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American Museum of Natural History: Un-Highlights Tour

at Museum Hack - Upper West Side Central Park W , New York, New York 10024

Dinosaurs! Science! Adventure! Break out your pith helmet as we embark upon a brazen expedition through the halls of New York City's world-famous American Museum of Natural History (AMNH). Join your maverick tour guide as we deftly navigate this massive 27-building, 1.6 million square foot landmark cultural institution. Learn the science...

Monday Sep 23rd, 2:30pm - 4:30pm

New York, The Neoliberal City

at Think Olio - East Village 336 E 3rd St, Brooklyn, New York 11215

Neoliberalism is a confusing, multi-pronged process that changes the role of the state, the ‘market’, and even our own values. We see its impacts in our urban landscape, from what buildings get made to what schools get closed. With a scope this wide, it’s no wonder that this era of capitalism is often hard to define.  After reviewing how...

Monday Sep 23rd, 7:30pm - 9pm

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Harlem History and Beyond

at West Harlem Art Fund - Harlem 142 Edgecombe Ave, New York, New York 10030

Our experience is a journey from the 1500s to the present day. We’ll start with explorers trying to find a route to Asia but then encountered a new land. I’ll share Harlem’s role in the American Revolution and the meeting of Alexander Hamilton and General George Washington. Our group will discuss the Trans Atlantic Slave trade in North, Central...

Tuesday Sep 24th, 2pm - 4pm

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The History of Gin

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

From the debauched slums of Victorian London to dry martinis and fancy cocktail parties,gin has had a remarkable journey, a story that reflects the ever changing moods and sensibilities of society at large. Like many other spirits, it began life in the alchemist’s workshop as a medicinal cure-all, a link it would retain as a mainstay of European...

Wednesday Oct 9th, 6:30pm - 8pm

A History of Royal Scotland

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

In 1603, one of the momentous events in history occurred when the Scottish King, James VI inherited the throne of England following the death of his cousin Elizabeth. He combined his two nations and called them Great Britain – and all subsequent kings and queens of Britain are his descendants to the present day. The telling of British royal history...

Tuesday Nov 5th, 6:30pm - 8pm

Crime Tour of the Lower East Side

at Brooklyn Brainery - Manhattan Centre & Chambers Streets, New York, New York 10007

Corrupt politicians. Crooked cops. Gangsters so terrifying that they’re known only as “Murder, Incorporated.” These are the men and women that have made New York City’s underworld the stuff of legend. But there is so much more to this legend than you’ve ever heard. Why is it that New York has had such a violent past? What drove these people...

Saturday Sep 28th, 1pm - 3pm

The Long and Fascinating History of Toilets

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

Contrary to popular belief, Thomas Crapper did not invent the toilet. But who did? Better yet, when did people first start using toilets? And were they anything like the toilets we know today? This class will explore the long and fascinating history of toilets, from ancient Mesopotamia to today. We will walk through the not-so-short...

Thursday Oct 10th, 6:30pm - 8pm

History of Presidential Elections

at 92nd Street Y - Upper East Side 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, New York 10128

History of Presidential Elections—The Headline Story of Our Nation's Political Life How the issues, candidates, political parties & eras of our quadrennial contests impacted the direction & caliber of the leaders we placed in the White House. Part I—Oct 4, 1789-1856 From the Colonial Era to the Dawn of the Republcan Party ...

Friday Oct 4th, 11am - 12pm

  (4 sessions)
$116

4 sessions

Brownstones Ballot Boxes Suffrage Tour

at Archive on Parade - Brooklyn Heights 158 Hicks St, Brooklyn, New York 11201

Meet the badass Brooklynites who brought us the ballot. Behind the stately facades of Brooklyn Heights’ most gracious brownstones lies the history of firebrand feminism! The wise “women of Brooklyn” were doctors, lawyers, educators and orators who made some of the foremost contributions to the Suffrage movement. Join us for a walk through their...

Saturday Sep 28th, 1:30pm - 3pm

Historic Craft Workshop: Knot-Tying Jewelry

at Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden - Upper East Side 421 E 61st St, New York, New York 10022

Knot-tying is a centuries old nautical tradition. Having the skill of fancy knot-tying was a source of pride for sailors that set them apart from the rest. In addition, a ship that was adorned with an elaborate ropework was highly respected. Get into the maritime spirit!  Join us to learn the history of traditional maritime knots and use one...

Saturday Sep 28th, 2pm - 5pm

Introduction to Natural History

at New York Botanical Garden - NYBG Bronx 2950 Southern Blvd, Bronx, New York 10458

Naturalists are keen observers of the world around them and have played an integral role in the evolution of scientific thought. Now you can be one too!  Learn how to identify plants and animals using a 10x hand lens, dichotomous keys, and field guides. We'll discuss ecological processes and how they are impacted by the urban environment. Significant...

Tuesday Oct 15th, 10am - 1pm

  (4 sessions)
$325

4 sessions

Candies Through the 19th-Century

at Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden - Upper East Side 421 E 61st St, New York, New York 10022

Join us for this sweet talk with Susan Benjamin, Founder of True Treats. Trace and taste the history of candy in America from gibralters, the first commercially-made candy, to salt water taffy, an American original.  For adults and families with children 8+ Class Price: $20 Adults, $10 Children under 12 (should be accompanied by a Paying Adult)...

Sunday Oct 6th, 1:30pm - 3:30pm

The American Coffeehouse

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

In this talk, we'll first discuss the origins of coffee and coffee houses as a shared communal space. On our world tour, we will sample different coffeehouse experiences throughout history. After that we'll dive into the United States's love affair with coffee shops,particularly in the last century: coffeehouses as a counterculture performance...

Monday Nov 4th, 6:30pm - 8pm

Hannah Arendt: The Origins of Totalitarianism

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Morningside Heights 3009 Broadway, New York, New York 10027

When Hannah Arendt published The Origins of Totalitarianism in 1951 she set out to provide a political framework for understanding the phenomenal appearance of National Socialism in the world, and its terrifying consequences. Offering a historical account of imperialism, anti-Semitism, and the atomized individual, Arendt’s work remains...

Thursday Oct 17th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

George Eliot: Daniel Deronda

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Financial District 36 Battery Place, New York, New York 10280

Several months after Daniel Deronda’s publication, George Eliot wrote in her diary that its “success at present is greater than that of Middlemarch,” with some people dubbing the novel her “best.” She added, however, that the novel’s “Jewish element” has been “met with much repugnance or else indifference.” In the decades that...

Wednesday Oct 16th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

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