The Saga of Salty Sam, Navy Mascot | Virtual Program

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In 1953, the USS Wrangell was sailing off the coast of Portugal when it encountered a fishing boat adrift; on board was just a lone fisherman, dead, a dog, barely alive. The dog was adopted by the crew and eventually brought back to the Brooklyn Navy Yard, though the mystery of “Salty Sam’s” origins have never been solved. To celebrate our dog Salty’s birthday (named after the mystery dog), we will share this puzzling tale, as well as other stories from the rich tradition of animal mascots in the US Navy.

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Protest, Empathy & Resistance: A Conversation with Street Artist Adam Fujita | Virtual Program

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New York City-based artist Adam Fujita creates clear and compelling public messages of protest, community organizing and education. Characterized by flawless elegance, his signature neon street art was born out of a response to the 2016 election, when Adam began using neon as a metaphor for “keeping the lights on” in a volatile political climate. He is now busier than ever creating optimistic work that spotlights gender issues, police violence, women’s rights, corporate greed, nativism, and other social challenges like our current global pandemic. Rising to prominence as a graffiti artist in 1990’s San Fransisco, Adam holds an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, is a Monster Energy-sponsored artist, and some recent clients include BAM, Shake Shack, the Brooklyn Nets, Coach, the Tony Hawk Foundation, Brompton, and the American Museum of Natural History. Join us for this deep-dive into Adam’s portfolio and profound creative vision.

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Vaux & Olmsted: Public Spaces, Private Lives | Virtual Program

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Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted are best known for designing landmark landscapes in New York City and across the country, most notably Prospect Park and Central Park. Both men had wildly different lives and careers before their collaboration began, and yet they found incredible chemistry and creative energy together, though later their lives again diverged. This program will look closely at the biographies of both men and how their life experiences and outlooks are reflected in the spaces they created together.

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Exploring the Erie Canal with Will Van Dorp | Virtual Program

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Two hundred years ago New York State was in the midst of digging a canal to connect the Hudson River with Lake Erie, a civil engineering project that would transform the state and the country. Canal builders followed ancient waterways, re-imagining their scale and modifying them several times in relation to evolving technology. The canal still connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes, but today, the future of this now almost post-commercial waterway is being re-imagined. Join writer and photographer Will Van Dorp, creator of the recent Virtual Erie Canal tour, to learn about the multiple past re-imaginings of this waterway that made NYC the world port it is.

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Eating In Translation with Dave Cook | Virtual Program

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Many fairs, festivals, and food bazaars, rooted in culinary traditions from all over the world, have been postponed or cancelled this spring. New York-based photojournalist Dave Cook will lead a virtual tour through all corners of the city to look at the past, and the future, of these beloved events. Since 2005 his website Eating In Translation has explored lesser-known food in the five boroughs of the city and, occasionally, farther afield. Dave’s work has also appeared in The Art of Eating; Culinary BackstreetsThe New York TimesSavoring Gotham: A Food Lover’s Companion to New York City, and many other publications.

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War Comes to Brooklyn: Green-Wood Cemetery and the Brooklyn Army Terminal | Virtual Program

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To mark Memorial Day weekend, this virtual program will examine the connections between the residents of Green-Wood Cemetery and the Brooklyn Army Terminal. Following both World Wars, the Terminal was a principal destination for the repatriation of servicemen killed overseas, many of whom were buried in nearby Green-Wood. We will also look at the monuments of many people who built, worked, and served at the Army Terminal, as well as other important figures in the development of Brooklyn’s military and industrial waterfront over the past century.

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Voices of Essex Market with Feed Me A Story | Free Virtual Program

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In celebration of Lower East Side History Month, join us for a conversation with Theresa Loong, Laura Nova, and Sarah Kramer about Feed Me A Story’s video and audio documentation of Essex Market that explores what it means to be an American through questions like, “What is your favorite childhood food?” or “What was the first recipe you learned to cook?” We’ll be listening together to clips from their recently launched audio walk of the market, watching videos that feature stories and family recipes from vendors and customers alike, and inviting viewers to share the ingredients and dishes that spark their own stories and memories of family and community.

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Tales from the Archives: The Puerto Rican Experience Reflected in Federal Records | Virtual Program

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Government records are not just the stuff of bureaucratic nightmares. While created to serve agency functions, federal records can also reveal very personal stories. Dennis Riley, an archivist at the New York State Archives, and formerly at the National Archives in New York and the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, will discuss some of the personal history reflected in the records from Puerto Rico held at the National Archives in New York City.

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Public Speaking Online: A Practical Workshop | Virtual Program

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Does public speaking make you nervous? Are you developing video content but unsure how to speak to a camera? Does presenting to colleagues and clients through virtual meeting platforms feel like talking to a blank wall? In this online workshop with guide, actor, and public speaking coach Doug Chapman, we will teach practical skills to help you gain ease and comfort communicating in virtual settings. We will address both technical issues like lighting and camera set-up as well as vocal and performance techniques gathered from Doug’s ten years of experience helping hundreds of corporate and creative clients improve their communication skills.

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Fleet Week New York, Past and Present | Virtual Program

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For just the second time in 33 years, Fleet Week New York has been cancelled this year, so instead, we will look back at Fleet Weeks and naval reviews held over the past century in New York Harbor. From the return of the victorious fleet after World War II to OpSails to ships of the contemporary Navy, we will share images and stories of some of the special visits of military vessels to our harbor and to the Brooklyn waterfront. We normally host our Fleet Week tours with our friends at Classic Harbor Line, so they will be joining us to share about their own beautiful fleet of wooden sailboats and motor yachts that take visitors around the harbor.

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