Peggy Gavin’s new book The Cat Men of Gotham: Tales of Feline Friendship in Old New York (Rutgers University Press, 2019) looks back to the nineteenth century in New York City, when humans dealt with feline overpopulation by gassing unwanted cats or tossing them in rivers, and the people who rescued them from the streets and welcomed them into their homes and hearts. [Read more…] about The Cats of Gotham: Tales of Feline Friendship in Old New York
New York City
Fifty years ago this month, John Vliet Lindsay, 103rd mayor of New York and national paragon of urban progressivism, faced ruin in Rego Park.
The worst winter storm in in almost two decades hit on Sunday, February 9, 1969, dumping 15 inches in Central Park and 20 inches out at Kennedy Airport in Queens and resulting in the deaths of 42 people. Seventy-two hours later, much of the city was dug out and businesses and schools were slowly getting back to normal.
Judith Friedlander’s new book A Light in Dark Times: The New School for Social Research and Its University in Exile (Columbia University Press, 2019) takes a look at the history of the New School for Social Research in New York City.
Founded in 1919 in the name of academic freedom, the New School for Social Research quickly became a pioneer in adult education — what its first president, Alvin Johnson, called “the continuing education of the educated.” [Read more…] about New School 100th Anniversary Marked With New History
The Fraunces Tavern Museum has announced Winter Tavern Night with Lavada Nahon, set for Sunday, January 27 at 3:30 pm. The event will include authentic 18th century food tastings and a lecture on the history of early American cookery. [Read more…] about 18th Cent Winter Tavern Night in NYC
Architect Thomas Fenniman is set to speak on historic preservation and architecture on Roosevelt Island, on Thursday, January 17th at 6:30 pm, at the New York Public Library Branch on Roosevelt Island, NY.
Historic preservation combines multiple disciplines: architecture, design, knowledge of period materials and construction techniques, plus communication to manage the process of building owners, regulators and the masons and builders who perform the work. [Read more…] about Historic Preservation, Architecture on Roosevelt Island
The Historic Districts Council of the City of New York is seeking information on historic place and events related to the city’s Latino Heritage.
The main altar of St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, in the Financial District of New York, is embellished with a painting called The Crucifixion, by the Mexican artist Jose Vallejo. Many of the paintings that decorate this church, including The Crucifixion, were donated by Archbishop Nunez de Haro from Mexico City in the late 18th Century.
In 1965, St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church was designated a landmark of the city by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, one of the earliest designations in the city. [Read more…] about HDC Searching For NYC’s Latino Heritage
Robert Hubbard is set to speak on his book Major General Israel Putnam: Hero of the American Revolution, on January 24th at 6:30 pm at the The Fraunces Tavern Museum in the City of New York.
A colorful figure of 18th century America, Israel Putnam (1718-1790) was an important leader in both the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War. Hubbard’s lecture will include a discussion of Putnam’s role in the Battle of Brooklyn, the Landing at Kip’s Bay and the Battle of Harlem Heights. [Read more…] about Israel Putnam: Hero of the Revolution
The New-York Historical Society is now accepting applications for its fellowship program for the 2019–2020 academic year.
Leveraging its rich collections of documents, artifacts, and works of art detailing American history from the perspective of New York City, New-York Historical’s fellowships — open to scholars at various times during their academic careers — provide material resources and an intellectual community to develop new research and publications that illuminate complex issues of the past. [Read more…] about New-York Historical Society Fellowships Available
The Mill Street Synagogue, the first synagogue in North America, was constructed in 1730 and located on what today is 26 South William Street in Lower Manhattan. It was from this synagogue that two of the leading Jewish figures in eighteenth and early nineteenth century America, Gershom Mendes Seixas and later Mordecai Noah, influenced the Jewish community in the city of New York and beyond.
Although one of the most important sites in the history of the Jewish people in America, currently 26 South William Street is occupied by an Icon parking garage. It’s across the street from Dubliners restaurant and up the street from 85 Broad Street, the old Goldman Sachs building. In a city of perhaps more than 2 million Jewish residents, there is nothing that would inform a passersby or others of the importance of this place. [Read more…] about Manhattan’s Mill Street Synagogue: A Short History
The Fraunces Tavern Museum and Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society (AHA) have announced “Alexander Hamilton and the Reynolds Affair: a Three Part Moral and Political Account” presented by Dianne Durante, has been set for Thursday, January 10th at 6:30 pm. [Read more…] about Alexander Hamilton and the Reynolds Affair (NYC Lecture)