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Apr ,2016

The Bowery Boys’ The Bowery Boys: Adventures in Old New York: An Unconventional Exploration of Manhattan’s Historic Neighborhoods, Secret Spots and Colorful Characters Book Talk
Thursday, June 2 at 6:30 pm at MCNY

As new skyscrapers shoot up throughout the city, there are still countless nooks and crannies that hide the ghosts of New York’s past. For those that know where to find them, these physical remnants of old New York lurk everywhere from the High Line to upper Manhattan’s craggy cliffs. Greg Young and Tom Meyers, the historians behind the wildly successful Bowery Boys podcast, explore these places in their first-ever book, Adventures in Old New York: An unconventional exploration of Manhattan’s historic neighborhoods, secret spots, and colorful characters. With curator Donald Albrecht as moderator, learn secrets about places you’ve never been and places you’ve always known through tales from the city’s past as a Dutch colony, Gilded Age metropolis, and Prohibition-era mafia war zone.

Greg Young and Tom Meyers, co-founders of the Bowery Boys podcast and BoweryBoysHistory.com
Donald Albrecht (moderator), Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of the City of New York

Reception and book signing to follow!

This program delves into the themes of last year’s popular exhibition, Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks.

Tickets

Free for Museum members; $16 for adults; $12 for seniors and students

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Attention, Members: To receive your discount, click on the “Register” button above, then sign in to your account on the ticketing page.

For a user’s guide on checking out through our online ticketing system, click here.

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From Inside Hook: “The Need-To-Know Guide To The NYC America’s Cup World Series

Plans for the first weekend in May?

If it doesn’t involve multi-million dollar racing yachts swapping paint at death-defying speeds, clear your calendar.

The America’s Cup is returning to NYC for qualifying after a 96-year hiatus.

A welcome return, considering New York holds the record for longest reigning champion: the NY Yacht Club held the Auld Mug from 1851-1983.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of race day.

The Event
NYC’s America’s Cup World Series is one of six planned events on the 2016 calendar, which consists of qualifying rounds for the 35th America’s Cup Final, which will take place in 2017 in Bermuda. Six teams will be in attendance. Practice racing will begin on May 6th, with points-based racing on May 7th and 8th along the lower Hudson River between Pier 25 and Battery Park City.

Where to Watch
Event Village outside of Brookfield Place will host the Dock-Out Ceremony, where crowds can cheer on teams as they head out to open waters. Beyond that, there is more than a mile of free front row seats along the Hudson. To step it up, VIP packages are available here for the America’s Cup Legends Club on a 14th-floor terrace above the races, complete gourmet eats, primo swill and guest speakers like Sir Russell Coutts, CEO of the America’s Cup. Or, should you have say 50 or so friends that would like to join for the weekend, Legends Suites are available with the same in-suite amenities but a more intimate setting.

And if you’re cruising in on your own vessel for a water view, register your boat here.

The Teams
After two rounds of qualifying, the stats coming into the NYC race are as follows:

What to know
Chances are you’ll want to be in-the-know for chatting it up in the Legends Suite or just understanding what the heck you’re watching. To assist, here is a helpful glossary of sailing terms from our neighboring Chicago edition, along with everything you need to know about the Finals in Bermuda.

The Specifics

America’s Cup World Series New York

May 6-8, 2016

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From Untapped Cities:

Since the 1990s, the increased amount of construction work in New York City has allowed previously unseen markers of the city’s colonial past to be unearthed. We’ve brought you highlights from the NYC Archaeological Repository and 5 notable archaeological sites unearthed in Manhattan. But beginning in 2005, the Museum of the City of New York‘s archaeological team started excavating for the South Ferry Terminal Project. Those excavations have yielded thousands of artifacts along with structural remains of the colonial New York’s Battery Wall and Whitehall Slip

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In 2005, the City of New York was renovating the South Ferry subway station, and since it’s known that early occupations of the city were at the southern tip of Manhattan, it was no surprise when archaeologists were called to the scene. Today, in 2016, the excavation has long since been done, but the Museum of the City of New York’s archaeological team, in collaboration with the Landmarks Preservation Commission are now digitizing the 2005 finds from the South Ferry Terminal.

This digitization project will be launched on a online public database upon completion where the images of these finds will be available to view in full, vivid color. Along with the South Ferry finds, City Museum and Landmarks are digitizing other finds as well with the hopes of increasing public access to the New York City Archaeological Repository, where finds from all over city from various excavations are stored.…

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Friday, May 20, 7 p.m.
Candlelight Ghost Tour
of “Manhattan’s Most Haunted House” (The New York Times)

Doors slam, floorboards creak, voices call into the dead of night. Venture into the shadows of history to see the house where eight family members died and hear true tales of inexplicable occurrences from the people who actually experienced them. “#1 Most Haunted Place in NYC” (TimeOut New York, 2015)
50 minutes. $25, $15 Members.
Click here for tickets.
Upcoming Ghost Tours: June 17.

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GUIDED TOURS of the HOUSE

2 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. Thursday (open until 8 p.m.)
2 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday 

Closed Tuesday & Wednesday (groups by appointment)

Explore Manhattan’s “best-preserved” (The New York Times) 19th-century home and learn about the domestic life of a prosperous merchant family and their four Irish servants from 1835 to 1865, as New York City transformed from seaport to thriving metropolis. You’ll visit four floors of this Federal and Greek Revival style row house virtually complete with the family’s original furnishings and decorative arts.

The tour concludes in the 4th-floor Servants’ Quarters, “arguably the oldest intact site of Irish habitation in Manhattan,” according to Time Out New York. You are invited to come climb the narrow staircase and see where the wealthy Tredwell family’s staff of four domestic servants lived and did some of their work.

Included with regular admission. (Admission is always FREE for Members)
Reservations not required for groups of fewer than 10 people.
If your group has more than 10 people, please contact us about scheduling a Group Program.

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July 10 (and Second Sunday of the Month: August 14, September 11, October 9, November 13)
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
A Walking Tour of Historic 19th Century Noho

Join us for a journey back in time to the elite ‘Bond Street area,’ home to Astors, Vanderbilts, Delanos — and the Tredwells, who lived in the Merchant’s House. You’ll walk the footsteps of these wealthy mercantile families whose elegant Federal mansions once lined the tranquil cobblestone streets. Our tour passes by iconic landmarks such as the imposing Colonnade Row, the Public Theater, and The Cooper Union, where Lincoln gave his ‘right makes might’ speech. On the bustling Astor Place, imagine the drama of events that led to the Opera House riot of 1849, among the bloodiest in American history. And visit the site of the scandalous 1857 Bond Street murder of Harvey Burdell, one of the City’s still unsolved crimes.
$10, FREE for Members.

NOTE: Tours are one hour and begin promptly.
Limited to 20 people (first come, first served). No reservations.
Tours are canceled in the case of heavy rain, snow, or extreme heat and cold advisories.…

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Saturday, June 25, 3:30 p.m.
A Tribute to the Tredwells’ Irish Servants with Bridget Murphy
Join us for a back-stairs tour of the Merchant’s House and explore the world of the Irish immigrants who worked as domestic servants for the Tredwell family. You’ll climb the narrow staircase to the fourth-floor servants’ quarters and see where the Tredwells’ four Irish servants lived and did some of their work, “arguably the oldest intact site of Irish habitation in New York City” (Time Out New York). In the kitchen, you’ll meet 19-year-old Bridget Murphy, who worked for the Tredwells in the 1850s. What did the servants do on their day off? Where did they shop? Go to church? How did they find employment when they first arrived? Bridget will tell you why it would have been impossible to run a home like the Merchant’s House without her.
Included with General Admission. Reservations not required.

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Tuesday, June 21, 6:30 p.m.
Illustrated lecture: The Irish Bridget
With Dr. Margaret Lynch-Brennan
In collaboration with the New York Council for the Humanities and co-sponsored by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation
Who was the Irish Bridget? What relevance does her story have to the history of Irish immigration to America? Learn the answers to these questions in Margaret Lynch-Brennan’s presentation “The Irish Bridget: Irish Immigrant Women in Domestic Service in America, 1840-1930” which is based on her book of the same name. Lynch-Brennan will use photographs and personal letters the Irish Bridgets wrote to one another to give insight into the lives of these young immigrant girls. She will discuss their work life, their social life, the impact they had on Irish-American life, and their contribution to American ethnic history, labor history and women’s history. Lynch-Brennan will also explore the relevance of the Irish Bridget’s story to contemporary American life, in which domestic service is again populated by female immigrants, and immigration is once more controversial.
Free. Reservations necessary and available through GVSHP in May.

NOTE LOCATION: Church of St. Brigid, 119 Avenue B (SE corner of East 8th Street) Built in 1848 by Irish immigrants for those fleeing the Great Famine.
Margaret Lynch-Brennan earned a Ph.D. in American History from the University at Albany (SUNY) in 2002. Her research focuses on Irish immigrants, particularly Irish immigrant women. She published essays in three books; presented at conferences in the United States, Ireland, Australia and Germany; and is a consultant to museums regarding the interpretation of Irish immigrants. Her book, The Irish Bridget: Irish Immigrant Women in Domestic Service in America, 1840-1930, remains the only book published on the topic.

This Public Scholars event, which is free and open to the public, is made possible through the support of the New York Council for the Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Friday, June 17, 7 p.m.
Candlelight Ghost Tour
of “Manhattan’s Most Haunted House” (The New York Times)

Doors slam, floorboards creak, voices call into the dead of night. Venture into the shadows of history to see the house where eight family members died and hear true tales of inexplicable occurrences from the people who actually experienced them. “#1 Most Haunted Place in NYC” (TimeOut New York, 2015)
50 minutes. $25, $15 Members.
Click here for tickets.

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Sunday, June 12 (and Second Sunday of the Month: July 10, August 14, September 11, October 9, November 13)
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
A Walking Tour of Historic 19th Century Noho

Join us for a journey back in time to the elite ‘Bond Street area,’ home to Astors, Vanderbilts, Delanos — and the Tredwells, who lived in the Merchant’s House. You’ll walk the footsteps of these wealthy mercantile families whose elegant Federal mansions once lined the tranquil cobblestone streets. Our tour passes by iconic landmarks such as the imposing Colonnade Row, the Public Theater, and The Cooper Union, where Lincoln gave his ‘right makes might’ speech. On the bustling Astor Place, imagine the drama of events that led to the Opera House riot of 1849, among the bloodiest in American history. And visit the site of the scandalous 1857 Bond Street murder of Harvey Burdell, one of the City’s still unsolved crimes.
$10, FREE for Members.

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