From Governors Island official calendar: Civil War Weekend 2017
Aug 12, 2017 – Aug 13
10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Governors Island National Monument
Presented by the National Park ServiceMeet Union soldiers in the Soldier’s camp, watch musket and artillery firing demonstrations, and listen to Civil War music performances!

Artillery Demonstration and Small Arms Demonstration
Watch us fire a real 1860s-era cannon and demonstrate a variety of muskets soldiers would have used during that time period.

Getting There
5 Minutes from Soissons Landing 10 Minutes from Yankee Pier
3 Minutes from Soissons Landing 5 Minutes from Yankee Pier

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Take a fascinatingly risqué journey through time at this immersive lecture and multi-act burlesque show.

  • Sunday, July 9, 2017
  • 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • $20.00 USD
  • 635 Sackett Street, Brooklyn, New York, 11217, United States

Join the Atlas Obscura Society New York for an evening of bawdy discovery and lively libations as we delve into the history of burlesque, an enchanting form of performance that has shimmied, shaked, and shifted with the times over a transformative century in America.

The sensational Doctor Lucky, the World’s Premiere Ph(Double)D, will be your guide as we fill your imaginations with titillating tales from the past. Doctor Lucky’s long and deep resume includes the production of many popular burlesque shows and the instruction of students at prestigious establishments such as NYU, MICA, and CUNY on “The History of American Burlesque.”

As Lucky chronicles the story of burlesque, a dazzling array of in-the-flesh performances will demonstrate a range of burlesque styles from the past and present. You’ll be invited to sip from specialty cocktails prepared by the bar as you’re swept away by revealing historical revelations on the new, state-of-the-art Littlefield stage.

Performers for this event have been curated to include many of the greatest currently operating in the New York scene: Gin Minsky, Corvette Le Face, Ms. Tickle, Perle NoireLil’ Miss Lixx and the Lady Aye.




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April 29 @ 11:00 am5:00 pm

South Street Seaport Museum celebrates its 50th Anniversary

The South Street Seaport Museum, situated in the original port that built New York into the city it is today, will celebrate fifty years this year! The Seaport Museum invites the city to join in the celebration of this important milestone, which will be recognized over an entire year (April 2017-April 2018) of special programming and exhibitions. …

April 2017 marks fifty years since the Museum received its charter from the New York State Department of Education Board of Regents. Over that fifty years the Museum has grown dramatically, collecting artifacts and works of art documenting the rise of New York as a port city.; developing and implementing innovative and award-winning programming; mounting exhibitions; and preserving a fleet of historic ships on the East River. Despite three massive setbacks: the 9/11 attacks, the Great Recession of 2008, and the floodwaters of hurricane Sandy, the museum is growing once again. With support from New York City and a dedicated group of staff, volunteers, members and friends, the Seaport Museum remains an educational and cultural gem in lower Manhattan.

The Seaport Museum’s 50th anniversary will be marked throughout the year with the opening of new exhibitions, including Millions: Migrants and Millionaires aboard the Great Liners, 1900-1914 (opening June 2017), artistic and musical performances, lectures and book talks, walking tours, and a formal 50th anniversary cocktail reception aboard the 1885 ship Wavertree in September.

Capt. Jonathan Boulware, Executive Director of the Museum, spoke enthusiastically about the anniversary. “It’s a great privilege to celebrate the five-decade life of this vital institution. We’re here in the original fabric of old New York, the ships, the piers, the 19th-century buildings. It’s the history of New York, but the topics we cover are still highly relevant today. The original values that made New York what it is, the Dutch values of trade and tolerance, the New York values of immigration, of multiculturalism, and of ambition, these all touch on urgent issues of New York and America today. Indeed, as we celebrate this important anniversary, we’re also celebrating the very best of New York values, past, present, and future.”

A brief history of the Seaport Museum:
The Museum proper is housed several buildings known collectively as Schermerhorn Row, but when completed in 1812, Schermerhorn Row was, in many respects, the city’s first world trade center. The Row housed a series of counting houses where merchants bought and sold coffee, tea, cotton, molasses, and countless other trade goods from around the world. South Street was nicknamed ‘the Street of Ships’ for the countless sailing ships that docked there, linking the city with some of the most important centers of trade in Europe, the Caribbean, South America, California, and China. The commercial activity along South Street had by the mid-nineteenth century transformed New York from a former British colonial outpost, into the largest city in the United States that controlled half the country’s trade.

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from a facebook posting by Virginia N. Sherry:

“Got word today that my proposed multimedia project — “Walk Back into History: 4 Centuries of Staten Island’s Architectural Treasures” — received one of the 2017 Premier Grants from Staten Island Arts. (These grants are funded by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.)

Thrilled– will begin the work next month!

Wow! Thanks for the feedback!”

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Funds are being raised on Kickstarter for a documentary of Old NYC and Brooklyn’s gangland/notable criminal figures, entitled, “The Cobblestone Wars“.  According to its creators:

“”The Cobblestone Wars” is an archival documentary that uses narration and illustration to tell the story of Manhattan and Brooklyn’s underworld during the early 1900’s.

…It’s more than just the stories of the gangsters, It’s New York City as a whole. Other crucial moments of New York will be addressed including the Birth of Electricity, the General Slocum Disaster, the Triangle Fire, Audrey Munson, and Coney Island. It’s an endless list of health hazards and political incorrectness. It’s without a doubt New York’s most forgotten time period. ”


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from Spoiled NYC:

All Aboard Nostalgia! The Vintage Subway Cars Are Back in NYC for the Holiday Season

With the window displays, the twinkly lights everywhere, and all the holiday markets, it’s easy to get into the Christmas spirit here in New York City.

The MTA is also resuming it’s duties serving up some holiday cheer for commuters.

The “Shoppers Special” rides on vintage subways will be coming back later this month to shuttle New Yorkers and tourists between Lower Manhattan and Queens for four consecutive Sundays.

The “City Cars” are a squad of R1/9 subway cars that originally ran between the 1930s to the 1970s. They have rattan seats, drop-sash style windows, ceiling fans, incandescent bulb lighting, and roll signs.

As usual, they will also be decorated for the holiday season.

“We owe a great deal to these City Cars, because they were durable work horses that remained in our fleet for 40 years. …They continue to serve as a reminder of our past and how far we have come in design and customer comfort,” says Wynton Habersham, NYC Transit’s Senior Vice President of Subways.

“Our customers love riding these vintage classics every year, and we love showing them off.”

You can take a ride on one of these special subway cars, still just for a normal swipe of your MetroCard on the following Sundays: November 27th, December 4th, December 11th, and December 18th. The trains will be running via the 6 Av Line between 2 Av and Queens Plaza.

The “Shoppers Special” departs from 2 Av at 10:05 a.m., 11:13 a.m., 1:03 p.m., 2:33 p.m., and 4:03 p.m., and leaves Queens Plaza at 10:44 a.m., 12:14 p.m., 1:44 p.m., 3:14 p.m., 4:44 p.m.…

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OPENS Thursday, December 1, through Monday, January 9
Exhibition –
arles Dickens Performs ‘A Christmas Carol’ in New York, December 1867

In December 1867, Charles Dickens arrived in New York City for a month of sold-out performances of his beloved 1843 holiday classic, A Christmas Carol. Dickens performed at the 2,500 seat Steinway Hall on 14th Street, the center of cultural life in the city, and just a few blocks from the Tredwell home. And the critics raved: “The Christmas Carol becomes doubly enchanting when one hears it performed by Dickens.” (New York Herald, 1867)
Exhibition in conjunction with A CHRISTMAS CAROL at the MERCHANT’S HOUSE, December 7-24.
Guest curator, Dayle Vander Sande…

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At The Merchant’s House Museum:

All exhibitions are included with regular admission.

OPENS Friday, November 25, through Monday, January 9
Exhibition –
Christmas Comes to Old New York: Holiday Traditions of the Tredwell Family

Scenes of holiday preparation recreated in the period rooms throughout the house show how many of our modern holiday traditions originated in mid-19th century New York. From table-top Christmas trees decorated with candles and handmade ornaments, to poinsettias and evergreens decking the halls, Christmas songs and carols, presents and stockings. And, of course, Santa Claus. On display, rarely exhibited Christmas presents from the Tredwell collection.


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Join the New York Nineteenth Century Society Parlorcraft Circle as we explore cravats, jabots, and ties! From sailors to schoolgirls, gentlemen of leisure to “New Women,” neckties were an essential part of the 19th-century wardrobe. Since the 17th-century French king Louis XIII made them fashionable, neckties have been de rigeur in Western society. From the voluminous white Regency stock to Navy officer’s black neck-cloth, the loose working-man’s kerchief to the thin four-tingered ties worn in the American West, no 19th-century man’s wardrobe was complete without one. Neckwear was also part of women’s attire. Lacy jabots and collars allowed them to change the look of a limited wardrobe. Sailor collars and narrow ties were often part of school uniforms for girls, and the “New Woman” made famous by Charles Dana Gibson frequently sported a tie along with her shirtwaist and walking skirt.Materials, supplies, and instruction will be provided to make a 1907 jabot, a bow tie, and an ascot or cravat. You are welcome to bring your own fabrics. Cotton works well for bow ties – heavier for bow ties, light cotton batiste or lawn for the jabot. Ascots and cravats can be of any material but we find cotton to be most comfortable around the neck. Old sheets and pillowcases are ideal for these projects.Tea and light refreshments will be served but you may bring your own treats to share if you wish. Please leave your laptops and modern sewing/craft projects
at home for this event – we’re all about the historic hand work!Moderated by Rachel Klingberg and Morgana Toglia, we heartily invite you to craft and design to your hearts content!

If you have a special craft or skill from history that you would like to share, please let us know: letters@nyncs

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