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The Secret History of Bodegas

at Caveat - Lower East Side
21-A Clinton St, New York, New York 10002

Explore the history of bodegas and their connection to the origins of New York City itself. Hear how wave after wave of immigrants - Germans, Dominicans, Koreans, and more - each left their mark upon this New York institution. We'll also be uncovering stories some of your favorite bodega products. What exactly is hiding in that Boar's Head deli meat,...


Flying University - The Hidden History of Prince

at Caveat - Lower East Side
21-A Clinton St, New York, New York 10002

We all know Prince, but how much do we know about the worlds around him? Join Andrea Swenson and guests for an in-depth discussion of the history of music that lead to Prince’s breakout, his relationship to technology, and much more. Please note: This is a mixed seated and standing venue. Please arrive early for the best seats.


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Researching Naturalization Records

at The New York Public Library (Tech) - Manhattan
476 5th Ave, New York, New York 10018

In this class we explore the history of how  your ancestors became citizens of the United States of America, the kinds of records they generated when they did so, what information those records contain, and where you can find them.  These are registration based classes and spots may fill up quickly. If for any reason we're unable to...


Conflicted: The Hundred Years’ War

at Caveat - Lower East Side
21-A Clinton St, New York, New York 10002

From rivalries and gossip to attacks and blood feuds, Conflicted is the comedy show that gives you the inside scoop on what (probably) happened during history’s greatest fights. This month, join Kate and Peter as they investigate the Hundred Years’ War. Aided by those involved, Kate and Peter will get to the bottom of the age old question: What...


A Renaissance Easter: Lecture & Dinner

at La Scuola at Eataly NY - Flatiron
200 5th Ave , New York, New York 10010

Join us as we warmly welcome Art History Professor Rocky Ruggiero, Ph.D., who will discuss the topic of "A Renaissance Easter". This lecture will retell the great Christian tale of the Passion and resurrection of Jesus Christ through the creative genius of great Renaissance masters such as Giotto, Duccio, Piero della Francesca, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo...


The Eleusinian Mysteries

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

Course Name: The Eleusinian Mysteries: Occult Secrets of the Ancient Greeks Every year in the Ancient Greek city of Eleusis, people gathered from far and wide to worship the power of nature with a series of religious rituals called the Eleusinian Mysteries. Although it was kept secret from all but the initiated, the cult of the Mysteries...


Defending Public Parks in Early NYC

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

New Yorkers have been concerned about the state of our public parks for more than a century. In the 1860s, as city officials concentrated funds on the newly opened Central Park, parks in New York City’s lower-income neighborhoods faced neglect, deterioration, and loss of acreage.  The struggle came to a head in 1876, when demand for public...


Passover Celebration

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

Join us for a day full of storytelling, traditions, and songs in honor of the Passover holiday. Explore images from our collections to learn about elements of Jewish culture. Enjoy Passover macaroons and create a seder plate cover tapestry in time for the holiday. Family programs are free with Museum admission and for Members, geared toward families...


Missing History

at Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture - Park Slope
53 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, New York 11215

Missing History: What You Learned That Isn’t True  History as taught in school, and especially Black History, is either missing a lot of key facts, or distorts them.  Our Society Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will introduce a few of the topics that are still commonly misunderstood or ignored, including why Rosa Parks refused to...

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The Evolution of Racism

at Think Olio - Flatiron
110 E 25th St, New York, New York 10010

Why does racism persist more than fifty years after the passage of Civil Rights Legislation?  Why do people have different understandings of what racism is?  With Charlottesville and other examples of open racial bigotry, can we assume that white nationalism is on the rise?  This two-part olio will lend some insight into these questions...


2 sessions

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Pass the Flamingo: The Cuisine of Ancient Greece

at Caveat - Lower East Side
21-A Clinton St, New York, New York 10002

The Ancient Greeks have had a pretty formidable influence on the modern Western world. We're surrounded by references to their government, art, literature, mythology…but what about their food? After a long day of writing philosophy or besieging Troy, what kind of meal would an Ancient Spartan or Athenian enjoy? Fortunately for us, the Greeks...


Beyond the I: When Memoir Meets History

at West Side YMCA - Community Arts - Midtown
5 W 63rd St, New York, New York 10023

In this workshop, we will explore how personal stories can be enriched by the larger story of history be it family legacies, neighborhood scenes, or the culture that surrounds us. Through readings, discussion, and in-class exercises, participants discover new strategies for writing their life stories in ways that friends, family, or strangers will...


Queens Then and Now

at Q.E.D. - Astoria
27-16 23rd Ave, Astoria, New York 11105

The borough of Queens has seen many historical and geographical changes throughout its illustrious history. Marshlands, woods, and farms gave way to factories, thriving communities, and the nation's premier arterial highway system.  Queens: Then & Now offers a rare historical look at New York City's largest borough, featuring many never-before-seen...


NCIDQ Practicum Exam Preparation

at New York School of Interior Design - Upper East Side
170 E 70th St, New York, New York 10021

This course prepares candidates for the NCIDQ exam by exploring test-taking techniques and strategies, and providing an understanding of the test objectives.  In each class, students take exams simulating the NCIDQ exam followed by review, analysis and explanations of the various questions and answers. NYSID graduates of degree programs may take...


2 sessions

Humanities Institute Symposium

at New York Botanical Garden - NYBG Bronx
2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx, New York 10458

With Peter Wohlleben, author of The Hidden Life of Trees In his best-selling book, heralded as groundbreaking by the New York Review of Books, forester Peter Wohlleben reveals startling new discoveries about how trees nurture each other, communicate, and maintain complex social networks.  A broad range of experts will join Peter to debate...