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The Emerging City - Class
Date:Thursday, May 17, 2018
Lower Manhattan is a great display of various eras, a sort of outdoor museum that shows a nineteenth-century city becoming an international center.

Natural features destined New York for greatness. During the 1800s and beyond a series of innovations - for example in construction, transit, mass culture and the delivery of water - drove New York to the full-bore, high-octane place known to us today. We read the possibilities of the coming industrial age in the daring form of the Flatiron Building, the glitz of Ladies Mile, the glass of a cast-iron structure and the landing mast atop the Empire State.

The once-dynamic area around Madison Square shows how the city and then the nation took off.

This is a private event. To schedule one of your own, be in touch at info@newyorkdynamic.com or (862) 226-1244.

Gateway: The Immigrants - Lecture
Date:Thursday, May 17, 2018
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.

Time: 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Place: Pequannock Library
477 Newark-Pompton Turnpike
Pompton Plains, NJ

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