area history

From Thought Gallery NYC:
New Yorkers can get out to Queens this fall for walks exploring Steinway Village (November 18) or Richmond Hill North (November 11), a Victorian village that was one of the first suburban communities. The Municipal Art Society will also offer a tour of the South Bronx and its history and recent revival on November 19.…

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From “What To Catch At The New York Public Library This Fall“:

“For more information on New York City and its specific history, head to the Mid-Manhattan library for events on such wide-ranging New York topics as Soho’s gentrification (September 22), New York in the Gilded Age (November 7), Ground Zero and the Remaking of Lower Manhattan (November 8), and a celebration of subway buskers (November 14). To learn more about what makes New York City (and other cities around the world) so essential, the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building will host the lecture What Makes a Great City? on September 21. On November 2, the Schwarzman Building will also host The Well-Tempered City, a discussion on how cities can adapt to the problems of the future, including climate change, income inequality, and migration.”


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From The New York Adventure Club e-newsletter:

Crime In NYC: A History Of Vice And Murder (Sat)
Corrupt politicians. Crooked cops. Gangsters so terrifying that they’re known only as “Murder, Incorporated.” These are the men and women that have made New York City’s underworld the stuff of legend. But there is so much more to this legend than you’ve ever heard.
$15-25. Corner of Centre & Chambers Sts . Ticketed event through the New York Adventure Club.…

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Corrupt politicians. Crooked cops. Gangsters so terrifying that they’re known only as “Murder, Incorporated.”

These are the men and women that have made New York City’s underworld the stuff of legend. But there is so much more to this legend than you’ve ever heard. Why is it that New York had such a violent past? What drove these people to a life of crime? This is the story of a broken and corrupt system and the clever individuals smart enough to exploit it.

On this walking tour, we’ll explore Lower Manhattan where we’ll discuss the evolution of orphan street gangs into the mafia, con men and bank robbers so rich they rubbed elbows with the Vanderbilts, gun fights that would make the Wild West blush and the politicians that encouraged it. We’ll visit the old Five Points District, Chinatown, the Bowery and of course the Lower East Side. Let us show you how New York’s crime history began.

ticketed event: Sat Aug. 13th 11am-1pm ticket prices: $15.00-$25.00

Corner of Centre & Chambers Sts

Centre Street and Chambers Street
New York, NY

Electronic ticketing though Big Maven

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Sunday, August 14 (and Second Sunday of the Month: September 11, October 9, November 13)
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
A Walking Tour of Historic 19th Century Noho

Join us for a journey back in time to the elite ‘Bond Street area,’ home to Astors, Vanderbilts, Delanos — and the Tredwells, who lived in the Merchant’s House. You’ll walk the footsteps of these wealthy mercantile families whose elegant Federal mansions once lined the tranquil cobblestone streets. Our tour passes by iconic landmarks such as the imposing Colonnade Row, the Public Theater, and The Cooper Union, where Lincoln gave his ‘right makes might’ speech. On the bustling Astor Place, imagine the drama of events that led to the Opera House riot of 1849, among the bloodiest in American history. And visit the site of the scandalous 1857 Bond Street murder of Harvey Burdell, one of the City’s still unsolved crimes.
$10, FREE for Members.

NOTE: Tours are one hour and begin promptly.
Limited to 20 people (first come, first served). No reservations.
Tours are canceled in the case of heavy rain, snow, or extreme heat and cold advisories.…

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From Untapped Cities: Historic East Village Food Tour (buy tickets online here)

On Sunday August 21st at 12pm, join James and Karla Murray, authors and photographers of the critically acclaimed books, Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New YorkNew York Nights and Store Front II-A History Preserved on this walking and tasting tour of some of their favorite East Village food establishmentsDiscover the food, history and diverse culture of the East Village while tasting delicious specialties from at least 6 different tasting stops.

Many family-run businesses started out as traditional mom-and-pop stores passed down from generation to generation, and defined their neighborhoods. Not only are these modest small businesses falling away in the face of modernization, gentrification, and conformity, the once unique appearance and character of New York City’s colorful streets suffers in the process.

On this tour you will learn about the diverse German, Italian, Jewish and Ukranian history of the East Village and try some fresh homemade Italian mozzarella, drink an authentic New York City egg cream or have a freshly roasted cup of coffee, taste a hot Ukranian potato pierogi with toppings, sample a freshly baked Jewish sugar cookie, enjoy an authentic New York hot dog and tropical drink and taste a freshly baked Italian cannoli.

Enough food will be sampled so that for most people lunch afterwards is not needed.”…

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  • Organized by new York Adventure Club

    Thursday, July 21, 2016


  • Indochine

    430 Lafayette Street, New York, NY (map)

  • Tickets: $34-39

    Click the link below to purchase tickets to this event:


    Join New York Adventure Club for a Gilded Age presentation and reception inside the landmarked Colonnade Row, also known as LaGrange Terrace, a landmarked series of Greek revival buildings originally built in the early 1830s on present-day Lafayette Street in New York City.

    Our behind-the-scenes experience inside the historic Colonnade Row apartments will focus on the construction of La Grange Terrace (Colonnade Row), the first residents who became the foundation of Victorian & Edwardian Society, and a look at New York City antebellum history, society, and architecture.

    “Mrs. Astor’s Gilded Age” Roman punch and snacks will be served throughout the evening.

    Cocktail or business casual attire preferred.




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Talk at the Tenement Museum

Wednesday, May 25 6:30 PM

New York Times food critic and cookbook author Melissa Clark helps us untangle a century-old gastronomic mystery. In 1901, an enterprising Lower East Side restaurant keeper named Hinde Amchanitzky published America’s first Yiddish language cookbook. Mysteriously, eight years after Hinde’s death, a “new and augmented edition” of her cookbook, a departure from the original in both tone and content, appeared in neighborhood bookstores. From schmaltz-laden noodle puddings and stuffed breast of veal to “hygienic” bread and celery cutlets, the two cookbooks could hardly be written by the same woman. Or were they?  Jane Ziegelman, author of 97 Orchard and the Tenement Museum’s Annie Polland present the culinary clues–translations of the recipes, newspaper ads, and food samples from the cookbooks as we try to solve the mystery, and at the very least, learn more about immigrant women and cooking.


This event is free and seating is first-come, first-served. Doors will open at 6 p.m.


If you have questions, contact Laura Lee at llee@tenement.org or 646.518.3032.


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Jane’s Walk NYC 2016

Take your eyes to the street May 6-8 for the sixth annual Jane’s Walk! Jane’s Walk NYC brings together thousands of New Yorkers for an annual weekend long festival of 200+ free volunteer-led neighborhood walking tours across all five boroughs. Each walk provides a unique snapshot of New York City, and an opportunity to celebrate its vibrant past, present, and future.

Held annually in over 180 cities across the globe during the first weekend of May, Jane’s Walk is an international movement that honors legendary urban activist Jane Jacobs. MAS is the proud local organizer of Jane’s Walk NYC, which has grown from 23 walks into the largest Jane’s Walk festival in the world! In 2015, Jane’s Walk NYC featured 211 walks.

This year, as we gear up for what would have been Jane Jacobs’ 100th birthday, we’re aiming for the biggest and best Jane’s Walk yet.

Volunteer on A Walk

Interested in helping with Jane’s Walk? Sign up to be a volunteer on a walk! Volunteers help to manage the crowd, and document the walk through videos and photos. Please contact janeswalknyc@mas.org to volunteer.

Find A Walk

Find the basics about this year’s walks below. Click here for detailed listings.

Download printable versions of this year’s walks.

Unless otherwise noted, walks have no advanced registration. To attend a walk, simply meet the walk leader at the designated meeting location.

Jane’s Walk 2016: May 6-8   
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Email: janeswalknyc@mas.org
Phone: 212.935.3960 x1282

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Date Time Walk Name Borough
May 6, 2016 10:00 am Garment District History Walk Manhattan Above 14th Street
May 6, 2016 10:00 am Randall’s Island: The City Within the City Manhattan Above 14th Street
May 6, 2016 10:30 am Mansions, Money, and Scandal: Gilded Age Splendor on the Upper East Side Manhattan Above 14th Street
May 6, 2016 11:00 am Meet under the “Eyes” of the Dragon – Where Jane met Bob! Manhattan Below 14th Street
May 6, 2016 11:00 am CIVITAS Reimagines the Waterfront: 90th to 114th Street, Manhattan’s East Side Manhattan Above 14th Street
May 6, 2016 11:00 am CANCELED: Jane Jacobs’ West Village Manhattan Below 14th Street
May 6, 2016 11:00 am Arthur Ave: the “real” Little Italy in the Bronx Bronx
May 6, 2016 11:00 am New Bedford Historic District Brooklyn
May 6, 2016 11:00 am WONDERFUL TOWNhouses Manhattan Below 14th Street
May 6, 2016 11:00 am Charles Pratt, Pratt Institute and their impact on the built environment of Clinton Hill Brooklyn
May 6, 2016 11:00 am CANCELED: Yum Yum MET Culinary Art Tour Manhattan Above 14th Street
May 6, 2016 12:00 pm The Hills are Alive! Manhattan Below 14th Street
May 6, 2016 12:00 pm Community Garden Ramble…Off-the-Beaten-Path in the East Village Manhattan Below 14th Street
May 6, 2016 12:30 pm “The Grand Tour: Landmarks of Midtown East” Manhattan Above 14th Street
May 6, 2016 1:00 pm Hudson River Urban Wildlife Walk Manhattan Below 14th Street
May 6, 2016 1:00 pm Two Bridges NeighborFood: Tour The Diverse Markets of Two Bridges & Chinatown Through a Local Lens Manhattan Below 14th Street
May 6, 2016 1:00 pm Collect Pond Urban Water Walk Manhattan Below 14th Street
May 6, 2016 1:00 pm Greetings from Gowanus!

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In Alive on the Inside, Richard Eagan, artist and performer, tells the story of his experiences as a Coney Island show barker, weight guesser and game operator in this one man show. Eagan takes us on a colorful journey behind the scenes at Coney Island, drawing on his long experience there. The story follows the author from his childhood discovery of this most surreal playground through his return to Coney as an artist with a mission to save his beloved haunt from oblivion.

During his years there, Eagan continues to discover the fantastic beneath Coney Island’s hand painted fun house exterior, finally realizing that escape proves eerily difficult once, like many others before him, he “gets the sand in his shoes.”

Richard Eagan is familiar to many New Yorkers as the co-host of the Mermaid Parade and as the director of The Coney Island Hysterical Society.

Doors open at 6:45pm. Tickets via EventBrite.



Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Tickets are transferable, but we would appreciate it if you updated the attendee information. You can find instructions here. Otherwise, make sure the attendee has the ticket number or your email address, so that s/he may gain entry.

Can I update my registration information?

Of course! Here are instructions on how to update your information.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Printed tickets are not necessary.

What is the refund policy?

We’re sorry, but tickets are non-refundable unless the event is cancelled or rescheduled. If you would like, however, you may transfer your ticket to a friend by editing your attendee info. If the event is cancelled or rescheduled, attendees will be contact via email about refunds.

The name on the registration/ticket doesn’t match the attendee. Is that okay?

So long as the attendee can provide either the ticket number or the email address used to purchase the ticket, City Lore will allow entry. You can also update your attendee info, if you are concerned.

City Lore – 56 East 1st Street, New York, NY 10003 – View Map

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