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From September 6th to October 3rd, New York City residents and visitors can find a library sanctuary, albeit in an unexpected venue. At Pier 25 in Tribeca, the historic Lilac Museum Steamship will be transformed into “The Floating Library,” a pop-up public space conceptualized by artist Beatrice Glow.

Over the next four weeks, visitors can meander through and spend hours reading in the ship’s original antique infrastructure, peruse book collections, and participate in workshops and events. All the programs are free, and according to the press release, will include “over twenty roundtables, performances and workshops that will shine a spotlight on maker culture, DIY politics, sustainability issues and community engagement.”


Inside the old Rizzoli’s Bookstore

Originally afixed to a fence near St. Vincents Hospital - the Tiles of Remembrance

9/11 Tiles of Remembrance originally on a fence near St. Vincents Hospital – The Tiles of Remembrance

It has been thirteen years since the attack on 9/11.  It was a day so deeply burned in our memories that each one of us individually remembers where we were and what we were doing.  Since that day, we have each paid tribute in our own way.  This year, The Jefferson Market Library has opened their doors to an exhibit honoring the memories we all shared. The Language of History: A Greenwich Village Artist Remembers 9/11  by artist and local resident Luke Kurtis.

The exhibit features the artists’ language tiles, photography and writings inspired by the families of 9/11, his own memories of that day and the days that followed. Included in the exhibit are some of the Tiles of Remembrance. Later renamed The Tiles for America Project, it was created by Lorrie Veasey at her studio, Our Name Is Mud, next to the empty lot and chain-linked fence on Greenwich Avenue and Seventh Avenue South. This fence became the spontaneous framework for people, both in our community and around the world, to show their feelings in the form of tiles.


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Here are our top weekly curated picks for events in NYC, including the opening of Mac Conner: A New York Life at the Museum of City of New York, the launch of the Feast of San Gennaro, and exciting city tours.

Monday, September 8th:

The Floating Library that just opened on the Hudson River reopens on Wednesday but for musical fare, head over to the Cameo Gallery for The Madonna Musical: A Hastily Written Masterpiece Starring the Audience. Josh Sharp, Aaron Jackson, and Jo Firestone write a hastily written jukebox musical that combines Madonna’s hits with a horribly twisted plot. Many members of the audience are then chosen to play the roles of characters from the script. To purchase tickets, click here.

Tuesday, September 9th:

If you have a flair for coming up with puns, head to Punderdome 3000 a monthly pun competition at Littlefield in Brooklyn led by Fred and Jo Firestone, a self-proclaimed “Rodney Dangerfield impersonator” and his comedian daughter (alleged).

Wednesday, September 10th:

Mac Conner: A New York Life opens today at the Museum of the City of New York and will end on January 19th. The exhibition shows the hand-painted illustrations of one of New York’s original “Mad Men,” whose captivating advertising and editorial illustrations helped shape the popular image of postwar America

Kings County Distillery is hosting a five-course whiskey pairing dinner in a shipbuilding warehouse with gorgeous views of Manhattan. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. and finishes at 11:00 p.m.

Washington Square Park is also hosting a tasting event from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Taste of the Village 2014 is a benefit for Washington Square Park where the participants get to taste food and wine, partake in activities, and watch shows. You can purchase tickets here at $50 per person.

Thursday, September 11th:

Find your own way to remember 9/11 by visiting these memorials and artifacts all around the city and take in the annual Tribute in Light.

Head over to Little Italy for the start of the 88th Annual Feast of San Gennaro, which will last until 21st of September. The Feast of San Gennaro isn’t just an annual celebration of faith, it also has a festive atmosphere with its religious processions, colorful parades, myriad of ethnic food delicacies, and much more.

RSVP for BEAT Opening Night at the Brooklyn Museum, which starts at 7 p.m. Brooklyn-based theater, dance and voice artists will take over the cultural institutions for one night only in this free event.

Friday, September 12th:

Green-Wood Cemetery is hosting Crossing Over, which is a combination of performances by BEAT artists in four different sites as you go on a nighttime tour of the Green-Wood Cemetery. Crossing Over lasts for two days and has four different tours that start at different time.

Saturday, September 13th:

Join Untapped Cities as they host a speakeasy tour at the Museum of American Gangster and discover the secrets of a former speakeasy with mafia tunnel escape routes and safes that once contained $2 million dollars.

Sunday, September 14th:

Join tour guide Justin Ferate as he takes you to the World Trade Center memorial sites, from the 9/11 Memorial Plaza to St. Paul’s Chapel to the Firefighters’ Memorial Wall to Eleven Tears.

Explore the remains of the Gilded Age with Obscura Society NY. Obscura is holding The Gilded Age – Ruins of a Forgotten City tour that starts at 12 p.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. In this tour, you will learn about Manhattan during the Gilded Age and how the period of rapid change to new technology like telephone and electricity forever changed New York City in so many ways.

Check out our upcoming Untapped Cities events including a Vertical Tour of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, tours of the Woolworth Building and a tour of the Brooklyn Army Terminal.

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East River by denn_ice



Guggenheim Museum under construction

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