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One of the first great student protests, the Columbia University occupation began on April 23, 1968. Over the next week, students took over five different buildings and completely shut down campus while calling attention to issues from local race relations to the Vietnam War. The occupation ended when the NYPD violently stormed the buildings, resulting in hundreds of injuries and arrests.


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Walking tours abound next week in New York City with Jane’s Walk, a Historic District Council walk, a participatory walk with Elastic City, and our tour of Dead Horse Bay, along with fascinating talks and visits.

Ongoing: Saving Place: 50 Years of NYC Landmarks at the Museum of the City of New York

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Monday April 27th

At the Merchant’s House Museum in the East Village, in commemoration of President Lincoln’s assassination 150 years ago, the Bond Street Euterpean Singing Society presents music composed in 1865 offering solace to a newly reunited nation in shock and grief.

Take a walking tour of East Harlem with historian and tour guide Justin Ferate with Historic District Council covering architectural treasures and cultural landmarks reflecting the El Barrio and Spanish Harlem’s history.


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On Tuesday, Untapped Cities and New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) brought readers to the second installment of the Behind the Scenes NYC Tour Series, into the raw spaces and the roof of the Brooklyn Army Terminal. The tour was led by Dean Bodnar, Vice President of NYCEDC in charge of the Brooklyn Army Terminal. The impressive 4 million square foot complex was designed at the end of World War I by Cass Gilbert, architect behind the Woolworth Building, U.S. Customs House and more.

Though it was decommissioned in 1964, the Brooklyn Army Terminal had ample activity to garner many fun facts and secrets, even as it has undergone a multi-decade renovation and reactivation under the leadership of the NYCEDC. Here are 10 secrets and fun facts about the Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park that we learned on the tour:


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At one point in our lives we’ve all imagined what it would be like to live like James Bond. Handsome, smooth, falling for women with ridiculous names. Traveling the world wearing those expensive suits, drinking martinis (shaken, not stirred), and driving a classic Aston Martin. Not to mention, getting to use all those inventive gadgets made by his friend Q, before all of his adventures. Inside a small shop in the West Village, Spy Shop Inc. they can’t get you an exploding pen or rocket shoes, but they can help you get equipment for the spy in all of us.  (more…)

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