Archive for November, 2008

New Amsterdam

Monday, November 10th, 2008

It’s time to look back at New York City’s first Europeans, the Dutch. The cultural program 5 Dutch Days 5 Boroughs kicks off at 3:30 pm Wednesday, Nov. 12, at St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery, 131 E. 10th St.

The events, which run through Sunday, Nov. 16, look at the founding of New Amsterdam, the work of Dutch artists, Dutch-Jewish history, genealogy, and more.

There will be special museum exhibits, open houses, and tours at The Alice Austen House Museum, the Brooklyn Historical Society, the Brooklyn Museum, the Anne Frank Center, the Frick Collection, the Holland Society, Lefferts House, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, Museum of the City of New York, the Vander Ende–Onderdonk House, and Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum.

In addition, there will be a series of documentaries on 20th-century Dutch-Jewish history, walking tours of New Amsterdam, lectures and readings, genealogy research assistance, an introduction to Dutch conversation, a Dutch worship service, and a concert by Dutch baritone Hans Pieter Harman.

Check out the full schedule here.

Arab-American struggles

Saturday, November 8th, 2008

Moustafa Bayoumi of Brooklyn College, author of How Does It Feel to Be a Problem? Being Young and Arab in America will take part in a panel on Being Young and Arab in America at 6:30 pm Monday, Nov. 10, at the Museum of the City of the New York, Fifth Avenue and 103rd St. The discussion of the everyday struggles with suspicion and discrimination experienced by Arab-Americans in their 20s will also include Debbie Almontaser and Shadia Marji, with Leila Buck as moderator. $9; reservations required. Call (212) 534-1672, ext. 3395, or buy tickets online.

Irish dance in Brooklyn

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

The focus on the Irish continues. The Darrah Carr Dance company will give a demonstration of Irish dancing and step dance lessons, with live music on accordion and spoons, from 1 to 5 pm Sunday, Nov. 9, at the Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn Heights. Free with museum admission.

Our historic Election Day

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Immigration has barely been mentioned during this presidential campaign, and it’s not hard to figure out why: it’s a no-win issue. Both candidates have more moderate and considered positions on the subject than do the hard-core anti-immigrant voters, and the rest of the electorate is too divided to make up for that.

But the problem—that the government does not have a legal process to allow an adequate number of immigrants, or migrant workers, to fill the jobs available, nor a humane and effective strategy for keeping people from entering illegally—is not going away. (Although it will no doubt be altered by the current economic situation.)

I hope that our next president’s economic strategy includes a strong effort to bring U.S. immigration policy into line with reality.

New York Irish

Sunday, November 2nd, 2008

The Lower East Side Tenement Museum is having two discussions this month in conjunction with the Museum of the City of New York’s Catholics in New York exhibit. At 6:30 pm Monday, Nov. 3, Terry Golway of the New York Observer, author of the exhibit’s companion volume, leads a panel on the role of Irish Catholics in the formation of New York.

Then, at 6:30 pm Nov. 11, Jay P. Dolan, professor emeritus at Notre Dame and author of The Irish Americans, discusses the history of the Irish in America from the days of the potato famine through the Tammany years.

Both events are free and will be held at the museum bookstore, 108 Orchard St. Visit their website to RSVP.