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This week’s events picks are particularly historical, from tours of Gracie Mansion, Greenwich Village and Noho, and a talk about the Crown Heights riots of 1991. But you’ll also be able to check out the occasionally open Hallett Sanctuary on your own, explore the world’s first commercially viable rooftop vineyard.

Monday, August 8th

Explore the normally off-limits Hallett Sanctuary in Central Park at your own pace from 2 pm to 5pm. The sanctuary is only open on limited days and times.

At Bryant Park, the screening of Clint Eastwood’s drama Man with No Name in which he starred and directed, will take place on the lawn in the evening.

Tuesday, August 9th

Take a tour of Gracie Mansion, home of NYC’s mayor. Free, but you must RSVP at

Wednesday, August 10th

Crown Heights Encounters: Listening Back, Moving Forward at the Brooklyn Historical Society marks 25 years after the August 1991 Crown Heights riot. This event, in partnership with Weeksville Heritage Center and Brooklyn Movement Center, will be an evening to reflect on the history and future of Crown Heights. Featuring a performance, oral history presentation, and a panel discussion moderated by Inside City Hall host and CNN contributor Errol Louis, the three-part program will explore the multi-storied past of the neighborhood, including issues of ethnic relations, racial justice, and urban renewal that continue to shape the lives of its residents today.

Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation will host a Haunts of Dylan Thomas walking tour for its members only led by poet Bob Holman. Enjoy the historic Village while exploring some of Thomas’s favorite haunts.  Stops will include the Cherry Lane Theatre, Chumley’s bar, the Minetta Tavern and E.E. Cummings’ apartment on Patchin Place.  After the tour, quench your thirst at the historic White Horse Tavern, which will offer $5 beers for the guests. Memberships to GVSHP are $50.

Thursday, August 11th

At the Museum of the City of New York event, COOL, join Stan Cox, author of Losing Our Cool: Uncomfortable Truths About Our Air-Conditioned World (and Finding New Ways to Get Through the Summer) as he explores the impact that our craving for the cold and over-usage of air-conditioning will have on our health, economy, and politics

The Harlem Swing Dance Society, which focuses on the history of Lindy Hop and Swing Dance, will be at “Live at the Archway” under the Manhattan Bridge in DUMBO. There will be a swing dance class, music By the JNote Quintet Featuring Stephanie Jeannot.

Friday, August 12th

The Met Museum now has a Members-only bar open on Fridays and Saturdays through October 29th. It’s a great way to check out the PsychoBarn on the roof, this year’s roof commission. The regular bar will be open too.

Saturday, August 13th

Join us for our next tour and wine tasting at Rooftop Reds, the world’s first commercially viable rooftop vineyard, located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. This tour is led by one of the founders of Rooftop Reds who will also serve a tasting of wines from Rooftop Reds partners in the Finger Lakes. The first harvest of Rooftop Reds grapes from the Navy Yard will be this October. On the same day will be the NYC African Food Festival at the Navy Yard.

Sunday, August 14th

The Merchant’s House Museum will host a Walking Tour of Historic 19th Century NohoJoin them for a journey back in time to the elite ‘Bond Street area,’ home to Astors, Vanderbilts, Delanos — and the Tredwells, who lived in the Merchant’s House. The tour passes by iconic landmarks such as Colonnade Row, the Public Theater, and The Cooper Union, where Lincoln gave his ‘right makes might’ speech.

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