Once upon a time in a small Dutch colony there was a muddy cow path that the settlers called the Brede Wegh. With time, the street grew longer. Houses and taverns sprang up, and farmlands gave way to department stores, theaters, hotels, and, finally the hurlyburly of the Great White Way.
Architect and author Fran Leadon will talk about Broadway and the remarkable people who shaped it, and about how that cow path in the middle of nowhere became America's most vibrant and complex thoroughfare. Leadon's new book, BROADWAY: A History of New York City in 13 Miles explores four centuries in the life of a street--the construction of Trinity Church and the Flatiron, the fire at Barnum's American Museum, the insane asylum that was replaced by Columbia University--and the people who made it what it is, people like Alexander Hamilton, Emma Goldman, Edgar Allan Poe, and "Bill the Butcher" Poole.
John Lahr says, "Fran Leadon's Broadway uses the 13 miles of the great New York Avenue to tell the remarkable story of the city's evolution--its landmarks and legends, its high-rollers and lowriders. Part architectural history, part social history, it's a cornucopia of intellectual delights. Endlessly fascinating and full of fun."
Fran Leadon teaches design studios, history courses, and seminars in the School of Architecture and the Macaulay Honors College of City College of New York.
BROADWAY: A History of New York City in 13 Miles will be available for purchase, and a booksigning will follow the talk.
Cost: Dues-paying Harvardwood members can buy tickets for $5; $10 for all others.
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DRESS CODE: Business Casual is fine for the event itself, but if you are thinking of staying for dinner (the Pub at The Lambs will accept credit cards), JACKETS & TIES will be required for men. No denim, sneakers, or such.
This is a joint event with THE LAMBS.
Special thanks to Andy Goodwin and the Plymouth Hill Foundation.
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