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

Talks and events ranging from Concorde to Freshkills highlight our picks for the best smart things to do in NYC this weekend.

Friday, August 16

Head to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum for the conversation From Concorde to Mars: Designing the Future. Lawrence Azerrad, author of Supersonic: The Design & Lifestyle of Concorde; Tibor Balint, principal human centered designer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory; and Jeffrey Montes, a space architect at Space Factory, all come together to talk about innovations to come.

Brooklyn victim’s rights lawyer Carrie Goldberg talk about the threats her clients face and the means by which she gets justice. She’ll discuss Nobody’s Victim: Fighting Psychos, Stalkers, Pervs, and Trolls at Books Are Magic with award-winning journalist Christine Lagorio-Chafkin.

Saturday, August 17

W.C. Handy

Hop aboard this Bronx Victrola trolley tour, which will feature spots centered on the greats of jazz and vaudeville alongside special tunes from a 78rpm record played on an antique crank-up Victrola.

Leap over to Battery Park for the annual Battery Dance Festival, which will feature special outdoor performances in Battery Park through August 17.

Sunday, August 18

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Climb aboard to see one of the world’s most remarkable land reclamation projects as the American Institute of Architects leads an Industrial Waterway Tour to Freshkills Park.

Professor of Political Theory Michael J. Thompson leads a New York Society for Ethical Culture Sunday Platform inspired by his manuscript in progress The Disenchantment of the Good: Ethical Life in an Age of Nihilism.


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