Tuesday, July 11, 2017 6:30-8:00 pm

Anthony W. Robins Book Talk

New York Art Deco
A Guide to Gotham’s Jazz Age Architecture

SUNY Press, 2017

Lively and informative, New York Art Deco leads readers step-by-step past the monuments of the 1920s and ’30s that recast New York as the world’s modern metropolis. Anthony W. Robins new walking tour guidebook traces itineraries in Manhattan and across the boroughs. Maps by John Tauranac and color plates by Art Deco photographer Randy Juster enrich the mix. Join Tony for a talk that distills his thirty years experience hunting the urban Art Deco.

A native New Yorker, Anthony W. Robins is the author of books on Grand Central Terminal, the World Trade Center, and the art and architecture of the New York subway system. A popular leader of walking tours all over the city, he specializes in Art Deco, having organized series for many organizations, including the Art Deco Society of New York and the Municipal Art Society. He is the recipient of the 2017 Guiding Spirit Award from the Guides Association of New York City.

The Skyscraper Museum offers 1.5 LUs for AIA Members for this program.

Reservations are required, and priority is given to Members and Corporate Member firms and their employees.
All guests MUST RSVP to programs@skyscraper.org to assure admittance to the event. Not a member? Become a Museum member today!

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016
6:00 PM – 7:45 PM
In four highly informative sessions, architectural historian and popular MAS tour guide Anthony W. Robins describes how to successfully research the history of buildings in New York City. A field trip to major Manhattan repositories of municipal records completes the course. Robins, who will be including resources he used in researching his most recent book on Grand Central Terminal, has been leading this class for MAS for more than 25 years and past participants have included architects, engineers, building owners, preservation advocates, lawyers and landmarks commissioners and even a New York City detective.The class will meet on Tuesdays, February 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd from 6:00pm to 7:45pm in the Municipal Art Society’s office, located at 488 Madison Avenue, Suite 1900, Manhattan. The field trip will be scheduled for a weekday morning (date TBD) following the last class session.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 || 6:00pm – 7:45pm
The Building: An introduction to the records of the Department of Buildings: new buildings and alteration applications, docket books, index cards, block and lot maps, and the mysteries of the plan desk and the computerized B.I.S. (Building Information System).

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 || 6:00pm – 7:45pm
The Client: Wade through deeds, directories, obituaries, Who’s Who and local histories.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 || 6:00pm – 7:45pm
The Architect: Learn how to use standard texts, guidebooks, periodicals, the Avery Index, and Committee for the Preservation of Architectural Records publications.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 || 6:00pm – 7:45pm
Miscellaneous Sources: Includes the use of tax records, photograph collections, maps, libraries and historical societies.

Field Trip: Students will visit the Manhattan Department of Buildings, the New York County Register’s Office, the Municipal Archives and the City Hall Library. The field trip will be scheduled for a weekday morning, date to be determined, following the last class session.

Course rate: $375 || $300 for MAS members and students.
Members: log in first for the discounted rate!

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BK: Gerard Koeppel presents City on a Grid: How New York Became New York


11/17/2015 – 7:00pm to 8:30pm

This event takes place at our Brooklyn location.

On a scale comparable to the construction of the Erie or Panama canals, transforming the swamps and hills of Manhattan into the illustrious city of today was a project of mammoth proportion. In City on a Grid, Gerard Koeppel tells of how the legendary grid came to be, who did it and why, and what it meant for the growing United States.

RSVP encouraged, but not required.

ISBN: 9780306822841
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City — click for more details
Published: Da Capo Press – November 10th, 2015

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