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Pizza History 101 (Virtual)

This class is temporarily being offered remotely.

at Scott's Pizza Tours - Online 00000

Follow pizza’s journey from its humble beginnings in Southern Italy to its introduction to NYC in the late 19th century as your guide explains our favorite food’s incredible evolution through historic photos and archival documents.  When you sign up, we’ll email you a video conference link so you can access the class. This 40...

Wednesday Jul 15th, 8pm - 9pm Eastern Time

Original Crosstown Pizza Walk

at Scott's Pizza Tours - NoLita Near corner of Spring & Mulberry Streets Meeting area to be provided thru email, New York, New York 10013

Walk the path of New York pizza history on the streets of Little Italy and Greenwich Village where it all began. We’ll hit three pizzerias in 3 hours, walking about a mile through some great downtown neighborhoods! New York pizza has reached mythical status in a relatively short period of time. Find out why as you trace both 19th-century Italian...

Monday Aug 3rd, 11:15am - 1:45pm Eastern Time

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East Village Pizza Walk

at Scott's Pizza Tours - East Village Meets in East Village / Lower East Side Meeting place to be provided thru email, New York, New York 10003

Explore the pizza-dense East Village and Lower East Side as you hit three unique pizzerias on this 2.5 hour tour. You’ll see century-old brick ovens and classic slice joints that will fill your belly with deliciousness and your mind with pizza knowledge. New York pizza has reached mythical status in a relatively short period of time. Find out why...

Sunday Aug 2nd, 4:30pm - 7pm Eastern Time

Beginner Fencing

at Martinez Academy of Arms - East Village 55 Avenue C, New York, New York 10009

Students begin learning footwork, the proper manner of gripping the weapon and positions of the hand. Along with this foundation they will also learn the centuries old etiquette that exists in a traditional school of fencing. Students receive instruction in classical and historical fencing from dedicated professionals of a traditional fencing lineage....

Monday Jul 13th, 7pm - 9pm Eastern Time

Tour the Interior Design Building

at New York School of Interior Design - Upper East Side 306 E 61st St, New York, New York 10065

Located at 306 East 61st Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenue, the 110 year-old Interior Design Building (IDB) houses some of the finest interior design merchants in New York City. The seven floor structure supports a wide array of art and antique galleries, furniture and lighting stores, each specializing in their particular field and offering a wealth...

Thursday Nov 5th, 2pm - 5pm Eastern Time

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Vestiges of the Great Age of Jewish Harlem

This class is temporarily being offered remotely.

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

Before Harlem became the epicenter of the African American experience it was a Jewish immigrant neighborhood. The Gershwin Brothers, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Milton Berle, Lane Bryant, Sophie Tucker, and many many more got their starts in Jewish Harlem at the dawn of the 20th century. The neighborhood is filled with synagogues, theaters, nickelodeons,...

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Sympathetic Spies

at Archive on Parade - Financial District 1 Bowling Green, New York, New York 10004

​Sympathetic Spies: George Washington's Eyes and Ears in Lower Manhattan The British Revolutionary War Spymaster Major George Beckwith claimed that, "Washington didn't really outfight the British, he simply out-spied us." The General's master-spies operated out of Lower Manhattan. As we make our way between The Battery and Wall Street, we'll retrace...

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Downtown Terra Cotta Tour

at Archive on Parade - Manhattan 145 Nassau Street, New York, New York 10038

Before New York’s tallest towers were sheathed in glass, they were clad in clay. Terra-Cotta, or “fired earth,” is an ancient building material made of baked clay, that helped make New York a Modern city. At the turn of the 20th century, terra-cotta became a sought-after fire-proof skin for the steel skeletons of the city’s tallest buildings. ...

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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...

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Satchmo in East Berlin

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

In 1956, the United States State Department began sending "Jazz Ambassadors" overseas as part of its Cultural Exchange program. In the midst of the escalating tensions of the Cold War with the Soviet Union, Louis Armstrong, then known as “Ambassador Satch,” made a historic stop in 1965 to East Berlin, marking the first and only...

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Economics, Narrative, and Pandemics

This class is temporarily being offered remotely.

at 92nd Street Y - Online Online Classroom, New York, New York 00000

Narratives that circulate among the general population are potentially contagious and can be epidemic, just as disease viruses are.  The general public does not talk about pure economic theory much, but some rudimentary theories that guide their economic decisions are spread by their connection with viral human-interest narratives. With modern...

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Dance Your Way to Revolution

at Archive on Parade - Greenwich Village 125 E 11th St, New York, New York 10003

The Anarchist Emma Goldman said, “If I can’t dance to it, it’s not my revolution.” Kick up your heels and join us for a tour of the neighborhood that shaped her freewheeling philosophy. As we wind our way between 14th Street and Houston Street, we’ll uncover the area’s rebellious past. Along the way, we’ll meet the Rebel Girl and the...

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Escape From The City

This class is temporarily being offered remotely.

at Think Olio - Online Online Class, New York, New York 00000

The city has always inspired, generated, and compromised creativity. While we are all in this moment of social-distancing and quarantine, it is a good opportunity to consider the ways in which previous generations of artists have responded to a retreat from the city in their art. This talk focuses on the work and biographies of Agnes Martin (1912-2004)...

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Reading Herodotus

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at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Brooklyn 68 Jay St, Brooklyn, New York 11201

Since antiquity, Herodotus has been proclaimed the Father of History and the Father of Lies. Still others find in Herodotus the origins of western ethnographic writing. Through its primary topic, the wars between Greece and Persia in the early fifth century BCE, Herodotus’ Histories examines the distinctive social, political, and religious characters...

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Reading the Divine Comedy with Joseph Luzzi

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

What makes Dante’s Divine Comedy such essential reading today, even though it was written seven centuries ago? This course will explore the fascinating world of Dante’s epic poem in all its cultural and historical richness, as we consider Dante’s relation to his beloved hometown of Florence, his lacerating experience of exile, and his...

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