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Things to Do in New York City: April 14 to 19

Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn

Historic Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn. (TheTVMovie/Flickr)

From candlelight ghost tours to panels on preservation, here are 11 things to do this week in New York City.

Tuesday, April 14

Seek out the lost spirits of the Titanic on a ghost walk with Boroughs of the Dead. This nearly two-hour tour points out where survivors of the Titanic arrived in New York City in April 1912… and where their ghosts still linger today. This unique tour is only available once a year. The walk begins at 7:30 p.m. at Astor Place. Tickets are $20.

Wednesday, April 15

Learn more about the effort to take Brooklyn from gritty to green as the Brooklyn Historical Society and Green-Wood Cemetery present “The Greening of Brooklyn: Exploring New Parks and Unexpected Spaces.” The panel of speakers includes the landscape architects responsible for Brooklyn Bridge Park, the founder of the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, and others. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. at the BHS at 128 Pierrepont St. in Brooklyn. Tickets are $5 or free if you’re a member of BHS or G-W.

Take yourself back to high school English class when the Greater Astoria Historical Society presents “The Making of the Great Gatsby” at 7 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. The GAHS served as a historical adviser for the remake of film staring Leonardo DiCaprio in 2013. The lecture features a short history of what Northern Boulevard would have looked like in Gatsby’s time, as well as a preview of the film’s interpretation of those locations, based on actual images. Tickets are $10 or free if you’re a member of GAHS.

Catch a glimpse of forgotten New York as AbandonedNYC.com photographer Will Ellis shares stories from his favorite destinations, as well as the histories of places like Dead Horse Bay, Creedmoor State Hospital and the Gowanus Batcave. Ellis will sign copies of his book, “Abandoned NYC,” after the event, which begins at 8:30 p.m. at Brooklyn Brainery, 190 Underhill Ave. Tickets are sold out, but there is a wait list.

Thursday, April 16

Hear about the movement to preserve the interiors of New York’s landmarks in a panel discussion led by civic leader Kent Barwick, journalist and urban critic Roberta Brandes Gratz, and architectural historian Francis Morrone. The conversation will take place at 6 p.m. at The New York School of Interior Design, 170 E. 70th St. Tickets are $12.

Discover a unique chapter in the history of The City College of New York as professor Carol Smith shares the story of “The Struggle for Free Speech at CCNY, 1931-42.” As student and faculty activism increased at CCNY, a state legislative investigation resulted in the dismissal of 50 faculty and staff members, the largest academic purge in U.S. history. The talk starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Martin E. Segal Theater, 365 5th Ave., and is free and open to the public, thanks to the Gotham Center for New York History.

Listen to a myriad of stories about growing up in one of New York’s most influential boroughs at “Just Kids from the Bronx: Telling It the Way it Was,” an author talk by Arlene Alda. Arlene will be joined by her husband, Alan, for the discussion. Arlene’s memories form the starting point for other oral histories provided by Al Pacino, Carl Reiner, Maira Kalman and others, creating “a film-like portrait of the Bronx from the early 20th century until today.” This event takes place at 7 p.m. at the Barnes and Noble on 82nd and Broadway.

Friday, April 17

Don’t miss the last weekend of the “Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion” exhibit at the New-York Historical Society at 170 Central Park West. This stunning exhibition uses a rich display of media and artifacts to share the centuries-long history of immigration between China and the United States and little-known stories, including the Exclusion Act of 1882 and the Chinese American activists who used the American justice system to try to overturn it. The exhibition closes on April 19. Check the museum’s website for hours and cost of admission.

Take a candlelight ghost tour of the Merchant’s House Museum, “Manhattan’s Most Haunted House.” Explore the rooms where eight family members died and hear stories from people who have experienced unexplainable things while visiting the museum. This event starts at 6:30 p.m. at 29 E. 4th Street. Tickets are $20.

Saturday, April 18

Soak in the architecture and landscape of Wave Hill during a history walk in this Bronx neighborhood. Famous former residents include Mark Twain, Theodore Roosevelt, Bashford Dean and Arturo Toscanini. This free event starts at 11 a.m. at 675 W. 249th Street.

Sunday, April 19

Conjure up memories of the forgotten disasters of New York City while taking a tour of Green-Wood cemetery with the NY Obscura Society. Visit memorials to the Brooklyn Theater Fire of 1876, the 1840 burning of the Lexington steamship and the 1960 Park Slope Plane Crash, among other tragic moments in the city’s history. The tour takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. at 500 25th St. in Brooklyn. Tickets are $20.

Want to publicize an upcoming event about the history of New York City? Email the details to historicnyc@gmail.com.

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