In the next week, tour the Players Club on Gramercy Park on our special insiders tour
There’s a lot to discover in the upcoming week in New York City from events at the Players Club and TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport, to the annual walk around the Manhattan coastline. There will be talks on Brooklyn gentrification, Jane Jacobs, the new Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island, food for the dead, and temporary urban interventions.
Monday May 2nd
WNYC will be hosting an event to celebrate the culmination of the podcast on Brooklyn gentrification, There Goes the Neighborhood. “The Way Forward for Gentrified Brooklyn” will take place at WNYC’s event venue The Greene Space, hosted by comedian Khalid Rahmaan and featuring guests who were interviewed for the podcast and along with other guests from various media publication. Starts at 6pm, tickets are $10. The event will also be livestreamed.
Tuesday, May 3rd
Join us in our Insiders Tour of the Players Club, a members-only theater club on Gramercy Park. Explore this historic, landmarked townhouse and hear from a docent of the club about its illustrious history, which include members from Mark Twain to Jimmy Fallon. A special treat: see a room frozen in time for over a 100 years, kept intact as the Players Club founder left it upon his death. Even if you can’t make May 3rd, we have dates in June and July as well.
Wednesday, May 4th
The Museum at Eldridge Street launches its Jane Jacobs Centennial Lecture Series. Author and preservationist Roberta Brandes Gratz will introduce the speakers. On the 4th, Ray Suarez, broadcast journalist and author of three books including The Old Neighborhood: What We Lost in the Great Suburban Migration, will speak on the legacy of Jacobs. Free/Pay as You Wish, RSVP required.
Curious about what’s coming to Roosevelt Island with the Cornell Tech Campus? Open House New York will host Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the architects behind the master plan for Cornell Tech. The plan features open interiors and amenities such as cafes and exhibition spaces. The first phase, which will be completed in 2017, includes the construction of New York City’s largest net-zero energy building. 6:30pm at Cooper Union’s Rose Auditorium. Free for OHNY members, $10 for guests.
The Port/Cities Project will present the World Premiere of PORT CITIES NY, written, directed and choreographed by Talya Chalef. This theatrical journey begins at Pier 11 in the Financial District, where audiences ferry across the harbor accompanied by an original soundscape. After docking in Red Hook’s working port, the performance continues on board The Waterfront Museum Barge. This limited engagement runs May 5 – 19. Tickets $27.
Thursday, May 5th
The South Street Seaport Downtown Design Festival begins its 12-day series of events and activations to celebrate the creative energy in lower Manhattan. The festival is part of NYC Design Week. At 6:3o pm, join in a discussion about temporary interventions—including do-it-yourself (DIY) projects and pop-ups–at the talk “Placemaking for a More Livable City” at Seaport Studios.
Join historic gastronomist Sarah Loman for the talk Food of the Dead: A Culinary History of the Funeral at Green-Wood Cemetery. Although mourning traditions have changed over time and vary, what they have in common is food and drink. Learn the history, plus taste beer from Midas’s tomb, funeral cakes, and Mormon funeral potatoes. 6:30pm, tickets $25.
Friday, May 6th
The exhibit Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist opens at the Jewish Museum looks at the work of one of the most influential landscape architects of the twentieth century, known for his iconic seaside pavements on Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana Beach.
In WQXR’s Classical Moonlighters Competition, 9 New York-based finalists will have the opportunity to perform at the Jerome L. Greene Space before a panel of celebrity judges and vie for the title of amateur classical musician in three age categories (13-18, 19-34, and 35+). Tickets for the public here.
Saturday, May 7th
Our popular Secrets of Grand Central Terminal tour, led by Tamara Agins from the NYC Department of City Planning, is sold out for May but we’ve added a new date for July:
It’s also the Great Saunter, the annual walk around the coastline of Manhattan. Cover the whole 32 miles or join in just for part of the circumnavigation. Starts at Fraunces Tavern at 7am, registrations closed online but $20 in person on the day of.
Experience the TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport in all its glory at the 2016 Benefit for Storefront for Art and Architecture. The “Beyond Borders “benefit will honor honor architect Teddy Cruz and architectural photographer and agency Ezra Stoller / ESTO / Erica Stoller. Tickets start at $75. See photos inside the jet age TWA Flight Center here.