amNY Weekender | 9 things to do in NYC, Feb. 25-27

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Friday, Feb. 25

Black Dolls Exhibition: In light of Black History Month, explore handmade Black dolls through the lens of race, gender and identity. Immerse yourself in the world of dolls, doll play and doll making while examining the formation of racial identity and confronting the persistence of racism in America. New-York Historical Society Museum and Library, 170 Central Park West 77th Street New York, NY 10024. Free with purchase of general admissions ticket. 

Winter Festival: Beethoven’s Piano Trio, Op. 1, No. 1: Beethoven’s three Op. 1 piano trios are true milestones in chamber literature. The program includes music by Beethoven, Debussy’s charming Petite Suite for Piano, Four Hands and the audacious chamber concerto of Chausson. The event will take place at Alice Tully Hall by the Chamber Music Society of the Lincoln Center, 1941 Broadway New York, NY 10023. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $34.00 per person. 

Nature Scavenger Hunt: Parks will always be the city’s natural classroom. Bring your kids to parks throughout the city for Kids Week during mid-winter recess. This Friday, join the Urban Park Rangers on a fun nature scavenger hunt in Prospect Park to experience nature in a hands-on way. The hunt begins at the Picnic House in Prospect Park, 16-24 West Dr Brooklyn, NY 11215 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is free and for children ages six through 12.

Saturday, Feb. 26

Whose Mic Is It Showcase: Here is a chance to see some of the most talented signed and unsigned artists performing live. Presented by No Days Off Entertainment, Rappers, singers and bands are set to perform at this event. This music festival will take place at Now and Then NYC, 290 Meserole St Brooklyn, NY 11206. Must be 18 or older to attend. Discounted tickets are priced at $15 per person. Full-price tickets will be available at the door which opens at 5 p.m.

Governors Island Inaugural Ice Sculpture Show: The Trust for Governors Island and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council presents the Ice Sculpture Show. Enjoy an afternoon of live ice carving by professionals from Okamoto Studio and witness the designs submitted by different NYC-based artists. The event will also feature pop-up performances by the acclaimed Ice Theatre of New York, which presents ice dance that celebrates joy. A full schedule of the day’s events is to be announced. The event is held at the Winter Village in historic Colonels Row, 320-498 Clayton Rd New York, NY 10004 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The event is free for all ages. 

Black In Brooklyn Trolley Tour: In honor of Black History Month, Green-Wood presents this celebration of the unique stories of Black lives. Although Brooklyn and New York City have long struggled with segregation and racism, they also have a history of diversity, progress and activism. Examine the life and accomplishments of many prominent Black New Yorkers. Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th St Brooklyn, NY 11232. The tour takes place from 10 a.m. to noon. Tickets are $30 per person and $25 for members. 

Sunday, Feb. 27

Seneca Village Tour: Before Central Park was built, the area from West 82nd to West 89th was home to Seneca Village, the largest community of African-American property owners in pre-Civil War New York. On this tour, read the physical landscape of the Village to understand the particular value it provided to Black New Yorkers seeking refuge from crowded conditions and racial discrimination. Seneca Villiage Site in Central Park, 82nd St & 89th St New York, NY 10028. The 90-minute tour takes place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tickets are priced at $25 per person and 20 percent off for members. 

Sweet, Hot & Spicy Pop-up: Feast from a curated selection of artisanal treats, both sweet and spicy. Find over 20 artisanal food vendors that are spicing and sweetening up the “mid-winter” blues. Enjoy food including Jamaican chicken, Indian curries, raw vegan cakes, Korean corn dogs, Asian soups, Caribbean-inspired treats and more. In addition, explore over 70 independent artists, designers and vintage dealers. Grand Basaar NYC, 100 W 77th St New York, NY 10024. The pop-up is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Pop-up Talks: Andy Warhol: Revelation: Although Andy Warhol is one of the most celebrated and recognizable artists of the 20th century, his Byzantine Catholic upbringing and its profound impact on his life and work remains lesser-known. Learn more about key artworks in the exhibition Andy Warhol: Revelation during these short talks led by A.R.T. Guides. Exhibition open at the Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy Brooklyn, NY 11238. The talks occur every fifteen minutes from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Must purchase a ticket to the exhibit, which is $25 for adults. Specific discounted tickets are available.