Spring is finally here. To celebrate, here are our list of curated events happening in NYC this week.
Monday April 14th
As part of St. Francis College‘s Walt Whitman literary series, the college invites award-winning author George Saunders to read from his latest book of short stories Tenth of December. The reading will be taking place at the College’s Maroney Forum for Arts, Culture and Education.
Spring Cleaning is upon us, and not just cleaning up that trashy room of yours. While most of us will be cleaning our rooms, or (God Forbid!) bathrooms; we who care about our inner selves will head to Brooklyn’s Chaitty Coffee Shop. The cafe is celebrating spring by having people show up to try their many different juice cleanses. All the ingredients are from farms—and we all know how important that is to people in Brooklyn—so sign up and try some Wakey Wakey. (more…)
For over a decade the Brooklyn Heights Association and a coalition of residents rallied against Robert Moses, who proposed routing the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway through the heart of a neighborhood with over 600 pre-civil war structures. Had this proposal come to fruition, hundreds of historic homes would have been demolished. After nine years of legislative maneuvers, Brooklyn Heights was designated a historic district in 1965, paving the way for other neighborhoods to seek the same protection. There are now 109 historic districts and 20 historic district extensions across the city. (more…)
The weather is getting better finally in NYC. Isn’t it time you checked out some of our curated picks of the week?
Monday April 7th
Start off the week by heading over to the Scandinavia House on 58 Park Avenue. The Nordic Center in America is playing host to an interesting dance-noir created by The Danise Lumière Dance Company, who mix dance, music and theater, to bring literary adaptations to the stage. The work the Dance Company will be paying tribute to is the poetry of 2011 Noble Prize winner Tomas Tranströmer. Tickets and more information can be found here.
In 1964, a father and son were renovating a former speakeasy in the East Village into a theater when they came across two unopened safes in the basement. The speakeasy had been sold eagerly for a very cheap price and the entertainment business then was closely linked to mobsters. To touch their belongings meant death. Opening it with the former owner, $2 million dollars were found inside. What happened next has shaped the lives and the theater for the next sixty years.
Join us for a tour and cocktail at this former Prohibition speakeasy on Sunday May 18th at 3pm, which includes a guided walk through of the Museum of the American Gangster. You’ll see the original safes that were discovered, the former escape routes for the mafia, and more. There are only a few tickets left, so grab them now!
The Players Club will be transformed into an interactive theater piece this weekend
March is ending, April is beginning, but we hope it’ll actually be warm soon. Here are our curated events picks for this week:
Monday, March 31st
The people over at POGO Events want to make speed dating a little more interesting. Single folks can come to the The Brooklyn Strategist located on Court Street for Speed Dating with Board Games. There will be three games available to play (Scrabble, Pictionary and Charades) with each game lasting fifteenth minutes. So have your game face on—not too hard, you do want to impress—and come check out this fun event on Monday.
Award winning writer Gary Shteyngart is releasing his newest book, a memoir called Little Failure, about his immigrant experience in The United States, coming from Soviet Russia. He will be at The Tenement Museum on the LES discussing how he balances both worlds with Pulitzer Prize nominated author Suketu Mehta. (more…)
On April 27th, Untapped Cities History Editor Benjamin Waldman will be leading a walking tour of Lower Manhattan looking at the world’s tallest buildings in NYC. We will delve into little-known facts and stories about some of the city’s landmarks, focusing in period between 1890 and 1974, when New York City held the record for having the world’s tallest building. The tour will end with a cocktail at the historic Fraunces Tavern.