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150 Years of
Steinway and Sons

When German cabinetmaker Henry Engelhard Steinway settled in New York in 1850, he had no idea that his family business would become one of the most renowned piano manufacturers in the world.

This year Steinway and Sons is celebrating its 150th anniversary and the main branch in Astoria is opening its doors to the public, offering guided tours of the factory each Thursday morning in April.

In our 150-year history, we have created more than 560,000 Steinway pianos, fashioned very much in the same way and spirit as they were a century ago, Henry Z. Steinway, great grandson of the founder, has said.

Steinway and Sons first opened in 1853 in a loft on Varick Street and Henry and his four sons produced one piano a week. The first Steinway piano,
currently displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, was sold to a New York family for $500.

As the demand for Steinway pianos grew, the business expanded. In 1860, the firm opened a large factory on 53rd Street and Park Avenue and ten years later, Steinway's son William, bought 400 acres of land in Astoria, establishing Steinway Settlement, a village with new factory buildings, small brick houses for employees, parks and even a post office. Except for periods during the Great Depression and World War II, the business continued to flourish.

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March 31

Great American Art
A slide lecture about the changing taste in American Art and design
Rego Park Library
91-41 63rd Drive
Free; 6: 30 p.m.

Strategies and Skills for Revitalizing Aviation
City University of New York Aviation Institute will hold a conference addressing the challenges of restructuring air transportation within the New York region and the United States

York College Center for the Performing Arts
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$90, $15 for students with ID's; 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
[email protected]

The William S. Paley Annual Lecture
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$15; 6:30 p.m.

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475 Madison Avenue
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New Times, New Approaches: Funding the Arts in Today's Economy
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CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
6 p.m.
212-279-5910 ext. 22
[email protected]

Leadership and Emotional Intelligence
A lecture by psychologist Daniel Goleman

Hunter College
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Assembly Hall
Free; 5:30 p.m.

Lori Holland will perform Irish folk songs
Steinway Library
21-45 31st Street
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Free; 6:30 p.m.

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A performance and conversation with Russian-Jewish choreographer Boris Eifman

Jewish Community Center
334 Amsterdam Avenue at 76th Street
$20; 8 p.m.

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A lecture by Rebecca Solnit about the life and influence of photographer Eadweard Mutbridge (1930-1904)

Angel Orensanz Foundation Center for the Arts
172 Norfolk Street between Houston and Stanton Streets
$5; 7: 30 p.m.

April 1

Healing Through Poetry
John Schwartz, crisis counselor with project Liberty for Poetry Month, will lead a discussion on ways writers have depicted loss, grief and healing

Jackson Heights Library
35-51 81Street
Free; 6:30 p.m.

Genesis: Ideas of Origin in African Sculpture
Gallery talk with Alisa LaGamma, associate curator at the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Free with Museum admission; 11 a.m.

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Poets Coffeehouse
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Research Revolution: Science Shaping Modern Life
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April 2

Government Budgets in Crisis: Is the Solution Privatization?
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School of Public Affairs at Baruch College
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A performance by pianist Lee Musiker

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Covering Conflict: Journalists at Risk
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Dialogues on Design
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170 East 70th Street between Lexington and Third Avenues
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Assignment: Green
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Jewish History in Queens
A slide lecture presented by Jeff Gottlieb, president of the Queens Jewish Historical Society

Douglaston, Little Neck Library
249-01 Northern Boulevard
Free; 3:30 p.m.

Wireless Communications and the Future of Cities
A workshop with scholars, thinkers, and practitioners about the influence
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The City as the Airport
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A performance by Imani Uzuri
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