meet the authors

Thursday Oct 05, 2017
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

POWERHOUSE @ the Archway
28 Adams Street (Corner of Adams & Water Street @ the Archway)
Brooklyn , NY 11201


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About the Book:

From Times Square and the Empire State Building to Greenwich Village and the South Street Seaport, New York City is one of the most iconic cities in the world. But any true New Yorker knows that the best parts of the city lay beyond the glare of neon lights, hidden between the landmarks and in the shadows of the characteristic neighborhoods and boroughs that define it. In her new book New Yorker cartoonist Julia Wertz brilliantly unearths the history behind many of these treasures. TENEMENTS, TOWERS & TRASH: An Unconventional Illustrated History of New York City, is a quirky, charismatic, and hilarious illustrated history of New York City, rendered in captivating drawings and comics in Julia’s singular style.

Through “then and now” drawings and tales of New Yorkers past, TENEMENTS, TOWERS & TRASH paints a raw, unconventional, and often hilarious portrait of New York in all its neurotic glory. From an extensive underground pneumatic tube system build by the New York Postal System in the late 1800’s to the pizzeria that fronted for mafia activity; from beloved bookstores to outlaw abolitionists to a bottle-filled beach where horse carcasses were once sent to rot, Wertz illuminates the stories behind some of the city’s most famous and infamous mainstays and provides little-known backstories to its not-so-secret gems. It’s a New York you won’t find in any guidebook, one where the bustling bodegas, crumbling corners, and hideaway hotspots are not just part of its charm but integral to its character. In TENEMENTS, TOWERS & TRASH we come to see how the city’s dirtiest, ugliest, most eccentric areas are ultimately what make it so beautiful and extraordinary.

Wertz’s refreshing and charismatic voice brings to life the world within these pages, making the book perfect for the millions of New York natives, transplants, history buffs, and those who have always been intrigued by the city of dreams. Meticulously detailed and side-splittingly funny, TENEMENTS, TOWERS & TRASH offers a unique glimpse into the inimitable weirdness that makes New York City the greatest in the world.


About the Cartoonists:

AuthorPhoto_JuliaWertzJulia Wertz is a professional cartoonist and amateur historian. She has published five graphic novels and does monthly history comics for The New Yorker and Harper’s Magazine.








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Emily Flake is a cartoonist, writer, and illustrator living in Brooklyn, NY. Her cartoons appear regularly in the New Yorker, as well as on the Nib and, when she can manage it, MAD Magazine.…

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Hosted by The Bronx County Historical Society 3313 Bainbridge Ave, Bronx, NY 10467-2835

Join Bronx authors Robert Gumbs and Fordham University’s Professor Mark Naison as they present their book Before the Fires: An Oral History of African American Life in the Bronx from the 1930s to the 1960s, along with the research that was done during the process. The authors will have copies of their book for sale and signing and there is a maximum capacity for up to 40 people. First come, first served.

This lecture will be held at The Bronx County Archives located at 3313 Bainbridge Avenue, The Bronx, New York 10467. For directions, call (718) 881-8900.…

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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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New York is overflowing with stories of Alexander Hamilton’s life—but where can we find them?

Using the Hamilton chapter in their book Footprints in New York as a starting point, authors James and Michelle Nevius search out the remnants of Hamilton’s New York—from King’s College (now Columbia University), where he enrolled as a teenager; to Wall Street, where he lived and worked; to Thomas Jefferson’s “Room Where It Happened,” where he gave up Manhattan as the American seat of government in exchange for advancing his economic program. Follow in Hamilton’s footsteps during the last weeks of his life, from Fraunces Tavern to Hamilton Grange to the fateful Weehawken dueling grounds!

This is not a walking tour. Contemporary photos, historic maps, and images of objects from the New-York Historical Society’s collections will illustrate the journey.

FREE with Museum Admission on pay-as-you-wish Friday evenings. Advance registration is recommended but not required.…

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The Bowery Boys’ The Bowery Boys: Adventures in Old New York: An Unconventional Exploration of Manhattan’s Historic Neighborhoods, Secret Spots and Colorful Characters Book Talk
Thursday, June 2 at 6:30 pm at MCNY

As new skyscrapers shoot up throughout the city, there are still countless nooks and crannies that hide the ghosts of New York’s past. For those that know where to find them, these physical remnants of old New York lurk everywhere from the High Line to upper Manhattan’s craggy cliffs. Greg Young and Tom Meyers, the historians behind the wildly successful Bowery Boys podcast, explore these places in their first-ever book, Adventures in Old New York: An unconventional exploration of Manhattan’s historic neighborhoods, secret spots, and colorful characters. With curator Donald Albrecht as moderator, learn secrets about places you’ve never been and places you’ve always known through tales from the city’s past as a Dutch colony, Gilded Age metropolis, and Prohibition-era mafia war zone.

Greg Young and Tom Meyers, co-founders of the Bowery Boys podcast and BoweryBoysHistory.com
Donald Albrecht (moderator), Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of the City of New York

Reception and book signing to follow!

This program delves into the themes of last year’s popular exhibition, Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks.


Free for Museum members; $16 for adults; $12 for seniors and students


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In Search of “Authentic” New York: A Conversation
Tuesday, May 12 at 6:30 pm

Join two of our city’s most insightful, funny writers for a spirited debate about whether there is such a thing as the “real” New York. Is it to be found in the five boroughs, or is it only a charming tale spun by Woody Allen, Jay-Z, and (now) Taylor Swift? A reception and book signing will follow.

Ian FrazierNew Yorker staff writer & author of numerous award-winning books
Elizabeth Bradley, author of the new Cityscopes guide, New York

Reserve Your Tickets
$12 and up
FREE for City Museum Members

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