The events to check out in New York City this week, from a burglars guide to the city, a tour of what’s left of Dutch New Amsterdam, a benefit inside the Four Seasons, an urban exploration expo and more.
Monday May 9th
The Center for Architecture will host BLDGBLOG founder Geoff Manaugh, who will present topics from his new book, Burglars Guide to the City which explores the relationship between burglary and architecture. 6pm, tickets are $10 or free for AIA members and students.
Tuesday, May 10th
Open House New York will have its 2016 Spring Benefit at the Four Seasons Restaurant in the Seagram Building. The iconic restaurant will be relocating and auctioning off its interiors, so this is a great chance to check it out – if you have the funds. Cocktails at 7, dinner at 8. Tickets here.
Landmark West! is hosting a talk on the book Anarchist’s Guide to Historic House Museums with authors Franklin Vagnone, Principal of Twisted Preservation: Cultural Consulting and University of North Carolina Architecture & Urban Design professor Deborah Ryan. 6:30pm, free but RSVP required.
Wednesday, May 11th
Many of those who live in Brooklyn today came escaping persecution in their native countries. But what are their experiences once here? Brooklyn Historical Society delves into the issue with the panel discussion Refugee Brooklyn: Stories from Brooklyn’s Refugee Communities which will take place in their landmarked building in Brooklyn Heights. 6:30pm, tickets are $5 or free for BHS members.
Thursday, May 12th
The Museum of the City of New York hosts Gowanus-expert and author Joseph Alexiou with Brownstoner reporter Hannah Frishberg in a conversation about the changing landscape of the Gowanus Canal. Get tickets for the event here. Read about the historical secrets we found in Alexiou’s entertaining and insightful book, Gowanus: Brooklyn’s Curious Canal.
It’s the annual Waterfront Alliance conference which takes place aboard a Hornblower yacht. This year’s theme: Defining and Delivering Equity at the Waterfront will feature Maria Torres-Spring, CEO and President of NYC Economic Development Corporation; Sam Janis, Program Manager, Billion Oyster Project; Archie Lee Coates, Executive Director, + POOL; Michael Marrella, Director of Waterfront and Open Space Planning, NYC Department of City Planning; Charles Denson, President, Coney Island History Project; Gina Pollara, President, The Municipal Art Society of New York; and many more notables in the waterfront development scene.
As part of NYCxDESIGN Week, the Design Trust for Public Space will moderate the panel Arts Connecting Staten Island at Cooper Union about how the arts can be a powerful civic tool for Staten Island’s North Shore in a time of transformation. 6pm, tickets are free.
Saturday, May 14th
Our next Remnants of New Amsterdam tour, which a recent tourgoer and New Yorker called “the best tour I’ve ever taken in New York.” You’ll hear about New York’s founding myths and facts while standing in the very spots they all happened. Tour highlights include a look at the remains of Manhattan’s first City Hall, a walk of the city’s original coast line, discovering the original Dutch fort, wind mill, and the original battery. Physically touch history as we also spend time finding out why Bowling Green has its name and why it’s been so important in our city’s history.
Urban explorers who have photographed for Untapped Cities will be at a pop-up “expo” hosted by the New York Adventure Club to document the exploration subculture in New York City. The event, which take place inside the Jefferson Market Library, accentuated with dramatic lighting and the Philip Glass soundtrack from 1983 cult classic Koyaanisqatsi, will showcase how several prominent photographers, videographers, and painters interpret their urban surroundings. Tickets are free.
Sunday, May 15th
At the Brooklyn Historical Society, If These Walls Could Talk: A House Research Primer is a popular introduction to Brooklyn house research. In this intensive workshop, you’ll gain hands-on experience using archival images, records, and documents to uncover the secret history of your Brooklyn home.