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art by John Evans

Beyond Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY

"When I first entered the barrio in 1994, my mental image of Latin New York featured a vibrant culture and this I certainly found," said French Photographer Regina Monfort, who spent more than seven years photographing teenagers in Williamsburg's South Side. "I also found adolescents whose lives were disrupted by loss and hardship --teenagers who had to grow up very fast, who learned to be tough in order to survive."

Monfort's photographs are now displayed at the Brooklyn Public Library in an exhibition entitled Beyond Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY.

The show features 51 black and white photographs, documenting everyday activities and struggles of Puerto Rican and Dominican teenagers. She depicts young mothers with their babies in Lindsay Park, boys mourning a friend lost to violence, and children playing on South 5th Street.

Beyond Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY will be on display in the Grand Lobby of
Brooklyn Public Library though April 27.

Past Featured Events


150 Years of Steinway and Sons
Roaring into the Twenties: The New New York Woman
St. Patrick's Day Parade
70Up: New York Women in Their Prime
Main Street, Flushing, USA


The New York Period

What's Cooking?
Harlem Is...


The Twentieth Century Borough
The Lubavitch of Brooklyn
Brooklyn Primitive
Raices: The Roots of Latin Music in New York City


New York Diary
Natural New York
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Horn and Hardart’s Automat
New York Eats Out
The Big Apple Circus

Wild Life
Picture Language of the City
Home of the Free

April 7

American Jewish Community &
Israel: Follow Your Nose - Where Are Israel and the American Jewish Community Going? 
A briefing on the history, structure and politics of the American Jewish community's organized support of Israel.

92nd Street Y Steinhardt Building
35 West 67th Street
$15; 7:30 p.m.

Big Media, Big Brother?

The Center for Communication will offer a discussion on the proposed Federal Communication Commission rules on media ownership.

Foreign Press Center
160 East 52nd Street
Free; 6:30 p.m.

A performance by Windstrum Duo

St. Paul’s Chapel
Broadway and Fulton Street
$2; 1 p.m.

Reaffirming the Link: Promoting Men's Wellness
Northern Manhattan Perinatal Partnership, Inc. will offer a forum on illnesses, insurance and housing with Dr. Robert Fullilove, EdD, expert in Community health issues and Dean of Minority and Community Affairs at
Columbia University.

Oberia Dempsey Multi-Service Center
127 West 127th Street 3rd Floor (bet. Lenox & 7th Avenues)
Free; 5:30 p.m.
212-665-2600 ext.323

The History and Context of US Policy Toward Cuba
A lecture by Harvard University professor John Coatsworth

CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
Free; 5 p.m.

The Souls of Black Folk: A Centennial Celebration

CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
$25, $50, $100; 7:30 p.m.
Community Forum on Ryan White Title- HIV/AIDS Services for Staten Island
A forum offered by the HIV Health & Human Services Planning Council of New York

Seaman's Society for Children and Families
25 Hyatt Street, Staten Island
Free; 3 p.m.

April 8

Starting Your Own Business
A workshop offered by LaGuardia Community College Small Business Development Center

Flushing Library
41-17 Main Street
Free; 6 p.m.

Poetry Workshop

Jefferson Market Library
425 Sixth Avenue
Free; 4:30 p.m.

Emergency Planning: Disaster & Crisis Systems for Community

A training session offered by Lower Manhattan Healthcare Coalition Emergency Preparedness Committee

Gouverneur Hospital
227 Madison Street, 13th floor
Conference Room
Free; 8:30 a.m.

The Hudson River Valley: Case Study in Culture and Community Development
A discussion about the role of cultural communities in revitalizing the valley

The New School
66 West 12th Street
$5; 6 p.m.

The New Yorkers
A performance by baritone Ken Stewart featuring songs of world famous singers and songwriters who hail from New York City

Howard Beach Library
92-06 156 Avenue
Free; 2 p.m.

Earth Day NYC Lobby Day Environmental Advocacy Workshop
Help convince New York's leaders to put environmental issues at the top of their agenda on Earth Day, April 22; sponsored by New York League of Conservation Voters

Urban Center
457 Madison Avenue
Paley Room, 3rd floor
Free; 6 p.m.
212-361-6350 ext. 209

Introduction to Quilting
A workshop on basic quilting techniques

Seaside Library
116-15 Rockaway Beach Boulevard
Free; 2 p.m.

April 9

Speakers Series with New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer
Drumm Major Institute will offer a forum on the role of government in
protecting the interests of the people.

The Harvard Club
27 West 44th Street
8 a.m.
RSVP to [email protected]

Gender Issues in Culture, Law, and Psychology
A lecture by New York University professor Carol Gilligan

CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
Free; noon

A jazz performance by Trudi Mann and Roz Corral

St. Peter’s Church
619 Lexington Avenue
Free; 1 p.m.

Landscape in the 20th Century: DeKooning, Rothko, and Pollock

A gallery talk with Pearl Ehrlich

Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
Free with Museum admission;
11 a.m.

The Media's Role: Are We Getting the Real Story?
A forum on ethics and morality in the corporate world

92nd Street Y
92nd Street and Lexington Avenue
$22; 8 p.m.

Fiorello H. LaGuardia and the Making of Modern New York
A discussion with Thoman Kessner about the legacy of Fiorello LaGuardia

CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Ave
$12; $10, free to CUNY Students; 1:30 p.m.

Simplifying Mutual Funds

A lecture by M. John Streba, Jr. of Investment Management Advisors

Science, Business and Industry Library
188 Madison Avenue
Free; 5:30 p.m.

The New Power Brokers: Women, Negotiation and Networks of Power
A discussion with New York Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum, corporate conflict negotiator Allida Camp, historian Virginia Drachman and Business Week journalist Elizabeth Weiner about the art of negotiation

New-York Historical Society
2 West 77th Street
$6; $4 for students and seniors; 6:30 p.m.

A Vision for the City in the Face of an Uncertain Future
Democratic Leadership for the 21st Century will offer a forum with Bronx Borough President Carrion who will explore the recent campaigns for New York State Governor in 2002 and New York City Mayor in 2001

Chetty Red
28 E. 23rd Street (at Madison Avenue)
$7; 7 p.m.

The U.S. War Drive & Strategies to Fight It
Representatives from War Times and other activists will analyze the current state of the war and will assess past and current strategies and tactics for fighting back

122 West 27th Street
10th floor
Suggested donation: $6/8/10; 7:30 p.m.
[email protected]

AIDS and the Hispanic Community
A workshop and a discussion for Spanish speakers

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

U.S. Foreign Policy in the 21st Century: The Challenges of Unilateralism and Multilateralism

CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
Free; 6:30 p.m.

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

Langston Hughes
100-01 Northern Boulevard, Queens
Free; 6:30 p.m.

Investing in New York City: Setting Capital Priorities, Financing Capital Needs
A conference co-sponsored by the Office of New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, the New York City Independent Budget Office and the Center for New York City Affairs at Milano Graduate School

New School University
Swayduck Auditorium
65 Fifth Avenue
Free; 8:30 a.m. - noon
April 10

Wake Up and Take the City!
A forum with New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer

New York  Industrial Retention Network
175 Remsen Street, Suite 350
8:30 a.m.

Colonial America
A gallery talk with Alice W. Schwarz

Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
Free with Museum admission;
11 a.m.

Writing Lives: The Past and Future of Biography
A forum with Page DuBois, UC Santa Barbara; James Moore, Open University, UK; Gary Giddens, Village Voice; among others

CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
noon - 7 p.m.

Gotham Jazzmen
A performance by New York City jazz artists

Donnell Library
20 West 53rd Street
Free; 12:30 p.m.

Investing For Beginners
A workshop on investing and finances

Steinway Library
21-45 31st Street
Free; 5 p.m.

Women Mean Business Luncheon
Coalition for the Homeless will offer an event with Bobbi Brown, CEO of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics

Waldorf Astoria Hotel
Park Avenue at 50th Street
Noon - 2 p.m.

Theatre Musike: Songs form Shakespeare’s Troupe
Renaissance music performed by Barbara Hollinshead (soprano) and Howard Bass (lute)

St. Francis of Assisi Church
135 West 31 Street
Free; 1:15 p.m.

Manet/Velázquez: The French Taste for Spanish Painting
Orientation slide lecture with Deborah L. Roldán

Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
Free with Museum admission;
11 a.m.

Photography Series
A lecture by photojournalist Steve McCurry

School of Visual Arts Amphitheater
209 East 23rd Street
3rd floor
6:30 p.m.

April 11

Educational Facilities Planning Workshop
A workshop on the planning needs of charter school staff and board members

730 Third Avenue (45th/46th Streets)
Free; 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Registration required


A gallery talk with Emily Kies Folpe

Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
Free with Museum admission;
11 a.m.

From Song to Stanza
A panel discussion on the evolution of the ballad

Poets House
72 Spring Street
$5; 12:30 p.m.

Rebuilding Lower Manhattan
A forum offered by The Center for New York City Law/ New York Law School

NY Law School
Enter at 47 Worth Street, between Church St. and West Broadway
Free; 8:15 a.m.
RSVP to 212-431-2115
[email protected]

Discussion of Innocence, Corruption within Criminal Justice System

 The Campaign to End the Death Penalty will offer a forum with recently pardoned Illinois death row inmate Madison Hobley and Yusuf Salaam, one of the Central Park Five

Riverside Church
Riverside Drive
7:30 p.m.

Remembering the East Village
A discussion led by Jonathan Weinberg of the Vera List Center for Art and Politics

The New School
66 West 12th Street
$5; 2 p.m.

The Future of Biotechnology in the New York Metropolitan Area
A public hearing with Assemblymen Robin Schimminger, Richard N. Gottfried, Darryl Towns, Adriano Espaillat, William B. Magnarelli

Columbia University
Russ Berrie Pavilion
1150 St. Nicholas Avenue, Classroom 2
11 a.m.


Epic Proportions: Documenting History and Culture with Long Poems

A discussion examining the epic as a form used to describe historical events

Poets House
72 Spring Street
$5; 2:15 p.m.

April 12

Third Annual Fair Housing Conference
An event featuring NYS Assembly Member Barry Grodenchik and NYC Council Member John Liu who will speak on recent legislative efforts concerning fair housing; sponsored by Queens Legal Services Corporation

Free; 11 a.m.
718-392-5646 ext. 40
[email protected]

Places and Regions: Investigating and Documenting the Communities in
Which We Live

A series exploring the connections between economic, social, and ecological systems at the local, national, and global levels.

CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
$50 (includes lunch and all materials); 8:45 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Creative Writing
A workshop with Cheryl Boyce Taylor

George Bruce Library
518 West 125th Street
Free; 2 p.m.

Understanding Modern Art: Monet to Matisse
A gallery talk with Nelly Silagy Benedek

Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
Free with Museum admission;
11 a.m.

A performance by Joseph Fischetti (clarinet) and Alexandra Bystritskaya (piano)

Donnell Library
20 West 53rd Street
Free; 2:30 p.m.

How to Negotiate the Salary You Deserve
A presentation by Nancy Freidberg

New Amsterdam Library
9 Murray Street
Free; 6 p.m.

April 13

Buildings, Signs and Symbols: Icons and Images in the Financial District
The Municipal Art Society will offer a tour of the financial district.

Meet on the steps of the National Museum of the American Indian
1 Bowling Green at the foot of Broadway
$15; 11 a.m.

White Mughals: Love and Betrayal in 18th-Century India

A lecture by William Dalrymple, historian and travel writer, London and

Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
Free with Museum admission; 3 p.m.

Epic Writing
A workshop with Maureen Owen

Poets House
72 Spring Street
$5; 9:30 a.m.



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NEW YORK CITY OPERA SCHEDULE - List of scheduled events taking place in Lincoln Center.

MUSICAL PERFORMANCES - List of performances & musicians in different theaters.

POETRY READINGS - Easy to use calendar of poetry readings in various settings. Updated monthly.

SALSA DATES - Salsa events at numerous clubs around the city.

TIME OUT NEW YORK RECOMMENDATIONS - Daily highlights of activities taking in NYC.

VILLAGE VOICE RECOMMENDATIONS - Events recommended by the Village Voice


CITY LIMITS RECOMMENDATIONS - New York urban affairs calendar. Updated weekly.



NY-1 LIST OF SEMINARS & LECTURES - Forthcoming events reflecting public concern.


Foundation Center-New York - Conferences and workshops that aid non-profit agencies in fundraising, etc.



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