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Sixteen Events of 2016
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Welcome to the After Party by the Intrepid Museum’s Special Events Team. Here we’ll give you a look behind the velvet ropes at one of the most exceptional venues in New York, and we’ll tell you what’s catching our eye in the industry and beyond. Just like our events, each of us has a unique style. We’ll be giving you the good, the bad and the outrageously inspiring from our life aboard the ship. Join us for the After Party!
Posted: 2/22/2016 12:00:00 AM

Since Intrepid is a museum and an events venue, we try to keep tabs on a broad spectrum of happenings, from historical anniversaries and astronomical events to pop culture—anything that would be relevant to our visitors and clients alike. For example, the Museum hosts Astronomy Nights for families and adults, and we’ve also hosted our fair share of film shoots and private movie premieres. In honor of another turn of the Earth around the sun, I’d like to highlight 16 events that we’re eagerly anticipating in 2016!

1. New Year Comet in January

Comet Catalina will be coming through the inner solar system and will be easy to spot from the Northern Hemisphere in mid-January as it gets closer to Earth.
Get those binoculars and telescopes ready


2. Santiago Calatrava’s PATH Station Oculus Opens in March

It’s a bird! It’s a stegosaurus! It’s a . . . train station? After 10 years of construction, the much-anticipated and much-talked about transportation hub of the World Trade Center complex is set to open in just a couple more months.


3. 50th Anniversary of Star Trek in March

Has it really been 50 years since Star Trek first aired? This anniversary would be a great time to pay a visit to our very own “starship” Enterprise. The original name considered for the space shuttle orbiter was Constitution, until thousands of Trekkies petitioned President Gerald Ford for the name change in 1976. And by the way, there happens to be a new class of aircraft carrier in the works called the Gerald R. Ford–class supercarrier. The one currently under construction will be called—you guessed it—USS Enterprise!

The cast of Star Trek: The Orginal Series in front of Enterprise in 1976

The Space Shuttle Pavilion set up for a reception in 2014


4. Transit of Mercury in May

On May 9, Mercury will pass between Earth and the sun, producing a mini-eclipse. This is a pretty rare event, as it only happens about 13 times every 100 years. For more out-of-this-world events, check

5. Juno Meets Jupiter in July

By jove! There’ll be a lot more to celebrate on July 4 besides Independence Day. That’s the date when NASA’s mission Juno, launched in 2011, will finally reach its destination, Jupiter. Juno will orbit Jupiter 33 times so that we can learn more about our solar system’s largest planet!

6. Ghostbusters in July

We can’t wait to see the reboot of the classic series, which will feature an all-female ghostbustin’ team of Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. A little trivia—the headquarters of the original Ghostbusters is a real-life FDNY fire house: Hook & Ladder 8, located on the corner of North Moore and Varick Streets in Manhattan.

The cast of Ghostbusters on set.

And check out another all-female troupe ready to come to the rescue—the Special Events Team!
7. Rocket Launches (and Landings!) Any Time of Year

It’s always thrilling when humans hurl things into space! This year, spaceflight enthusiasts will anticipate new launches from SpaceX and Chinese aerospace programs. And the European Space Agency also has a couple launches to Mars planned! Here’s where to find the launches happening all over the world:


Check out the historical vertical landing of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 on December 21, 2015:
8. Summer Olympics in August

Athletes from all over the world descend on Rio de Janeiro in Brazil to compete in the Games of the XXXI Olympiad.

9. Leap Day in February

This year the month of February gets an extra day on Monday, February 29! The Gregorian method of timekeeping is pretty close but isn’t 100% in time with Earth’s orbit around the sun, so an extra day is tacked on to the calendar every four years to correct for this discrepancy. A friend of mine was born on Leap Day in 1980, so this year he will celebrate his ninth birthday. That’s one way to stay young, eh?

10.  Fleet Week in May

Intrepid is usually the only aircraft carrier in New York City, but every year, before Memorial Day weekend, an entire parade of military ships sails along the Hudson River, and we welcome new neighbors to the dock! Make sure to check it out.

11. Event Planner Showcases in Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter

The Special Events Team is excited to plan several industry gatherings at the Intrepid Museum this year for event and meeting professionals. Each one will have a different theme and showcase a different space—one for each season! I will be putting together the fall showcase in our fantail space (hint on the theme: nickname for New York City). If you're a qualified planner, you're welcome to attend any or all of them! Get in touch with us today for more information: or 646-381-5301.

12. FAST (Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope) in September

After five years of construction, China is slated to finish this massive radio telescope in southwest China’s Guizhou Province in September. FAST is 500 meters in diameter (or 1,600 feet) with a surface made out of 4,600 triangular panels, making it the largest and most sensitive radio telescope in the world.

13. Adele Live Concert Tour in September

I know more than a few members of the Special Events Team have been clamoring to see Adele live when she comes to the New York area next fall, after a multiyear hiatus. What about you? Did any lucky folks out there score tickets? (And how much would you give them up for?)

14. Comic Con and Halloween Parade in October

October will be a great time for those who love to dress up! New York Comic Con is held at the beginning of October, and the Greenwich Village Halloween parade, the largest of its kind in the country, takes place at the end of the month. We often get swept up in the fun of costumed characters right here on the ship. The 501st Legion from the world of Star Wars has made appearances at many of our public programs, and we’ve also hosted private events related to hit comic book and TV series, such as The Walking Dead.

15. U.S. Presidential Elections in November

On November 8, all eligible voters should practice their constitutional right and head to the polls for the presidential elections. Who will become number 45? I cannot hazard a guess, but it will be a nail-biter, for sure!

16. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in December

Technically not an installment of the official Star Wars trilogies, Rogue One {link:} is still part of the universe, and that’s a good enough fix for Star Wars fans until Episode VIII comes out in 2017.