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You Can Visit Governors Island During the Week!

I love Governors Island but never seem to make it over during the weekend, so I was super excited to learn that the National Parks Service offers public visits during the week. Did everyone already know about this? I definitely didn't but now feel the need to tell everyone

There's a variety of tours programs offered, from a history of artillery on the island to a tour of the interior of Castle Williams, all for free, and they include...

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Field Trip: The Onderdonk House in Ridgewood, Queens

I keep meeting people who live in Ridgeweood (hey Ridgewood!), so I thought it'd be fun to revisit one of my favorite historic houses, which just happens to be in Ridgewood: the wonderfully named Vander Ende-Onderdonk House

The house is at 1820 Flushing Avenue, just over the Queens-Brooklyn border; it's an easy walk from the Jefferson L stop, but it couldn't be further away in spirit from the busy, industrial Flushing Avenue on which it...

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Event Heads Up: Found Objects and Forgotten Stories

Brainery pal Ben Feldman is giving a talk at the Museum at Eldridge Street this Sunday, April 15 about an amazing little change purse and the history behind it. Ben's talks are always great and full of fun NYC history tidbits, so I'd definitely recommend this one. And it's free with admission to the Museum, so it won't break the bank, either. 

You can read up on the story of the change purse here, and get more details about the event...

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