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Seeking the Secret of Life: The DNA Story in New York

To mark the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the structure of DNA, the
Science, Industry and Business Library presents an exhibition on New York-based organizations and New York scientists who studied DNA in the decade before James Watson and Francis Crick, scientists from the Cavendish Laboratories at Cambridge University, discovered the double helix.

The exhibit features laboratory notes of Oswald T. Avery, Colin MacLeod and Maclyn McCarty who in 1944 found that DNA carries hereditary information. It also contains photographs of scientist Alfred Hershey and Columbia University chemist Erwin Chargaff, credited with uncovering a crucial step in deciphering the DNA structure. Seeking the Secret of Life: the DNA Story in New York also focuses on the impact of genetic knowledge on everyday life in New York, such as crime scene evidence from the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner.

The exhibition will be on display at the Science, Business and Industry Library through August 29.

Past Featured Events

APRIL

Beyond Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY

MARCH

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

FEBRUARY

The New York Period
1936-1985

What's Cooking?
Harlem Is...

JANUARY

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

2002

DECEMBER
New York Diary
Natural New York
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

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

OCTOBER
Wild Life
Picture Language of the City
Home of the Free

April 14

Rockefeller Center in Context

A tour of Rockefeller Center and a discussion about the Rockefeller family; led by architectural historian Francis Morrone

Meet at the Urban Center
457 Madison Ave. at 51st St.
$12; 11 a.m.
www.mas.org

Greek Stories
A presentation of popular stories from Greek mythology exploring arrival of spring and Greek celebration of the New Year; in English and Greek

East Flushing Library
196-36 Northern Boulevard
Free; 4:30 p.m.
718-357-6643

Poetry of the Natural World
A presentation of animal poems by John Haines, James Wright, Stanley Kunitz and Mary Oliver

Central Park Zoo
Free with zoo admission - $6, $ for children; 2:15 p.m.
212-431-7920

On Being Middle Eastern
One-woman-show with actor/writer/producer Nora Armani

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

Concert

A performance by Alexandre Mountouzkine, winner of Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition

Donnell Library
20 West 53rd Street
Free; 2:30 p.m.
212-621-0618

Fiction Forum
A forum with Emily Prager
The New School
66 West 12th Street
$5; 6:30 p.m.
212-229-5353

The Poetry of Langston Hughes
A dramatic presentation of the characters from Langston Hughes' poetry

Cambria Heights
220-20 Linden Boulevard
Free; 7 p.m.
718-528-3535

Broadway Show Tunes
A presentation by baritone Ken Stewart

East Flushing Library
196-36 Northern Boulevard
Free; 4:30 p.m.
718-357-6643

Experiments and Disorders: New Poetic Forms
An event featuring poetry, short plays and fiction

Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery between Houston and Bleeker Streets
$5; 7:30 p.m.
212-219-0736

Mothers-in-Law & Daughters-in-Law: Love, Hate, Rivalry and Reconciliation 
A discussion with author Susan Barash on the trials and the pleasures of becoming a mother-in-law or daughter-in-law.

92nd Street Y
35 West 67th Street
$12; noon
212-415-5500

The History of Islam
A lecture by Karen Amstrong

92nd Street Y
92nd Street and Lexington Avenue
$22; 8:15 p.m.
212-415-5500

April 15

African-American Artists, 1929-1945: Prints, Drawings, and Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art

A gallery talk with Lisa M. Messinger

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

Poetry of Creative Defiance: Yiddish is Alive and Well in New York
Readings of Yiddish poetry and of the Holocaust; with by Leonora
Weintraub and Ron Kuriloff

Hillcrest Library, Queens
187-05 Union Turnpike
Free; 2 p.m.
718-454-2786

Life on the Edge: Everest and Beyond
A conversation with mountain climber and environmentalist Jim Whittaker

The Explorers Club
46 East 70th Street, between Madison and Park Avenues
$15; 7 p.m.
212-628-8383

Jules Feiffer and Art Spiegelman Meet Popeye
Cartoonists Jules Feiffer  and Art Spiegelman  will talk about the influence of comic strips on their lives

New-York Historical Society
2 West 77th Street
$6, $4 for students; 6:30 p.m.
212-873-3400

Legal Structures
A workshop for small business owners

Flushing Library
41-17 Main Street
Free; 6 p.m.
718-661-1200

Incorporation and Tax Exemption
Lawyers Alliance for New York will offer a workshop for those who are interested in forming a not-for-profit organization in New York

330 Seventh Avenue, 19th floor
$45 in advance, $50 at the door; 6:00 p.m.
212-219-1800
www.lany.org

Teaching about the Other and the Risks of Racism
A lecture by Karen Nairn of Otago University School of Education, New
Zealand

CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
Free; 12:00 p.m.
212-817-8215

Poetry Workshop

Jefferson Market Library
425 Sixth Avenue
Free; 4:30 p.m.
212-243-4334

Tax Planning for Investors
A lecture offered by the New York City chapter of the National Association
of Investors

Fashion Institute of Technology
227 Seventh Avenue
Free; 6:15 p.m.
718-856-8462

Management and Supervision: 20 Secrets to Success

A presentation by Billy Fitzgerald on the techniques of management

Science, Industry and Business Library
188 Madison Avenue
Free; 5: 30 p.m.
212-592-7000

Concert
A performance by violinist Kristina Yoder and pianist Jeewon Park

180 Maiden Lane
180 Maiden Lane at Front Street
Free; 12:30 p.m.
212-799-5000 ext. 313

April 16

April Green Building Forum: Green Roofs

A discussion with Colin Cheney, Green Roof Initiative Coordinator of Earth Pledge, about vegetated roofs

Hafele Showroom
25 East 26th Street
Between 5th Ave & Madison
Free; 6:30 p.m.
917-446-2049
http://www.GreenHomeNYC.org

Food for Thought: Lunch-Hour Theater
A reading of George Kaufman's The Still Alarm
and Eugene Ionesco's The
Lesson
; a light lunch will be served

National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park South between Irving Place and Third Avenue
$40; 1 p.m.
212-362-2560

The Art of Hand Analysis

A discussion of the ancient art and science of hand analysis and its history

Ravenswood Library
35-32 21st Street
Long Island City

Free; 3:30 p.m.
718-784-2112

Staten Island World Beyond the Ferry
Explore St. George, New York Harbor, Staten Island Borough Hall, the Staten Island Institute of Art and Science and the Staten Island Yankee stadium

Meet at the Visit Center in Whitehall Ferry Terminal (State and South
Streets)
11:20 a.m.
718-447-3329

College Funding: How to Finance Higher Education - for Parents and
Teens

A presentation on costs of college education, sources of federal financial aid and types of federal student loans

McGoldrick
155-06 Roosevelt Avenue
Free; 4:30 p.m.
718-461-1616

Origin of Life: Magic Molecule or Little Bags of Dirty Water
A lecture by NYU Chemistry professor Robert Shapiro

Science, Industry and Business Library
188 Madison Avenue
Free; 5:30 p.m.
212-592-7000

April 17

The Write Stuff

A creative writing workshop

Woodhaven Library
85-41 Forest Parkway
Free; 6 p.m.
718-849-1010

Behind the Scenes
A special presentation by Matt Horn about Macy's 29th Annual Flower Show

Macy's Department Store
Herald Square  - 34th Street; 8th floor
Free; 1 p.m.
 
Inferno Marathon
Franc McCourt and Bishop Paul Moore Jr. will lead a reading of Dante's masterpiece

Cathedral of St. John's the Divine
Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street
Free; 9 p.m. - midnight
212-316-7540

Gotham Jazzmen
A performance by New York City jazz artists

Donnell Library
20 West 53rd Street
Free; 12:30 p.m.
212-621-0618

Poetry Workshop

Adult writing workshop with poet Cheryl Boyce Taylor

Caribbean Literary and Cultural Center
Flatbush Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library
Linden Boulevard near Flatbush Avenue
Free; 6 p.m.
718-856-0813

The Troubled World Economy: Is There Any Solution?
A lecture offered by World Policy Institute

New School University
66 West 12th Street
6 p.m.
212-229-5808 ext. 101

Food for Thought: Lunch-Hour Theater
A reading of Susan Charlotte's The Squeegee Man
and Edgar Allan Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart; a light lunch will be served

National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park South between Irving Place and Third Avenue
$40; 1 p.m.
212-362-2560

Manet/Vel∑zquez: The French Taste for Spanish Painting

Orientation Slide Lecture with Deborah L. Rold∑n

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

Bronx Ecology: Blueprint For a New Environmentalism
Urban Center Books noontime writers talk with author Alan
Herskowitz

Urban Center
475 Madison Avenue
Free; noon
www.mas.org

Paying the Piper: Proposals and Prospects For Corporate Tax Reform in
NYC

City Project will offer a session exploring how and why business must be made to pay a larger portion of state and city revenues

Hunter College
SE Corner of Lexington and 68th Street
Room 701 East
President's Conference Room
2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
212-965-1967 ext. 206

Roman Catholicism and American Democracy: Religion and Culture in
Tension

A lecture by Notre Dame professor emeritus Jay Dolan about the tension
between the American Catholic church and the American ideal of
democracy

New York University
Glucksman Ireland House
1 Washington Mews between Fifth Avenue and University Place
$8; 7 p.m.
212-998-3950

April 18

Fancy On Fifth: Rockefeller Center to Plaza Hotel

A tour offered by the Municipal Art Society; led by architectural historian Anthony Robins

Meet at the Urban Center
457 Madison Avenue at 51st St.
$12; 11 a.m.
www.mas.org

The Three Hour Devotion to Our Lord on the Cross
Meditation and hymns

Grace Church
802 Broadway at 11th Street
Free; noon-3 p.m.
212-254-2000 ext. 121

The Souls of Black Folk
A symposium on the importance of African-American studies in the present cultural and political movement

The New School University
66 West 12th Street
$5; 4 p.m.
212-229-5353

Egyptian Women in Life and Death
A gallery talk with Edith Watts

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

April 19

MacyŪs Flower Show Special Event
A lesson on making floral centerpieces and Easter table confections

Macy's Department Store
Herald Square - 34th Street; 8th floor
Free; 1.p.m.
RSVP to 877-230-7520
www.victoriapromo.com.

Pysanki
Learn how to make Ukrainian Eastern Eggs

Hillcrest Library
187-05 Union Turnpike
Free; 2 p.m.
718-454-2786

22nd Annual Washington Square Park Crafts and Antiques Fair

West 4th Street, between MacDougal and Mercer Streets
11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Resume and Job Search Clinic

Tompkins Square Library
331 East 10th Street
Free; 1 p.m.
212-228-4747
 
In the Gardens of the Ancients
A gallery talk with Jean Sorabella, lecturer at Smith College
Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
Free with Museum admission; 11:00 a.m.

North Chelsea and the West Side Yards
A tour offered by the Municipal Art Society; led by architectural historian
Francis Morrone

Meet at the S.E. corner of Eighth Ave. and 33rd St.
$15; 2 p.m.
www.mas.org

Easter Eggs Scavenger Hunt
For children 4 to 11 years old

Historic Richmond Town
441 Clarke Avenue
Staten Island
$7.00 for children, $3.00 for adults; 1 p.m.
718-351-1611
Reservations required

Concert
A performance by Deborah Karpel (soprano), Pedro Porro (tenor) and
Noby Ishida (piano).

Donnell Library
20 West 53rd Street
Free; 2:30 p.m.
212-621-0618

Easter Eggs
An annual family workshop
Please bring two hard-boiled eggs per child

St. John the Divine Cathedral
112th Street and Amsterdam Avenue
$5; 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
212-662-2133
Reservations recommended

April 20

Spirit of New York Easter Cruise

An Easter lunch cruise featuring three cartoon characters on board

Spirit of New York
Chelsea Piers
Prices start at $51 per adult and $49 per senior and child; 11 a.m.
1-866-211-3809

Yerushe/Inheritance

An event commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Participants will include writers, actors, musicians, and three generations of survivors and their descendants

CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
Free; 2 p.m.
212-817-8215

Why a Landmark: Midtown
A tour offered by the Municipal Art Society; led by architectural historian Anthony Robins

Meet at the Urban Center
457 Madison Avenue at 51st Street
$15; 2 p.m.
www.mas.org

FIND ONE YOURSELF (CALENDAR OF CALENDARS)

ART & LEISURE

CITY SEARCH HOT PICKS - Variety of events taking place in NYC during the week.

GARDENING EVENTS - collection of NYC gardening related events

GAY EVENTS - Large range of events from bingo night to lectures.

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

POLICY & URBAN AFFAIRS

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

ENVIRONMENTALLY FOCUSED ACTIVITIES - Environmental Policy events in NYC

NEW YORK PROGRESSIVE NETWORK - Forums and rallies

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

NON-PROFIT WORKSHOPS, CONFERENCES, ETC.

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

 

 

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