The Urban Scientist

New York City Science Happenings Fall 2010

The Urban Scientist is back and excited for a science-filled Autumn in New York City!

September 18, 2010
Autumn in New York City [Credit: Vivianna_love,]
Autumn in New York City [Credit: Vivianna_love,]

Below is a round-up of science and technology-centered hot spots around the city. Check the websites regularly for the latest happenings. The Urban Scientist will also provide weekly recommendations through this blog.

Happy sciencing!

The Amateur Astronomers Association of New York: “Since 1927 the Amateur Astronomers Association has been serving our members and the public in all aspects of amateur astronomy.” Check out the AAA website for public star gazing events.

The New York Academy of Sciences hosts events and lectures from artificial intelligence to the neurobiology of plants, to the science of immortality. Everything, including the Science in the City series, is open to the public, but membership gets you discounts.

The American Museum of Natural History is a must-see for any science enthusiast in New York. There’s always something exciting going on there, and you couldn’t see it all in one visit even if you tried.

The New York Hall of Science emphasizes the intersection of science and fun, and is a great place to take kids. The World Maker Faire is happening there September 25th adn 26th, 2010.

The New York Botanical Garden has living things to see, even in winter.

Dr. Ben’s BioBus has been in all five borroughs, bringing science to schools all over NYC. Most weekends you can catch the mobile laboratory at one of Gotham’s fine urban parks.

Nerd Nite is a wildly popular and fun evening of drinking and learning. It usually happens about once a month at Galapagos Art Space in DUMBO.

If you consider yourself a hacker, or just like making stuff, you will make many friends at NYC Resistor. They have a weekly craft night, as well as workshops and classes throughout the year.

Alpha One Labs is another popular Hackerspace in Brooklyn.

The NYC Tech Meetup is a group of tech-savvy New Yorkers hoping to make NYC the next Silicon Valley. They have over 14,000 members and their meetings can swell to almost 1,000.

Sony Wonder Technology Lab hosts many technology and science events for kids.

3rd Ward is a professional creative community for artists and scientists alike. There’s a membership fee to access its resources, but the group also hosts plenty of interesting events.

Secret Science Club often meets in the Bell House in Brookly with “brain-boggling lectures, volatile cocktails, and synapse-stimulating sounds.”

If you know of a science-oriented event or organization in the New York area, please send it along!

About the Author

Olivia Koski

Olivia Koski was born in the desert and raised in the mountains. After studying physics in college, she earned a living manipulating light for an aerospace company. She abandoned saguaros, pine trees and lasers for the skyscrapers of New York City, where she is studying the fine art of manipulating words, sound and images as a journalist. Visit her website at or follow her on Twitter at


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