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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.



Email michelle.bruenn@atlasobscura.com.

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In 1883 Mrs. William K. (Alva) Vanderbilt was determined for her family to be accepted into proper society although The Mrs. Astor, the gatekeeper of the exclusive 400, had done everything to keep out the tacky nouveau riche. To her, the Vanderbilts were vulgar and their ostentatious display of wealth were garish and offensive. But after William and Alva built their majestic ‘Petit Chateau’ at 660 Fifth Avenue, they could no longer be ignored. The Vanderbilts opened their majestic home by throwing an extravagant party and invited New York’s leading families. By manipulating the press and the city’s elite, Alva masterfully forced Mrs. Astor to accept her and the Vanderbilts into her rarified circle. Join us as we present the details and drama surrounding this ball and learn how gilded age society was consumed by its own excess.

NOTE: There is one flight of stairs to event space.

Tickets are $35 through eventbrite.com

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Date and Time

Sun, April 9, 2017

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT

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Ticketing through The New York Adventure Club/BigMaven:

Join New York Adventure Club for a special presentation, reception, and live ghost hunting demonstration with paranormal investigators Douglas McMillan and Bess Catherine, both of who have dedicated years to studying paranormal activity with a focus on scientific methodology.

Our experience, which will take place in a haunted Gilded Age Colonnade Row apartment in Astor Place, will include:

  • A crash course on what a paranormal investigator does, and what they expect to encounter
  • An emphasis on the dangers of ghost hunting
  • An overview of the tools and equipment used on ghost hunts
  • The proper method of executing a ghost hunt
  • A live paranormal investigation demonstration proceeding the general discussion
  • How to review evidence and present findings using a scientific approach

“Mrs. Astor’s Gilded Age” Roman punch and snacks will be served throughout the evening.


About Doug McMillan

New York City native and U.S. Air Force veteran Douglas McMillan is the founder of the Bronx Paranormal Society, an organization dedicated to the scientific study of paranormal activity. Doug has performed paranormal investigations on three different continents over the past decade, and regularly gives lectures on the latest methods and techniques for aspiring ghost hunters and curious individuals alike.


Date: Mon, September 12
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Cost: $35.00 – $39.00
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New York, NY 10003 United States

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from the New York Adventure Club e-newsletter:

The Secret History Of New Amsterdam, The Birthplace Of New York (Mon)
We’ll discover the life of pirates and prostitutes living in the scrappy Dutch colony of New Amsterdam, long before New York was New York.
$15-25. Castle Clinton National Monument, Battery Park.Ticketed event, electronic online ticketing through New York Adventure Club Big Maven website.…

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From Untapped Cities: Historic East Village Food Tour (buy tickets online here)

On Sunday August 21st at 12pm, join James and Karla Murray, authors and photographers of the critically acclaimed books, Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New YorkNew York Nights and Store Front II-A History Preserved on this walking and tasting tour of some of their favorite East Village food establishmentsDiscover the food, history and diverse culture of the East Village while tasting delicious specialties from at least 6 different tasting stops.

Many family-run businesses started out as traditional mom-and-pop stores passed down from generation to generation, and defined their neighborhoods. Not only are these modest small businesses falling away in the face of modernization, gentrification, and conformity, the once unique appearance and character of New York City’s colorful streets suffers in the process.

On this tour you will learn about the diverse German, Italian, Jewish and Ukranian history of the East Village and try some fresh homemade Italian mozzarella, drink an authentic New York City egg cream or have a freshly roasted cup of coffee, taste a hot Ukranian potato pierogi with toppings, sample a freshly baked Jewish sugar cookie, enjoy an authentic New York hot dog and tropical drink and taste a freshly baked Italian cannoli.

Enough food will be sampled so that for most people lunch afterwards is not needed.”…

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MOCAREADS Tong Wars: Author Talk with Scott D. Seligman

Thu, Jul 14, 2016 @ 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Tickets: $30/person (includes signed copy of book); $10/adult; $5/senior (65+) and students (with valid ID); FREE for MOCA members
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“Seligman masterfully examines the undercurrents of 1925 New York Chinatown in an engrossing depiction of a complex time. By shining a light on the power of association, the struggle for power, and the desire to survive, Seligman gives ‘face’ to the challenges of community-infighting, community-building, and community-identity in a racist and exclusionary America.”
–Nancy Yao Maasbach, President, Museum of Chinese in America
Please join Scott D. Seligman in a talk and reading from his newest book, Tong Wars: The Untold Story of Vice, Money and Murder in New York’s Chinatown, a true story set in Prohibition-era Manhattan Chinatown, a generation after Gangs of New York. Followed by book signing.


Author Bio

Scott D. Seligman is a historian, retired corporate executive, and career China hand, and he holds degrees from Princeton and Harvard. Fluent in Mandarin and conversant in Cantonese, he lived in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China and has worked as a legislative assistant in Congress, a businessman in China, and a communications director of a Fortune 50 company.

He is the author of many scholarly and business books, including Chinese Business Etiquette and The First Chinese American. He has published articles in the Asian Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, the Seattle Times, the China Business Review, the Jewish Daily Forward, China Heritage Quarterly, and the New York History and Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center blogs.



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Held only once every two years, the Boerum Hill House Tour is an opportunity to celebrate our stylish, dynamic and diverse community. The tour begins and ends at the Invisible Dog Gallery, 51 Bergen Street (a half-block from the F train Bergen Street stop). Visit beautiful homes, a community garden and a new business space.
This self-guided tour takes places June 5th, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
Advance sale tickets can be purchased for $20 at our friendly outlets, cash or checks only:
Sterling Place, 363 Atlantic Avenue
Exit 9, 127 Smith Street
Gumbo, 493 Atlantic Avenue
Or purchase tickets online. Tickets are $25 on the day of the tour. No strollers or back packs allowed. No photography please. If you purchase tickets using the link below, your name will be on the tickets buyers list at the Invisible Dog Gallery.
  Want to volunteer and receive a complimentary ticket? Contact us to find out more.

The Boerum Hill Association is a volunteer organization of residents of Boerum Hill. We seek to preserve and enhance the unique qualities of our neighborhood through advocacy, education and community building.

Boerum Hill is a tree-lined community that extends from the south side of Schermerhorn Street to the north side of Warren Street and from the east side of Court Street to the west side of Fourth Avenue.

We want to bring neighbors together and improve our neighborhood. Some of our initiatives include:

  • Community events such as the Annual Pot Luck Holiday Party and the House Tour
  • Greening and neighborhood beautification
  • Improving parks and playgrounds
  • Quality of life improvements – public safety, noise, sanitation and more
  • Traffic calming, transportation and parking
  • Land marks and zoning
  • Intelligent development

Our sister organization, the Hoyt Street Association is renowned for its Annual Plant Sale. The proceeds raised support the Hoyt Street Garden (corner of Hoyt Street and Atlantic Avenue), shredding Days, tree planting, painting over graffiti, Community Funding grants, and other beautifying activities for the neighborhood. The popular “Free Stories in the Garden”, takes place Tuesday evenings beginning late June through the end of July. Scheduled volunteer readers take turns at the microphone to read stories to the children (and grown-ups, too). Free lemonade and cookies are provided to all.

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Join author and transit expert Oscar Israelowitz for a conversation about the quirks and historic significance of the 469 stations in the New York City subway system. Israelowitz will share highlights from his new book, Secrets of the New York City Subways, an illustrated guide to each station in the system including work from prominent artists like Roy Lichtenstein, Heins & Lafarge, the Guastavino brothers, and Squire Vickers. Book signing to follow. (Adult tickets $10 online.) At the New York City Transit Museum.…

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Colonnade Projects and Mansions of the Gilded Age

invite you to an afternoon tea & presentation of

New York City antebellum history, society and architecture

with a focus on the construction of La Grange Terrace (Colonnade Row)

and the first residents who became the foundation of Victorian Society

Featuring a talk by designer and historian

Michael W. Rayhill


Colonnade Row

New York City

Saturday, May 14, 2016

4pm – 6pm


Hosted by

Gary Lawrance & Tim Ranney

High Tea with Mrs. Astor’s Roman  punch

“The Roman punch makes all the difference,” – Edith Wharton in “Age of Innocence”


$35 – Space is limited to 25 guests

Get tickets through Big Maven: http://www.bigmaven.com/experience/colonnade-row-birth-of-the-gilded-age/?utm_source=New+York+Adventure+Club&utm_campaign=9264f3206c-Weekend_Newsletter_5_12_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_78f1dab198-9264f3206c-171375505

Cocktail attire

NOTE: There is one flight of stairs to event space. Exact address of event will be provided upon purchase of ticket.


Sponsored by Colonnade ProjectsMansions of the Gilded Age, Gary Lawrance, Founder

Autographed copies of Mr. Lawrance’s book Houses of the Hamptons 1883-1930 will be available for $75.


Michael W. Rayhill

Michael Rayhill is a New York based interior designer and historian. He has worked in the offices of Roman and Williams, Studio Sofield and Ralph Lauren. While attending Pratt Institute for interior design, he began research on the historic Colonnade Row off Lafayette Street. This project has since grown in range and scope to include a comprehensive contextualization of the neighborhood at its apex circa 1860, as well as a series of talks and lectures given in situ on the parlor floor of one of the Colonnade homes. Michael looks forward to future partnerships with fellow historians, architects and designers to further expand upon segments of New York’s historic past that have not been brought awareness.…

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