North Brooklyn Culture + History Roundup

Hey, Greenpoint! I know you’re always looking for that history fix, and North Brooklyn has you covered. There are several wonderful history events coming up this weekend and in the next few weeks! But, at any time, our lovely little ‘nabe is jam-packed with fabulous institutions where you can dive into an exploration of what has shaped our city, from sugar, to garbage, to oysters! The array is so gloriously wide, it helps remind us that everything is history, and there’s a history of everything!

City Reliquary

Perhaps the best place to learn about “the history of everything” in New York City, is our very own City Reliquary (370 Metropolitan Avenue). The museum’s collection of artifacts and ephemera includes everything from vintage seltzer bottles to Dodgers fan merchandise and memorabilia from the 1939 World’s Fair. The museum also features community collections and rotating exhibits. The current exhibit, NYC Trash!: Past, Present and Future, is on view until April 29, 2018. The Reliquary will host a screening of the film Canners THIS SATURDAY 1/27 @ 7pm.

The Williamsburg Art and Historical Center

The next day, head over to The Williamsburg Art and Historical Center (135 Broadway). The museum is housed in the landmarked Kings County Savings Bank Building, and has been supporting arts and culture in Williamsburg since 1996. The 19th Annual Salon Show is on view until February 18, 2018. THIS SUNDAY 1/29 @ 2pm Salon Members will hold special travel presentations. 

The Museum of Food and Drink

Speaking of Travel, The Museum of Food and Drink (62 Bayard Street) explores culture through the lens of international food-ways. The current exhibit, Chow: Making The Chinese American Restaurant, is on view through the Chinese Lunar New Year, February 16th, 2018. MOFAD also features city guides for cities and neighborhoods around the world, and hosts a variety of special events including Dinners of the Past. The dinner on THURSDAY 2/1 @ 6:30 will honor Beefsteak, a “historic, stylized New York City institution of gluttony with an evening of all you can eat steak and all you can drink beer.” 

Sugar King Book Talk

When it comes to food history in Brooklyn, one product was king of them all. Geoff Cobb has the not-so-sweet story of Sugar King Henry Havemeyer in his New Book, Sugar King: A History of Williamsburg Brooklyn 1884-1808. You can catch a reading THIS MONDAY 1/29 @ 7pm at Warren Lewis Sotheby’s International Realty (299 Bedford Avenue).

Tour of Newtown Creek

The Newtown Creek Alliance offers guided tours through the Newtown Creek watershed that focus “on the rich history, industrial use and environmental challenges in the area.” If you’d like to organize a tour, you can sign up here.

 

Digester Egg Tour

If you really want to get down and dirty with Newtown Creek, consider a tour of the Digester Eggs at the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant! Tours are offered 3 times a year, and the next one is coming up on February 10th! Tours meet at 329 Greenpoint avenue, and registration opens about two weeks prior to the event. Find more information here.

 

About Lucie Levine

Lucie Levine is the founder of Archive on Parade, a local tour and event company that aims to take New York’s fascinating history out of the archives and into the streets. She’s a Native New Yorker, licensed New York City tour guide, and freelance writer with a passion for the city’s social, political and cultural history.

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