Free and Welcome to All Thursday, April 18 at 630pm Ballroom of the Hostel International-NYC 891 Amsterdam Avenue at 103rd Street
Save the Dates Upcoming Presentation in May
Thursday, May 9, 630pm at the Hostel The Hudson River Waterfront on the Upper West Side: 400 Years of Conflict & Change Kurt Schlichting, author of Waterfront Manhattan: From Henry Hudson to the High Line, will speak on the history of the waterfront and railroad along the Upper West Side.
The history of the Manhattan waterfront has been a struggle between public and private control of New York's priceless asset. Nature provided New York with a sheltered harbor but presented the city with a challenge: to find the necessary capital to build and expand the maritime infrastructure. From colonial times until after the Civil War, the city ceded control of the waterfront to private interests. Along the Manhattan shoreline shipping companies, the railroads, and ferries battled for access to the waterfront. In the nineteenth century, the City of New York regained control of the waterfront, but a whirlwind of forces beyond the control of either public or private interests-technological change in the form of the shipping container and the jet airplane devastated the city's maritime world. The city slowly and painfully recovered. Visionaries reimagined the waterfront, and today the island is almost completely surrounded by parkland, the world of piers and longshoremen gone, replaced by luxury housing and tourist attractions.
Dr. Kurt Schlichting, Fairfield University, is the E. Gerald Corrigan ’63 Chair in Humanities and Social Sciences Emeritus and a Professor of Sociology. At Fairfield he has served as Dean and Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. His most recent book for Johns Hopkins University Press, Waterfront Manhattan: From Henry Hudson to the High Line, will be published in May of 2018. His previous book for Johns Hopkins, Grand Central Terminal: Railroads, Architecture and Engineering in New York won the 2002 Association of American Publishers award as the Best Professional/ Scholarly Book in Architecture & Urbanism. The book was the basis for the 2008 PBS - The American Experience – Grand Central an award winning documentary. Free and Welcome to All Thursday, May 9 at 630pm Ballroom of the Hostel International-NYC 891 Amsterdam Avenue at 103rd Street
Free Walking Tours of Historic Bloomingdale Explore the History of the Upper West Side between W. 96th and W. 110th Streets Led by Renowned Local Historian Jim Mackin April 21, 2019 (Sun) at 1pm Meet at Hostelling International-NY 891 Amsterdam Avenue at 103rd Street More info 212-666-9774 or email@example.com
sponsored by the Columbus/Amsterdam BID and Bloomingdale Neighborhood History Group