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There are some fun and exciting New York City events to attend this week, including a rock musical based on New York power broker Robert Moses, a mass meditation at Lincoln Center and our ever-popular Untapped Cities tour of Grand Central Terminal.

Monday, April 4th

On Monday, join architectural historian Thomas Mellins at the Housing Legacies on the Upper West Side talk and learn about the city’s history of housing and how social policy has affected architecture and residential choices. His presentation, which starts at 6:30pm is part of the Bloomingdale Neighborhood History Group series at Hostelling International. Mellins was the curator for Affordable  Housing: A New York Legacy at the Museum of the City of New York.

Tuesday, April 5th

The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen presents: A Burglar’s Guide to the City – a conversation with author Geoff Manaugh (author of BLDGBLOGand Robert Krulwich (Radio Lab Co-Host). The event will take place with the General Society’s Lock Collection as a back drop, where Mr. Manaugh will discuss his newly published book of the same name on our built environment – from the micro (think of a single cylinder lock) to the macro (an entire grid of city streets, sewers, and subway tunnels), and everything in between—as seen from the perspective of those who wish to infiltrate it for criminal ends, and those tasked with stopping them.

The discussion starts at 6:30pm, followed by a book signing session and reception. Contact The General Society at 212 840 1840, ext 2 or email: meg.stanton@generalsociety.org to register in advance.

Wednesday, April 6th

The Orchid Show: Orchidelirium at the New York Botanical Garden in Bronx runs from February through mid-April. Join one the exhibit’s Orchid Evenings on Wednesday, where guests can stroll around the show with a cocktail in hand while music and unmatched beauty create one of New York City’s most romantic date destinations.

Each guest ticket includes a complimentary signature cocktail, the Ginger Vanilla Fusion, a delicious blend of vanilla bean-infused vodka and ginger, which is inspired by the Vanilla that comes from the Vanilla planifoliaorchid.

Thursday, April 7th

At 7pm on Thursday night, see the BLDZR: The Gospel According to Moses – a 75-minute live music showcase for new rock musical based on the success & ruin of Epic New York power broker Robert Moses at Manhattan’s Triad Theater. The performance features original RENT cast member David Driver as Robert Moses.

BLDZR is a powerful rock musical that combines the sonic impact of Green Day’s “American Idiot” with the human drama of Orson Welles’ “Citizen Kane.” Conceived and written with music and lyrics by Peter Galperin, BLDZR dramatizes master builder Robert Moses’ evolution from a young idealist fervent with a desire to build the greatest city in the world to a power-insulated enemy of the people, corrupt, lost and in ruin. Tickets are sold at www.triadnyc.com and www.bldzr.nyc

Head to the Salmagundi Club near Union Square for the event Historic Preservation in NYC: What do the last 50 years tell us about the next 50? Ruth Osborne (Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden / ArtWatch International), Andrew Berman (Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation), Simeon Bankoff (Historic Districts Council), and Adam Steinberg (Senior Education Associate, Lower East Side Tenement Museum) will discuss the successes and failures of historic preservation within their neighborhoods and buildings, examine current issues in preservation law and city development, and engage with each other on key issues that can be better addressed in the future.

Friday, April 8th

It’s your last chance to see Sudden Impact: Photography on the Printed Page presented by the International Center of Photography (ICP) at its gallery at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City. The exhibition consists of 35 striking magazine covers and picture spreads from international periodicals of the 1920s to 1940s, exploring the moment when innovative photography and imaginative graphic design joined forces. 

The exhibition showcases iconic photographs of the 20th Century that first reached the public in the pages of large-format illustrated magazines, including works by celebrated figures as André Kertész, Martin Munkasci, Robert Capa, Margaret Bourke-White, Weegee, Aleksandr Rodchenko, Brassaï, and John Heartfield. The exhibition is by appointment only, contact collections@icp.org for a visit.

Saturday, April 9th

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the ASPCA, go on the All Dogs Go To Heaven Trolly Tour at Green-Wood cemetery in Brooklyn to celebrating its furry permanent residents! Expert tour guide Ruth Edebohls leads this trolley tour to visit grave sites of note-worthy pets and animals, including Rex, a horse who fought in the Union Army. Hear great tales of these beloved animals and many of the monuments feature wonderful animal depictions carved in stone.

At noon, slow down and look at five selected works of art for 10 minutes on Slow Art Day at the Rubin MuseumAs mindfulness, adult coloring books, and the Slow Food movement have all entered the mainstream, the day is a way to apply these concepts and approach a museum visit differently. Free with admission, a docent will also lead a special Slow Art Day tour of the artworks.

In the afternoon, join Untapped Cities for our back to back Tour of the Secrets of Grand Central Terminal. On the tour, guests will see the hidden tennis courts, locate the lost armchairs of Grand Central, peek into the entrance of the glass walkways, and more. 

Head over to the SVA Theater for the event IN:PICTURES with Salman Rushdie. Mr. Rushdie is the award-winning author of twelve internationally-acclaimed novels, including Midnight’s Children (Booker Prize), Shame, andThe Satanic Verses. At the event he will discuss how cinema has shaped both his work and the continued legacy of this master of genre, form, and modern storytelling. Featured films are Satyajit Ray’s Pather Panchali, Star Wars, and Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Sunday, April 10th

From 4pm to 8pm on Sunday, head to the Queens Museum for Looped Screening of “A Frame Apart” , a short film program as part of the opening of the Queens International 2016 biennial. A tradition since 2001, Queens International is the biannual exhibition of artists living and/or working in Queens, presenting the artistic vibrancy of the borough though contemporary cultural productions in all media. As part of the opening, a block of short films titled “A Frame Apart” will be screened on a loop. One of the highlights is the film still “Reclaimed Ground” by Nate Dorr & Nathan Kensinger.  The event will feature the works of a breadth of local and international artists.

Join Abandoned America for at the Old Catskill Game Farm Photography Workshop. At the workshop, Matthew Christopher of Abandoned America will be on hand to help you get better shots of one of the largest privately owned zoo in the United States. The workshop will be the first official group allowed on the site and will have free reign to discover the myriad of photo opportunities onsite.

In the evening, The Big Quiet Mass Meditation is back at Lincoln Center’s world famous Appel Room – the Greek-inspired amphitheater with an 83 foot wall of glass overlooking the Manhattan skyline. The event begins with a mass meditation and a short sound bath with renowned practitioners, followed by a series of performances on the amphitheater’s fully immersive Constellation Sound System (over 100 speakers buried in the venue’s walls). 

There will be two Big Quiet sittings – a 4:30pm (5pm meditation) and a 7pm (7:30pm meditation), as well as complimentary tastings from Sweetgreen and Matchabar. Purchase tickets here

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