Downtown Manhattan

Neighborhood Movie Nights 2016-2017

Every month, 7-9pm; doors open at 6:30pm
St. Paul’s Chapel (Broadway and Fulton Street)
You’re invited to take a cinematic stroll down New York’s memory lane at St. Paul’s Chapel, which is celebrating its 250th anniversary on October 30. Each movie will be accompanied by a brief talk about New York and St. Paul’s Chapel during the time period of the monthly featured film.
Admission and snacks are free.  Films are suitable for general audiences – most are rated PG13.

Friday, October 28: The Cameraman (1928)

Friday, November 18: Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)

Friday, December 16: Remember the Night (1940)

Friday, January 27: Funny Face (1957)

Friday, February 24: The Odd Couple (1968)

Friday, March 24: Love Story (1970)

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Thursday, September 22, 2016, 6:30 p.m.

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Fully accessible to wheelchairs
First come, first served

 This illustrated lecture explores the transition of the district from industrial space to artists’ enclave to affluent residential area, focusing on the legacy of urban renewal in and around SoHo and the growth of artist-led redevelopment.

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On this new encompassing tour offered by Untapped Cities in partnership with the Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy, guests will visit the stunning Bialystoker Synagogue, normally off-limits to the public and only accessible via our organizations. The landmarked synagogue was built in 1826, originally as the Willett Street Methodist Episcopal Church and is an example of architectural reuse in New York City from church to place of worship for the Jewish community. It is one of only four early-19th century fieldstone religious buildings surviving from the late Federal period in Lower Manhattan. In addition to its architecture, the building has its fair share of secrets, which will be shared on this tour.

On this tour, you will also walk the streets of Historic East Broadway, viewing historical sites like the Henry Street Settlement, The Forward Building, Seward Park, Straus Square and more. We will stop at the exterior of Beth Hamedrash Hagadol – once home to the first and largest Russian Jewish Orthodox congregation in the United States – and tour a shteibl, a one room house of prayer. You will see where immigrants went to shul, pray, and how a new generation is carrying on these traditions. Buy tickets online. Tour takes place Sunday, June 5, 2:00pm-4:30pm.

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In Smells the Same, written for Lucky Peach, Joana Avillez narrates her experience having lived as a child near the Fulton Fish Market when it was operating as a fish market, and ordinary mortals could afford to live in the South Street Seaport area because it was overlooked and near an actual wholesale fish market.  She later asked some of the former Fulton Fish Market workers (now at Hunt’s Point) for their advice on the most recent stalled gentrification project to infect the area since the authorities forced the Fish market out in 2005.…

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Briefly Seen, New York Street Life, with Harvey Stein, a professional photographer, teacher, lecturer, and author based in New York City.

March 9, 2016

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 This illustrated lecture documents the iconic areas of Midtown and Downtown Manhattan in 172 beautiful black-and-white photographs taken over 41 years, from 1974 through 2014.

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From The Village Voice:

Harvey Stein‘s black-and-white photographs of midtown Manhattan are crowded affairs: people huddled in close proximity in densely packed spaces, shoulders and necks jutting in the foreground, out-of-focus commuters charging ahead, glimpsed only fleetingly from the torso to the nose. In his two other portrait-heavy collections of New York locales (one of Coney Island, the other of Harlem), Stein often isolates one or two subjects, capturing a moment of characteristic expression. In the all-bets-are-off rush of midtown, however, any hope of a controlled environment is gone, and Stein’s goal shifts to mining split-second gestures from people in states of hurry and haste. Stein has been photographing midtown for over forty years, but between his use of wide-angle lenses (which stuff the frames with exuberant detail) and a tight, up-close perspective, his work feels removed from time — sample shots of a mad-dash energy that, despite the rapidly changing city supplying it, has remained much the same over the decades. Here, Stein reflects on these nearly two hundred images, which were published in the recent collection Briefly Seen: New York Street Life.

Photo Credit: Harvey Stein, from the book Briefly Seen: New York Street Life, published by Schiffer Publishing.

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