Photograph by James and Karla Murray. Catch a workshop with them this week.
The next week in New York City is filled with behind the scenes tours, exhibits opening and closing, book talks, film screenings and more.
Saturday, April 22nd
Our Underground Subway Tour and Hard Hat Ellis Island Abandoned Hospitals Tour are both sold out, but you can get tickets for future dates here.
This is the last weekend to see Mastering the Metropolis: New York and Zoning 1916-2016, a must for map lovers, at the Museum of the City of New York. While there, don’t miss the permanent exhibit New York at Its Core is the Future City Lab.
However, opening Saturday is the Boba Room, a 1,600 square foot pop-up in the Lower East Side, focused only on boba tea, the Taiwanese bubble tea drink. Get tickets here.
It’s also Earth Day, so get yourself outside!
Sunday, April 23rd
The Museum of the City of New York will present I Remember Harlem, a documentary film directed and produced by legendary filmmaker William Miles. This epic film lovingly renders the diverse, 350-year history of Harlem as both a living, breathing neighborhood and as the cultural hub of African-American life in New York City.
The Bronx Museum will host a talk about the Art Deco architecture of the Grand Concourse. Discover the area’s fascinating architecture and design of the 1920s and 30s with an expert from the Art Deco Society of New York, Bronx historian Sam Goodman.
Monday April 24th
Celebrated photographers (and Untapped Cities tour guides) James and Karla Murray, author of Storefront and other books, will host a free photography and oral history workshop, “Capturing the Faces and Voices of the Lower East Side’s Disappearing Mom-and-Pop Storefronts” on the cultural significance of mom-and-pop stores and the impact they have on the pulse, life, and texture of their communities. This is the first of two dates.
Tuesday, April 25th
Author James Freeman Gill will give a free talk about his new book, The Gargoyle Hunters in an Upper West Side brownstone, at an event hosted by Landmark West. Native New Yorker and longtime New York Times contributor Gill brings us The Gargoyle Hunters, a brilliantly crafted tale ripped from the headlines…of 1974.
Wednesday, April 26th
Head to the Noguchi Museum in Long Island City for a new exhibition on Paris-based, Austrian designer Robert Stadler. The exhibition is a category-defying artist whose work comes from a place where conceptual, aesthetic, functional, and material considerations meet. Solid Doubts, co-curated by Stadler and Noguchi Museum Senior Curator Dakin Hart, presents four distinct installations—three in the galleries, one in the sculpture garden—that display Stadler’s and Noguchi’s work in tandem in order to raise as many aesthetic, functional, and philosophical questions as possible. In so doing, it reveals the resistance of both men’s work—functional (table, mirror, lamp, bench) and sculptural—to labels and categories.
At the People Preserving Place Film Festival, catch the documentary, James Marston Fitch: Pioneer in Preservation Education. This portrait of James Marston Fitch examines the inspirational work of the founder of Columbia University’s Historic Preservation Program, the first in the nation, and looks at several New York City buildings and districts that demonstrate Fitch’s enduring ideals. Created in 1996 by Christine Ferinde and Jon Calame, two graduates of Columbia’s program, this film affectionately portrays a pioneer in the movement to preserve America’s architectural heritage.
Friday, April 28th
We have just 4 tickets left for our behind the scenes tour of the Modern Art Foundry, where famous New York City sculptures are cast. You’ll have the opportunity to see a live bronze pouring in this facility, located in the carriage house of the Steinway mansion in Queens. On our last visit, Ai Wei Wei sculptures were being cast.