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13 Things To Do This Week in New York City's Neighborhoods

By DNAinfo Staff | October 18, 2015 3:28pm 

 The Grammy-winning Parker Quartet will give a concert featuring both Western and Eastern string ensemble selections. The Washington Post describes the group as having “exceptional virtuosity.”
The Grammy-winning Parker Quartet will give a concert featuring both Western and Eastern string ensemble selections. The Washington Post describes the group as having “exceptional virtuosity.”
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Monday, October 19

Albert Einstein: A Reluctant Leader

Where: Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills
When: 1:30 p.m.

Prof. Steven Gimbel, who chairs the Department of Philosophy at Gettysburg College, will discuss his new biography of Albert Einstein. Einstein’s engagement in politics led to early death threats from Nazi sympathizers. He also renounced his citizenship at age 16 in protest of German militarism and later became a pacifist. Suggested donation: $5 for members, $8 for non-members.

Free “Music Mondays” with Grammy-winning Quartet

Where: Broadway United Church of Christ, 2504 Broadway at W. 93rd St., Upper West Side
When: Doors at 6:45, show starts at 7 p.m.

The Grammy-winning Parker Quartet will give a concert featuring both Western and Eastern string ensemble selections. The Washington Post describes the group as having “exceptional virtuosity.”

Gloria and Emilio Estefan in Conversation with Rita Moreno

Where: 92nd Street Y, Upper East Side
When: 7:30 p.m.

As a prelude to the opening of the new musical “On Your Foot! The Musical,” Rita Moreno will host a discussion with the Estefans about their life, marriage and music.

Tuesday, October 20

Delivery Cyclist Forum

Where: Rose Auditorium, Cooper Union, 41 Cooper Square, East Village
When: 3 p.m.

Check out this helpful forum for businesses that do deliveries by bike, in which cyclists and business owners can learn regulations and pick up free cycling accessories.

Life after Surveillance in Bay Ridge’s Muslim Community

Where: Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St., Brooklyn Heights
When: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

A panel of scholars, journalists and community leaders, including Linda Sarsour, executive director of the Arab American Association of New York, will discuss life for Bay Ridge’s Muslim community, which was deeply impacted during the city’s post-9/11 security clampdown. The event is free but seats will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration online is encouraged.

Go Out to Dinner to Help Homeless People

Where: Restaurants in Gowanus, Park Slope and elsewhere
When: Evening

When you eat dinner at participating restaurants on Oct. 20, 15 percent of your bill will be donated to CHiPs, a Gowanus nonprofit that feeds hungry people and runs a shelter for homeless moms. Restaurants participating in the event include Athena Mediterranean Cuisine (535 Sixth Ave.), Runner & Stone (285 Third Ave.), Sidecar (560 Fifth Ave.), Ravioli Wine Bar (277 Smith St.), Dinosaur BBQ (604 Union St.). Check the CHiPS website for a complete list.

Wednesday, October 21

Free Mammograms Outside Midtown North Precinct

Where: 306 W. 54th St., Midtown West
When: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

In support of breast cancer awareness month, Midtown North Precinct will host a mobile testing truck outside the precinct that will offer free mammograms to women over 40 on Wednesday morning. You can make an appointment in advance by calling 212-767-8440.

Free Total Body Conditioning Workout Class and Cooking Demo

Where: Restoration Plaza, 1368 Fulton St., Bed-Stuy
When: Cooking demo begins 5:30 p.m., workout begins at 6:30 p.m.

Learn how to shop smart and prep healthy meals at this free interactive class. Follow it up with a full-body workout thanks to Bed-Stuy’s Restoration Corporation and EmblemHealth. Visitors can also receive free nutritional tips from fitness coach Nakisha Ross. Register online here.

Pedro Pietri: A Puerto Rican Obituary

Where: El Museo Del Barrio at 1230 Fifth Ave., East Harlem
When: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Take part in this celebration of the life of Puerto Rican-born and Manhattan-raised poet, activist, and co-founder of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, a space known for accepting artists that no one else would. The evening will include a discussion about Pietri’s life and spoken word performances.

Sample Park Slope Restaurants at Food for Thought

Where: Prospect Park Picnic House, Park Slope
When: 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Sample food and drinks from more than two dozen Park Slope restaurants at this fundraiser for college scholarships for Park Slope high school seniors. Tickets are $75 in advance or $100 at the door.

Greater Astoria All Stars Lecture

Where: Q.E.D. Astoria, 27-16 23rd Ave., Astoria   
When: 7 to 8 p.m.

Hear all about the famous names to come out of Astoria — like Tony Bennett,  Perry Como, Dee Snider and Christopher Walken — presented by the Greater Astoria Historical Society. The lecture will also include live performances of some of the famous music to come out of the neighborhood. Event costs $10.

Thursday, October 22

Art From the Heart III

Where: NYU Kimmel Center, 50 Washington Square South at LaGuardia Place, 10th Floor, Greenwich Village
When: 6 p.m.

Nearly two dozen senior artists have donated paintings, drawings and sculptures to this benefit to raise money for Visiting Neighbors, an organization that aims to help seniors in lower Manhattan maintain their independence. A former Sotheby’s art auctioneer will conduct a live auction of the works, and there will also be a silent auction ongoing. Many of the artists have exhibited in museums and galleries, according to Visiting Neighbors. The event includes wine, hors d’oeurvres, and live jazz with The Keith Maurer Trio. Tickets are $125 and can be purchased online or over the phone by calling 212-260-6200.

Opening performance of “or, The Whale”

Where: The Waterfront Museum aboard Lehigh Valley Barge #79, located at 290 Conover St., Red Hook
When: 7:30 p.m.

Threadbare Theatre Workshop will stage “or, The Whale,” the group’s adaptation of Moby Dick. The show will take place aboard the Lehigh Valley Barge #79 that’s docked on Conover Streets in Red Hook. Performances will take place from Oct. 22 to Oct. 24 with an additional performance on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 2 p.m. Tickets are priced at $18.

These events were compiled by DNAinfo's neighborhood reporters Emily Frost, Nikhita Venugopal, Gwynne Hogan, Noah Hurowitz, Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska, Jeanmarie Evelly, Shaye Weaver, Danielle Tcholakian, Camille Bautista, Leslie Albrecht and Gustavo Solis.