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Last night, the Museum of the City of New York hosted the discussion of historian Eric Foner’s new groundbreaking book, Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground RailroadThe discussion was led by Martha Hodes, another leading historian in the field of 19th century America and slavery.

Foner started the conversation by comparing the process of writing about the Underground Railroad, and especially New York City’s involvement, to trying to complete “a jigsaw puzzle with many pieces missing.” He explained that historians often formulate a question about a particular subject and then find the documents needed to answer that question. His experience with Gateway to Freedom was unique in that he found a document and then started asking questions.


Cool Globes Pier A Untapped Cities AFineLyneCool Globes: Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet on the plaza in front of Pier A

Cool Globes: Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet is a public art installation designed to not only raise awareness about global warming, but also tries to spark practical solutions – and is doing it in a very creative way. The brain-child of founder Wendy Abrams, Cool Globes is her way of capturing the public’s attention to the complex problems that face our planet today. Begun as a Clinton Global Initiative commitment in 2005, this non-profit organization first premiered in Chicago before moving across the country. In 2009, Cool Globes began its International tour in Copenhagen. This month, in sync with Climate Week, Cool Globes arrived in Battery Park City.


The Mohegan Sun casino rises behind a suburban ranch house in Montville, ConnecticutThe Mohegan Sun casino rises behind suburban ranch houses in Connecticut

Every Saturday and Sunday, 40,000 staff and visitors pass through the tiny town of Montville, Connecticut, population 20,000. Their destination is the Mohegan reservation, home to one of the biggest Indian casinos in the country, Mohegan Sun. Through a couple quirks of history, a sizeable and growing portion of those staff and visitors are Chinese immigrants, and their presence in suburban Connecticut is the subject of a new exhibition at the Museum of Chinese in America: “SubUrbanisms: Casino Urbanization, Chinatowns, and the Contested American Landscape.”


central park - frederick wiseman - documentary - MOMI - Untapped Cities - NYC -001A still from Frederick Wiseman’s CENTRAL PARK (1989), screening at Museum of the Moving Image as part of the series “Frederick Wiseman’s New York.” Photo courtesy of Zipporah Films.

Take a retrospective look at New York City this month through the lens of the legendary documentary maker Frederick Wiseman. From October 9th through November 7th, the Museum of the Moving Image will be hosting Frederick Wiseman’s New York, which will include seven feature-length screenings of Wiseman’s New York-based films. The films, all shot in 16mm between 1970 to 1995, take an in-depth look at New York by focusing on different institutions and ways of life that reflect the city: Ballet, Central Park, High School II, Hospital, Model, Racetrack and Welfare. According to Chief Curator David Schwartz, “if there are eight million stories in New York, Wiseman has captured many of them, showing the human side of the complex institutions that make up the fabric of the city.”


Image courtesy of Ian TraskAll images courtesy of Ian Trask

Vaccine vials, piano keys, matchboxes, and vintage slides. These are the materials one encounters in the work of Brooklyn-based artist Ian Trask. By creating refined artistic objects out of trash, Trask forces us to reconsider the value of our waste. Untapped Cities headed to his new solo exhibition “Give and Take,” at the Ground Floor Gallery to check out his unique recycled compositions.

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New York has been preparing to welcome Pope Francis for months. Tickets to both the Evening Vespers at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Central Park event are this month’s hottest tickets in town. TV networks have microscopically covered his arrival from the bag he carries to the car he rides around town in. We thought we would take a different view and go behind the scenes of those attending Evening Vespers at St. Patrick’s Cathedral Thursday evening.