Looks like we’re at the end of February already! And it’s leap year, so we’ll be seeing the 29th of February for the first time in four years. And don’t forget, today, we’ve got a tour of the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) archives today at 4 PM! It’s hidden in a former Studebaker building in Queens and its chock full of amazing artifacts. Join us! Keep reading below for our picks for things to do in New York City in the upcoming week!
Friday, February 28th
Our popular Secrets of Grand Central Terminal tour will be taking place at 2 PM (and Saturday and Sunday)
Rooftop Films will be screening the movie Knives Out for free at Industry City at 7 PM. When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. From Harlan’s dysfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc sifts through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan’s untimely death. RSVP here.
The new art exhibition FiDi Arsenale opens in an abandoned Irish pub in Lower Manhattan. The opening reception is from 6 to 8 PM at 23 Park Place.
Saturday, February 29th
Opening at 11 AM, Spotify will have an immersive exhibit-style pop-up in Soho for Phenomenal Black Music in NYC celebrating 32 phenomenal songs and women, with representation ranging across genres and generations—from Bob Marley and Mary J. Blige, to Lil Nas X and Lizzo. The pop-up will be located at 109 Wooster St, New York, NY 10012 and will be up through Sunday until 7 PM.
It’s leap day! Leap through history in our Underground Tour of the NYC Subway at 2 PM!
The Metropolitan Museum of Art will have a unique event at the Temple of Dendur. At “The Cosmic Synthesis of Sun Ra and Afrofuturism: Nona Hendryx and Disciples of Sun Ra in the Temple, “Rock “goddess” Nona Hendryx has created a multisensory tribute to Afrofuturism pioneer, Sun Ra.
At Flushing Town Hall’s Global Mashup series, the organization stays true to its mission of delivering global arts to global people. When Klezmer meets Venezuela on February 29, Jewish folk music and Afro-Venezuelan folk will meet up stage giving audience members plenty of opportunities to practice the dance moves they will learn in a pre-show dance workshop.
Sunday, March 1
At 2 PM, walk the original street grid of Manhattan and see where the coastline was during colonial times on Untapped New York’s Tour of the Remnants of Dutch New Amsterdam. On this expert led tour, guests will get to check to physically touch centuries old relics and see how the city’s first European settlers influenced the modern cityscape.
When the tour is done, head over to an Open House the office of Manhattan Municipal President Gale Brewer. The event celebrates the 100th anniversary of the women’s vote. The event on Sunday will have refreshments, short presentations on women’s history at 3:00, 3:30, 4:00 and 4:30 pm, and the launch James Boylan and Betsy Wade’s “Pioneers of Women’s Rights in Manhattan,” a walking tour guide identifying the local sites and heroes which remind us of the bravery in the fight for women’s suffrage. RSVP here.
Also at 1 PM, Fraunces Tavern will be hosting the tour Women of the Revolutionary War. Explore the incredible, often overlooked stories of women who played a pivotal role in the Revolution, including patriotic women fighting for independence, loyalist women fighting to suppress the rebellion, and African American and Native American women whose future and security were caught in the cross fire.
Tuesday, March 3
We still have a handful of free tickets left for Untapped New York Insiders to the recently opened immersive art experience 2120: An Art Experience. Become a member today and experience this and many other events for free!
Image courtesy ARTECHOUSE
The newest exhibition, “Intangible Forms” at immersive space ARTECHOUSE will open. It’s an audio visual journey into both the known and unknown by Japanese multi-media artist Shohei Fujimoto. This multi-sensory installation highlights the connection between living beings and inanimate objects through patterns created by the rhythms found in repetitiveness and modularity of the world around us. The results are dramatic, visceral, almost operatic in nature, inviting guests to exist in a space and time all its own, for the duration of the visit. We’ll be offering our Untapped New York Insiders tickets to Intangible Forms (info coming soon!), but if you can also book your tickets here!
Wednesday, March 4
At 6:30PM, there will be a book talk at the Skyscraper Museum with socialist Sharon Zukin, author of The Innovation Complex: Cities, Tech, and the New Economy. Zukin examines how New York has become a supercity of the tech economy. Combining original interviews with venture capitalists, startup founders, and economic development managers, she explores the world of hackathons, meetups, accelerators, and innovation districts. Zukin shows how the startup economy, tech ecosystem, and politics of innovation work and connects actions of government, business, and universities to expose the powerful underside of the new urban economy.
At the Museum of Chinese America’s event 2020 Census: Who Counts? WE COUNT!at 6:30 PM, MOCA and a panel of census experts and community organizers will help you learn more about the census and how it affects Chinese diasporic communities across the five boroughs.
At 7PM, take in music inside the sanctuary of the Eldridge Street Synagogue (a 6 PM tour is included in your ticket too). You will hear renowned musician Andy Statman and the Andy Statman Trio. In the stunning sanctuary of the Eldridge Street Synagogue, they will perform their trademark blend of American roots music, prayerful Hasidic music, klezmer, and avant-garde jazz. The event benefits both the Village Alliance and the Museum at Eldridge Street.