Welcome to There or Square, the New School Free Press’s weekly post that delivers the low-down on the most time-worthy and can’t-miss events of the upcoming week.


Race in the United States: Health Equity

Monday, Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Engage with the intersections of race, health and politics while attending The New School’s lecture series “Race in the USA.” This weekly lecture series, sponsored by the Provost’s Office, critically examines the intersectional role race continues to play, and what that looks like in post-election America. This week, guest speaker Professor Arjumand Siddiqi of Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto will lecture and discuss the topic of health equity. Free. Also available via Facebook Live and Livestream.

The New School

University Center, UL104

63 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY


Meditation on the High Line

Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 8 a.m to 9 a.m.

Enjoy this guided meditation as you unwind on an elevated park. Led by the Integral Yoga Institute of New York and International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center, you will be immersed with fellow yogis of all ages and experiences.

Free with RSVP.

On the High Line at 22nd St.



Stephen Wilkes: “Day to Night”

Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In Stephen Wilkes’ project, “Day to Night,” an entire day is displayed in a single image. Wilkes seamlessly combines multiple photographs to show the transition of sunrise to nighttime, capturing iconic landmarks like Stonehenge and the Arc de Triomphe in new lights. The exhibit runs until November 11. Free.

Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery

505 W 24th St.



Movies Under the Stars: West Side Story

Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Enjoy the early fall weather as you watch the classic West Side Story. Arrive by 6:30 p.m. to snag a good spot. Limited chairs are available, so bring your favorite picnic blanket and some snacks! Free.

Harlem Art Park

120 St. and Sylvan Pl.




Printed Matter’s NY Art Book Fair Preview

Thursday, Sept. 21 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Preview the twelfth annual NY Art Book Fair presented by Printed Matter and enjoy live performances from Upstate Music, BLONDES and Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip). NY Art Book Fair is a platform for international artists to premiere their books, magazines, catalogs, zines and more to a wide audience. The fair is free and open to the public from Friday, Sept. 22 through Sunday, Sept. 24. Admission to Thursday’s preview is $10.

Purchase tickets for Thursday’s preview here. Limited tickets will be sold at the door.


22-25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City



Pier 2 – Brooklyn Bridge Park Roller Rink

Friday, Sept. 22 from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Grab a group of friends, strap on some skates, and glide around on an outside roller rink. Skate rental is $6.

Pier 2 Roller Rink at Brooklyn Bridge

150 Furman St, Pier 2


But Then You Read: Baldwin

Saturday, Sept. 23 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you’re a lover of James Baldwin, you won’t want to miss this day dedicated to his works. The Schomburg Center will celebrate their latest Baldwin acquisitions with this morning to night event. Various scholars and artists will read from Baldwin’s personal papers, as well as his published writings. Free. Seats are first come, first served.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

515 Malcolm X Boulevard

New York, NY 10037



Tonight We Dance: A Night of Jazz & Swing!

Saturday, Sept. 23 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Have you ever wanted to learn how to swing dance? Saturday is the perfect opportunity, in this event organized by Manhattan Borough Recreation. Open lessons provided by The Harlem Swing Dance Society end at 6 p.m. Live jazz music from the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra and open dancing will follow the lessons. Free.

Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park

18 Mt Morris Park W, New York, NY 10027



Dumpling Eating Contest at the Atlantic Antic Festival

Sunday, Sept. 24 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. (rain or shine)

Stuff yourself with meat or veggie dumplings at the Atlantic Antic Festival, which has been a Brooklyn tradition nearly every year since 1974. Partake in the 14th annual dumpling eating contest for $20 or go to enjoy the local music, food, and art. This year’s theme is “The Pulse of Brooklyn.” Free.

Chef One Dumpling Tent

Atlantic Ave & Henry St, Brooklyn, NY

494 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11217



Rowing at Pier 40 in the Hudson River

Sunday, Sept. 24 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. (rain or shine)

Learn the ropes of rowing with the Village Community Boathouse. You’ll be given a basic rundown of rowing terms and techniques — no experience necessary. No reservations are needed and the Boathouse will provide lifejackets. Arrive sharply at noon, as crews are paired at 12:30 p.m. and the boats depart promptly after. Each boat holds five people so bring your friends—all hands on deck! Free.

Pier 40

353 West Street, New York, NY 10014

Houston Street and the Hudson River Greenway



People’s Climate Music: Frontline Communities – The Untold Stories of the Climate Movement

Sunday, Sept. 24 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

In celebrating the third annual People’s Climate Music, artists and activists have come together to form The Hip Hop Caucus and bring awareness to climate change. In partnership with The New School, People’s Climate Music will share the stories of vanguard leaders pushing to expand the climate movement. Guest speakers and performers include Adrian Grenier, Messiah, Antonique Smith, and Mustafa Santiago Ali.

Register for the free event here.

The New School

Tishman Auditorium

63 5th Avenue

Illustration by Ashlie Juarbe

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