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7 Things to Do in Your New York City Neighborhood This Week

By DNAinfo Staff | September 20, 2015 9:22pm 

 Peruse the finery at jewler Reinstein|Ross during a treasure hunt in the Meatpacking district on Thursday.
Peruse the finery at jewler Reinstein|Ross during a treasure hunt in the Meatpacking district on Thursday.
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Monday, September 21

New York Therapy Dogs R.E.A.D.

Where: Webster Library, 1465 York Ave. Upper East Side
When: 3 p.m.

Kids, from ages 5 to 10, will have the chance to read to a therapy dog one-on-one. The idea is to help improve children’s reading and communication skills by getting them excited about who they’re reading to. Don’t forget to register for a 15-minute spot.

Tuesday, September 22

Teaching and Learning Workshop

Where: Studio Museum of Harlem, 144 W. 125th St., Harlem
When: 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

This free event is designed for elementary and high school teachers. They will be able to get a guided from abstract artist Stanley Whitney’s new exhibition from the artist himself. Afterwards they will be able to sit down and talk with Whitney. Teachers will also be able to talk to museum staff about various ways their students can benefit from museum resources.

Wednesday, September 23

Books at Noon

Where: New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at 5th Ave at 42nd Street., Midtown
When: Noon

Author Ron Rash will discuss his book latest novel "Above the Waterfall," a haunting tale that transports the reader to contemporary Appalachia where a long-time sheriff and a park ranger with a troubled past are thrust into a journey together. Rash is the author of the best-selling novel "Serena" as well as “One Foot in Eden,” “Saints at the River,” “The World Made Straight” and “The Cove.”

“Empire” Viewing Party

Where: Harlem Shake, 100 W. 124th St., Harlem
When: 9 p.m.

Watch the season premiere of Fox’s hit show "Empire." The show follows a ridiculously successful family, the Lyons, as they try to take over the music industry.

Thursday, September 24

#TrySwedish Day at NORTH Nordic Food Festival

Where: NORTH Market Square at Charles Street and Washington Street, West Village
When: 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The NORTH Nordic Food Festival is a six-day affair showcasing a new Scandinavian country each day in a vacant lot and adjacent building in the West Village. The first day goes to Sweden, with Swedish cuisine served up in a bustling outdoor marketplace, including a “crayfish party” from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

► A Jewelry Treasure Hunt: The Gems of the Meatpacking

Where: The Meatpacking District
When: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Prowl the neighborhood shops for shiny things in this “grown-up treasure hunt treasure map” which leads the way to opportunities to make a personalized, one-of-a-kind necklace at Anna Inspiring Jewelry on Washington Street, sneak a peek at “gemologist” Elizabeth Doyle’s personal collection of vintage pieces on West 13th Street, check out Swedish goods on Little West 12th Street, taste wedding cakes and play dress-up with bridal jewelry on Hudson Street and watch goldsmiths engaged in their craft on Gansevoort Street. Complimentary refreshments will be served at each stop, and checking in at all five makes you eligible to win one of five prizes.

Person, Place or Thing with Randy Cohen and Jill Abramson

Where: Macaulay Honors College, 35 W. 67th St. (between Columbus and Central Park West), Upper West Side
When: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Writer Randy Cohen will interview Jill Abramson, former executive editor of the New York Times, for his podcast “Person, Place or Thing.” The event is free but an RSVP is requested.