Monday, November 06, 2006

November 2006 Planners’ Calendar

November 2006 Planners’ Calendar

...With thanks to Myra Alperson, Nancy Anderson,Tom Angotti, Brian Connolly, Will Dao, Bernie Ente, Rebecca Ferguson, Owen Foote, Laurence Frommer, Monica Groh, Jane Jackson, Lisa Keller, Sara Levine, Betty Mackintosh, Kathy McAuley, Erin O’Brien, Roxanne Robertson, Jessica Sagert, Joe Sciorra, Vicky Virgin, Suzanne Wasserman et al for materials, suggestions, etc...

RESOURCING This environmental health project unites community knowledge with scientific study in pursuit of just & sustainable urban spaces using mapping tools designed to maximize the impact of community voices on city planning. The current focus is Newtown Creek & the surrounding neighborhoods. Visit

Jacobs vs Moses: How Stands the Debate Today? A podcast of the October 11 panel at the CUNY Graduate Center – with presentations by Hillary Ballon, Amanda Burden, Richard Kahan, Brad Lander, Nicolai Ourousoff, Michael Sorkin & Brad Zipp - is available online at . Urban Center Books hosts a Monday, November 20, 16:30-8:00PM exchange, “Jane Jacobs: Urban Visionary.” exploring the impact of The Economy of Cities. For details, contact 212.935.2075.

NYC LANDMARKS DESIGNATION REPORTS The NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission & the citywide, non-prof Historic Districts Council have just launched an on-line archive that will eventually cover all of the nearly 23,000 landmarks - individual, interior, historic districts & scenic – designated since the LPC was created in 1965. If a property is not yet in the database, contact 212.228.2781 or mailto:info.

NYU Law School/Wagner School websites – The NYC Housing & Neighborhood Information System provides easy access to 1,300+, up-to-date, housing & neighborhood characteristics & enables creation of custom-made tables charts, graphs & maps. Visit PlanNYC allows access to facts, news & events related to major urban planning projects, organized by project & community district. Click For more info/to request a free group training, contact 212.998.6699 or

Waste Into Walls: Building Casas Out of Sand A green technology guru heads to the dump in search of the stuff of dreams: .



“Engulfed By Katrina: Photographs Before & After the Storm”- This thematic survey of the devastation visited upon the Gulf Coast’s cities, as well as life before & after the storm, attempts to fulfill the promise made by everyone almost immediately after the event which was to not let the impact of this experience be forgotten. On view, Mo-Sa, thru November 19 at the NYU Tisch School Gallery, 8th floor, 721 B’way & Waverly Pl , NoHo (R- 8th St & #6 – Astor Pl stations) . Photo ID needed for admission. For questions, contact 212.998.1930 or To view a sampling of the images, see
. See also CINEMA & ORATORY – “MARGARET MEAD…” – When the Levees Broke & Right to Return

“More Than Coffee Was Served: Café Culture in Fin-de-Siècle Vienna & Weimar Germany” – For the less privileged, the Austro-Hungarian Kaffeehaus functioned as a natural annex to cramped apartments, an ad-hoc office before phones were commonplace. Idealized before WWI, it emerged as an artistic subject thereafter & nexus for seething social tensions. 72 paintings, sketches, lithos, etchings, sketches, postcards & a requisite sampling of furnishings can be seen Tu-Sa thru November 25 at Galerie St Etienne, 24 W 57th St btwn 5th & 6th avenues, Midtown (N/R/W – 5th Ave/59th St & F - 57th St stations). For details, contact 212.245.6734 or Check out the accompanying essay: . see also CINEMA & OTHER MEDIA - 11/6 – “HIDDEN NY…” + EXPEDITIONS – 11/18 – “FROM COFFEEHOUSES TO BANQUET HALLS…”

“The World is Round” – The Public Art Fund’s newest MetroTech Center show features new commissions & recent works by Jacob Dyrenforth, Diana Guerrero-Maciá, Chris Hanson & Hendrika Sonnenberg, Matt Johnson & Ryan McGinness. Their works exploring universalities that unite people across time, distance or cultural differences, are on view dawn to dusk thru September 9 at Myrtle Ave btwn Flatbush Ave & Jay St Downtown Brooklyn, (weekdays for Dyrenfroth’s 1 MetroTech lobby installation). (A/C/F - Jay St/Borough Hall, R - Lawrence St & Q - DeKalb Ave stations). For details, email or visit see NEXT

“The World in a Picture/The World in a Borough” – 38 local photographers focus on the rich complexity of life in Queens, in this exhibit within an exhibit – “Queens International 2006” – on view We-Su, thru January 15, at the Queens Museum of Art in the landmarked NYC Bldg, Flushing Meadows Corona Park (#7 – Willets Pt-Shea Stadium station). $5/$2.50 seniors & children suggested/under 5 free. Saturday, 2:00PM, 11/11 & 18 screenings of Man Push Cart & Red Doors, respectively. Q+A’s with directors follow. Sunday, 11/12, 2:00PM performances by “QI'06” artists, followed by jazz at 3:30PM. For more info, call 718.592.9700 or visit

“A Photographic Study of the Lower East Side: 1934” – As the City planned to redevelop the neighborhood, JB Lightman set out to capture its historical significance on film. New silver gelatin prints from Lightman’s original negatives are paired with period maps & architects renderings of the area’s streets buildings. On view Su-Fr, thru March 30, in the AJHS gallery of the Center for Jewish History, 15 W 16th St btwn 5th & 6th avenues, Chelsea (F/V/PATH & N/Q/R/W – 14th St + L- 6th Ave stations, etc). Wednesday, December 13, 7:00PM screening of Joan Micklin Silver’s 1974, b+w film Hester Street, is followed by a talk with the filmmaker & Jewish Museum asst video & film curator Andy Ingall. ($10/$5 members, students & seniors.) For more info/to RSVP, call 212.294.8301. see also ORATORY – 11/14 - “LIFE ON THE LOWER EAST SIDE...”

November 8 – January 3

“The New Street: Innovation at the Perimeter” - In an effort to bolster security, physical barriers like bollards, planters & gates are now commonplace on the city's streets & sidewalks. They are accepted as necessary intrusions but they often compromise the quality of public space. The Municipal Art Society presents images, renderings & models of projects by Chan Krieger Sieniewicz, Olin Partnership, Peter Lindsay Schaudt Landscape Architecture, Weisz + Yoes Studio Architecture & Rogers Marvel Architects, that are in development or already implemented in New York, Chicago & Washington, DC. Wednesday, November 8, 6:00 - 8:00PM public reception for this showcase of inventive perimeter security designs that seek to balance safety with public access, amenity & aesthetic concerns at the Urban Center, 457 Madison Ave & 51st St, Midtown (B/D/F/V – 47th -50th streets & #6- 51st St stations), where they can be seen Mo-We, Fr & Sa. A free, Wednesday, November 29, 6:30 - 8:00PM panel discussion, “Security at What Cost? Balancing Security & Public Space,” features design & engineering experts + public & private sector officials discussing the implications of security on contemporary urban streetscapes. For details/to attend the events, contact 212.935.2075 or see also EXPEDITIONS – 11/18 - “Streetscapes of Lower Manhattan…”

November 15-February 11

“From Synagogue to Church: Converted Brooklyn Houses of Worship” – This 1st of 3 the season’s community & cultural member-advised Public Perspectives, curated by Ellen Levitt & Howard Dankowitz, complements just opened “It Happened in Brooklyn,” on view We-Su at the landmarked Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St & Clinton, Brooklyn Hgts (M/R/2/3/4/5 – Court St-Borough Hall station). $6/$4 seniors 62+, students 12+/ children <12 href="">
see also NEXT

November 17-September 3

“NY Divided: Slavery & the Civil War” – Far more than any other Northern city, NY was tied to the financing, insuring & trading of what was then the premier commodity, cotton. The importance of slavery in the city’s 1827-65 rise to global economic power, its emergence as a leading center of abolitionism, the July 1863 Draft Riots & the largest number of Civil War dead of any state - & the enduring mark on its people, landscape, institutions & economy - are the subject of this 3rd & final exhibit in a series on view Tu-Su at the N-Y Historical Society, 170 Central Park West & 77th St (B/C- 81st St station). A number of companion programs parallel this run, beginning with Schomburg research coordinator Christopher Moore’s glimpse of the city's black & white leadership role in one of the world's most successful human rights campaigns "The Abolitionist Movement & the Underground Railroad in NYC," Tuesday, November 7, 7:00-9:00PM at the famed NYPL research library, 103 W 135th St & Malcolm X Blvd, Harlem (#2/3 -135th St station) & the Saturday, November 25, 12:00NOON walking tour of Manhattan’s 1st known community of African-American property wners, “Seneca Village,” on part of the land that a generation later would become part of Central Park. The talk is free; the collaborative Central Park Conservancy tour is $15/$10 students, educators & seniors/$8 members. Museum admission: $10/$5 students, educators & seniors/children 12 & under free. For more information, call 212.873.3400 or visit .

November 28-February 11

“Jazz in NY: A Community of Visions” - Spanish photographer Lourdes Delgado’s portraits of jazz musicians & others in the industry - taken at their homes in Brooklyn - explores the idiom jazz from a social & cultural viewpoint rather than a musical one. The photos are part of a larger project started in 2000 that features over 300 b+w images of the men & women, masters & young artists, mainstream & experimental musicians, that comprise NY’s diverse jazz community. On view Mo-Sa in the Grand Lobby of the landmarked Brooklyn Public Library, Grand Army Plaza at Eastern Pkwy (#2/3 - GAP + B/Q – 7th Ave stations). For more information, call 718.230.2100.



Monday, November 6

“Beyond the Marketplace: Towards an Equitable Housing Program” – NYC, like many global centers, is experiencing a critical housing shortage fueled in part by a significant population increase & rising costs. Solutions to the problem have been elusive. Samuel Ratensky (1910-1972), an architect & housing official responsible for major NYC housing initiatives from 1946 to 1972, mentored many architects who worked in his programs. AIA/NY’s annual lecture in his name honors others who’ve made significant lifetime contributions to the advancement of housing & community design. This year’s speaker, former the Pratt Center for Community Development director, Ron Shiffman, FAICP, Hon AIA, elaborates on the aforementioned issues & proposes new policies & programs to accelerate the development of an equitable & sustainable housing program. A 5:30PM reception proceeds his 6:00-8:00 PM talk, itself introduced by Liebman & Melting Partnership’s Theodore Liebman FAIA & UPROSE exec director Elizabeth Yeampierre, at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Pl btwn W 3rd & Bleecker streets, Greenwich Village (A/B/C/D/E/F/V – W 4th St 7 #6 – Bleecker St stations). AIA con’tg ed credits available. For questions/to RSVP, call 212.683.0023see also 11/14 - “Advocacy & Community Planning…” + EXPEDITIONS – 11/28- “Roosevelt Island” "Ed Koch & New York's Municipal Foreign Policy" - Polytechnic U history prof Jonathan Soffer delivers the free University Seminar on the City talk, 7:00-9:00PM in the Columbia U Faculty House, 400 W 117th St & Morningside Dr, Morningside Hgts (#1 – 116th St station). There’s an optional, $22, 6:00PM buffet dinner with the speaker & other attendees in the DeWitt Clinton Dining Room. For details/to RSVP, email the rapporteur Janina Franco at

“Robert Moses & the Bridges & Parkways of NY” – Queens native & independent documentary producer Fred Hadley uses aerial videography & slides to survey the life’s work of NY’s master builder. Moses’ career is traced from 1929 (when he built what he considered his greatest achievement - Jones Beach), until his final masterpiece, the last bridge built by NYC over navigable water - the Verrazano-Narrows (1964). Special attention is paid to the Triborough Bridge, now celebrating its 70th anniversary. The Greater Astoria Historical Society hosts this illustrated talk, 7:00PM in Quinn’s Library, 4th floor, 35-20 B’way at 36th St, LI City (R/V- Steinway St station – walk north to B’way, then left to 36th St or N/W – B’way station – walk east to 36th St). For questions, contact 718.278.0700 or While there, see the exhibit “Laughter, Lager & Leisure: LI City at Play.” “The Triborough Bridge: Robert Moses & the Automobile Age,” replete with architectural drawings & models, artifact & original film footage, remains on view thru April at the NY Transit Museum beneath Brooklyn Hgts. For details, click see also 12/5 – “Triborough Today”

Wednesday, November 8

“Sub-Prime Lending & Gentrification: Do Ethnic & Racial Minorities Pay Too Much to Get a Piece of the Piece” – Columbia U planning prof Lance Freeman delivers a brown bag Milano seminar, 12:10-1:30PM in the New School Henry Cohen Conference Rm, 3rd floor, 72 5th Ave & 13th St, Greenwich Village (F/V/PATH/1/2/3 – 14th St & L- 6th Ave stations, etc). For details, contact Prof Alec Gershberg at 212.229.5311 ext 1412 or .
“Daylight & the City” – The illuminating Engineering Society of North America/ NY Section (IESNY) present a visual & historical exploration on daylighting’s influence on modern architecture in NYC. Design historian Margaret Maile & daylighting consultant Matthew Tanteri speak 6:00-8:00PM at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Pl btwn Bleecker & W 3rd streets, Greenwich Village (A/B/C/D/E/F/V – W 4th St & #6 – Bleecker St stations). AIA & NCQLP cont’g ed credits. $10/IES & AIA members & students free. For more info/to Register, call 212.473.3139.

Thursday, November 9

“The Sustainable City: The 2nd Annual Green Brooklyn Conference” - The Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment & Con Ed present panels on the built & natural environments; workshops on greening education, shopping for green products & transportation alternatives + exhibitors displaying the latest ‘green’ trends & initiatives. This free, 11:30AM–5:30PM event, concludes with a light reception at 4:30 in landmarked Brooklyn Borough Hall, Joralemon & Court streets, Downtown Brooklyn (M/N/R/2/3/4/5 – Court St-Borough Hall station). Form more info, email or click - “Habitats ...” + 11/16 – “GREENING THE CAMPUS…” & “BogotÁ & Beyond…”

“Clearing Carbon: Can The Markets Do It?” – NRDC air & energy att’yr Luis Martinez & North America Point Carbon director & reach head Veronique Bugnion examine the European experience & the developing NE US Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative cap & trade program in the northeast US with environmental attorney E Gail Suchman. This look at markets ability to a significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions & avoid unprecedented global climate changes is hosted by urban environment-focused Sallan Foundation & NY Academy of Sciences, Environmental Sciences Section, 6:00-8:00PM in the NYAS’ new hqtrs, 7 World Trade Center, 40th floor - 250 Greenwich St at Vesey St (A/C – Chambers St, #2/3 – Park Pl + E & PATH – WTC stations) $20/$10 students/NYAS members free. Questions? Email

Register online Find the eBriefing for the 2005 Sallan meeting, "NY Tackles Climate Change: Promoting Renewable Energy & Capping Greenhouse Gas Emissions" at

Thursday-Sunday, November 9-12

“Habitats: Celebrating the Revitalization of the Historic Gowanus Canal” -With public & private cooperative efforts leading to cleaner water, this area has experienced an increase in wildlife & improved prospects for commercial & cultural revitalization. The arts, technology & environment come together in a precedent-setting dialogue between urban developers & environmentalists via workshops, panels, participatory & collaborative art & educational programs. The Brooklyn Lyceum, 227 4th Ave & President St (M/R – Union St station) is the focal pt for the conference & festival events. For details & tickets, call 866.GOWANUS or see & . see also NEXT + CINEMA & OTHER MEDIA – 11/15-19 – “Peter Stuyvesant’s Ghost”

Friday, November 10, 1:00PM

“Collaborative Architecture, Planning for the Public Realm” - Architect Hugh Hardy FAIA, known for designing distinguished new buildings, restoring historic structures & imaginative planning for public spaces & architectural interiors - including the restorations of the Central Synagogue, New Amsterdam Theatre & the BAM Majestic Theater - shares his paradoxical vision of the future of architecture, in which innovation & preservation are a unity. His free talk presented by the Institute for Retired Professionals, is followed by a light reception at the New School in the Lang Center, 2nd floor, 55 W 13th St, just east of 6th Ave, Greenwich Village (F/V/PATH/1/2/3 – 14th St & L – 6th Ave stations). Reservations are required. Contact 212.229.5682 or .

Monday, November 13, 6:30-8:30PM

“Building Cultural Capital into Urban Development” - The global cultural planning firm Lord Cultural Resources’ president Gail Lord, moderates a debate on the the role of arts in urban development in the NY region with Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District exec director Baye Adofo-Wilson, esq, Davis Bond Brody principal J Max Bond, Jr, FAIA, Brooklyn Academy of Music president Karen Brooks Hopkins & NYU Wagner School of Public Policy prof Ruth Anne Stewart. The free event is at Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Pl btwn W 3rd & Bleecker streets, Greenwich Village (A/B/C/D/E/F/V – W 4th St 7 #6 – Bleecker St stations). Questions? Email .

Tuesday, November 14

“Advocacy & Community Planning: Past, Present & Future” - Advocacy planning began in the 1960’s when urban planners joined the civil rights movement to fight community displacement. Today’s advocates for social & environmental justice work in a broad array of disciplines, including social work, public health, urban policy & the social sciences. Hunter College Center for Community Planning Development’s inaugural forum features CPPD director & urban affairs & planning prof Tom Angotti defining advocacy planning, U Mass- Boston community planning prof emerita Marie Kennedy discussing the field today & the LA Mayor’s associate director for environment Romel Pascual envisioning its future. Pratt planning prof Ron Shiffman & NYC Environmental Justice Alliance co-chair Elizabeth Yeampierre respond. Doors open 4:30PM for Room 1010 of the Hunter College School of Social Work,129 E 79th St btwn Park & Lex, Lenox Hill (#6 – 77th St station), for this 5:00PM exchange. Refreshments served. For questions, call 212.650.5593. RSVP to

“From Grassroots leader to NY City Council Member: A Conversation & Case Study” - CM Darlene Mealy, elected to represent Central Brooklyn’s 41st CD in 2006, is joined by NY Post City Hall reporter Frankie Edozien & political consultant Manolin Tirado in a discussion of what background, campaign structure, outside assistance & legisative learning curve are needed for working & middle class New Yorkers to get elected & launch an effective office today. This free 6:00-8:00PM Metropolitan College of NY urban dialogue takes place in the 12th floor student lounge at 75 Varick St & Canal, S Village (#1 – Canal St station). Seating limited. For details, contact 212.343.1234 ext 3208 or .

“LIFE ON THE LOWER EAST SIDE: The Photographs of Rebecca Lepkoff, 1937-1950” - The Photo League was created 70 years ago in NYC with the believe that amateur & professional photographers, alike, should record the communities in which they lived. The now octogenarian Lepkoff joined in 1945 & continues to maintain studios on Canal St & in Vermont. Authors Suzanne Wasserman & Peter Dans discuss their celebration of her work, a new book from Princeton Architectural Press, 6:30-8:30PM in the CUNY Grad Center Segal Hall, 365 - 5th Ave & 34th St, Murray Hill (#6 & PATH- 33rd St + B/D/F/N/Q/R/V/W – 34th St stations). Reservations are required for this free Gotham Center for NYC History event. For more info/to RSVP, call 212.817.8215.

Wednesday, November 15

“Skidmore, Owings & Merrill: The Experiment Since 1936” - Founded in 1936, SOM has designed some of the world’s foremost skyscrapers, including
New York’s Lever House, One Chase Manhattan Plaza & Time Warner Center, Chicago’s Sears Tower & John Hancock building + an array of international towers such as Shanghai’s 88-story Jin Mao. Its legacy as the designer of some of the tallest buildings continues with the China World Trade Center in Beijing, Burj Dubai & NY’s Freedom Tower. Vassar architectural history prof Nicholas Adams presents his exhaustive history of this signature US architecture firm for the Skyscraper Museum’s BookTalk series, 6:30PM at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Pl btwn Bleecker & W 3rd streets, Greenwich Village (A/B/C/D/E/ F/V – W 4th & #6 – Bleecker St stations). For details/to RSVP, contact 212.968.1961 or & For a SOM birthday piece, see . The Museum’s commemorative exhibit, “Giants: The Twin Towers & the 20th Century,” remains in view thru March at it Battery Park City home: .

“The Subway Chronicles” - For New Yorkers, riding the subway can be an exhausting ordeal, a thoughtful interlude, or an illuminating cultural experience - depending on the line, the time of day, fellow passengers & one’s point of view. The popular website’s founder Jacquelin Cangro presents a print anthology of wonderful nonfiction subway stories, including tales by Jonathan Lethem, Francine Prose, Calvin Trillin & many others. Contributors Amy Holman & Daniel Parseliti read their own hilarious & recognizable accounts of underground life. A book signing follows their 7:00PM reading at McNally Robinson, 52 Prince St btwn Lafayette & Mulberry, Nolita (#6 – Spring St & R- Prince St stations). For more info, contact 212.274.1160.

To hear an October 19 Brian Lehrer Show podcast, click & CINEMA & OTHER MEDIA – 11/10

Thursday & Friday, November 16 & 17

Greening the Campus: Exploring Practices, Curriculum & Management in Higher Education” – The Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges & Universities 4th annual conference is hosted by SUNY Purchase College in Westchester. NPR “Living on Earth” exec producer/host Steve Curwood & Oberlin College environmental studies chair David W Orr, PhD keynote. There are breakout & poster sessions & exhibitors. The campus is accessible by the #12 bus from the White Plains Metro North station. For details/
cost/directions/to Register, email or visit
Metro North: 212.532.4900. Bee-Line buses: 914.682.2020.

Thursday, November 16

“BogotÁ & Beyond: A New Model for Urban Planning & Development” –
During his tenure as mayor of the Colombian capital from 1998 to 2001, with equity, access & the happiness of citizens his key criteria, Peñalosa transformed the city with a network of new libraries, parks & greenways, tough curbs on cars, & a highly efficient bus rapid transit system. He shares insights from Bogotá & other cities around the globe where he has consultedas the 2006 American Planning Ass’n/Nat’l Building Museum L'Enfant Lecturer on City Planning & Design, 6:30-8:00PM in the Great Hall of the Cooper Union, 7 E 7th St & 4th Ave, E Village (#6 – Astor Pl station). AIA & AICP cont’g ed credits available. Registration required. $15/$10 APA, NBM & NY Bldg Congress members/college students w/ID free. For more information, contact Register online at

“Is Full Employment Possible in an Era of Globalization?” - Contours of Descent: U. S. Fractures & the Landscape of Global Austerity author & The Living Wage: Building a Fair Economy co-author, U Mass-Amherst Political Economy Research Institute co-director & economics prof Roberto Pollin delivers the 1st annual Sumner Rosen Memorial Lecture honoring the late political economist & full employment advocate. A reception follows his free 7:00-9:00PM talk in the Presidents’ Room, Columbia U Faculty House, Morningside Dr & 117th St, Morningside Hgts (#1 – 116th St station – enter from 116th St just east of Amsterdam).. For details/to RSVP, email see also CINEMA & OTHER MEDIA, etc – 11/8-12 – “MARGARET MEAD...” – China Blue + John & Jane Tool-Free

Friday, November 17, 8:15AM

"Health & Human Services Agencies in the Bloomberg Administration's 2nd Term" - Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs delivers this free Center for NYC Law breakfast talk re objectives & initiatives in her realm at NY Law School, 57 Worth St btwn Church & W B’way, Tribeca (#1 – Franklin St station). For further details/to RSVP, contact 212.431.2115 or see also 12/8

Saturday, November 18, 2:00PM

"A Dynamic Borough - The Bronx" – The Bronx County Historical Society educational coordinator Anthony Greene speaks at the NYPL Bronx Library Center, 310 East Kingsbridge Rd, just north of Fordham Rd (D – Fordham Rd & Metro North Fordham stations). For more info, call 718.579.4244.

“Throwing Down the Gauntlet: What Does it Mean to be Chinese in America?”
- “The Motel” producer Karin Chien, Asia Society Museum director
Melissa Chiu, Part Asian, 100% Hapa author Kip Fulbeck, CBS Survivor all star
Shii Ann Huang, Chinese America author Peter Kwong, “Shanghai Kiss” filmmaker David Ren, poet Beau Sia & NYU Asian/Pacific/American Institute director Jack Tchen, leave correctness behind & engage in a no-holds- barred conversation about the most current issues for Chinese in the US today: identity, immigration, representation, community, China’s rise as a global super power & how come Jackie never gets to kiss the girl? Former A Magazine editor Jeff Yang moderates this part panel, part town hall meeting 4:00-8:00PM at MoCA, 2nd Floor 70 Mulberry St & Bayard St, Chinatown (J/N/Q/R/6 – Canal St station). $5/$2 members. Seating is limited. Register by Friday, November 17 with name of all attendees & contact phone number: 212.619.4785 or Email thoughts, attitudes, questions, or secret feelings about what it means to be Chinese in America & they may used as a discussion topic! Include the subject line ‘What I Think’. see also 12/8

Saturday, December 2, 2:00PM

"History of Morris Park" - The Bronx County Historical Society presents a talk by author & Borough Historian Lloyd Ultan at the NYPL Morris Park Library, 985 Morris Park Ave & Radcliff Ave (eastbound BX21 bus from #2/5- E 180th St station. For questions, call 718.931.0636.

Sunday, December 3, 11:00AM

“Architectural Jewel” – HUC-JIR contemporary American Jewish studies prof David Kaufman places the Eldridge St Synagogue within the context of European & American synagogue architecture & looks at the people behind the building’s construction – the 1st of its kind for East European Jews in the US. This free Academic Angles series program is presented on-site at the designated NYC landmark, 12 Eldridge St btwn Canal & Division streets, Lower East Side (F- E B’way, D- Grand St or J/N/Q/R/6- Canal St stations). For details/to RSVP, contact 212.219.0888 ext 302 or see also 12/10

Tuesday, December 5

“SCENES FROM tHE CITY: Filmmaking in NY 1966-2006” – Architect James Sanders co‑wrote the Emmy Award-winning PBS series NY: A Documentary Film & its companion volume NY: A illustrated History, as well as Celluloid Skyline: NY & the Movies. On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting, he surveys the body of work produced here, exploring in particular the emergence here of a street-style school of filmmaking that includes directors as diverse as Martin Scorsese and Spike Lee & signs copies of his new book from Rizzoli. Commissioner Katherine Oliver introduces this Gotham Center for NYC History 6:30PM presentation in the CUNY Graduate Center Recital Hall, 365 5th Ave & 34th St, Murray Hill (#6 & PATH – 33rd St + B/D/F/N/Q/R/V/W- 34th St stations). Registration required. For details/to RSVP, contact 212.817.8215 or . see also CINEMA & OTHER MEDIA – 11/8 & 12 – “Made in NY”

“Triborough Today” – Gain key insights into how major bridges are maintained & rehabilitated over time, as MTA Bridges & Tunnels VP & chief engineer Tom Bach discusses current improvements to the 70 year old span & other related projects at Randall's Island Park. His 6:00PM lecture is free with admission to the NY Transit Museum, NW corner Boerum Pl & Schermerhorn St, beneath Brooklyn Hgts (M/R/2/3/4/5 – Court St-Borough Hall & A/C/G – Hoyt-Schermerhorn stations). $5/$3 seniors 62 + & children 3-17. While there, see the exhibit, “The Triborough Bridge: Robert Moses & the Automobile Age,” on view thru April. For further details, call 718.694.1600.

Thursday, December 7, 7:00-9:00PM

“New Orleans from the Inside Out"
-, Columbia U journalism dean Nicholas Lemann & UNO history prof Arnold Hirsch – Crescent City experts – discuss post-Katrina developments with Columbia U history & social sciences prof Kenneth Jackson. This free University Seminar on the City exchange takes place in the CU Faculty House, 400 W 117th St & Morningside Dr, Morningside Hgts (#1 – 116th St station). There’s an optional, $22, 6:00PM buffet dinner with the speaker & other attendees in the DeWitt Clinton Dining Room. For details/to RSVP, email the rapporteur Janina Franco at see also CINEMA & OTHER MEDIA – 11/8-12 – “MARGARET MEAD..” – When the Levees Broke + Right to Return

Friday, December 8, 8:30AM-12:30PM

“NYC & Its Immigrants: Their Contributions, Their Costs, Their Needs” –The average New Yorker does not share the harsh view of immigrants expressed by many in this country, advocate barriers or criminalizing supporters. NYC DCP population unit director Joseph Salvo, NYC Dep Commissioner for Immigrant Affairs Azadeh Khalili, Council Member John Liu (Flushing), Goddard-Riverside Community Center connections pgm director Michelle Buono, NYU School of Medicine-Center for Immigrant Health researcher Sapna Pandya, NY Immigration Coalition civic & electoral participation pgm coordinator Alan Kaplan & Baruch College Black & Hispanic Studies chair Héctor Cordero-Guzmán discuss the positive & negative impacts of immigrants on NY’s economy & whether the City is doing enough to help them. The Women’s City Club of NY presents this conference in the Con Ed Auditorium, 4 Irving Pl & 14th St (L/N/Q/R/W/4/5/6 – Union Sq station). 8:30 registration & coffee precedes the 9:00 program. $20/
$15 members & students w/ID. Questions?/to Register: contact 212.353.8070 or .

Sunday, December 10, 2:00PM

“A Sketchy Neighborhood” - The Jewish Lower East Side & its characters were once depicted in cartoons published in the Yiddish newspapers. This irreverent medium poked fun at leading communal & political figures, while commenting more broadly on immigrant life. Today the cartoons are a window onto turn-of-the-20th-century life. A contemporary parallel exists in the graphic novel & the neighborhood continues to be a popular subject for “sketchers.” Artist-writers Leela Corman & Ben Katchor share excerpts from works in progress & reflect on their word-picture work with historian Eddy Portnoy. This Eldridge St Project Garden Cafeteria literary event co-sponsored by Reboot, is at 12 Eldridge St btwn Canal & Division streets, Lower East Side (F- E B’way, D- Grand St or J/N/Q/R/6- Canal St stations). $8/$5 students & seniors. For more info/to RSVP, call 212.219.0888 ext 302 or email



Wednesday, November 6, 6:00-8:00PM

“Hidden NY: A Guide to Places that Matter” – Place Matters, a joint project of City Lore & the Municipal Art Society celebrates this new publication with the magicians of the 64 year old Magic Table at the Edison Café at the crossroads of illusion,Times Square. Reservations are encouraged for this fête of legerdemain at the Urban Center, 457 Madison Ave & 51st St, Midtown (B/D/F/V – 47th -50th streets & #6 – 51st St stations). Contact 212.935.2075 or For guide details, see see also NEXT

Wednesdays, November 8, 2:30PM & November 22, 1:30PM

“Made in NY”
– Periodic documentary screenings at the NYPL Donnell Library Center, 20 W 53rd St btwn 5th & 6th avenues – opp MoMA, Midtown (E/V – 5th Ave station). For further details, call 212. 621.0619.

▲11/8 - City Structures, Variously Captured Going Up & Coming Down. – Hilary Harris’ 1975 Organism uses time lapse photography to transform NYC’s structure to living tissue; Manfred Kirchheimer’s 1968 Claw is a poetic protest against urban renewal; Franklin Backus’ 1982 Highway Homage is a paean to the West Side Hwy as it was being demolished & Don Lenzer’s 1973 Wonderful Construction uses the WTC to explore the relationship between construction workers & the buildings they create.

▲ 11/22 – The City’s Backyard – renowned documentary maker Frederick Wiseman’s 1989 tribute, Central Park.

Wednesday-Sunday, November 8-12

“Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival” – The longest-running US showcase for international documentaries folds forth at the anthropologist’s research home, the American Museum of Natural History, Central Park W & 79th St (B/C – 81st St station). Several screenings have a particularly urban bent. Micha X Peled’s 2005 China Blue explores globalization through the eyes of young South China factory workers. A talk with Human Rights Watch sr researcher Mickey Spiegel, NYU East Asian Studies chair Xudong Zhang &
Human Rights in China exec director Sharon Hom, follows the Thursday, 11/9, 6:30PM showing. Friday, 11/10, 8:45PM, Ashim Ahluwalia’s 2005 John & Jane Toll-Free, looks at Mumbai call center workers, new members of the white-collar class. An exchange with New School anthropology & international affairs prof Vyjayanthi Rao follows. The Saturday, 11/ 11, 12:30PM screening of Spike Lee’s 2005, 4-part doc, When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, is followed by a discussion with co-producer/editor Sam Pollard, New York ACORN exec director Bertha Lewis & New Orleans-born musician Dr John. The Festival closes with the Sunday, 11/12, 7:00PM airing of Jonathan Demme, Daniel Wolff, & Abdul Franklin’s Right to Return/Pioneers, a look at the changing human ecology of some of the New Orleans neighborhoods worst hit by the floods that followed hurricanes Katrina & Rita. A Q+A with the filmmakers follows. Tickets:
$9/$8 students, seniors & member; When the Levees Broke: $16 & $14. For more info, including other screenings, call 212.769.5305 or go to .

Wednesday, November 8

“The Italian Gardens of South Brooklyn” – . In the late 19th century, Italian immigrants drawn to work the red Hook docks - many hailing from Mola di Bari in Puglia - began settling the neighborhood known more recently as Carroll Gardens, an area distinguished by its simple brownstones & deep front yards.

Alexandra Corbin & Susan Morosoli 1990 video using interviews with residents & scholars to document the area’s transformation from working-class homes into million dollar real estate investments is screened 6:00PM at the CUNY Calandra Italian American Institute, 25 W 43rd St btwn 5th & 6th avenues, Midtown (B/D/F/V – 42nd St & # 7 – 5th Ave stations). Building management requires people attending events after business hours to pre-register. Call 212.642.2094 + bring photo ID to show the concierge.

Friday, November 10, 4:30 & 9:00PM

“Kontroll” - Nimród Antal’s 2004 slapstick tale follows a ragtag group of ticket
inspectors in Budapest’s metro (peninsular Europe’s oldest). The film, in Magyar with English subtitles, screens as part of the Hungarian Cinema Festival at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater, plaza level, W 65th St btwn Amsterdam & B’way (#1 – 66th St station). $10/$7 students w/ID/$6 members/$5 seniors – 1st show + children 6-12 w/adult. For more info, including other series films, call 212.875.5600 or visit .

Wednesday-Sunday, November 15-19

“Peter Stuyvesant’s Ghost” – This multi-faceted, multi-site extravaganza, pivoting on St Mark’s in-the-Bowery includes an ongoing, 24/7, self-guided telephone tour of the New Netherlands governor’s former farm (the present day East Village); an art, history & environment rich, 5:00-6:00PM, Dutch Days radio hour webcast; a namesake, 11/17, 9:00PM, NY Society for Acoustic Ecology soundwalk; 12:00NOON-4:00PM, 11/15 &19, on-location, bring your Walkman CD landscape ambles; 5 days of Sound Shelf performance art at PS 122 & Saturday, 11/18, NY Audubon/Wildlife Conservation societies’ pre-urban
walk/talk + an interdisciplinary, multi-media, environmental Practical History panel & Farm Waterways walk. For details, email or click . For still more 5 Dutch Days in the 5 Boroughs events, contact 212.228.2781 or or log onto .

Friday, November 17, 4:15PM + Wednesday, November 22, 3:00 & 6:15PM

“A Propos de Nice” – Jean Vigo’s 1930 “city symphony” for what had become a place synonymous with high living & beautiful people, offers a dizzying selection of images of the inhabitants, architecture & back alleys. It’s paired with his 1933 madcap chronicle of a students revolt, “Zero de Conduite” for Dziga & His Brothers: A Film Family on the Cutting Edge at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater, plaza level, W 65th St btwn Amsterdam & B’way (#1- 66th St station).

$10/$7 students/$6 members/$5 children + seniors matinees. For more info, call 212.875.5600 or visit .

Wednesday, December 6, 6:00PM

“Dyker Lights” + “The Kings of Christmas” - As December 25th approaches,
tens of thousands of city residents & out –of-state travelers – some from as far as Japan - swarm the sidewalks & clog Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens & Staten Island residential streets transformed from the mundane into a nocturnal tapestry of festive landscapes involving thousands of twinkling multi-colored lights, dioramas of motorized figures & the sound of recorded music playing from outdoor speakers. Paul Reitano & Terrence Sacchi + David Katz’s respective 2001 & 2005 videos feature the men, the vast majority of whom are Italian-American, who create these urban fantasies. They’re screened 6:00PM at the CUNY Calandra Italian American Institute, 25 W 43rd St btwn 5th & 6th avenues, Midtown (B/D/F/V – 42nd St & # 7 – 5th Ave stations). Building management requires people attending events after business hours to pre-register. Call 212.642.2094 + bring photo ID to show the concierge. The Sunday, December 17, 4:00PM Time’s Up! bicyclists’ “Lights in the Heights” ( & NoshWalks’ Friday, December 22, 6:30PM gourmet delights besotted “Dyker Hgts Evening Holiday Tour” ( ) are just two off-beat treks.



Saturday, November 11

“Moravian Cemetery”— Naturalist Mike Shanley leads this Protectors of Pine Oaks Woods exploration of the 113-acre burial ground - the final resting place for many prominent Staten Islanders & a natural jewel - sharing knowledge gained while researching the site during grad school & from countless hours bird watching along the graveyard’s majestic evergreen peppered roads. Meet 9:00AM in front of the church, Richmond Rd & Todt Hill Rd, New Dorp (S74 or 76 bus from St George Ferry Terminal). For more info, phone the Protectors at 718.761.7496 or Mike at 917.753.7155. SI ferry: 718.815.BOAT. SI Travel: 718.979.0600.

Oyster Bay” – Join Fast & Fabulous, NY’s straight-friendly LGBT bicycling club, for an energizing, intermediate level ride to the North Shore of Long Island. The 60-mile round-trip excursion kicks off 9:00AM from the Queensboro Bridge bike lane entrance, SW corner of 60th St & & 1st Ave (N/R/4/5/6 – Lexington Ave/ 59th St station), taking the back streets & Queens Greenway to Nassau County, with a few fast paced miles along the LIE service road. Then it’s scenic, Gold Coast country roads to the shore with jump-off points for LIRR & subway possible to cut time/mileage. Expect to be back around 4:00PM. For details/to confirm, contact John Chapman at 917-208-7758 or

“Shore Parkway Greenway” – Bring water, snacks & sandwiches & meet the Shorewalkers at 9:00AM in front of "Hot Bagels," across from Staples, 5th Ave & 94th St (R- 95th St- Bay Ridge station). Walk 17, moderately-paced miles to Howard Beach, with optional return to Bay Ridge or an intermediate drop-off point. Heavy rain & temperatures below 40 degrees cancel. For more info, email walk leader Ian Hochstead at

“EDGE OF BRONX II: Wakefield, Woodlawn to Crotona Park” - See a portion of the northern Bronx & view the revival that is taking place in more central areas. This too will be for explorers, as the end point and some of the route will be determined on the day. Meet the Shorewalkers 10:00AM at the #2 -Wakefield station. Contact leader Peter Judd themorning before or early the morning of the hike at 212.666.4553 or preferably, see also NEXT

“Mapping the Autumn Forest in Highbridge Park” - Join the NY Restoration Project for hiking & mapping using a GPS unit amid glorious fall color. Meet 10:00AM atop the Grand Staircase, Laurel Hill Terrace & 184th St, one block east of Amsterdam Ave, across from Yeshiva University, Washington Hgts (#1- 181st St station). Registration encouraged. For details/to RSVP, call 212.333.2552.

“The Most Famous Park of the Bronx: YANKEE STADIUM”- Baseball curator & stadium expert Tony Morante leads a special, rain or shine Bronx County Historical Society tour, beginning 3:00PM at the Press Gate near the "Big Bat" across the street from the players' parking lot, where free parking is available (D/4- 161st St-Yankee Stadium station). $25 benefits the Society’s Bronx Archives Project. Call 718.881.8900 to reserve a spot for this limited space event.

Sunday, November 12

“Astoria”- Meet the Shorewalkers et al, 10:30AM , downstairs on street level at the N - Ditmars Blvd station, for a 4-8 mile amble, 10:30AM at Ditmars Blvd including Lawrence Cemetery, Steinway Mansion, Lent Homestead & St Irene’s Greek Orthodox Church. Lunch at Greek Tavern near Astoria Park or bring one’s own to eat in the park with spectular Manhattan & Triborough Bridge views. The length depends on locations & includes a possible walking to Roosevelt Island for viewing the skyline at sunset. 4-8 miles,. Meet., last stop on the N or W line, downstairs on street level. For more unfo, call Hanna Slome before 9:00PM at 718.463.5729.

Williamsburg” – This Noshwalks tour focuses on the kosher bakeries & appetizing markets of Chasidic Southside, combining traditional Jewish cookery with some fascinating contemporary adaptions. History & architectural insights pair with delicious food on this walk, stepping off 2:30PM from in front of L’Chaim Fine Wines & Liquors, 348 Roebling St at B’way (J- Myrtle Ave station – walk west facing Manhattan, then left on Roebling). $33/$30 NoshNews subscribers?$23 f/t students w/ID; beverages extra ($5 group fee). For further details, contact 212.CABBAGE or

Saturday, November 18

“Streetscapes of Lower Manhattan: Aesthetics & Security” - Visit pioneering security designs in Battery Park City & on Wall St with Rock 12 Security Architecture’ Graeme Waitzkin & Rogers Marvel Architects’ Gretchen Schneider. This free Municipal Art Society fact finding tour meets 11:00AM on the steps of landmarked Federal Hall, Wall & Broad streets (#2/3 - Wall St stations). Reservations required. For questions/to Register, contact 212.935.2075 or see also 11/26 – “Chelsea”

“South Asian Jackson Heights” – Noshwalks tour focuses on the markets & eateries that now include Tibetan, Nepali, Thai & Indian-Chinese as well as the better known Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi & Afghan places that have long been a draw. The visit includes a section of the Jackson Hgts Beautification District (see ). Meet 11:30AM in front of Shaheen’s Food & Treats, 72-09 B’way at 72nd St (E/F/G/R – Roosevelt Ave & # 7 – 74th St-B’way stations). $33/ $30 NoshNews subscribers?$23 f/t students w/ID; beverages extra ($5 group fee). For more information, call 212.CABBAGE or email .

“From Coffeehouses to Banquet Halls: Historical Walking Tour of Chinatown Eateries” - The earliest Chinese eateries in NY catered strictly to the needs of Chinatown’s turn-of-the-century “bachelor society.” Over time, however, the restaurant industry would reflect the neighborhood’s changing immigrant population & needs. This 1:00-2:30PM Museum of the Chinese in the Americas stroll traces the evolution of area’s eateries & foodways & highlights the ways in which these establishments have both reflected & shaped the community. Meet at MoCA, 2nd floor, 70 Mulberry St & Bayard (J/N/Q/R/6 – Canal St station). $12/ $8 members/$6 students & senior/children 5 & under free. Reservations are required. Call 212.619.4785 or email, include the number and name of guests; date of tour; and contact phone number. Repeated 12/9.

“Upper Manhattan Bike Tour: Harlem Edition” - . This Time’s Up! ride - the 3rd in a series exploring the recreational, historic, natural & cultural resources of Manhattan 's highlands – attempts to highlight environmental, land use, development & preservation issues for particular localities – Harlem & Sugar Hill, in particular, but also Manhattanville, Hamilton & Washington Hgts & Inwood. Visit the Mt Morris Park Historic District, author Langston Hughes' house, photographer James van Der Zee’s studio, Astor Row, Abyssinian Baptist Church, Striver's Row. See the natural splendors of Marcus Garvey & Highbridge parks, a number of local community gardens & less well known byways. Meet 1:00PM at Central Park North & Malcolm X Blvd (#2/3- 110th St - Lenox Ave station), by the exit for the park's East Drive. Return home on the West Side or East Side Greenway or the A train. For further details, contact 212.802.8222 or

Sunday, November 26, 2:00PM

“Art Deco 42nd St” - The starchitect of Midtown's Art Deco skyscraper corridor is crusty modernist Raymond Hood: Visit 3 of his 4 skyscrapers - the former Daily News, American Radiator & McGraw-Hill buildings. The most celebrated edifice - briefly the world's tallest - the one & only Chrysler - designed by the Ziegfeld of his profession, William Van Alen, is visited as are the Chanin & Paramount buildings. Architectural historian Tony Robins is impresario for this Municipal Art Society road show, commencing in front of the former Daily News Bldg, 220 E 42nd St btwn 2nd & 3rd avenues (#4/5/6/7 – Grand Central – 42nd St station). $15/$12 members. For further information, call 212.935.3960. For more Deco, see “Ely Jacques Kahn, Architect: Beaux-Arts to Modernism in NY” – on view thru December 9 at Columbia’s Wallach Gallery: .
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“Chelsea” – Meet the Surveillance Camera Players at the NE corner of 14th St & 8th Ave (A/C/E – 14th St & L- 8th Ave stations), for a free, ~ 1- ½ hour, 6th anniversary look at the Manhattan neighborhood with the highest concentration of surveillance cameras! For details, contact 212.561.0106 or

Tuesday, November 28, 6:30~ 8:30 PM

“Roosevelt Island: Its Just Across the River” – Various hospitals, asylums & correctional institutions were located here in the 19th century, the ruins of some of which remain to be seen, along with the castle-like lighthouse, designed by St Patrick’s Cathedral architect James Renwick & built by island residents. From the 1970s on, the landscape was transformed into a planned residential community with a number of high-rise apartment buildings, originally conceived by architects Philip Johnson & John Burgee. For fact rich, rain or shine look at this legacy, meet Tours of the City’s Justin Ferate at the Roosevelt Island Tram Plaza, 2nd Ave btwn 59th & 60th streets (N/R/W/4/5/6 – Lexington Ave/ 59th St station). $15. Metro Card may be used for the Tram. Bring quarters for the shuttle bus. For more information, call 212.758.7893.

Wednesday, November 29, 6:30 PM

“The Tweed Courthouse + the Emigrant Industrial Savings Bank & Municipal Building Rooftops” – The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council presents ‘Access Restricted’ nomadic lecture series with an idiosyncratic bent, exploring rarely visited, often prohibited spaces. Audrey Munson, one of NY’s most famous model & the subject of Andrea Geyer’s forthcoming Art-in General commissioned book, is the focus of this free tour. Her likeliness can be found throughout Manhattan allegorically representing concepts like freedom, purity, peace & truth. Geyer begins with a talk in one of the courthouse's monumental landmark meeting rooms. Afterwards, head across the street to the roof of the Former bank hqtrs to look into the eyes of the heroic figure of Adolph Weinman's "Civic Fame" in copper, 20 ft high, poised on a large copper ball. The model for this statue - NY's largest public statue - was Audrey Munson. It’s then on to the roof of the Municipal Bldg, one of the world’s largest government buildings in the world & model for Stalin's Moscow State University. From atop this skyscraper - the 1st for firm McKim, Mead & White - peer down & view what the statue sees - one of the most commanding views in all NY. Registration required. Email

Sunday, December 3, 11:00AM – 3:00PM

“Subway Unification Tour” - NYC subways were once overseen by three different entities, the privately owned IRT & BMT systems & the municipally built & operated IND. Their unification by the City in June 1940 was a significant historical event. On this NY Transit Museum tour, ride portions of all three original systems with historian Andrew Sparberg. $20/$15 members. Reservations & advance payment required: Call 718.694.1867.

Saturday, December 9, 9:00AM

“Bronx Baseball History Hike”
- The Bronx County Historical Society presents a unique 5-mile hike to upper Manhattan & west Bronx sites associated with baseball. Starting near Yankee Stadium, in front of the Court Deli, 161st St & Walton Ave (D/1 – 161st St station), visit the former sites of the Polo Grounds, Hilltop Park & the never-completed Kingsbridge Grounds, which in 1912 came very close to being the 1st Bronx home of the NY Yankees, Also view historic neighborhoods, parks & even an underground street system! Bring snacks, water & wear comfortable shoes. If there’s interest, the walk may be extended into the Spuyten Duyvil/Riverdale area. Long-time Society member, Bronx resident & city planner Nestor Danyluk leads this tour. $15/$10 members. For more info/to RSVP, call 718.881.8900.



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