The weather is hinting at summer and so are the activities. An enormous amount of things to do in the coming week, including the cherry blossom festival, outdoor events at Green-Wood Cemetery and Astor Place, and many behind the scenes tours.
Saturday, April 29th
Saturday is the Brooklyn Botanic Garden‘s annual Cherry Blossom Festival is this Saturday but prepare yourself for intense crowds and long lines. Check out some alternatives with our handy guide – cherry blossoms are all over New York City!
Creative Time will be hosting the artist Sophie Calle at Green-Wood Cemetery for the special event Here Lie the Secrets of the Visitors of Green-Wood Cemetery. Spend an afternoon with Calle, and bury your most intimate secrets in the custom-made obelisk she’s designed for your confessions. This two day event is free and open to the public. RSVP here.
Sunday, April 30th
Join us for the next tour of Gritty Old Times Square of the 1970s. Back then, Times Square was a dangerous, exciting, gritty, intense, racially and sexually diverse neighborhood frequented by both locals and tourists. Love it or hate it, you couldn’t ignore it. The tour is led by Untapped Cities guide Bob Brenner who squandered his misspent youth in the fleshpots of Times Square. He witnessed firsthand the demimonde in all their sordid glory. Unlike many of his contemporaries, he lived to tell the tale—and is unashamed.
We’ve also got one last minute opening for our tour of 400 Years of NYC History in One Mile. Looking for two tickets? Contact us and we’ll make it happen.
Monday, May 1st
Open House New York is hosting the talk “Getting to Zero: New York City’s Dis-Contents – A History of Waste Systems“with NYU professor and DSNY anthropologist-in-residence Robin Nagle, author of Picking Up: On the Streets and Behind the Trucks with the Sanitation Workers of New York City, to learn about the evolution of the city’s waste infrastructure over the past four centuries: where we’ve sent our waste, how it got there, who carried it away — and how it could change.
Tuesday, May 2nd
To some, Jane Jacobs is a visionary saint of urban renewal, but to others, she only greased the wheels of gentrification. At the Museum of the City of New York event Vital Little Plans, join Samuel Zipp, Professor at Brown University, Alexandra Lange, architecture critic for Curbed, and writer and curator Nathan Storring as they discuss the new collection of Jacob’s work co-edited by Zipp and Storring, Vital Little Plans: The Short Works of Jane Jacobs.
Wednesday, May 3rd
NYCxDESIGN, New York City’s official citywide celebration of design kicks off! Spanning all disciplines of design, NYCxDESIGN creates a collaborative platform for cultural and commercial opportunities, elevates established and emerging design practices and increases awareness of and appreciation for design by all audiences. Lasting until May 24th, there will be over 500 events. Check out everything on offer here.
Our tour going off-limits in the New Yorker Hotel is sold out but tickets are left in May and June. Hotel senior engineer Joe Kinney, our fabulous guide for this tour is retiring in June, so if you’ve been thinking about attending this tour, get your tickets now.
Artist Anish Kapoor will be giving a talk at the New School with the Public Art Fund, to mark the opening of his new installation in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
The Brooklyn Historical Society will be hosting a book talk on City of Dreams: Dodger Stadium and the Birth of Modern Los Angeles. In the book author Jerald Podair challenges the narrative that owner Walter O’Malley happily abandoned Brooklyn and moved west. Learn about O’Malley’s clashes with Robert Moses and dream of what could have been had the team stayed in Brooklyn.
Thursday, May 4th
Celebrate National Small Business Week with an event connected to the book Shop Cats of New York. In March, we covered this amazing compilation of photos and stories here. “he book highlights over 30 New York City small businesses who, in addition to helping the local economy, have opened their doors to create loving homes for cats who might not otherwise have them. MooShoes, a vegan boutique located in Manhattan is home to two of these fortunate felines – Marlow and Georgie. At the event, celebrate the contributions of small businesses like MooShoes to animal welfare and raise funds for Positive Tails through sales of “Shop Cats of New York.”
It’s Jane Jacobs’ Birthday! Celebrate by checking out the new documentary Citizen Jane and use our guide to follow in the footsteps of all her New York City apartments.
Friday, May 5th
DANCE the night away at Astor Blaster, the first ever free silent disco at Astor Place, to celebrate the 50th year of the Alamo sculpture, the “Cube”! Three live DJ’s will spin their decks (and a Cube), rocking Astor Place to the very best beats of today, with a nod to the musical heritage of the neighborhood. Wearing FREE wireless headsets, guests will dance their way through the sunset and into the night around the iconic Astor Place “Cube” which will be the focal point of a dazzling light and projection show.