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Behind-the-Scenes @ Woodlawn Cemetery & Locked Gilded Age Family Mausoleums

Step inside some of the country’s most opulent family mausoleums that are rarely unlocked for the public, until now.

Join New York Adventure Club for an exclusive, behind-the-scenes experience at Woodlawn Cemetery, one of the largest cemeteries in New York City covering more than 400 acres and serving as the resting place for more than 300,000 people.

Sat. Oct. 21: 3pm-5pm

Woodlawn Conservancy

3800 Jerome Avenue

Bronx, NY 10467

Led by a cemetery docent, our unique experience will include:

 

  • The history and story of Woodlawn Cemetery, and how it became the favored cemetery of so many prominent NYC families from the late 1800s to early 1900s
  • An exploration of the cemetery’s grounds to see some of its most notable mausoleums, sculptures, and landscapes
  • Exclusive access inside some of its most impressive Gilded Age family mausoleums including Harkness, Harbeck, and Dunlop, which contain Tiffany glass, Italian marble, and even a dead parrot

 

Click here to see pictures from one of our last trips to Woodlawn Cemetery!

* Please bring a good pair of walking shoes since we’ll be on our feet for the entirety of the tour!

 


 

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From Thought Gallery NYC:
New Yorkers can get out to Queens this fall for walks exploring Steinway Village (November 18) or Richmond Hill North (November 11), a Victorian village that was one of the first suburban communities. The Municipal Art Society will also offer a tour of the South Bronx and its history and recent revival on November 19.…

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From Flushing Town Hall:

Taking it to the Streets: 1950s NY through the Lens of Flushing Photographer Frank Oscar Larson

June 25th, 2017 – August 6th, 2017

Taking it to the Streets: 1950s NY through the Lens of Flushing Photographer Frank Oscar Larson

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Before cell phones documented nearly every aspect of daily life, street photographers captured the humble, the mundane, and the ordinary. Flushing resident Frank Larson documented New York in the 1950s. When we view Larson’s work 60 years later, we still see ourselves, even if New York has changed around us.

Opening Reception: SUN, JUNE 25, 1-3 PM Lecture: WED, JUNE 28, 6-8 PM

 

Photography Tour & Lesson: SUN, JULY 9 & 16, 2 PM (more info here)

 

Gallery Dates: SUN, JUNE 25 – SUN, AUG 6

 

Gallery Hours: SAT & SUN, 12-5 PM

 

 

$5 Suggested Donation/FREE for Members & Students 

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Traditions Festival will showcase early American crafts as well as those from a range of cultures. Activities include traditional cooking, live music, and crafts such as broom-making, blacksmithing, spinning, basket weaving, doll making, calligraphy, sculpture, and more! (Demonstrations may be subject to change.)

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council through the Cultural Immigrant Initiative.

Location

King Manor Museum in Rufus King Park
Queens

Directions to this location

Cost

Free

Event Organizer

King Manor Museum

Contact Number

(718) 206-0545

Contact Email

programs@kingmanor.org

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Airport expo to be held at JFK’s historic TWA Terminal

Photo via Flickr/pheezy
Photo via Flickr/pheezy
The historic Saarinen Building at JFK airport.

BY SUZANNE MONTEVERDI

The JFK Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Airport Expo on Thursday, Nov. 12, in the historic Saarinen Building, formerly known as the TWA Flight Center.

According to JFK Chamber President Joe Clabby, the event will feature displays, expo tables and tours run by members of the aviation community. Former TWA flight attendants and pilots as well as students from LaGuardia Community College’s Aviation Program will be in attendance. Guest speaker Robin Hayes, president and CEO of JetBlue, will discuss the history and future of the structure.

The Saarinen Building opened in 1962 but closed in 2001 after TWA merged with American Airlines. The structure was later taken over and renovated by JetBlue, but has been unused since JetBlue relocated to another terminal.

Designed by Eero Saarinen, the structure is a one-of-a-kind surviving piece of the futuristic architectural style of the “Mad Men” era. Taking notice of its striking architecture, plans were announced earlier this year by Governor Cuomo to build a 505-room hotel inside of the original structure.

In conjunction with MCR Development, current plans include the addition of attached restaurants, a 40,000-square-foot reception space, a museum to highlight the building’s rich history, and a 10,000-square-foot observation deck. These renovations are currently projected to be complete in 2018.

The Saarinen Building was declared a New York City Landmark in 1994 and included in the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.

The expo will take place on Nov. 12 from 9 a.m until 2 p.m. Click here for more info.

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The following information comes courtesy of Boroughs of The Dead, concerning upcoming Autumn events in which they are involved:
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Uncover the hidden symbolism behind 19th century Halloween customs

Tuesday, October 13th, 6:30pm – “OF ALL NIGHTS IN THE YEAR”: AN ILLUSTRATED LECTURE

Join Boroughs of the Dead founder Andrea Janes as she presents an illustrated lecture at the Merchant’s House Museum. She’ll discuss how the quaint-seeming customs we often associate with Hallowe’en in 19th century America betray a primeval urge to indulge our wild, albeit hidden, natures. So unlace those corsets and buy your tickets here!

OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS

Ramble among graves in the city’s oldest rural cemetery

GREEN-WOOD CEMETERY TOURS RETURN FOR FALL

Among the nearly 600,000 graves in Green-Wood Cemetery one can find an almost unfathomable number of human stories… and because we’re Boroughs of the Dead, we’ve discovered those that deal with Murder and Mayhem, Scandal and Spiritualism. With a focus on the scandalous and lesser-known inhabitants of Green-Wood, on this tour you’ll see the final resting places of femmes fatales, revolutionaries, spiritualists, gangsters, artists and murderers. Click here to buy tickets.

Remember Edgar Allan Poe on the anniversary of his death

ONE NIGHT ONLY! Wednesday, October 7th – EDGAR ALLAN POE IN GREENWICH VILLAGE

On October 7th, for ONE NIGHT ONLY, we bring back our annual Edgar Allan Poe memorial tour with The Fever Called Living: Edgar Allan Poe in Greenwich Village. Step into the Greenwich Village of the 1840s, where Poe lived and worked at the height of his fame — before plunging irrevocably into the final, abysmal chapter of his short life. This is the city’s only walking tour endorsed by the curator of the Poe Cottage at Fordham, who declares there isno better way to mark the anniversary of Poe’s passingin New York City. PLUS! This year we’re giving away Blu-rays and movie tickets to new and classic Poe adaptations — stay tuned for more details! Click here to buy tickets.

Hear the ghost stories of Brooklyn Bridge

HAUNTED BROOKLYN HEIGHTS HIGHLIGHTS TOUR

We’re teaming up with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy on Wednesday, October 21st at 6:30pm for a special one-hour highlights tour of Haunted Brooklyn Heights. This tour will provide a sampling of some of the ghastly and frightening tales nestled within Brooklyn’s oldest neighborhood. And full-length versions of our regular Haunted Brooklyn Heights tour will run throughout October. Click here to buy tickets.

Explore the city’s sacred open spaces at dusk

TWILIGHT TOURS OF CENTRAL PARK

Join us for a twilight stroll with The Magic and Mysticism of Central Park as we explore the mystical and spiritual side of the Park. Discover the influence of Victorian-era spiritual revivalist movements on the landscape of the park, the secret and surprising story of the park’s 3,500-year-old Egyptian obelisk, the mythical imagery of the lakes, ponds, and gardens, and more, as you stroll through the darkening park on a dusky autumn night.

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Though this Secret Summer Cocktail Festival seemed to be a promising, if expensive event ($75/per ticket, $150 for two), “all the decadence and hedonism of a Gatsby party, with top mixologists creating scintillating concoctions for you to try”.   And there are “aerialists”. However, be advised that one of the evening’s attractions, “oversize beer pong”, can hardly be said to have been historically accurate to the Gatsby era. No word on whether it would be out of place or just right to show up in a Jazz Age-type outfit.

Sunday 2 August, 16:00
The Foundry LIC, Long Island City

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from Flavorpill nyc events: http://flavorpill.com/nyc/event/other/obscura-day

Sat May 30
Times vary by location

$5.00 – $100.00

Editor’s Note
For this day celebrating urban exploration, sites across New York host special events and expeditions for the curious. Each event is independent but all share a spirit of adventure. Sunshine Laundromat sets its beloved pinball machines on free play. A cruise takes passengers around the forgotten penal islands of NYC. History buffs guide a walking tour of what remains of Gilded Age Manhattan. The oldest house in Manhattan opens its doors. And that’s just half the menu.
Zoë Leverant

 

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“44 Amazing NYC Places That Actually Still Exist” (Buzzfeed).

Most are bars and restaurants.

A lot of classic New York City spots might be disappearing, but you can still go to these distinctive shops, bars, and restaurants. For now, anyway.

1. Russ & Daughters, 179 East Houston St. (East Village)

Russ & Daughters, 179 East Houston St. (East Village)

Jeffrey Bary / Via Flickr: 70118259@N00

Russ & Daughters, a family-operated “appetizing store” focused on selling traditional Jewish fish and dairy products, has been a fixture of the Lower East Side since 1914. It’s one of the only existing stores in the entire country dedicated to appetizing.

2. Eddie’s Sweet Shop, 105-29 Metropolitan Ave. #1 (Forest Hills)

Eddie's Sweet Shop, 105-29 Metropolitan Ave. #1 (Forest Hills)

Joe Shlabotnik / Via Flickr: joeshlabotnik

Eddie’s Sweet Shop is an old school ice cream parlor and soda fountain that has served the neighborhood of Forest Hills, Queens, for over a century. It’s not too hard to find ice cream shops that aspire to capturing the vibe of an old-timey soda fountain, but this is the real deal.

3. Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway (East Village)

Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway (East Village)

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Strand may be the single most beloved and iconic used book store in the entire city, and has been a destination for bibliophiles around the world for nearly a century. The store contains a staggering amount of books and truly lives up to its hype.

4. Di Fara Pizza, 1424 Avenue J (Midwood)

Di Fara Pizza, 1424 Avenue J (Midwood)

apasciuto / Via Flickr: apasciuto

Di Fara has been around since the mid-’60s but made the shift from local treasure to a destination spot for world class pizza sometime in the past decade or so. The pizza is so good that people are willing to travel from all over the city and wait for up to three hours to get a pie handcrafted by restaurant founder and pizza auteur Dom DeMarco.

5. Generation Records, 210 Thompson St. (Greenwich Village)

Generation Records, 210 Thompson St. (Greenwich Village)

Daniel Lobo / Via Flickr: daquellamanera

Greenwich Village was once a major destination for record collectors, but this large punk and metal-centric shop is one of the few stores that’s managed to stay open over the years.

6. St. Mark’s Comics, 11 St. Mark’s Place (East Village)

St. Mark's Comics, 11 St. Mark's Place (East Village)

St. Mark’s Place has been heavily gentrified over the past 20 years, but this stalwart comics shop has stuck around despite so many seedy punk and counterculture shops getting replaced with chains like Chipotle and Supercuts. (And yes, this is the comic book store from that one episode of Sex and the City.)

7. Caffe Reggio, 119 Macdougal St. (Greenwich Village)

Caffe Reggio, 119 Macdougal St. (Greenwich Village)

Scott Beale / Via Flickr: laughingsquid

Caffe Reggio has a crucial role in the development of coffee culture in the United States — it was the first establishment to sell cappuccino in America back in the 1920s. The cafe still has its original espresso machine, which dates back to 1902, and was purchased by founder Domenico Parisi when he opened the place in 1927.

8. Old Town Bar on 45 East 18th St.

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