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20 Things to Do in New York City's Neighborhoods This Week

By DNAinfo Staff | February 21, 2016 8:13am | Updated on February 21, 2016 7:45pm

 On Monday, find out how to use the city's low-cost and free fitness resources to overcome expensive gym memberships, limited access to green space, and other obstacles that get in the way of getting in shape at the Museum of the City of New York.
On Monday, find out how to use the city's low-cost and free fitness resources to overcome expensive gym memberships, limited access to green space, and other obstacles that get in the way of getting in shape at the Museum of the City of New York.
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Monday, February 22

Tour the Northern Forts of Central Park

Where: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, inside the Park at 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues, Harlem
When: 11 a.m.

Discover the history of Central Park as a place where both British and American troops were once stationed before it officially became a park. Tickets are $15 and $10 for members.

Animation Afternoon

Where: Cinema Village, 22 E. 12th St., Greenwich Village
When: 2 p.m. to 5:25 p.m.

An afternoon of animated films costs just $5, thanks to the Winter Film Awards film festival, which is bringing movies from around the world, many by first-time directors, to New York City this week. The festival runs all week, with parties around the city every night. Check out the website for the full schedule.

Dominican Heritage Concert

Where: George Washington High School of Media and Communications, 549 Audubon Ave., Washington Heights
When: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Join popular merengue singer, Miriam Cruz, and the Young People’s Chorus of New York City to celebrate Dominican heritage. The event is free and open to the public, although seating is limited to 1,300 people.

Free Latin Dance Class at the Brooklyn Public Library

Where: Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Branch, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Heights
When: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Learn how to salsa, bachata and tango in this class led by professional Latin dancers from the IATI Theater in Manhattan. The workshop is free and open to the public.

Make the City Your Gym

Where: Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave., East Harlem
When: 6:30 p.m.

Find out how to use the city's low-cost and free fitness resources to overcome expensive gym memberships, limited access to green space, and other obstacles that get in the way of getting in shape. A panel of experts will also discuss how to make the city your gym.

Above the Bridge Writers Cafe

Where: Le Cheile, 839 W. 181st St., Washington Heights
When: 8 p.m.

Have something sweet, hot or steamy writing to share? Send it to the writing group Above the Bridge to share with other writers for their monthly meet-ups, the latest entitled, “Love/Sex/Passion.” Above the Bridge’s mission is to “encourage and cultivate neighborhood writers and provide them with an audience for their work.” There’s a $5 cover charge and one-drink minimum.

Tuesday, February 23

3rd Annual 5x10 Talks

Where: BRIC, 647 Fulton Street, Fort Greene
When: 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Five notable Downtown Brooklynites will talk for ten minutes each about one topic: “What’s next?” This year’s speakers are Donnel Baird of BlocPower, Alex Blumberg of Gimlet Media, Katy Clark of BAM, Dale Talde of Three Kings Restaurant Group and Teresa Younger of the Ms. Foundation for Women. A VIP reception at 6:30 p.m. will feature food from Mile End Deli and Rucola, plus beer from Brooklyn Brewery. VIP tickets are $100 and general admission is $50. All proceeds will support free community events in Downtown Brooklyn.

Discussion of Black History in the Context of World History

Where: The Living Gallery BK, 1094 Broadway, Bedford-Stuyvesant
When: 8 to 10 p.m.

Brooklyn Wildlife, a local arts collective, is hosting a conversation about Black history and the African diaspora.  Audience members are encouraged to bring books articles and literature to discuss.

Wednesday, February 24

Talks at the Schomburg: Who is Afraid of Ben Carson?

Where: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Blvd., Central Harlem
When: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Join historian Leah Wright Rigueur as she explores the landscape of black conservatism through the prism of Ben Carson. Rigueur wrote "The Loneliness of the Black Republican," which covers more than 40 years of black Republican activists. Her work provides a unique understanding of the relationship between African Americans and the Republican Party.

The Upper East Side Story: Oral History Interviewer Orientation

Where: The 67th Street Library, between First and Second avenues, Upper East Side
When: 6 to 8 p.m.

The library is looking for volunteer interviewers to interview neighbors, friends or family members about their memories living on the Upper East Side as part of the NYPL’s oral history project. The meeting will discuss how to get involved and what the job entails.

Gowanus By Design Exhibit Opening

Where: Site:Brooklyn Gallery, 165 7th St., Gowanus
When: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

See the results of a design competition in which architects, urban planners and students were asked to create an atlas for the fast-changing neighborhood of Gowanus and design an “urban field station” for the canal’s watershed. Winners and honorable mentions will be on display from Feb. 24 through March 5.

“Photo-Poetics: An Anthology”

Where: The Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Ave. at East 89th St., Upper East Side
When: 6:30 p.m.

In this panel, artists Elad Lassry, Erin Shirreff and Kathrin Sonntag will talk about photography, issues of identity, representation, reproduction, and circulation.

Cookbook Author Terry Romero at Astoria Bookshop

Where: 31-29 31st St., Astoria
When: 7 p.m.

Local Author Terry Romero will discuss her cookbook, “Protein Ninja” featuring healthy recipes that will help you incorporate more protein into your diet.

"Fried Chicken and Latkes"

Where: Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Pl., Battery Park City
When: 7 p.m.

Actress-comedian Rain Pryor takes an irreverent and touching look at growing up African American, Jewish, and the daughter of a famous father, Richard Pryor, in her one-woman show. $35 general admission, $25 for members, $15 for students

"The Vagina Monologues"

Where: The Pow Wow, 1058 Bedford Ave., Bed-Stuy
When: 7 p.m.

Check out a performance of Eve Ensler’s award-winning play, featuring performers who talk about their not-so-private parts. Proceeds from the show will go toward funding a free, weekly creative art therapy group for survivors of sexual assault. Tickets are $11 for students and $27 for general admission. Entrance is on Clifton Place.

Brooklyn Raga Massive’s Tribute to The Beatles

Where: Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer St., Red Hook
When: 8 p.m.

The musical collective Brooklyn Raga Massive will dedicate the night to The Beatles on the night before George Harrison’s birthday. The iconic British group embraced Indian culture amidst their wildly successful career, particularly Harrison, who took sitar lessons from Pandit Ravi Shankar.

Thursday, February 25

Trip to Kehila Kedosha Janina Synagogue

Where: Participants gather at the Central Queens Y, at 67-09 108th St. in Forest Hills and travel together to Kehila Kedosha Janina, located on the corner of Broome and Allen streets on the Lower East Side
When: 10 a.m. (departure from CQY)

Visit the Kehila Kedosha Janina synagogue on the Lower East Side, which is the last Greek synagogue in the Western Hemisphere. Built in 1927, this historical treasure serves as a gathering place for the Romaniote — Greek Jews. The tour is $20 and includes a Greek/Jewish meal. For more info email olderadults@cqy.org or call 718-268-5011 ext. 160.

Union Square Sweat Fest Closing Event

Where: Eddie Bauer, 100 Fifth Ave. at West 15th Street, Union Square
When: 6 p.m.

Close out Union Square’s second-annual fitness festival with an hour of cardio conditioning.

Art Opening: “In the Making: Artists, Assistance and Influence”

Where: Luxembourg & Dayan Gallery, 64 E. 77th St. near Madison Ave., Upper East Side
When: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Get a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into making a series of works, including the discrete dialogues between artists and their assistants, during the gallery’s opening reception of its newest exhibition. The artwork of Andy Warhol, Ross Bleckner, Cindy Sherman and others will be on display. The gallery is also open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Trivia Night at LIC Beer Project

Where: 39-28 23rd St., Long Island City
When: 7:30 p.m.

Head to the LIC Beer Project Brewery for a night of trivia, in which teams can compete to win a $25 bar tab or a free growler of local beer.

These listings were compiled by DNAinfo's reporters Camille Bautista, Rachel Holliday Smith, Leslie Albrecht, Nikhita Venugopal, Alexandra Leon, Gwynne Hogan, Noah Hurowitz, Emily Frost, Shaye Weaver, Gustavo Solis, Carolina Pichardo, Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska and Jeanmarie Evelly.