional dates available over the next few months:
Join Landmark West and Architectural Historian John Tauranac as they explore the architecture of the Upper West Side on their tour, From Dakota to Montana. From the Dakota Apartments on Central Park West at 72nd Street to the Montana Apartments on Broadway at 87th Street, the tour will encompass a nearly 100-year span of neighborhood history and architectural styles –from the German Renaissance of the 1880s, to the majestic Art Deco of the 1920s, and finally to the post-Modern of the 1980s.
BBQ Films is re-enacting Beetlejuice’s Wedding at another of their immersive film events, taking place at the House of Yes in Bushwick.
Head over to the Coffee and Tea Festival in Brooklyn and join more than 60 exhibitors from around the globe as they pour tastings of their finest coffees and teas and introduce you to new and award-winning products. This international extravaganza celebrating all things coffee and tea will offer two days of seminars from well-known industry pros and pioneers.
At Circus in Motion: Art & Practice join Co-founder and Artistic Director of the New England Center for Circus Arts, Elsie Smith, as she explores the circus-themed sculpture and drawings of Chaim Gross currently featured in the Foundation’s 2016 special exhibit, Circus & Vaudeville. Using photographs from performances and classes at the premiere circus arts training school in the United States, see the real bodies that inspired the art, through the eyes of a world-traveled performer who has been featured with Cirque du Soleil and other companies.