Cherry Blossoms at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
From a screening of Empire Records (can you believe it’s been 20 years?) to talks about food, Art Deco architecture and the future of cities, there’s a lot to see and do in New York City this week.
Monday, April 6th
At the Gallatin School NYU, Antanas Mockus the former mayor of Bogota, Columbia and professor will lead the talk “The Right to Have Rights: Citizenship Culture and the Future of Cities” about how to get citizens to work together to devise and apply solutions to urban problems. Free, RSVP here.
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Marry in May, rue the day? When Edgar Allan Poe wed his thirteen-year-old cousin Virginia Clemm on May 16th, 1836, he had little way of knowing what fodder he’d given the future gossip mongers of his day–and ours! From remarks about her tender age, their family ties, their lack of children, and his supposed affairs, the rumor mill would be busy turning for hundreds of years to come. But what about the real story?
Join Untapped Cities and Boroughs of the Dead on Saturday, May 16th, 2015 for “The Poe’s Greenwich Village,” a special edition of our historical walking tour from last year that steps into the Greenwich Village of the 1840s, where Edgar and Virginia Poe lived and worked. This tour will interweave some of Poe’s most famous tales with Greenwich Village’s macabre secret histories, all the while constantly striving to answer the question of what life was like for the Poes in mid-19th century New York, and sorting out the myths from the facts regarding their relationship and married life.
You will visit the site of three of their former homes, discover the places that inspired Poe, find out where he read “The Raven” for the first time in public, and learn of the scandals and triumphs he experienced while living in the Village — particularly the unfounded gossip of Edgar’s unprovable “love affairs” — all the while celebrating “a love that was more than love” on this fascinating, informative, and downright romantic walking tour.
This week, in addition to New York City’s celebration of International Pillow Fight Day, take in talks about Art Deco Architecture and steamboats on the Hudson River, historical exhibits and a crowdsourced performance evening at the New York Transit Museum.
Monday, March 30th
The Art Deco Society of New York presents Boak & Paris: New York Architects in an illustrated talk by Annice Alt. The talk will be about New York architects, Boak & Paris whose landmarked Metro Theater and residential buildings brought creative design to city dwellers in the 1930s. New York School of Interior Design; 170 East 70th Street.
While spring has not quite sprung, we’re planning ahead with some great walking tours for May, in partnership with Abandoned NYC, Boroughs of the Dead and Oscar Wilde Tours.
Back by popular demand, join photographer/urban explorer Will Ellis on a walk through the weird side of New York history at Brooklyn’s Dead Horse Bay. Tales of buried pirate treasure, putrefied animal carcasses, and environmental devastation abound on this desolate shoreline, which once served as the final destination for the city’s carriage horses. Today this beach-comber’s paradise is covered with garbage dating back to a 1930s landfill deposit, offering a fascinating look at what New Yorkers were throwing away a century ago. Bring a bag to take home a few of the incredible artifacts you’re sure to stumble upon – there’s plenty to go around.
North Brother Island talk at MCNY
Art fairs, preservation talks at the New York Transit Museum and MoMA PS1, the Havana Film Festival, and a cash-mob event at Penn Books round out the Untapped events picks for the upcoming week:
Monday, March 23rd: The music of The Talking Heads, David Byrne at Carnegie Hall performed by artists like Steve Earle, Perry Farrell, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Bebel Gilberto, O.A.R., Rufus Wainwright, and house band the Roots in this all-star event. At 8pm.
Photo by Matt Lambros/After the Final Curtain
This week in New York City explore Dead Horse Bay with Abandoned NYC’s Will Ellis, tour the recently re-opened Brooklyn Kings Theatre and celebrate St. Patrick’s day watching an Irish improv show.
Monday, March 16th
Join Untapped Cities and New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) in a Behind the Scenes NYC tour of Brooklyn Kings Theatre. The former Loew’s Kings Theatre re-opened earlier this year, with impressively ornate details, a decorative curved ceiling, wood paneling, pink marble and glazed terra-cotta. The tour will be led by Christina DeRose, Senior Vice President at NYCEDC who oversaw the project, and Matt Wolf, Executive Director of Kings Theatre. Although the tour is currently sold out, sign up for the wait list for an announcement for an added tour date. See more upcoming tours in the Behind the Scenes NYC tour series here.