This week, check out historic talks, paranormal investigations in a historic house, Open House New York Weekend 2016, Gowanus Open Studios and the monthly return of our tour, the Remnants of Dutch New Amsterdam
Andrew Alpern, author of The Dakota: A History of the World’s Best-Known Apartment Building will explain at the Victorian Society of New York how the building provided a practical way for wealthy New Yorkers to live well without having to shoulder the burdens of maintaining rowhouses. Read about the Top 10 Secrets of the Dakota.
It’s also Columbus Day. Here’s a guide to finding all the Christopher Columbus statues around New York City and be amazed at the transformation of Columbus Circle since the 1900s in this vintage photo article.
The Merchant’s House Museum will host the illustrated lecture, Probing for Paranormal Proof in ‘Manhattan’s Most Haunted House’ With Dan Sturges, Founder, Sturges Paranormal
Check out an impressive chrysanthemum display at the New York Botanical Garden, only on display this month. The chrysanthemum, kiku in Japanese, is the most celebrated of all Japanese fall-flowering plants, and hundreds of meticulously trained kiku will be on display in the Enid A. Haunt Conservatory, in addition to a special bonsai display, in Kiku: The Art of the Japanese Garden.
Brooklyn Historical Society presents 100 Years of Planned Parenthood: Born in Brooklyn, Building for the Future. On October 16, 1916, Margaret Sanger and her sister Ethel Byrne opened the first birth control clinic in the U.S. in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn. The panel includes Alex Sanger, Margaret’s grandson and current Chair of the International Planned Parenthood Council, Imani Gandy, Senior Legal Analyst at Rewire News and co-host of This Week in Blackness Prime, and Professor Lynn Roberts, CUNY School of Public Health. Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! moderates. The discussion will be followed by a special performance by members of Girl Be Heard.
The 20th annual Gowanus Open Studios will take place from Friday to Sunday. For one weekend each year, artists working in diverse Gowanus spaces such as former factories and warehouses invite the public to visit their studios, see their work, and talk about their process. This year 325+ artists are preparing to welcome over 5,000 visitors into their studios.
It’s the first day of Open House New York Weekend 2016! Here are 10 sites to visit that do not require advance reservations.
The Rubin Museum will host its annual Dream-Over for adults, where guests sleep overnight under a specially-selected work of art in the museum. After guests arrive in their pajamas, Khenpo Lama Pema Wangdak will explain the significance of dreaming in Tibetan Buddhist philosophy in a conversation with dream facilitator Dr. Vanessa Sinclair.
Our Underground Tour of the NYC Subway System and VIP Woolworth Building tours are all sold out, but you can get tickets to future dates here.
From 2-4 p.m., the Queens Museum will hold its opening reception for its new exhibition, Chance Ecologies: Queens, on view October 8-30, 2016. The show will present new works and research projects that engage with the wild growing landscapes found in post-industrial sites and landfills around Queens.
Join us for an Tour of the Remnants of Dutch New Amsterdam with our tour guide and columnist, Justin Rivers: