leisure 05.19.04

The Curiosity Guild

The underlying premise of MUG is curiosity. Side streets interest us more than avenues. Unmarked doors make us wonder. And while it's possible to find anything in New York, it's impossible always to know where to look. The city, though, invariably rewards the effort.

So it's not surprising that we'd be curious about something called The Curiosity Guild. The idea is simply "to bring together people who want to learn new and interesting things." It meets on the first Sunday of each month and you might take a Williamsburg gallery tour, or learn how to plant a windowbox herb garden, or how to play euchre. This coming Sunday, May 23rd, there's a walk all the way down Broadway from north to south, with commentary focusing on how Robert Moses shaped the city.

No disrespect meant to Tempe or Tulsa or Lansing, but, really, what other city piques your curiosity like this one?

More info at the website or by emailing here.
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