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Peter Laskowich: Historian, Teacher & Guide
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Gateway: The Immigrants - Tour
Time:ALL DAY EVENT
Date:Friday, July 7, 2017
Description:
New York is mother of exiles.

Nearly half of all Americans today trace their lineage through Ellis Island. Of the 12 million who came through, one-third remained in New York City. Why did they come? What did they find? How did they make it?

An understanding of Manhattan's growth tells why it was the Lower East Side that grew into the nation's main immigrant district, and how its center came to be occupied by today's Courthouse District (not to mention the Manhattan Detention Complex, aka The Tombs). We see how conditions within the tenements inspired a visiting nurse to lead the way in establishing as common the practice of birth control in the United States. 

Our walk through the district shows that within decades the Irish Five Points became in turn the Jewish quarter, then Little Italy and now Chinatown, and eventually something else again. 

Never before has there existed a city like this, so welcoming of forsaken people regardless of circumstance. And so it falls to the Lower East Side to accept the lonely, the miserable and the lost from around the world and turn them into Americans.

This is New York as engine of history's greatest migration.

Fee: $30/person
For further information be in touch at peterlaskowich@earthlink.net
Here's your link to register:
 http://local-expeditions.com/expeditions/gateway-the-immigrants/


Grand Central Neighborhood - Tour
Time:ALL DAY EVENT
Date:Friday, July 7, 2017
Description:
Grand Central Terminal is a masterpiece of engineering and design as well as of architecture. It stands as one of the great buildings of the world.

A walk through Grand Central brings to view the spectacular transformation of its main room via its recent renovation, the discriminating use of color and shade to provoke emotional response, and the cues that encourage patrons to move (e.g. - slow down or speed up, gather here but not there) according to the intentions of the designers a century ago.

Then there is the genius behind the weather functions of the great windows, the Terminal's secondary function as a mall (per square foot, the most profitable in the nation), and the viaduct that speeds midtown traffic while allowing the Terminal to otherwise completely dominate (and block) the avenue.

Grand Central's sister project is Park Ave., which opened as America's attempt to build a European-style boulevard. It is also part of an enormous metal platform clapped over a vast trainyard - essential to the enterprise that made the name "Park Avenue" synonymous with elegance and distinction.

Together, Grand Central and Park Ave. transformed the area from a shabby district far from the city's core to the focus of a massive shift that created midtown Manhattan - the largest and most powerful business district in the world.

Cost: Free of charge, no registration required
Time:   12:30 to 2:15 p.m.
Place:  Inside of 120 Park Ave. - across 42nd Street from Grand Central's main entrance and to the right of the viaduct

Capital of the World - Tour
Time:ALL DAY EVENT
Date:Friday, July 7, 2017
Description:

Every city is unique. What distinguishes New York is the profound presence of world trade - like no other place in history, the world trades in New York City. It has led the nation and now the world in the fields of commerce, culture, finance, communications, politics. 

This is owing to natural features so compelling that in the 1790s, when the city's population totaled 25,000, George Washington predicted that New York would one day dominate the hemisphere and become, in his phrase, "the seat of empire." 

Resulting patterns and effects illustrate New York as both shaped by and shaper of national and international affairs. Among them: 
* Wall Street; 
* Federal Hall; 
* Ellis Island; 
* a surpassing array of tall buildings; 
* the attacks of September 11th; 
* this city's (and this nation's) primary ethic and values. 

With a simple walk through downtown we read New York as the center of global activity, as capital of the world.

Fee: $30
For more info be in touch at peterlaskowich@earthlink.net
Here's your link to register:
    http://local-expeditions.com/expeditions/capital-of-the-world/


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