March has finally arrived, and with it comes a slew of events, which will unfold across New York City this weekend and into next week. See what’s in store, from exciting tours to book talks and more.
Friday, March 2nd
Celebrate Brooklyn based literary artists at InspiredWordNYC, a diverse quarterly event that features poetry, prose and the spoken word.
Saturday, March 3rd
The story of Grand Central Terminal is that of New York City itself: the structure embodies the social, cultural, economic and technological evolution around it. It is one of great men, feuding architects, ingenuity, rejuvenation, secrets and surprises. On this tour, we will tell you these stories – about what once was, what could have been, and what can be; about the struggle to save and restore Grand Central as a preserved icon of the past, and of challenge to ensure that it serves New York’s future.
Take a ride through the living history of the world’s largest rapid transit system (in area) by weaving in and out of the past and present transit hubs of lower Manhattan. This unique tour is designed to give a comprehensive history of the NYC Subway system, from its groundbreaking in 1901 up through the creation of the three different proprietary lines which were unified into the system we know today. We’ll uncover information and learn about spaces even the most seasoned commuter might not know about. This tour will stop in stations that are all open to the public. Using the 6 train as our own ten-car time machine, we will ride through and see three abandoned ghost stations that 4, 5, and 6 riders unknowingly pass through everyday.
Sunday, March 4th
The abandoned Ellis Island Hospital complex—once the standard for United States medical care (and later transformed to the FBI headquarters when the island served as a detention center)—has been left to decay for nearly 60 years. Now, Untapped Cities is bringing you behind-the-scenes for a unique exploration of the abandoned facility; on this experience, you’ll visit the contagious disease wards, the autopsy rooms and have exclusive access to places usually closed to the public.
You don’t have to fly to Japan to watch Sumo matches. Taking place at the PlayStation theater this weekend is Sumo + Sushi, a viewing and dining event, featuring three sumo stars. Tickets for Saturday are already sold out, but there are still seats left for Sunday.
Monday, March 5th
Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park is hosting a series of free community seminars around the history and current trends of Bushwick Inlet Park.
The Schomburg Center’s Annual Women’s Jazz Festival will feature some of the best-known and unsung female performers in jazz. The event will take place on four consecutive Mondays in March.
Tuesday, March 6th
Untapped Cities founder, Michelle Young, will moderate a discussion surrounding Citymakers: The Culture and Craft of Practical Urbanism by Cassim Shepard, which sheds light on how cities are cultivated not just by planners, politicians, and power brokers, but by citizens working.
Wednesday, March 7th
Join the “most kickass kick-off to International Women’s Day” at Caveat, the speakeasy for “intelligent nightlife.” On March 7, Caveat will be hosting Yeah She Did: Stories About Women You Should Know, featuring a lineup of extraordinary comedians, writers, and storytellers.
Thursday, March 8th
The 58th annual New York International Antiquarian Book Fair kicks off today, and runs until the 11th! Bookworms and avid readers will find a treasure trove of works at the Park Avenue Armory, which will play host to over 200 American and international dealers.