6 Places in NYC That Make You Feel Instantly Smarter
Like a present for your brain
Maybe it’s been a while since you’ve read The New Yorker cover to cover or actually finished your book club’s latest pick. Well, if you want to feel more like the bookworm you haven’t had time to indulge, here’s where to go.
Secret Science Club
Feeling nostalgic for the days of science fairs and experiments in your parents’ garage? Head to this monthly lecture series, which covers science from all angles: Upcoming speakers include a linguist and an evolutionary biologist.
Multiple locations; secretscienceclub.blogspot.com
92nd Street Y
The uptown institution never fails to impress us with its stellar lineup of events, bringing the likes of Anthony Bourdain, Rebecca Solnit and Alexander Wang this fall. Think of it as your shortcut to well-rounded cultural enlightenment.
1395 Lexington Ave. (at 92nd St.); 212-415-5500 or 92y.org
The Greene Space at WNYC and WQXR
The home of some of your favorite podcasts, WNYC, has its very own venue, and it’s a great place to soak up some live, headphone-free knowledge. We’re marking our calendars for panels on identity in YA novels and the art of adapting works for Broadway.
44 Charlton St. (at Varick St.); thegreenespace.org
Learn something new at this friendly, populist education center: Classes on everything from crafts like wreath-making to the history of the NYPD to the history of candy (yes, samples are included) start at just $10. And if you’re dying to share your expertise on origami or web design, you can sign up to teach.
190 Underhill Ave. (between Sterling and St. Johns pls.), Brooklyn; 347-292-7246 or brooklynbrainery.com
The Morgan Library & Museum
Whether you geek out over literature, history, art, music or all of the above, this national landmark houses plenty to feed your intellect. (Also, it’s gorgeous.) Upcoming topics include the lives of the Brontë sisters and activism from Martin Luther to the social-media era.
225 Madison Ave. (at 36th St.); 212-685-0008 or themorgan.org