Here are some great New York City events to check out this week ranging from performances to discussions about the Civil War and Brooklyn’s best cocktails there are so many great destinations to visit. You can travel to Brooklyn and take part in a discussion with the President of Harvard University or you can go north to the Museum of the City of New York and meet three renowned street artists.
Monday, February 8
Check out an exciting performance at the Bell House in Brooklyn for another performance of Ask Me Another, a co-production of NPR and WNYC with guest, broadway actor Leslie Odom Jr. A rambunctious hour that blends brainteasers and local pub trivia night with comedy and music.
Head down to Sara D. Roosevelt Park for the start of the Chinese New Year Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival. Running until the 17th of February this annual festival will begin with the roar of 600,000 firecrackers. In addition to the loud bangs and crackles there will be food stands and lion dances, make sure to check it out and celebrate the year of the monkey in good spirits with family and friends.
Tuesday, February 9
Spend your evening at the Museum of the City of New York and attend a unique conversation involving one of the most popular urban art forms, graffiti. Join guests Alan KET, Nick Walker and Chris “DAZE” Ellis as they partake in a conversation about this unique urban art form. Topics will include the evolution of street art into a more respected and marketed artwork. Tickets can be purchased here, don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to meet these passionate professionals.
Wednesday, February 10
The Brooklyn Society will be hosting special guest Drew Gilpin Faust the current President of Harvard University and expert on the American Civil War. Joining her, is Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Ric Burns, his film Death and the Civil War was based on Faust’s novel This Republic of Suffering. The same book went on to win the prestigious Bancroft prize and was selected as a finalist for the Pulitzer. The 2 hour event will be held in the evening beginning at 6:30 you can check here for tickets as well as more information about the event.
Thursday, February 11
Head over to the Museum of the City of New York for a panel discussion on“Hamilton and Friends: Portraiture in Early New York”. This event is co-sponsored by Untapped Cities and will showcase how Hamilton and other members of the colonial New York elite commissioned portraits to use both as status symbols and a means to craft their public image. Join us on February 11th at 6:30 pm tickets can be purchased here.
Brooklyn has proven itself a destination for mixologists and drink enthusiasts and what better way to acknowledge this accomplishment then heading over to the Brooklyn Society and celebrating this booming industry. Hear first-hand accounts of Brooklyn bartenders past and present in a panel including barstool historian and drinks correspondent David Wondrich, Tom Macy of the Clover Club, St. John Frizell of Fort Defiance, and Del Pedro of Tooker Alley, moderated by historic gastronomist Sarah Lohman. Tickets can be purchased here, and the event will take place in the evening from 7 until 9.
Saturday, February 13
Head over to the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park for an exciting 4 hour event where you can witness ice-carving artists from Okamoto Studio use electric chain saws, chisels, and picks to transform more than 6,000 pounds of ice into a glistening replica of one of the Park’s most iconic statues. As night falls, revel among colorful lights as the Mall becomes a vibrant silent disco with live DJs, all to celebrate Central Park Conservancy’s preservation efforts. This event is free admission and will run from 3 until 7 in the evening.
Check out our earlier coverage of Okamoto Studio’s work creating dinosaur ice sculptures next to Bryant Park.
Sunday, February 14
It’s Valentine’s Day! Check out our alternative guide to Valentine’s Day in NYC, tailored for you quirky urbanism buffs.
At Sara D. Roosevelt Park there will be the beginning of the three day Lunar New Year Parade. This time there will be even more food stands and boutique vendors, you can also join in the parade as participants will be traveling through Little Italy and Chinatown showcasing a diverse and exciting display of Chinese culture. The parade will begin at around noon and more information can be found here.