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Greetings from Coney Island Walking Tour

at Brooklyn Brainery - Coney Island
1215 Surf Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11224

The history of Coney Island is like nothing you’ve ever heard before. From prostitutes living in a giant tin elephant, to the invention of the hot dog, to a ride that’s so scary it actually made its riders pee themselves, and we’ll tell you all about it!  Join New York Local Tours as we explore the engaging history of Coney Island’s...


Four Generations of Holocaust Survivors Speak Out

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

Full Course Name: From Generation to Generation: Four Generations of Holocaust Survivors Speak Out Although the Holocaust ended in 1945, the remnants of the Nazi atrocities are still present in the lives of survivors and their descendants. Join bestselling author and second generation (2G) survivor, Emily Wanderer Cohen, as she joins a multi-generational...


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History of the United States CLEP

at York College CPE - Jamaica
94 - 20 Guy R Brewer Blvd, New York, New York 11451

This course will prepare you to take and pass the American History CLEP exam, which will result in credits given for this course. The History of the United States I: Early Colonization to 1877 exam covers material that is usually taught in the first semester of a two-semester course in United States history.


8 sessions

East Asia in the Global Economy

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Murray Hill
275 Madison Ave St #2114, New York, New York 10016

How can we understand “East Asia” as a geographical category, as a subject of popular discourse, in particular, as an actor in the contemporary global economy? In this class, students will explore the pivotal transformations, imperialisms, economic conditions, and cultural discourses that have produced East Asia as a category of analysis. What...


4 sessions

Music, Art, and Ideology: an Introduction to Opera

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Midtown
247 West 37th St 5th Fl, New York, New York 10018

How can music—seemingly the most abstract of the arts, associated by medieval philosophers with the empyrean disciplines of astronomy and arithmetic—embody the concrete passions and narrative action of a drama? This is the fundamental question underlying the history of opera, from its aristocratic 17th-century origins to its 19th-century popular...


4 sessions

Crime in NYC: A History of Vice and Murder Walking Tour

at Brooklyn Brainery - Manhattan
Centre St & Chambers St New York, NY 10007, New York, New York 10007

Corrupt politicians. Crooked cops. Gangsters so terrifying that they’re known only as “Murder, Incorporated.”  These are the men and women that have made New York City’s underworld the stuff of legend. But there is so much more to this legend than you’ve ever heard. Why is it that New York had such a violent past? What drove these...


Communities and Their Pitfalls

at Think Olio - Greenwich Village
828 Broadway, New York, New York 10003

The term community seems to systematically assume a positive meaning in the US. From the Latin communis, "shared in common", it refers to a social unit which members have something in common that gives them an identity. These things in common may be religion, race, values, beliefs, resources, needs - based on social ties such...


Featured Database: Abolition of the Slave Trade

at The New York Public Library (Tech) - Midtown
476 Fifth Avenue (42nd Street Entrance), New York, New York 10018

Use this digital resource from NYPL's Schomburg Center to access essays, books, articles, maps, and illustrations telling the forgotten economic, political, social, and moral story of the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade. Skill prerequisites: Basic computer skills These are registration based classes and spots may fill up quickly....


Food of the Dead: A Culinary History of Funeral Food

at Brooklyn Brainery - Brooklyn
190 Underhill Ave Brooklyn, NY 11238, Brooklyn, New York 11238

At the end of an early American funeral, participants were given a cookie: spiced with caraway, and stamped with a special design, they were often kept for years as a memento of the departed. Although mourning traditions have changed over time, and vary from place to place, what they have in common is food and drink. From the home parlour to the funeral...


Crime and Punishment in Medieval Art

at Brooklyn Brainery - Brooklyn
190 Underhill Ave Brooklyn, NY 11238, Brooklyn, New York 11238

From gruesome post-mortem dissections to strange and unusual punishments for suspected heretics, medieval manuscripts provide can provide excruciatingly detailed depictions of all humanity's cruelties and curiosities. In this talk, we will look at centuries-old illustrations of torture and execution as well as read some rather horrifying excerpts...


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Basic Feng Shui

at New York Institute of Technology - Upper West Side
1855 Broadway, New York, New York 10023

This course will provide an introduction to thePrinciples of Feng Shui. Students will learn how the interiors professional may apply basic correctionsand adjustments according to FS principles. Included will be a general history; discussion of schools and methods of practice; use of color,form and materials, to give a solid foundation and understanding...


10 sessions

A History of Royal Scotland

at Brooklyn Brainery - Prospect Heights
190 Underhill Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11238

In 1603, one of the momentous events in history occurred when the Scottish King, James VI inherited the throne of England following the death of his cousin Elizabeth. He combined his two nations and called them Great Britain – and all subsequent kings and queens of Britain are his descendants to the present day. The telling of British royal history...


What is Liberalism?

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Midtown
247 West 37th St 5th Fl, New York, New York 10018

While for many in the United States liberalism is understood as a loose category of political identification – whose definition has shifted significantly and not always transparently over the past century – fewer people are familiar with liberal political philosophy despite its overwhelming influence on political discourse both left and right....


4 sessions

Introduction to Natural History

at New York Botanical Garden - NYBG Bronx
2950 Southern Blvd, Bronx, New York 10458

Naturalists are keen observers of the world around them and have played an integral role in the evolution of scientific thought. Now you can be one too!  Learn how to identify plants and animals using a 10x hand lens, dichotomous keys, and field guides. We'll discuss ecological processes and how they are impacted by the urban environment. Significant...


4 sessions

New York on Film

at Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden - Upper East Side
421 E 61st St, New York, New York 10022

Gangsters, Immigrants and Labor! New York’s mean streets have long been gritty and compelling locations for filmmakers. See how New York– and New Yorkers– were depicted on film when the city was the epicenter of the film industry, and view portrayals of gangsters and immigrants which strongly influence filmmakers today.  Film historian,...

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