Compiled by Sara Maher
While digging through its archives, MoMA discovered still frames and excerpts from 35mm camera negatives. This footage, abandoned in post-production, showed a remarkable slice of cinema history – an unreleased film featuring an all-black cast and shot by an all-white crew. Starring Caribbean-American recording artist Bert Williams and other Harlem-based entertainers, the footage offers a unique look at moviemakers working to “achieve increased visibility in a time of segregation.”
F downtown to 57th St and walk southeast to MoMA at 11 W 53rd. "100 Years in Post-Production: Resurrecting a Lost Landmark of Black Film History" runs through May 3. This exhibit is located on the first floor, and is free and open to the public during museum hours. moma.org/visit/calendar/exhibitions/1528
Moving Around NYC
Radio City Music Hall presents its "New York Spring Spectacular," “a whirlwind adventure across New York City” that tells “an inspiring and hopeful narrative about New Yorkers.” The brand-new production stars Laura Benanti, Derek Hough, and, of course, the Rockettes. It also includes cameos from Whoopi Goldberg, Tina Fey, and Amy Poehler as the voices of New York landmarks and, apparently, an appearance by Donald Trump.
F downtown to 47-50th Streets and walk north to 1260 Sixth Av. Through May 7; times vary by date. Tickets $45-199. newyorkspringspectacular.com
Moving on the Streets
On the first Sunday in May, 32,000 cyclists come from all over the world for a chance to ride through all five NYC boroughs. Organized by Bike New York, the TD Five Boro Bike Tour is the world’s largest charitable bike ride. Registration to ride in the event is closed, but you can watch thousands of bikes charge down streets that are normally open to motor traffic. Note: There’s live entertainment all along the route, but tour-related events and activities are closed to the public.
F downtown to W 4th, 14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd, 47-50th, 57th, or 63rd Streets in Manhattan and uptown to 21st Street in Queens, or just ride the Tram and watch riders cross the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge. Sun May 3. First wave leaves Franklin and Church Streets at 7:30 a.m. Route runs north on Fifth Av., then crosses the East River via the Queensboro Bridge before heading south to Brooklyn and finishing in Staten Island. bike.nyc/events/td-five-boro-bike-tour
Moving Through Time
The Morgan Library holds some of the world’s greatest (and oldest) collections of medieval and literary manuscripts, private letters, and original music, not to mention the architectural and decorative splendor of the building itself. Exhibitions closing in the next month include drawings by the great Italian draftsman Giovanni Battista, on loan from Sir John Soane’s Museum in London, and on display in the United States for the first time; illuminated illustrations of passages from Hebrew Psalm 104 by contemporary artist Barbara Wolff; and a special exhibition celebrating the museum’s 10th anniversary of deciding to collect and exhibit modern drawings, featuring more than one hundred drawings by contemporaries like Matisse, Pollock, Warhol, Twombly, and Dumas.
F downtown to 34th St and walk northeast to the Morgan Library and Museum, 225 Madison Av. "Hebrew Illumination for Our Time: The Art of Barbara Wolff" runs through May 3; "Piranesi and the Temples of Paestum: Drawings from Sir John Soane’s Museum" through May 17; "Embracing Modernism: Ten Years of Drawings Acquisitions" through May 24. Tue-Thu 10:30-9; Fri 10-9; Sat 10-6; Sun 11-6. $18 for adults and $12 for children, seniors, and students; admission free on Friday nights 7-9pm. themorgan.org