The Bell House nets some whale lovers

Secret Science Club featuring Joy Reidenberg

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The secret is out about the “Secret Science Club,” a once-a-month geekfest at the Bell House — and it’s whales.

Scientist Joy Reidenberg — who has made a name for herself by dissecting aquatic beasts like sperm whales, great whites, and giant squids — will host a free lecture on June 20 at the Gowanus venue where bartenders will pour a fittingly named special “Blue Whale” cocktail.

Cutting open animals might not sound like a subject for polite conversation, but event promoters say the science lecture, and others like it, really appeal to the borough’s knowledge-hungry masses.

“We started out in a basement, so it was underground — and if you were in the science club in high school, maybe you wanted to keep that a secret,” said curator and co-founder Margaret Mittelbach. “But now we get like three or four hundred people every time.”

The club, which features snappy talks given by notable academics who work in science — has even showcased three Nobel prize winners.

And its a good way to feel camaraderie with your fellow science nerds, who come out of the woodwork for the event, Mittelbach says.

The Secret Science Club presents “A Whale of a Night” with Dr. Joy Reidenberg at the Bell House [149 Seventh St. between Second and Third avenues, Gowanus (718) 643–6510]. June 20, 8pm. Free.

Reach reporter Eli Rosenberg at or by calling (718) 260-2531. And follow him at
Updated 12:18 pm, August 5, 2014
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Reasonable discourse

screecher from bensinhoist says:
Whatever--where is Carmine?
June 17, 2012, 3:14 pm
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
Hopefully, Carmine has been flung back in time where he belongs. THIS kind of content is much more redeeming and I think I'll be attending this event.
June 17, 2012, 6:21 pm
screecher from bensinhoist says:
This is the sort of content usually found in a press release. Oh wait, it IS a press release. There's a goodly number of those floating around this site these days. Ho hum. Where's Carmine???
June 18, 2012, 7:25 pm
screecher from bensinhoist says:
And the fine staff didn't even bother to identify the creature in the picture, which is a very dead narwhal. When did BP get so ——ing lame?
June 18, 2012, 7:26 pm
screecher from bensinhoist says:
wait a second. that's not a narwhal. toothed whale. Sperm? who knows. the experts here have decided not to tell us. Maybe next time they'll be a story about a pie contest.
June 18, 2012, 7:29 pm
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
As a resident, I'd much rather have a press release about an interesting upcoming event, than be subjected to some geriatric blog-post from an out of touch maniac who is complaining about not knowing how to order a pizza.
June 23, 2012, 9:59 am

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