In the early 1970s, American artists Edward Kienholz and Nancy Reddin Kienholz began work on The Caddy Court, a 1966 Dodge van between the front and back ends of a 1978 Cadillac, which reimagines the Supreme Court of the United States in one of its original functions as a “riding circuit” court. [Read more…] about ‘The Caddy Court’ Coming To The Armory Show
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The Historic Districts Council of the City of New York was formed in 1970 by the Municipal Art Society as a committee of volunteers from the city’s nascent and potential historic districts. Since then, the HDC has carved out a niche and fulfilled a much-needed citywide advocacy role.
The International Labor History Association (ILHA) has announced that the book City of Workers, City of Struggle: How Labor Movements Changed New York (Columbia Univ. Press and the Museum of the City of New York, 2019), edited by Joshua B. Freeman, has won the ILHA Book of the Year Award for 2019.
City of Workers, City of Struggle chronicles New York City labor history, covering the range of colonial-era workers and slaves to current labor movements and alt-labor initiatives. [Read more…] about NYC Labor History Book Wins International Award
The New-York Historical Society has announced “New York Urban League: 100 Stories of Black New York,” a program set for Thursday, February 20th, 2020.
For over 100 years the New York Urban League (NYUL) has helped lead the way in the empowerment of under-served African Americans across the five boroughs of New York City. They have inspired, influenced, and ignited – and each year invest in the lives of over 8,000 families by providing quality higher education options, economic opportunity, and community engagement. [Read more…] about New York Urban League: 100 Stories
Many of New York City’s parks and monuments honor African Americans who have shaped the landscape of our culture. Monuments and green spaces of all sizes, from Marcus Garvey Park in Manhattan to Hattie Carthan Community Garden in Brooklyn, pay tribute to the contributions and lives of notable African Americans from the 18th century to the 21st. [Read more…] about Honoring African Americans in NYC Parks
There are more spies working in New York City today than ever before, according to H. Keith Melton, the espionage advisor on The Americans, and Robert Wallace, the former chief of the CIA’s Office of Technical Service. A new book, Spy Sites Of New York City: A Guide To The Region’s Secret History (Georgetown University Press, 2020), offers a guide to the history of espionage in New York City.
In the book, Melton and Wallace chronicle centuries of spying in the five boroughs and beyond, walking the reader through surprising meeting places, secret drop-sites, and the everyday bars, hotels, and park benches where so much shadowy history has been made. [Read more…] about New Book Connects Historic NYC Spy Sites
The Bloomingdale Neighborhood History group has announced “Upper West Side Catholics: the History of Ascension Church on West 107th Street,” a presentation by Monsignor Thomas J. Shelley, has been set for Tuesday, February 25, at 6:30 pm.
Monsignor Shelley, author of the recently published book Upper West Side Catholics: Liberal Catholicism in a Conservative Archdiocese and professor emeritus of Fordham, is set to tell the story of this well-known Upper West Side church. [Read more…] about Upper West Side Catholics Talk Set for NYC
In the 1820s, bootblack and cartman Andrew Williams bought land in the primarily African American community of Seneca Village, which once thrived on land that is now part of Central Park, from West 83rd Street to West 89th Street. [Read more…] about Seneca Village: Razed To Build Central Park
The African Burial Ground National Monument is set to celebrate Black History Month throughout February 2020 with an array of activities and events. This year’s theme is African-Americans and the Vote.
The African Burial Ground National Monument is a monument in the Civic Center section of Lower Manhattan. The site contains the remains of more than 400 Africans buried during the late 17th and 18th centuries in a small portion of what was the largest colonial-era cemetery for people of African descent, some free, most enslaved.
Rapid expansion of the railways in France during the Second Empire opened up the country and pushed Impressionist painters to introduce suburbia into art.
Argenteuil, on the banks of the Seine and connected to Saint-Lazare station, was their chosen residential village. It offered a variety of open- country motifs and views of the iconic river. Impressionists depicted middle class individuals and their families relaxing in parks and gardens, and bathing in streams and lakes – an affluent society at play. [Read more…] about America’s Monet Flagging-up Fifth Avenue