Bloomsday, the world-wide event that has been celebrated in hundreds of cities since the 1920s, commemorates the life of James Joyce as well as his first date in 1904 when he “walked out” with Nora Barnacle, who became his wife. She was also the inspiration for Molly Bloom, married to Leopold, the protagonist of Ulysses who wanders Dublin on June 16 from 8 am until the early hours of the morning, when Molly delivers her famous soliloquy that closes the book: “Yes I said yes I will Yes.”
Eiffel Tower by @Carlos.laron on Instagram
Monuments worldwide shone with the colors of the LGBTQ flag in solidarity with the 49 shooting victims at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando Saturday night. New York City Hall, the Helmsley Building on Park Avenue and the spire of One World Trade Center were all rainbow colored this weekend. The Empire State Building went dark as a show of respect.
Stuyvesant Street in the East Village. Photo via Flickr/Frankie Foto
The East Village has a rich history, and the remnants that still persist from the different immigrant groups who made this Manhattan neighborhood their home help the area keep its cool amidst rapid development. In the earliest days, Dutch settlers dominated the East Village, while German immigrants moved into the neighborhood later on. Later, it was a hot spot for the mafia during the era Prohibition era. The East Village then saw its fair share of artists and beatnik poets, like Allen Ginsberg, Patti Smith and more.
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Usually off-limit to the public, the American Irish Historical Society is opening its doors to Untapped Cities!
Located on Manhattan’s Museum Mile, the American Irish Historical Society is a center of Irish culture and knowledge. Built in 1901, the five story Beaux-Arts townhouse was a private home before it was purchased by the Society in 1939. It is one of the last standing mansions on Fifth Avenue, beautifully maintained with tons of fun secrets – like working vintage elevators, secret staircases and more. The Society hosts a variety of public events such as concerts, lectures and poetry readings. With a library that holds over 10,000 volumes, it is home to one of the largest private collections of Irish and American Irish history and literature in the United States.
The insider tour will begin with a short history of the Irish in America and what led to the founding members establishing the Society in 1897. Visitors will also learn about the historic townhouse and its previous residents. Highlights of the library and archives, by such artists as Nathaniel Hone and George (A.E.) Russell, are on full display. The tour concludes with the Society’s current exhibit about the Easter Rising and its American dimension.
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Exciting news for urban planning nerds! BLDZR: The Gospel According to Moses, a musical about Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs will be showing six times at the Triad Theater on the Upper West Side this fall. As we said about the show preview in April, it’s supremely entertaining. There will be two shows each on October 20th, 21st and 22nd, at 7pm and 9:30pm on each day.