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The weekend is finally here, and the New York City Marathon will kick off soon. Beyond that, however, there are plenty of exciting events taking place, including tours, dance festivals and curator talks:
Friday, November 3rd
Mapping America’s Road from Revolution to Independence opens on Friday. The exhibition of hand-drawn and engraved maps from the 18th and early 19th century illustrates the geographic, political, and economic changes of the U.S. before, during, and after the Revolutionary War. In addition, manuscripts and prints from the New York Historical Society’s own collection will also be on display.
Saturday, November 4th
At first glance, it doesn’t seem like lower Manhattan harbors much evidence of its Dutch past. But, if you look closely enough, you’ll find that there’s so much more than meets the eye. The Remnants of Dutch New Amsterdam tour will uncover the secrets of the original Manhattan street grid, hidden Dutch relics, founding myths of New York, and more.
See all that Brooklyn has to offer during Brooklyn at Target First Saturdays: Best of the Borough. Enjoy eclectic music, a dance festival, curator talks, films, and more at this free event, taking place at the Brooklyn Museum (which also includes a happy hour from 5-7pm).
The Met’s World Culture Festival: Journeys is also happening this Saturday, from noon-5pm. Now in its second year, the museum-wide event will explore how our world has been shaped by people on the move. Festival programming includes performances and interactive stations, including a virtual reality component that allows visitors to learn about a refugee’s journey.
Sunday, November 5th
Feel the movement and energy of the New York City Marathon this Sunday. What was once a race situated in Central Park is now one of the world’s biggest and most popular marathons with 51,000 finishers in 2016.
There’s a very low chance of having a bad day if you decide to attend Puppies and Pints, taking place at Coney Island. Simultaneously pet rescue puppies while downing a drink. Every $1 spent on a Pilsner goes to a puppy, so make the trip down for a good cause!
The New York Adventure Club is offering an exclusive four-mile, guided hike and tour during its Hidden Gems of Irvington Hike, From Octagon House to Tiffany Reading Room event. You’ll have the opportunity to hike to top of the Old Croton Aqueduct, explore the historic Irvington-on-Hudson mansions and landmarks, and access the “Octagon” House.
Monday, November 6th
Join Women’s Suffrage Turns 100! Part 2: Reshaping Politics, the second segment of a three part series that celebrates the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York State. BHS Director of Public History, Julie Golia, will moderate a discussion on the evolution of women’s place in politics with Christine Quinn, the first female Speaker of the New York City Council and former mayoral candidate, and A’Shanti F. Gholar, Political Director for Emerge America, the only organization dedicated to recruiting, training, and empowering Democratic women to run for public office.
Tuesday, November 7th
Learn about how Penn Station dramatically transformed New York City’s physical and economic geography during MCNY’s Trains, Tunnels, and Trees discussion. Historian Jill Jonnes will shed light on the past, present, and future growth of New York City’s infrastructure, both grey and green.
Wednesday, November 8th
Learn about the mischaracterization of women in positions of power with the discussion, The “Nasty Woman” Stigma. This is the final program in a three part series celebrating the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York State.
Thursday, November 9th
Join The River Project for its 5th Annual Release of the Fishes, where fish, crabs, snails, and other animals will be returned to the Hudson River. Learn more about the initiatives of this organization and what its members are doing to restore and protect the ecology of New York Harbor!