Summer Sundays: New York Marble Cemetery Open Gate Days

The NYU Office of Government and Community Affairs is happy to promote the following free and public event from one of our non-profit neighbors:


Check out one of New York's hidden treasures, smack in the middle of the East Village. Opened in 1830, the New York Marble Cemetery is one of the city's best kept secrets – and you're invited to explore it on select days this summer and fall.


The New York Marble Cemetery (sometimes called the Second Avenue Cemetery) is the oldest public, non-sectarian burial ground in New York City. Designated a New York City Landmark and included on the National Register of Historic Places, the Cemetery is comprised of subterranean marble vaults built at a time when fears of a yellow fever epidemic had outlawed in-earth burials. Instead of headstones, marble plaques were set into the Cemetery’s walls, leaving a oasis of tranquil green space in the bustling East Village.

You can find the entrance to the Cemetery at 41 1/2 Second Avenue, between Second and Third Streets, through two pairs of locked iron gates. It is open in nice weather the fourth Sunday of each month, April through October and in mid-October for Open House New York.

Sunday, June 23 - Open Gate
Sunday, July 28 - Open Gate
Sunday, August 18 - Open Gate
Sunday, September 22 - Open Gate
Saturday, October 12 - OHNY: Open House New York
Sunday, October 13 - OHNY: Open House New York
Sunday, October 27 - Open Gate (last of the season)

June 20: Promoting Resilience Post-Sandy Through Innovative Planning and Design

The Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University is hosting Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and Chair of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force Shaun Donovan, who will make an announcement related to promoting innovation and resilient design in Sandy rebuilding. Following his remarks, Secretary Donovan will chair a panel focused on the vulnerabilities of the Sandy-affected region and opportunities to make communities more resilient through innovative design and regional planning. Judith Rodin, President of The Rockefeller Foundation, will discuss the role of philanthropies in generating and supporting innovative responses to Hurricane Sandy.

Thursday, June 20
9:15AM start, Arrive by 9:00AM
NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute
20 Cooper Square, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10003
RSVP if you plan to attend.


Panelists will also include:

Laurel Blatchford, Executive Director, Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force
Seth Diamond, Commissioner, New York City Department of Homeless Services
Ingrid Gould Ellen, co-director of the Furman Center and professor of public policy and urban planning at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
Marc Ferzan, Executive Director of Governor Christie's Office of Recovery and Rebuilding
Dina Long, Mayor of Sea Bright, New Jersey
Seth Pinsky, President, New York City Economic Development Corporation
Joan Shigekawa, Acting Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
Tom Tavella, President, American Society of Landscape Architects

Henk Ovink, Senior Advisor to the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, will moderate the session. This event is free and open to the public.

June 13-August 10: This is not me: Enduring Syria's War Exhibit

New York University's Tisch School of the Arts presents an exhibition entitled This is not me: Enduring Syria’s War, by Bridgette Auger, the 2012 Tierney Fellowship award recipient from the Department of Photography & Imaging in the Kanbar Institute of Film and Television.

This is not me: Enduring Syria’s War is a photography-based project incorporating text and video that follows two friends as they experience war from inside and outside their homeland. The project looks beyond the enormous physical destruction caused by the war to the profound emotional and mental toll on those forcibly displaced by the violence.

The exhibition opens June 13 and will remain on view through August 10 in the Gulf+Western Gallery at 721 Broadway (at Waverly Place). Gallery hours are 10 am to 7 pm weekdays and noon to 5 pm Saturdays. It is open to the public, and admission is free. Photo identification is required to enter the building. 

June 26: Ellery Eskelin's NY Trio Jazz Performance

Join New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development presents a performance by Ellery Eskelin's NY Trio on June 26 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The performance will take place at the Provincetown Playhouse located at 133 MacDougal Street. The shop is free and open to the public and is part of Steinhardt's International Jazz Fest directed by David Schroeder. 

June 26: A Reading of Midnight in Mexico

Please join Alfredo Corchado for a Reading of "Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter's Journey Through a Country's Descent into Darkness." In Mexican lore, a curse was put on that country’s people when La Malinche, an Aztec woman, cooperated with the Spanish conquistadors. As recently as New Year’s Day in Ciudad Juarez, 50 people died in five days. These numbers aren’t unusual but for Alfredo Corchado, the story is more than tragedy and sensationalism. Midnight in Mexico weaves together Corchado’s search for the evil—political and criminal—acting in Mexico with his own search for belonging as a Mexican-American.

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013, 6:00 p.m.
Auditorium of King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center
53 Washington Square South

Alfredo Corchado is a 2009 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and has worked for the Dallas Morning News since 1994. As Mexico Bureau Chief, he covers US policy in Latin America, specializing in Mexico. His reporting has earned him several awards, including the Maria Moors Cabot award presented by Columbia University and the Elijah Parrish Lovejoy prize presented by Colby College. He is currently a Visiting Fellow at the David Rockefeller Center at Harvard. He is based in Mexico City, but calls the border home.

This event is free and open to the public. Photo ID is required for entry into the building.

June 25: The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra

Join New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development presents a performance by the The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra on June 25 at 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The performance will take place at the Provincetown Playhouse located at 133 MacDougal Street is directed by Tommy Smith. This performance is free and open to the public and is part of Steinhardt's International Jazz Fest directed by David Schroeder. 

June 14-16: Eleventh Workshop of the International Network Impact of Empire: "Rome and the Worlds beyond Roman Frontiers

New York University's Department of Classics in conjunction with the NYU Center for Ancient Studies, the NYU Humanities Initiative, the NYU Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, the Faculty of Arts Radboud University Nijmegen, OIKOS Dutch National Research School in Classical Studies, and
Dreyfus Sohne & Cie AG present the Eleventh Workshop of the International Network Impact of Empire: "Rome and the Worlds beyond Roman Frontiers"

Friday, June 14, 9:30am-5:00 pm
Jurow Lecture Hall
Silver Center for Arts and Science
32 Waverly Place or 31 Washington Place (wheelchair access)

Saturday, June 15, 10:00am-5:00pm
Institute for the Study of the Ancient World
15 East 84th Street

Sunday, June 16, 10:00am-12:30pm
Jurow Lecture Hall
Silver Center for Arts and Science
32 Waverly Place or 31 Washington Place (wheelchair access)

The workshop is free and open to the public.  For more information email Neeltje Irene Kuin.