Read our top ten events of the week. Learn about the history of Martin Greenfield Clothiers, learn about preservation attempts in Greenwich Village, and go on a walking tour and learn about the historic East Village libraries this week. You can also tour the Woolworth Building lobby with Untapped Cities, listen to a song based on a book, attend a competition of puns, and more.
Monday, August 18th:
OHNY is holding a tour at Martin Greenfield Clothiers with Making it Here at 10 a.m. Tour the factory floor with Vice President Tod Greenfield and learn how the family-owned business survived for decades in NYC and how they help protect industrial space. Reserve your tickets here. See our previous coverage here.
From 6:30-to 8pm, join GVSHP Executive Director Andrew Berman in the Looking Back and Looking Ahead tour as he guides you through a survey of recent preservation victories, dozen new historic districts, and many more. To register, call (212) 475-9585 ext. 35 or email.
Tuesday, August 19th:
Punderdome is holding Punderdome 3000 at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe. Hosted by Fred Firestone, a self-proclaimed “Rodney Dangerfield impersonator” and his daughter, Jo Firestone, the Punderdome is a pun-infested party and competition.
Wednesday, August 20th:
Head over to the City Winery to attend the Bushwick Book Club at 8 p.m. The book club meets every month and hires local songwriters to make a new song based on a chosen book. My Life As a Dog by Reidar Jonsson is this month’s choice for literary/musical crossover. For more information and to buy tickets, click here.
Thursday, August 21st:
Brooklyn Bridge Park is hosting a movie night in Harbor View Lawn featuring The Birds beginning at 6 p.m. DJ Kiva starts off the night followed by Fred Rowson’s short film, Woodhouse. The Birds start at sundown.
Friday, August 22nd:
GVSHP is hosting a walking tour on Historic East Village libraries with NYPL’s John Bacon from 10 a.m. to noon. You will explore three historic libraries and many other sights along the way with Bacon, ending at the Ottendorfer Library. To register, please call (212) 475-9585 ext. 35 or email. See our previous coverage here.
Charlie Parker Jazz Festival starts tonight in Marcus Garvey Park and concludes Sunday in Tompkins Square Park. In the words of Miles Davis, “You can tell the history of jazz in four words: Louis Armstrong. Charlie Parker.” Full schedule here.
Join the Explorers Club at their headquarters for an in-depth tour of the maps, manuscripts, trophies, and artifacts of the greatest expeditions and failed explorations. The Obscura Society NY: An Excursion to the Explorers Club starts at 11 a.m. in the downstairs lobby and finishes at 12 p.m. You can find more information and purchase tickets here. See our previous coverage here.
Saturday and Sunday August 23rd and 24th:
Untapped Cities invite you to a tour of the Woolworth Building Lobby and Cocktail event starting at 12 p.m. Preservationist Jason Crowley leads this hour-long tour through the lobby and the basement level where the bank vault and former entrances to the subway are. For more information and tickets, click here.
The annual AfroPunk Festival hits Fort Greene, Brooklyn both Saturday and Sunday. Check out the bands and schedule here.