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  • Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show & Sale

    Friday October 25 -1:00pm to 8:00pm

    Saturday, October 26th-11:00amto 6:00pm

    Metropolitan Pavilion
    125 West 18th Street
    (Between 6th & 7th Aves)

    $20 AT THE DOOR / $15 ONLINE

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    • Haunted Hautery: A Fashion Networking Event Celebrating Neo-Victorian Fashion
      Public · By The Set NYC

    • 7:00pm until 11:00pm

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Come celebrate the history and mystery of Hallowe’en at Haunted Hautery: A Neo-Victorian Fashion Event! Join us as we showcase new and imaginative styles that evoke the sophistication and glamour of the Victorian Era.

The festivities include writer/author Katherine Geason, author of “Alexander McQueen: Evolution” and “Anatomy of Steampunk: The Fashion of Victorian Futurism”. Also hosting will be NY Times and London Fashion Week designer Berit New York, and Couture Fashion Week designer Kristin Costa. Network with these accomplished professionals from 7pm – 11pm. 9:30pm fashion show.

Featuring a Steampunk Fashion Show by Kristin Costa (Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show wings, Ugly Betty, Fela on Broadway), Berit New York (NY Times, London Fashion Week), and menswear designer Richard Ngo.

Special book release by author Katherine Gleason. Anatomy of Steampunk: The Fashion of Victorian Futurism. New from Race Point Publishing. Illustrated throughout with color photographs of the dazzling creations of numerous steampunk fashion designers, Anatomy of Steampunk is an inspirational sourcebook. In addition to presenting the looks and stories of these creative fashion artists, the book also details ten steampunk projects for the reader to try at home. Allow steam to power your imagination! Look for it—wherever books are sold.

What Is Steampunk? Steampunk envisions the future with a lens from the past. It takes the elaborate, crafted style of the industrial era, and re-imagines it for the modern age. Taking cues from science fiction visionaries such as Mary Shelley, Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, steampunk is a movement that challenges the present to examine its roots, reassess its aesthetic, and once again find wonder and hope in science, discovery, and the days to come.

Thursday, Oct 24
7pm – 11pm
Moroccan Lounge in the Fat Black Pussy Cat
130 West 3rd St, in the West Village
Free before 9pm, $5 cover after 9pm. 21+ event
1 drink min.

Haunted Hautery Sponsored by:

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STEAMPUNK HALLOWEEN PARTY that’s actually on Halloween! Featuring Katherine Gleason, author of Anatomy of Steampunk! At Housing Works Bookstore Café!The New Venetian Halloween Carnival: With Special Guest Jean-Christophe Valtat – October 31 at 7:00pm – New York, NYFree event at the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe (126 Crosby Street). Break out your best petticoat and your most festive cravat, dust off your dirigible piloting trophies and crack open a tin of your favorite mustache wax: Melville House is throwing a steampunk-themed Halloween party at Housing Works Bookstore this year. Join authors, musicians, and every single pair of old-timey goggles this city can muster for a take on steampunk that’ll have the ghost of Verne grinning.The costume contest will be judged by Katherine Gleason, author of Anatomy of Steampunk: The Fashion of Victorian Futurism.

— at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe.

Thursday, October 31, 7 p.m.
The New Venetian Halloween Carnival

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby St., Manhattan

Ready your goggles, top hats and petticoats, good sirs and madams. The New Venetian Halloween Carnival floats into town by dirigible—not really, but that’d be amazing—this All Hallow’s Eve. Dress in your finest steampunk attire and celebrate the occasion surrounded by literature with Melville House and special guest author Jean-Christophe Valtat at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe. Admission is complimentary for all of ye ladies and gents.

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From Now I Know e-newsletter:

There are roughly eight million residents of New York City. According to a 2010 article in the New York Times, 70% of them rent. That’s about 5.5 million people, each of whom could be moving to a new place once their current lease runs out. Yet despite the incredible number of both apartments and renters, in general, the process of renting an apartment in New York City (and particularly in Manhattan) occurs over a short period of time. Typically, a renter starts his or her search only a few weeks before moving, checks out a dozen or so places over a day or two, and upon finding something suitable, quickly readies and application and bank checks to cover fees. (This AskMetafilter comment does a good job encapsulating the often hectic and confusing process.) The whole system — to use the term loosely — is a frenetic ordeal which hardly seems like it could be worse.

But until about seventy years ago, it was. Because almost everyone moved at the same time.


Sometime in the 1600s or early 1700s, New York City developed an odd tradition. Leases, across the city, expired at 9:00 AM on the first day of May. The origins of this tradition are unclear. Wikipeida cites to two different sources, one of which references the English celebration of May Day (explained here), another which claims that the Dutch settlers originally came to Manhattan on May 1st, and the tradition is borne out of that. In any event, the cartoon above, from 1856, encapsulates the madness — thousands upon thousands of people taking to the streets, with all their stuff, moving from one apartment to another, all on the same day. Davy Crockett observed the phenomenon in 1834, as retold by Futility Closet:

By the time we returned down Broadway, it seemed to me that the city was flying before some awful calamity. ‘Why,’ said I, ‘Colonel, what under heaven is the matter? Everyone appears to be pitching out their furniture, and packing it off.’ He laughed, and said this was the general ‘moving day.’ Such a sight nobody ever saw unless it was in this same city. It seemed a kind of frolic, as if they were changing houses just for fun. Every street was crowded with carts, drays, and people. So the world goes. It would take a good deal to get me out of my log-house; but here, I understand, many persons ‘move’ every year.

All in all, this “moving day” was a terrible idea.

Being an informal one, and a custom at that, it should have been an easy one to change. And it wasn’t universal. That is, not everyone’s lease ended on May 1, so it should have been pretty easy for landlords or renters to demand a different date if given that one by the other. But the tradition persisted, to the point that in 1912, Harper’s Weekly imagined a world with automated, flying “moving stations,” as seen here.…

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