Experiencing NYC: Must-See Week and More

By Alison Durkee

Take advantage of the city and learn more about its history with these upcoming talks and events.

Image: Ed Lederman

New Yorkers will have the chance to enjoy a wide range of the city’s best spots for less this winter, thanks to NYC Must-See Week. The promotion, which runs from January 29 through February 11, offers 2-for-1 tickets for both cultural destinations and intriguing events. Featured are some of the city’s top museums, including MoMA, The Whitney and the Museum of the City of New York, as well as top attractions like the Bronx Zoo and the New York Botanical Garden. If you’re more inclined to get a new look at the city itself, take advantage of the promotion by playing tourist on a cruise around the city, or on THE RIDE, or taking in the view from One World Observatory or the Empire State Building. A full list of participating locations can be found at NYCgo.com; the 2-for-1 tickets can be purchased using the code MUSTSEE18.

While New York has plenty to offer now, there’s also much to explore about the city’s rich past. On January 29, Caveat will offer New York City’s Secrets and Lies, a storytelling evening featuring five tales of the city’s secret past – and it’s up to the audience to discover which one is true. For a more honest look at the city’s past as it actually appeared, meanwhile, head to the Museum of the Moving Image on February 10 as film archivist and historian Rick Prelinger screens Lost Landscapes of New York, a collection of rare footage of the city spanning much of the 20th century. Those wishing to learn more about a smaller group of the city’s 20th century denizens can visit the Mid-Manhattan Library on January 31 for a session on the famed Algonquin Round Table and the continuing influence of its iconic members.

The Museum of the City of New York will go back in time on February 10 to explore the city’s early African-American population with Black Communities of Early New York, a panel discussion on the black communities who called New York home in the 17th to 19th centuries and their continuing legacy. The museum will also offer a chillier view of the city’s past with New York’s Golden Ice Age on February 23, a historical look at figure skating and ice hockey in the city – complete with a real skating performance in the museum’s rotunda. Those hoping to learn more about how New York’s skating scene will fare in the future, meanwhile, can head to the museum on January 31 for a conversation answering the question, What’s Next for Ice Skating in New York? In addition to the city’s icier infrastructure, New Yorkers can also take a deeper look at the city’s transport this winter. If you’re sick of being stuck on the subway during your morning commute, head to a conversation with a panel of transit experts on February 6, which will discuss the future of the city’s transit and whether it can be reformed and rebuilt. No matter how frustrating it can be, though, the city’s public transportation does serve an essential function, and New Yorkers can discover how the urban transit system goes hand in hand with access to nature to improve New Yorker’s quality of life at a discussion on January 25.

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