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There are some fun and exciting New York City events to attend this week, including a rock musical based on New York power broker Robert Moses, a mass meditation at Lincoln Center and our ever-popular Untapped Cities tour of Grand Central Terminal.

Monday, April 4th

On Monday, join architectural historian Thomas Mellins at the Housing Legacies on the Upper West Side talk and learn about the city’s history of housing and how social policy has affected architecture and residential choices. His presentation, which starts at 6:30pm is part of the Bloomingdale Neighborhood History Group series at Hostelling International. Mellins was the curator for Affordable  Housing: A New York Legacy at the Museum of the City of New York.

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To continue the spring hype, this week’s events picks include our exclusive tour of the Staten Island Farm Colony with NYCEDC, the annual pillow fight at Madison Square Park, a New York culinary history discussion and tasting and more! (more…)

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We are excited to announce a very special Behind the Scenes exploration tour on March 31st at 6:30 pm inside the landmarked Art Deco Skyscraper 70 Pine, once the tallest skyscraper in downtown New York City. This celebrated building has been inaccessible to the public for decades, due to the changing fortunes of the Wall Street companies that owned it. Fresh off a three year renovation by Rose Associates, the skyscraper has been transformed into both a prime residential property as well as a retail destination, anchored amidst gorgeous Art Deco details.

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On this tour, led by urban explorer, author and urban planner, Moses Gates, and George Drallios, Senior Project Manager for Rose Associates, guests will visit the stunning landmarked lobby, the lower level, observation decks and upper floors on levels 63, 64 and 66, which remain in a raw state with original Art Deco details. These levels will ultimately be a restaurant and lounge. 70 Pine has been open for residential leasing since December, and we will also visit model apartments inside. 


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Our events picks for the upcoming week include our special access tour of the Brooklyn Army Terminal, the annual Easter Bonnet Festival on Fifth Avenue, a mobile performance of Romeo and Juliet and more!

Monday, March 21st

A reception for harlem is…A STATE OF MIND, an exhibit at Mist Harlem that celebrates Harlem’s historic and contemporary arts communities and captures a glimpse of the people. practices, and venues that continue to color this enclave’s lasting and international fame.

Tuesday, March 22nd

This spring, the Public Theater’s Mobile Unit will tour Shakespeare’s timeless tale of Romeo and Juliet to communities across New York City. On Tuesday from 10am to 1pm, the play will be performed at Brownsville Recreation Center in Brooklyn. Space is limited. To reserve your seat, please email Vivian.jett@parks.nyc.gov.

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No need to break in, you’re invited! The Staten Island Farm Colony is one of the most storied locations in New York City, a 46-acre site that was built originally as the Richmond County Poor Farm. Renamed the New York City Farm Colony in 1902, the institution provided room and board to the city’s indigent population in exchange for their labor. At its peak population in the 1940s, up to 1,700 people lived at the Farm Colony. Governmental changes, such as the adoption of the Social Security program, reduced its numbers until 1975 when the remaining residents were moved to Sea View Hospital, located just next door.

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There are some exciting New York City events to attend this week, including a talk on how New York City is an urban designer’s perfect laboratory, and our walking tour of the the Remnants of Dutch New Amsterdaman events pick by the Netherlands Consulate Embassy of New York.

Monday, March 14

Head over to the Queens Library in Flushing for their event, Living Memory: The Culture and Heritage of Chinese New YorkersThe mission of this program is to preserve the stories, traditions, and cultural contributions of the Chinese community in New York and share them with the rest of the city. This inaugural event consists of two parts. The first part is an interview with renowned artist and Chinese immigrant, Zhang Hongtu. The second part is panel discussion with three celebrated Chinese-Americans.

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