walking tours

Lower Manhattan is where the Dutch settled, George Washington was inaugurated, and Alexander Hamilton has his final resting place. Learn about the history of the area on a Lower Manhattan History Walk on October 21…  To learn about the area’s seedier underbelly, catch the history of crime in NYC on October 21. A separate walking tour on October 28 will put Wall Street and great financial crashes at the forefront.…

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from The West Side Rag:



Focus Festival

Bard Graduate Center’s inaugural Focus Festival, April 8-9, 2017, brings thinkers and artists together for a weekend of interdisciplinary programming that draws inspiration from the key themes of our two spring Focus Project exhibitions: Design by the Book: Chinese Ritual Objects and the Sanli tu and  New York Crystal Palace 1853.

Claudia Rankine, 2016 MacArthur Fellow, poet, and essayist, will join Garnette Cadogan, essayist, in the keynote conversation “Ways of Seeing the City” on April 8 at 7 pm. Additional programs include a talk by Michael Puett, author of the New York Times bestseller The Path (April 9, 5 pm); walking tours of the Seneca Village site in Central Park with archaeologist Cynthia Copeland (April 8, 3 pm) and “Branding Fifth Avenue & the Other NY” with Jack Tchen, co-founder of the Museum of Chinese in America (April 9, 12 pm); and performances of Aaron Landsman’s critically acclaimed Love Story, a theatrical piece about a disappearing city, two people navigating it, and a fidgety, obsessive follower (April 8, 5:30 pm and April 9, 3:30 pm). Curators will offer spotlight tours of the exhibitions (April 8 and 9, 12 pm). Family-friendly workshops will be a special treat for kids (April 8 and 9, 1 pm).

For information, tickets, and the full schedule of events, click here.

Wendy’s Subway Reading Room
In conjunction Focus Project exhibitions, Brooklyn-based literary organization Wendy’s Subway has curated a Reading Room in the ground floor of the Gallery at 18 West 86 Street.

Wendy’s Subway Reading Room at Bard Graduate Center promotes engagement with artists’ books, periodicals, and other publications selected for their relationship to the spring exhibitions and public programming. A series of readings and writing workshops that gather together some of the boldest voices from poetry, literature, and performance will accompany the installation. Over the course of the installation, visitors are invited to drop off books they would like included in the Reading Room. Admission to the reading room is free, as is the wifi. It will be open during all public hours. Book suggestions may also be offered via a feedback box in the Gallery.

Wendy’s Subway launches the first of its monthly Reading Series on April 26 with an evening reading of works by Layli Longsoldier, Julian Talamantez Brolaski, and Wendy Xu. Read more.

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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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Exhibit on Affordable Housing 1926 to Today opens At Hunter East Harlem Gallery (from Untapped Cities)

by AFine Lyne

With affordable housing high on the agenda of the de Blasio administration, and on the minds of New Yorkers, Hunter East Harlem Gallery is exploring this highly charged topic from its inception to present day, with the new exhibit “Affordable Housing in New York.” The exhibit is located in East Harlem’s El Barrio, a neighborhood sure to be impacted by the administrations decisions, since it is among the first seven neighborhoods that Mayor de Blasio hopes to rezone. The timeline in the exhibit, which is broken down into six sections beginning in 1926, documents not just the architecture and politics, but also the people who live there and have called these houses home for decades.  The exhibit hopes to not only explore the past 100 years of affordable housing, but also to inspire creative solutions for the future. …

“Affordable Housing in New York” will be on view at Hunter East Harlem, 2180 Third Avenue at 119th Street, through May 15. It is curated by Matthew Gordon Lasner, Hunter College, Matthias Altwicker, New York Institute of Technology, and Nicholas Dagen Bloom, New York Institute of Technology. In addition to the gallery exhibit, there will be a series of related talks based on the companion book Affordable Housing in New York and a series of walking tours, visiting many of the historic affordable houses featured in the gallery.

Just nearby at the Museum of the City of New York is another excellent exhibit on affordable housing, Affordable Housing: A New York Legacy.

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I received the following announcement concerning the Secret Speakeasy party’s next event; which is a work of coordination between Denny Daniels Museum of Interesting Things and Boroughs of the Dead specialized historical walking tours.  In this case, Boroughs of the Dead will have a walking tour exploring the history of quack medicine in Lower Manhattan, which ends at the loft used for the Secret Speakeasy events, while Secret Speakeasy will exhibit various antique quack medical devices at the June 28th party.

“- The next Secret Speakeasy is one of most popular themes, The History of quack medicine and it is Sunday June 28th 6pm. But if you are smart…or ill…check out the cool quack medicine walking tour before the speakeasy!

The Museum of Interesting Things
takes over a Soho Loft for a special
History of Quack Medical themed party for the Museum.
16mm Movie Fest, Demos, & party!
Drinks, music, free food & snacks & beautiful visuals!

In the spirit of a true Speakeasy
Anything can change so…
Please check this website before leaving.


From the Boroughs of the Dead website:

“Tour begins at 3pm.

Demonstration begins at 5pm. Secret Speakeasy follows demonstration.

Advance tickets are required for the tour + demonstration. Quantities are limited. Ticket admits you to the tour, show, and Secret Speakeasy. Price: $30 per person.


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NYAC Walks: Underground Manhattan, The History of the Subway System (Sun)
It’s right there under your feet, you probably ride it every day, but how much do you know about this city’s amazing subway system? Gary Dennis will give you the secret history and inside story of the creation of the original 1904 subway line and how it grew into the most extensive transportation system in the world.
$23. Alexander Hamilton Customs House, 1 Bowling Green.…

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7/4 2pm: revolutionary new york walking tour: the 4th of july isn’t just about bbq and fireworks – get the history behind downtown manhattan sites and the city’s role during the revolutionary period with stops @ fraunces tavern, alexander hamilton’s grave, more. meet @ city hall park, $20.…

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