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Black Gotham Experience

at Museum of the City of New York - Public - East Harlem
1220 5th Ave, New York, New York 10029

Join the Black Gotham Experience and the Museum in celebration of Black History to learn about the stories of free and enslaved Africans in early New Amsterdam as well as Black communities including Weeksville and Seneca Village. Learn how their legacies are connected to New York City today.  Enjoy a robust schedule of events designed to engage...

Free

The Real History of Thanksgiving

at Brooklyn Brainery - Gowanus
333 Douglass St, Brooklyn, New York 11217

Thanksgiving started back in the day of the Pilgrims...right? In this talk, we'll cover the whole history of the most American holiday, from what really happened in Plymouth, to the rush of nostalgia that made Thanksgiving a national holiday in the 19th century. We'll check out how immigrants and suburban housing developments further...

$12

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King’s Legacy: The Black Church & Social Activism Today

at Museum of the City of New York - Public - East Harlem
1220 5th Ave, New York, New York 10029

To mark the fiftieth anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, Reverend Dr. Calvin Butts of Abyssinian Baptist Church and SUNY Old Westbury and Reverend Dr. Johnny Ray Youngblood of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church discuss the continuing role of New York’s African American churches in advancing civil rights and social...

$35

Ranji Smile: America's First Celebrity Chef

at Brooklyn Brainery - Prospect Heights
190 Underhill Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11238

Long before NYC had Danny Meyer, the charismatic chef J. Ranji Smile took the city by storm. Arriving in NYC in 1899, Smile introduced Indian cuisine to the well-to-do, ushering curry into America’s foodie lexicon. In this talk, Sarah Lohman will trace the life of this fascinating, flambyount womenizer, and reveal what Smile's story...

$8

Fania All-Stars: Live in Africa

at Museum of the City of New York - Public - East Harlem
1220 5th Ave, New York, New York 10029

In 1974, during the heyday of New York City’s salsa explosion, the Fania All-Stars, a group that brought together several of the Fania record label’s most popular artists, were invited to perform in front of 80,000 people at a stadium in Zaire, Africa. Featuring exquisite performances by Celia Cruz, Héctor Lavoe, and the All-Stars' many other...

$15

The History of Tech & The Future of Sex

at Think Olio - Greenwich Village
828 Broadway, New York, New York 10003

The Great Laws of Technology  So people are having sex with robots now. Which is great. Or not. Either way, what a wondrous modern age we all live in. But before we dive into that, we should familiarize ourselves with some of the more dominant ideas and concerns that often come into play whenever humanity talks about technology in general. ...

$20

Genealogy: Finding our Ancestors, Finding Ourselves

at Queensborough Community College - Bayside
222-05 56th Ave, Bayside, New York 11364

This workshop will explain how to get started in this fascinating hobby and how to grow a family tree from just a few "seeds". Learn the tools of successful genealogical research, and start on the path toward creating a well-documented family tree and family history.  Discussion includes the obstacles beginners face in genealogical research and...

$85

4 sessions

The True History of the NYPD

at Brooklyn Brainery - Prospect Heights
190 Underhill Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11238

This class explores the black box that is law enforcement in New York City. From its origins in the Dutch night watch system, past the pugilistic and corrupt cops of theTammany Hall era, through the sporadic attempts at reform, and into the current era of policing, learn about the mechanics of the police force and the politics that...

$10

Sound and NYC: Exploring Silence in the City

at Think Olio - Greenwich Village
828 Broadway, New York, New York 10003

Composer/conductor/professor Whitney George and percussionist Joe Tucker of The Curiosity Cabinet new music ensemble, present an evening of percussion music of the 20th century. Composers at the turn of the industrial era, started to incorporate sounds of the budding urban jungle into their pallet of instrumental timbres and musical creation at large. ...

$20

The Brooklyn Waterfront: Past and Present

at Brooklyn Brainery - Prospect Heights
190 Underhill Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11238

In this class, we'll chart the development, decline, and rebirth of the Brooklyn waterfront, from 19th century port to 21st century playground. With the dual lens of preservation and renewal, we'll examine how communities, real estate interests and the City have reshaped the waterfront from Greenpoint to Sunset Park since the 1970s....

$10

Future City Lab: STEAM

at Museum of the City of New York - Public - East Harlem
1220 5th Ave, New York, New York 10029

Be inspired by the scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and artists who work each day to keep New York City moving. By discovering the unique roles these fields play in the city’s future, participants will be able to bring the content as well as the careers into their own classrooms to inspire their students. The Museum is CTLE certified. Participation...

Free

A Cultural History of the English Language

at Brooklyn Brainery - Prospect Heights
190 Underhill Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11238

Currently a lingua franca in use around the world, English was at first a minor language spoken by a few thousand people in Europe several thousand years ago. In this class, we will explore how English has developed and spread to its present form. Students may find themselves inspired to think about English as living cultural history. This class...

$10

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Thucydides: War and Civilization

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Williamsburg
167 Bowery , New York, New York 10002

Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War recounts the disastrous, 27-year war between Athens and Sparta. The Peloponnesian War brought to an end both democracy in Athens and the traditional Spartan aristocracy. Also destroyed was the classical idea of the city-state itself, with its attendant conceptions of citizenship and civic life....

$315

4 sessions

Gender & Justice

at Museum of the City of New York - Public - East Harlem
1220 5th Ave, New York, New York 10029

In our next edition of Only in New York, host Sarah Maslin Nir sits down with Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Lucy Lang and Reverend Vivian D. Nixon, Executive Director of College & Community Fellowship, to discuss the vexed but evolving relationship between gender and justice in this...

$25

Feeding the Fight: The Culinary History of WWI

at Museum of the City of New York - Public - East Harlem
1220 5th Ave, New York, New York 10029

Savor a bite of culinary history by exploring the food and drinks that defined the American experience during World War I. Inspired by our upcoming exhibition, Posters & Patriotism: Selling World War I in New York (opening April 5), food historian Libby O’Connell, author of The American Plate: A Culinary History in 100 Bites, will delve into...

$20
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