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Celebrate New York City with a series of cultural talks, and explorations around some of the most architecturally significant sites throughout our sprawling metropolis.

Monday, November 14th

Subway Beats, an illustrated lecture at NYPL’s Mid-Manhattan Library, celebrates New York City’s buskers and performers who entertain thousands of commuters every day.

What would New York be like if forgotten architectural ideas went beyond the drawing board? On Monday, internationally acclaimed architects Daniel Libeskind, Steven Holl, and Elizabeth Diller will come together with Sam Lubell, author of Never Built New York, to discuss this alternative city.

Tuesday, November 15th

The NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project identifies and documents cultural sites important to the LGBT community. Although they can be found across all five boroughs, many remain largely unknown. On Tuesday, a talk lead by project directors will highlight historic sites on the Upper West Side, including the original location of the lesbian Herstory Archives.

Wednesday, November 16th

Greenwich Village is blessed with an especially dense concentration of vintage neon signs. In recent years, they have disappeared as old, independent businesses across the city have succumbed to rent hikes and old age. Our West Village Vintage Neon Signs tour, led by Tom Rinaldi, author of “Neon New York,” will take us past roughly a dozen signs dating to the 1930s, 40s and 50s, marking the locations of some of the neighborhood’s most stalwart restaurants, bars and small businesses.

Tour of West Village Vintage Neon Signs!

Thursday, November 17th

Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of the New Yorker Hotel, led by Joe Kinney, the senior project engineer and historian of the hotel. On this visit, you will have access to the off-limits rooftop next to the famous NEW YORKER sign, walk through the long-closed tunnel that once whisked guests from the subway to the lobby, walk inside the elevator machine room that is still in operation, and much, much more.

Friday, November 18th

The Museum of the City of New York launches its newest exhibit, New York At Its Core, which chronicles 400 years of the history of the city. The exhibit will occupy the entire first floor of the museum and will include 400 artifacts and significant objects ranging from those connected to Alexander Hamilton to Jay-Z.

Discover Chinatown through its food. On the Tastes of Chinatown Tour, a local guide will introduce you to a variety of dishes, including Cantonese BBQ roasted duck and pork, Taiwanese Teas, authentic Chinese wonton soup and more.

Women: New Portraits by Annie Leibovitz, at the Bayview Correctional Facility in Chelsea, opens today and runs until December 11th. The photographic exhibition will reflect the changes in the roles of women in society today.

Saturday, November 19th

To celebrate the launch of New York At Its Core, the MCNY is inviting you to “Gotham Groove: 32 Hours of Nonstop NYC,” an overnight, weekend-long event, featuring live performances, films, dance, and more.

Sunday, November 20th

Join New York Adventure Club for a tour of the abandoned hospital on Ellis Island. You’ll explore select areas of the hospital complex, including the second floor of both the Contagious Disease Wards (used for the treatment of PTSD during WWII). Alternatively, NYAC is also hosting a “behind-the-scenes experience” at the United Palace Theatre, one of the five New York Metropolitan area’s “Loew’s Wonder Theatres.”

Also check out our full schedule of Behind the Scenes tours in NYC.

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