New York Thought: Smart Things to Do in NYC This Week

From hot dogs to the unsolved mysteries of the universe, here are our picks for the best smart things to do in NYC this week.

Monday, June 27

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Lloyd Handwerker, grandson of the famous Nathan Handwerker himself, comes to the Brooklyn Historical Society to screen his documentary and discusses his new book, which tells the story of a Polish immigrant with no English and no money who built an empire.

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Enjoy an informal conversation on the relationship between knowledge and investigation, and how curiosity leads scientists into fields like mathematics, quantum physics, and neuroscience. New York Society for Ethical Culture.

Tuesday, June 28


Dark matter. The Big Bang. Fermi’s Paradox. The cosmos remains a place of mystery. Hear from two astrophysicists at the American Museum of Natural History as they look at the secrets that may be revealed in the near future, and how scientists go about unraveling the strands of the universe.


Author Iris Smyles celebrates the release of her new novel/memoir, cataloging her experiences in the trenches of modern romance. There will be a Q&A as well as the dissemination of personalized dating advice. McNally Jackson.


In an era of refugee crises and global disorder, what can be done to promote security and justice? The first female U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright speaks with the president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, David Miliband.

Wednesday, June 29


Did Einstein kill Schrodinger’s Cat? Get into a quantum state of mind at a New York Academy of Sciences panel discussion that examines the interplay between quantum theory and general relativity, with a look at one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of modern physics.

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Draw up a plan to attend this conversation with four renowned female New Yorker cartoonists (Liza Donnelly, Liana Finck, Marisa Acocella Marchetto, and Barbara Smaller), who will discuss their careers, creative processes, and the cartooning industry. Museum of the City of New York.

Thursday, June 30


Zika is coming. We’ve heard the warnings for pregnant women, but how should others prepare? A panel of experts lays out the facts about the virus, the mosquito that spreads it, and what’s the latest plan for warding off the threat. American Museum of Natural History.

Image: .jeanmarie./flickr

Image: .jeanmarie./flickr

Port Newark may be the third-largest port in the U.S., and an essential element of local infrastructure, but its functioning motors beneath most New Yorker radars. Take a history-rich cruise from Lower Manhattan and learn how the ships, tugs, and harbor itself really work. (You can keep your Instagram feed fresh with a sunset photo op at the Statue of Liberty.)

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