The New-York Historical Society’s summer-long Swing Time exhibition has stirred up such excitement that even Caffè Storico, Stephen Starr’s Italian restaurant within the museum, has taken part in the hype. Caffè Storico, inspired by the exhibit, concocted a refreshing cocktail, known as the Juniper Julep. The exhibit (and the drink) are only available until September 1st, so catch it before it closes.
A 34-star American flag made to celebrate Kansas’ entrance to the Union.
After over one million casualties, over 600,000 deaths, hundreds of battles and 4 years, any attempt to capture the Civil War in numbers is an ambitious one. The New-York Historical Society’s “The Civil War in 50 Objects” exhibit narrows the impossibly large war down to just 50 artifacts, on public display until September 1. Through the years, the Society has collected around one million Civil War items, from which it chose 50 to display. The exhibit, inspired by the Historical Society fellow Harold Holzer’s book of the same name, sends visitors on a scavenger hunt throughout the museum to relive one of America’s most defining wars.
Taste of New York History is only the latest in a trend we’ve noticed–museums showcasing the city via food. The Museum of Natural History also has an exhibit on food through August 11 titled “Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture.” Special events with Butter’s Alex Guarnaschelli, Red Rooster Harlem’s Marcus Samuelsson and Eleven Madison Park’s Daniel Humm delve into American culinary traditions, with one workshop focused on New York’s immigrant culinary roots. Before that, the New York Public Library hosted an exhibit called Lunch Hour NYC, all about the history of the meal that for New Yorkers might be the most important one of the day. The exhibit recalled the original “power lunches,” 3 cent school lunches and of course the automat.
Our curated events picks for this week: Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers at MCNY, The Listening fundraiser for the Rockaways, 16mm cartoon screening with The Obscura Society.
MONDAY, JANUARY 21: When World War II broke out, New York was a cosmopolitan, heavily immigrant city, whose people had real stakes in the war and strongly held opinions. Join curator Marci Reaven for a tour of the new exhibition WWII & NYC as she explains the impact of the war on the city, which played a critical role in the national war effort, and how the city was forever changed. 11am at the New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West (between 76th & 77th). $18 members; $30 general public. Buy tickets here.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 22:The Kitchen L.A.B. with Jacob Kassay, Ralph Lemon, Tristan Perich, Lynne Tillman, Eric Dyer and Maggie Hoffman. The Kitchen L.A.B. is a new program devoted to presenting, discussing, and developing interdisciplinary works revolving around themes of common interest to artists in different fields””and, more specifically, considering the meaning and uses of specific words in contemporary art. 7pm at The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street. FREE. RSVP on Facebook.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23:Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers showcases innovative design solutions to better accommodate New York City’s changing, and sometimes surprising, demographics, including a rising number of single people, and will feature a full-sized, flexibly furnished micro-studio apartment of just 325 square feet — a size prohibited in most areas of the city. Visitors to the exhibition will see models and drawings of housing designs by architectural teams commissioned in 2011 by Citizens Housing & Planning Council, in partnership with the Architectural League of New York. The exhibition also presents winning designs from the Bloomberg administration’s recently launched pilot competition to test new housing models, as well as examples set by other cities in the United States and around the world, including Seattle, Providence, Montreal, San Diego, and Tokyo. Museum of the City of New York, 1220 5th Ave. Suggested admission: $10 adults; $6 students/seniors.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 24:The Vanderbilt Republic and Untapped New York proudly present THE LISTENING: Vol. II. A Listening Session & Fundraiser for the Far Rockaway Redevelopment Fund. Arin Maya 8pm, Artist Talk 8.30pm, Helioscope 9pm, Batala NYC 9.30pm. Featuring an installation by Athena Azevedo, Vanessa Gonzalez-Bunster & TJ Volonis, Curated by George Del Barrio. Doors 7pm at Gowanus Loft, 61 9th Street, Brooklyn. $20 advance / pay as you can at the door. Buy tickets here.
Also on Thursday:Paolo Ventura’s luminous and haunting photographs function as architectural relics of the imagination, portraying characters and scenarios that are magical, poignant and strangely familiar. Referencing history, art and the subconscious, Ventura’s “invented worlds,” as he calls them, tell stories — some of which he was told as a child by his father, an author of children’s books, and others imagined by the artist himself. Ventura creates his otherworldly photographs by constructing intricate miniature sets and then photographing them, first with a Polaroid for reference and finally with a Pentax 6 x 7 camera. 6-8pm at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies, Columbia University, 1161 Amsterdam Avenue. FREE. RSVP here.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 25: Join archivist and projectionist, Tom Stathes, for a special screening celebrating the seasons with The Obscura Society. As Winter 2013 draws on, Tom Stathes has curated animated cartoons from the 1920s-1930s for every season of the year. Searching his vast stacks of 16mm animation rarities and Tom has hand-selected a wide array of gems: frolicking Springtime fun and hot Summer calamities for those with a warmer temperament, and breezy, cool Autumn shenanigans as well as snowy Winter escapades for those who relish the cold months. For a glimpse into past visions of the seasons as depicted by the merry-makers of early film animation, come enjoy the latest screening—shown in real 16mm film, with a real projector—a unique experience you’ll be sure to enjoy! 7:30pm at The Observatory, 543 Union Street, Brooklyn. $12. Buy tickets here.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 26: 100 years ago, in 1913, Grand Central Terminal opened its doors to the public and on August 2, 1967, NYC’s recently established Landmarks Preservation Commission designated the Terminal as an official NYC landmark. Join LANDMARK WEST! and The Museum of the City of New York as we celebrate the centennial and discover why this impressive structure is so very worthy of that designation. A Landmark designation is not to be taken for granted: if it was not for fierce and unwavering preservation advocacy, NYers and citizens of the world would be deprived of this building’s splendor today. 1-3pm inside the Atrium of 120 Park Avenue (opposite Grand Central). $20 members; $25 non-members. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 212-496-8110.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 27: During its six-month run, Frej was an unlikely phenomenon: a seventeen-seat New Nordic pop-up serving a $45 tasting menu Monday through Wednesday in a Williamsburg design studio. Aska, its newly expanded replacement, has gained two extra nights of service (Sunday and Thursday), an additional twelve-seat dining room, and a new partner, general manager Eamon Rockey, whose cocktails share a Scandinavian-inspired, herbal sensibility with chef Fredrik Berselius’s cuisine. The prix fixe menu, now $65 for six to eight small-plate courses, integrates plants like yarrow, lichen, and seaweed, focusing on vegetables and often treating protein as a garnish. 6-10pm at Kinfolk Studios, 90 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn. $65. RSVP email@example.com
Our curated list of events for this week: Underground Eats Christmas Eve dinner, MAS tour of Rockefeller Center, the holiday train show & more.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 24:Underground Eats Christmas Eve Dinner at Louro. If Santa were a chef, he’d be a Santos. Chef David Santos is the jolliest guy we know and he spreads the joy through his food every time he cooks. On Christmas Eve give your belly the gift of delicious grub by making your reservation at Louro for a special tasting menu inspired by the movie, A Christmas Story. 5:30pm seating, 3 course prix fixe menu, $70 per person; 9pm seating, 5 course prix fixe menu, $93 per person. Louro, 142 West 10th Street. Buy tickets here.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 25:Birdland is proud to announce the the third year of “A Swinging Birdland Christmas,” starring Klea Blackhurst, Jim Caruso and Billy Stritch, with special guest jazz violinist Aaron Weinstein. In the tradition of beloved seasonal specials, Blackhurst, Caruso and Stritch will perform swinging arrangements of “Christmas Waltz,” Kay Thompson’s “Holiday Season,” “Sleigh Ride,” and “I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm” among other favorites. The singers will be joined by the Birdland Jazz Quartet with Stritch on piano, John Hart on guitar, Paul Gil on bass and Carmen Intorre on drums. Doors at 5pm, show at 7pm. Birdland NYC, 315 West 44th Street. $30 + $10 minimum for food & drinks. Buy tickets here.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 26:The Standard Ice Rink is open for the winter season. Skate to your heart’s content and then warm up at the Kaffeeklatsch with a crÃªpe, hot chocolate, or something a little stronger. 12pm-12am at The Standard Plaza, 848 Washington Street.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 27:The Holiday Train Show at the Bronx Botanical Gardens. The enchanting setting of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory showcases more than 140 scaled iconic buildings and structures under thousands of twinkling lights. Artistically crafted by Paul Busse’s team at Applied Imagination, the landmarks are made of natural materials such as bark, twigs, stems, fruits, seeds, and pine cones and include the original Penn Station and Yankee Stadium, Radio City Music Hall, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, The New York Public Library on 42nd Street, and the Brooklyn Bridge. 10am-6pm at the Bronx Botanical Gardens, 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx. $20 adults / $10 children. Advanced reservations recommended. Buy tickets here.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28: The New-York Historical Society’s inaugural film series, featuring opening remarks by notable directors, writers, actors, and historians. Produced in conjunction with New-York Historical’s exhibition WWII & NYC, this selection of classic films will show a broad scope of life during and after the most widespread and destructive conflict in human history. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946). 7pm at the New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West. Entrance to the film series is included with Museum Admission during Pay-as-you-wish Friday Nights (6-8pm).
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 29: Gingerbread Extravaganza at Le Parker Meridien. Marshmallows, Gum Drops and more! Check out the Gingerbread wonderland located in the 56th Street atrium of the lobby from December 1st — January 3rd all created by local bakeries and restaurants. This year’s theme is “Landmarks Around The World”. Purchase one ticket for $1 or 8 tickets for $5 through the concierge desk to vote for your favorite. Drop it in the box to be entered for a chance to win a 5 night stay at the luxurious Parker Palm Springs. All proceeds benefit City Harvest, the world’s first food rescue organization, dedicated to feeding the city’s hungry men, women and children. Le Parker Meridien, 119 West 56th Street.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30: MAS Tour of Rockefeller Center. Join Architectural Historian Tony Robins for a tour of this urbane urban wonderland. Rockefeller Center is full of surprising history, remarkable art and stunning architecture. Conceived as a new home for the Metropolitan Opera, but built instead as Radio City, Rockefeller Center is a private real estate venture that has evolved into the public square of midtown Manhattan. 10am. Cost: $20 / $15 Members. Meeting location provided after tickets are purchased. Buy tickets here.