The Holiday Train Show at the New York Transit Museum Annex at Grand Central Terminal. Image via NY Transit Museum 

The holidays are in full-gear! Next week’s events include an immersive exhibit about technology, a historical book talk about the Civil War and a scavenger hunt around New York City.

Monday, November 28th

Historians Steven Hahn and Eric Foner come together at the Brooklyn Historical Society to talk about Hahn’s latest book, A Nation Without Borders: The United States and Its World in an Age of Civil Wars, 1830-1910, which focuses on eight decades surrounding the Civil War.

Tuesday, November 29th

The Glass Room is an immersive exhibit, designed in the style of a retail space. The “products” are artworks that challenge viewers to reexamine technological issues regarding privacy, personal data and Internet security.

Wednesday, November 30th

Say hello to December at this year’s Holiday Train Show at the New York Transit Museum Annex, featuring a 34-foot-long model train layout (O gauge) with vintage subway cars running on eight loops of track. In celebration of the Museum’s 40th anniversary, the exhibit will also include a backdrop by artist Julia Rothman.

Taking place inside the Bruce Museum, sculptor Blane De St. Croix will discuss his work with geopolitical landscapes, which brings together the fields of visual art, environmental activism and cultural geography.

Thursday, December 1st

Gather a team (up to five people) and join in on the Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure in Midtown, where you’ll participate in a scavenger hunt/three-hour city tour, guided by smart phones. Learn about NYC’s history while solving clues and examining its various gems.

Friday, December 2nd

Tour the Mount Vernon Hotel and Museum by candlelight and you’ll find yourself stepping back into the early 19th century. Learn more about the holiday season back then while sampling traditional confections.

Exclusively for adults 21+, the New York Botanical Garden will hold an after-dark viewing of its Holiday Train Show. Order a cocktail while you explore the model trains and enjoy pop-up acts featuring various street performers.

Head to the Merchant’s House Museum for New York’s Secret Nook & Crannies, an illustrated talk by urban historian Justin Ferate, featuring discussions of our city’s often overlooked treasures, including landmarks and secret gardens. Guests can also freely wander through the period rooms covered in mid-19th century holiday decorations.

Saturday, December 2nd

Say “Happy 200th Birthday” to William Wheatley (the man who produced The Black Crook, the first American musical) with a musical tribute at Green-wood.

Sunday, December 4th

Based on interviews from Coney Island History Project, and the award-winning book Coney Island: Lost and Found by Charles Denson, this walking tour will examine the past, present and future of Coney Island’s amusement district.

Join the authors of the critically acclaimed books, Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York, New York Nights and Store Front II-A History Preserved on this walking and tasting tour of some of their favorite East Village food establishments. You’ll delve into the history and culture of East Village while visiting at least 6 different tasting stops.
Historic East Village Food Tour

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

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