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Cultural Happenings

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Located in the heart of historic Lower Manhattan, just north of the World Trade Center and Wall Street and just south of the vibrant residential and commercial neighborhoods of TribeCa, Chinatown, SoHo, and Greenwich Village, BMCC is surrounded by the best that New York City has to offer. Steeped in history and culture these neighborhoods are home to some of the city’s most iconic landmarks and renowned restaurants, bars, museums, galleries, and theatres. Included here is a brief list of local establishments, historic landmarks, and activities all within walking distance of BMCC.

Happenings

TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL: APRIL 18-29: The annual Tribeca Film Festival has become one of the most anticipated and respected festivals of film in the world. More than 1,000 film screenings and hundreds of talks are held over a ten day period in theatres across Tribeca each April. For more information about shows and times, see the Tribeca Film Festival website

EARTH DAY: April 22nd, Union Square (14th and Broadway) celebrates earth day with exhibits, performances, and family activities.

TATTOO CONVENTION: Looking for some new ink? The No Limits Tattoo convention will be at the Resorts world Casino in Jamaica, Queens from April 20-22.

GREEK INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE: April 22nd on 5th Ave., from 64th to 79th streets.

BROOKLYN BEER FESTIVAL: Brooklyn + Beer. Who could ask for more? April 20-21.

BIG APPLE BREW FEST: In case you can’t be bothered to leave Manhattan, there’s always the Big Apple Brew Fest.

NYC HOT SAUCE FESTIVAL: Brooklyn EXPO Center, 79 Franklin St, Brooklyn, April 21-22

Local Food and Drinks

V: VIETNAMESE CUISINE: 345 (Greenwich Street and Harrison).

DAHLIA’S MEXICAN: Cheap Tacos and great Margaritas. (353 Greenwich Street and Harrison).

NINJA: Ninja themed Japanese and Sushi restaurant. (Duane and Hudson Streets).

TERROIR: Local Staff favorite, with a great wine list and small Italian dishes. (Greenwich and Harrison Streets).

MAISON KAYSER: Gourmet French chain with delicious and moderately priced sandwiches and pastries. Perfect for mid-conference lunch or breakfast. (Corner of Harrison and Greenwich).

PUFFY’S TAVERN: Not into wine? Then this is the perfect spot for low maintenance and ridiculously cheap (for Tribeca!) after-conference drinks. Corner of Hudson and Harrison.

SHAKE SHACK: World Famous NYC chain with Southern California Quality burgers, Shakes, and river views. Just across the Highway on Murray Street.

MARC FORGIONE: Farm to Table American fare. One of NYC’s best restaurants. Pricey, but comes with bragging rights. Corner of Hudson and Reade. Make reservations now!

THE ODEON: French American Bistro with a great bar and good cocktails. Thomas and West Broadway.

THE HIDEAWAY: Intimate bar with in throwing distance of BMCC. Perfect for conversation. (Duane just off of Greenwich).

Historic Sites and Landmarks

THE HIGHLINE: This one-of-a-kind park is built upon the old elevated rail lines that run from the former meatpacking district to midtown. If coming from Tribeca, enter at Gansevoort and 14th Streets, or 34th Street if you are coming from the north.

WOOLWORTH BUILDING: 1913 Architectural icon (Chambers and Broadway)

WALL STREET: NY Stock Exchange and Federal Hall memorial, site of the first capitol building of the U.S. (Wall Street and Broadway)

ST. PAUL’S CHAPEL: George Washington’s pew and 9-11 memorial exhibit (Broadway and Fulton)

TRINITY CHURCH: One of the oldest and most beautiful churchyards in NYC (Broadway and Wall Street)

FRAUNCES TAVERN: Functioning tavern and historic meeting place of Sons of Liberty (Pearl and Broad Street)

BROOKLYN BRIDGE: Roebling’s masterpiece is perfect for a spring stroll (Center Street just South of Chambers)

STATEN ISLAND FERRY: Free sails past the Statue of Liberty every hour. Beer and wine available in station or BYOB (Water Street and Broadway)

AFRICAN BURIAL GROUND: National monument to original African cemetery from the 17th & 18th c. (Duane and Elk)

THEATRES FILM FORUM: Quintessential NYC arthouse with classic and new films daily (West Houston and Varick)

SOHO REP: Original and innovative contemporary theatre (Walker btwn Church and Broadway)

THE FLEA: Affordable contemporary and experimental theatre in an intimate space (White Street and Church)

CITY WINERY: Dinner and concerts with national and international artists nightly (Varick and Vandam)

HERE: Modern Urban Performance Space (Varick and Dominik at SoHo Square)

Galleries

PHILIP WILLIAMS POSTERS: One of a kind massive poster museum and store (122 Chambers)

TEAM GALLERY: Art gallery showcasing emerging artists (Grand and Greene)

ARTISTS SPACE: Contemporary and underrepresented artists (Grand and Greene)

RONALD FELDMAN FINE ARTS: Contemporary Painting, Sculpture, and Installation (Mercer and Grand)

Museums

MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN AND U.S. CUSTOMS HOUSE: Bowling Green Park

NATIONAL 9-11 MUSEUM AND MEMORIAL: (Greenwich and Cortlandt)

MUSEUM OF JEWISH HERITAGE: (Battery Place and 1st Place)

SKYSCRAPER MUSEUM: (Battery Place and 1st Place)

MUSEUM OF CHINESE IN AMERICA: (Center and Grand)

To Do

MANHATTAN BY SAIL: Clipper ship tours of NY harbor and Statue of Liberty daily. Full bar available.

BIG ONION HISTORIC WALKING TOURS: Daily tours of Lower Manhattan, TribeCa, Brooklyn Bridge & Greenwich Village led by starving (and sometimes charming) PhD students

STONE STREET HISTORIC DISTRICT: Dozens of bars and restaurants line this historic cobblestoned street (Btwn Broad and Whitehall)