There's finally a chill in the air, so grab a scarf and explore some of the city's coolest architecture, learn more about the lasting effects of redlining in New York (particularly in Harlem), or go see a recreated 19th-century boxing match.
Open House New York
Friday, October 12-Sunday, October 14
This weekend is your once-a-year chance to explore city architecture that isn't always accessible to the public, and uptown's got its fair share of amazing spots. Here's just a taste: the Solar Rooftop & Harlem Garden for Urban Food atop City College's Spitzer School of Architecture designed by Vinõly Architects, the landmarked Great Hall, also at City College, and the 1908 Fort Tryon Park Cottage that sits right next to the stunning Heather Garden.
Harlem Bike Tour: The Redline's Legacy
Saturday, October 13, 10am-noon
The Brown Bike Girl is partnering with El Barrio Bikes for a free bicycle tour delving into the history of redlining, a federal policy begun in the 1930s that restricted investment in city neighborhoods inhabited by immigrants and people of color. From housing to education to health care, the devastating consequences are still being felt today. (Can't make the tour? Catch the related exhibit at the East Harlem Neighborhood Health Action Center, open Saturdays from 8am-4pm.)
Fight in the Heights 19th Century Boxing Recreation: The Incredible Story of Tom Molineaux
Sunday, October 14, 3pm-6pm
As part of its weekend-long programming for Open House New York, the Morris-Jumel Mansion is recreating a boxing match marking the sport's stateside arrival after the American Revolution. See how Tom Molineaux, born a slave on a Southern plantation in 1784, fought for his freedom through boxing.
Congo in Harlem 10
Sunday, October 14 to Sunday, October 21
The 10th annual Congo in Harlem series has a lot going on, including panel discussions, dance workshops, feature films, and documentaries like "Che in Congo: A Dream of Liberation" about the legendary revolutionary's secret mission to DR Congo in 1965.
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