On April 10, 1912, passengers expecting a luxurious journey or just a second chance in a new country left Southampton, England, on the Titanic’s widely publicized maiden voyage. Their ship, bound for New York City, sank off the coast of Newfoundland on the eve of April 15. Between crew and passengers, 1,514 people died at sea, among them famous millionaires who lived in Fifth Avenue mansions and humble emigrants bound for the Lower East Side tenements. As the Titanic Centennial approaches, events throughout New York City mark and pay tribute to that fateful night one-hundred years ago.
What: A lecture by Gary Vollo, a member of the Titanic Historical Society. Guest speaker Joe Colletti will share his personal interviews with Titanic survivors and also talk about the conversion of his Long Island City home into the Titanic House. Original material from the house will also be on display as part of the exhibit. Also speaking is Lindsay Gibbs, author of the historical novel, “Titanic: The Tennis Story,” about two tennis players who survived the wreck and two years later, competed against each other in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open.
When: Monday, April 2 at 7 p.m.
*Related to this event, on April 7 at 1 p.m. the Greater Astoria Historical Society will host a free screening of “A Night to Remember,” a 1958 film. The two-hour film dramatizes the Titanic disaster from the perspective of real-life surviving ship officer. The film is followed by a conversation with Joe Colletti and Lindsay Gibbs.
What: An eight-night Titanic anniversary cruise that departs from New York, headed for Halifax and the disaster site, where a memorial service will be held.
Where: Departing from Manhattan Cruise Terminal, Pier 88
When: Tuesday, April 10 – Wednesday, April 18
Admission: Prices vary from $999 for an inside stateroom to $2,999 for a suite
What: An exclusive dinner party that recreates the last meal served on the Titanic, hosted at a secret Manhattan location. The event will feature a seven-course meal, designed by chef masterminds Jonathan Cristaldi, Adam Banks, and Rob McCue. (Whet your appetite with our Q&A with Cristaldi.)
Where: Location only revealed to registered guests
When: Saturday, April 14
Admission: VIP tickets are $450; first class seats ($300) are sold out
What: New York’s only centennial anniversary performance of Gavin Bryars’ ambient elegy “The Sinking of the Titanic,” for orchestra and electronics. Performed in-the-round by the venue’s house band, Ensemble LPR, along with regulars from the Wordless Music Orchestra.
Where: Le Poisson Rouge
When: Sunday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $30 seated, $20 general admission
What: Experience the Titanic’s doomed voyage as Barry Denenberg, author of “Titanic Sinks!,” reads excerpts and discusses his book for young readers in the Barbara K. Lipman Children’s History Library at the New-York Historical Society. Questions surrounding the sinking of the Titanic will drive the discussion, designed for families with children eight and older. There will also be an opportunity to read a letter written by a Titanic survivor on stationary from The Carpathia, the rescue ship for Titanic survivors.
Where: New-York Historical Society
When: Sunday, April 15 at 1 p.m.
Admission: Free with museum admission ($15 adults, $10 students, $5 children, free for kids under 7)
What: Dr. J. Joseph Edgette, Professor Emeritus and Emeritus Folklorist at Widener University, shares some little known and newly discovered facts relating to the sinking of the Titanic on April 14, 1912. The Woodlawn Cemetery is home to graves and memorials for 12 people who were on board, including Isidor Straus, owner of Macy’s department store. (Other famous passengers of the ill-fated ship, such as John Jacob Astor, are buried at Trinity Church Cemetery in Lower Manhattan).
Where: The Woodlawn Cemetery
When: Sunday, April 29, 1-4 p.m.
Admission: $15 for adults, $10 for senior, students and friends members