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Mar ,2016

Digging the Moment: Reports from the Field
Wednesday, Apr. 20 at 6:30 pm

Join the intrepid urban archaeologists of New York City for an evening of enlightening and entertaining presentations. Discussion topics include evidence of a Jack the Ripper suspect, archaeology in a fourth grade classroom, and a survey of an abandoned homeless encampment at Pelham Bay Park.

Jessica Striebel MacLean, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Columbia University’s Dept. of Anthropology
Meredith Linn, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Barnard College
Courtney Singleton, Graduate Student, Columbia University’s Dept. of Anthropology
Miriam Sicherman, Teacher, Children’s Workshop School
Elizabeth Meade, Technical Director and Archaeologist at AKRF, Inc.

$12 & up for non-members
FREE for City Museum Members…

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Picturing Prestige Gallery Tour: The Levys
Thursday, Apr. 14 at 1:00 pm

During our new series of gallery tours led by Curator of Paintings and Sculpture Bruce Weber, discover some of New York City’s early elite featured in Picturing Prestige: New York Portraits, 1700–1860. The first tour will focus on two of the exhibition’s most prized portraits, featuring Moses and Grace Levy, leading members of New York City’s small, but influential 18th-century Jewish community.  #Unselfie

$10 for City Museum Members; $15 & up for non-members (includes admission)

Other Lunchtime Gallery Tours in this Series

Alexander and Elizabeth Hamilton: Thurs., May 12
The Brooks Brothers: Thursday, June 16

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Voices from the Yiddish Stage
Thursday, Apr. 7 at 6:30 pm

Join us for a talk with Christa Whitney, director of the Wexler Oral History Project, as she shares video highlights from the Yiddish Book Center’s project featuring actors, musicians, and fans of Yiddish theater reflecting on its traditions and discussing its future. Enjoy cameos by Leonard Nimoy and Fyvush Finkl, as well as interviews with “bubbes” and “zaydes” (Jewish grandmas and grandpas). This program delves into the themes of New York’s Yiddish Theater: From the Bowery to Broadway.  #YiddishTheater

$12 & up for non-members
FREE for City Museum Members…

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Wit’s End™ presents the Buck and a Quarter Quartet at St. Cloud in the Knickerbocker Hotel, Saturday, March 26, 2016.

This “quartet and a quarter” has made its mission to play forgotten gems—as well as favorites—of the golden age of American popular music. The Buck and a Quarter Quartet also play vintage-inspired originals, all on strings, with some additional instruments like C-melody saxophone, clarinet, temple blocks and bell tree.

Tonight chanteuse—and the party’s hostess—Eden Atencio, the raven-haired beauty with the mischievous smile, will join them. …Wit’s End will be ensconced in St. Cloud—called “New York’s greatest rooftop lounge” with sweeping views of Times Square—sixteen stories above Broadway.

Also on the bill tonight is DJ Mike Will Cut You, New York’s vintage music DJ who plays classic sounds from 80-year old recordings. He is the host of “Ragged But Right” on WFMU Radio and performs at the Jazz Age Lawn Party. The co-sponsor of the party is the Dorothy Parker Society, the drinking club with a book problem.

Early Bird (through March 7): $15
Advance Tickets: $20
Tickets available at the door unless sold-out: $20
Eleven O’Clock Frolic (entry 11pm): $15
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About the Wit’s End Party:

Doors open at 8:00 pm. At 9:00 pm is a free dance lesson, taught by professional instructors Jeri Lynn Astra and Neal Groothuis. Learn classic steps such as Balboa and Lindy Hop that will be useful once the live music begins. The band begins at 10:00 pm.

Wit’s End serves cocktails made with fresh ingredients and premium spirits following the classic cocktail recipes of the Prohibition Era. St. Cloud will present a classic cocktail menu to transport you back to the speakeasy era, when guests such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Florenz Ziegfeld were on the premises. Table service is available and reservations are highly recommended. After you buy tickets, email Wit’s End to reserve a table at St. Cloud.

About the Wit’s End Pre-Party Dinner:

The pre-party dinner is served at Charlie Palmer at The Knick, on the 4th floor. The pre-fixe dinner menu is $45 for a delicious three-course meal. Wit’s End will have tables reserved beginning at 6:00 pm. (Cost of dinner is separate from the party admission). After you buy tickets, call 212-204-4983 to make a dinner reservation (singles are welcome).

The Wit’s End Dress Code:

Vintage and vintage-inspired clothing is recommended. Gentlemen must wear coat and tie. Not permitted: Denim, tennis shoes, flip-flops, T-shirts, shirts with graphics, tank tops, baseball caps.…

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Real People. Real Lives. Women Immigrants of New York

New Women New Yorkers

Thursday, March 24, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

Do you love Humans of New York? This was one of our inspirations.

Statistics do not tell the story of immigration. People do. Women Do. Each immigrant story is a combination of determination, hope, and challenges. Each time one of these stories is told, a light is shed on the voice of a faceless immigrant. 

In honor of Women’s History Month, our photo and storytelling exhibit “Real People. Real Lives. Women Immigrants of New York” will feature a selection of unique, powerful photographs of young immigrant women, along with short accompanying texts to tell their stories and give us a glimpse into the challenging, inspirational, and resilient lives they lead in our city.

Guests will enjoy complimentary drinks, music by our fabulous DJ, and a silent photo auction.

Don’t wait to RSVP, space is limited!


“Real People. Real Lives. Women Immigrants of New York” is the result of the collaboration between New Women New Yorkers, photographer Sasha Nialla, and a group of 5 graduates of the LEAD Program, themselves young immigrant women living in New York City.


The Photo Exhibit is a Kota Alliance event.



Sponsored by:





Elizabeth David-Dembrowsky Attorney at Law


Centre for Social Innovation
601 West 26th Street
#325 (3rd Floor)
New York, NY 10001

Thursday, March 24, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

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From Time Out New York:

Photographer Ben Rowland recently put together a website that showcases one thing: very big, very old images of New York.

The Big Picture New York” features high-res images of NYC from various periods in the city’s history, most of them pretty unrecognizable from the urban landscape that we see today.

The site is purposefully not optimized for mobile and features only the following text: “Welcome. Please maximize your browser window and use the largest screen available. This site does not work on mobile devices. Follow our Facebook page for dates and descriptions. Now step inside a pictorial history of New York…”

Rowland says that he is currently working on expanding to other cities and VR-optimizing the photographs.

While the site offers no explanation of the images, the corresponding Facebook page provides more context.

Check out some interesting highlights below.


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From Time Out NY:

Interactive map lets you delve into New York City history

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Alice Austen House presents: New Eyes On Alice Austen
Thursday, March 31, 2016 7–8:30 pm

Location: Floor Three, Susan and John Hess Family Theater, Whitney Museum of Art, 99 Gansevoort Street, Manhattan, NY.

This roundtable discussion explores the early street photography and charged domestic imagery of Alice Austen (1866–1952). The panel focuses on themes of the New Woman, professional versus amateur photography, gender roles, same-sex relationships, immigration, and New York City history.

Speakers include Lillian Faderman (Lesbian and LGBT historian, and author of The Gay Revolution), Sarah Kate Gillespie (Curator of American Art at the Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia), Richard Meyer (Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor in Art History, Stanford University), Lara Vapnek (Associate Professor of History, St. John’s University), and Laura Wexler (Professor of American Studies, Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Yale University).

This event is presented in celebration of Women’s History Month and Alice Austen’s 150th birthday.

Tickets are required ($8 adults; $6 members, students, and seniors).

The Alice Austen House keeps the daring spirit of the early American photographer alive by presenting changing exhibitions of Alice Austen’s pioneering photographs alongside works by contemporary photographers, and providing art education and a range of cultural programs. Austen and her partner Gertrude Tate spent nearly thirty years together in the Austen family’s home, a one-room Dutch farmhouse from c. 1690 with later Victorian additions. The Alice Austen House stands in a waterfront park on the shore of Staten Island with sweeping views of Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn.


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