Art Deco of the 1930s

Speaker: 
Barry Lewis
Sun, June 23rd, 2013 | 5:00 pm

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Join architectural historian Barry Lewis for this Sunday program on New York’s Art Deco buildings of the 1930s. From the Empire State and Chrysler Buildings to more modest buildings about town, Art Deco was the dominant style of “Swing Time.”

SPEAKER BIOS

Barry Lewis is an architectural historian and host of a popular series of walking tours on PBS.

LOCATION

The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024

Greenwich Village in the 1930s

Speaker: 
Barry Lewis
Sun, June 9th, 2013 | 5:00 pm

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In the sequel to his popular program on Greenwich Village, Barry Lewis returns, in conjunction with the exhibition Swing Time, to discuss the evolution of the Village in the 1930s. How did the Village change as New York and the nation moved from the carefree era of the ’20s to the more sobering decade of the ’30s?

SPEAKER BIOS

Barry Lewis is an architectural historian and host of a popular series of walking tours on PBS.

Swing Time: Times Square and Coney Island

Speaker: 
Barry Lewis
Thu, May 2nd, 2013 | 6:30 pm

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In this lecture and slideshow, presented in anticipation of the new exhibition Swing Time: Reginald Marsh and Thirties New York, architectural historian Barry Lewis explores two major entertainment centers that were emerging in New York in the 1930s: Times Square and Coney Island. Marsh was fascinated by urban daily life, and in Manhattan and Brooklyn, these two public spaces provided the backdrop for the social lives of many New Yorkers.

Eastside vs. Westside

Speaker: 
Barry Lewis
Thu, April 18th, 2013 | 6:30 pm

Note: This event is sold out

 

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By the end of the nineteenth century, Central Park West had become a bastion of middle class life and Fifth Avenue the boulevard of the very wealthy. Today the east side chateaux have almost all disappeared, but the middle class apartment buildings of the west side remain a vital part of the New York skyline. Join us for a colorful evening with Barry Lewis, whose Eastside vs. Westside lecture returns by popular demand.

Grand Central, Grand Vision

Speaker: 
Barry Lewis
Thu, February 7th, 2013 | 6:30 pm

Note: This event is sold out

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More than a century ago, the New York Central Railroad married steel construction and electric train traction to a Beaux-Arts vision of the city that reimagined New York on a twentieth-century scale. The Terminal at 42nd Street is an amalgam of modernist efficiency and neo-classical grandeur. Join us to look at American urbanism when cities — not suburbs — were on our minds and New York was emerging as a “world class capital.”

Pennsylvania Station

Speaker: 
Barry Lewis
Thu, December 6th, 2012 | 6:30 pm

Note: This event is sold out

 

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Pennsylvania Station was the first modern transportation complex in America. Conceived by the Pennsylvania Railroad’s brilliant president Alexander Cassatt, it brought electrically driven long distance and commuter trains under both the Hudson and East Rivers, crosstown under Manhattan’s 32nd Street to a magnificent new station at 7th Avenue. Join us to see a story of bold imagination, innovation and our later mishandling handling of Cassatt’s masterpiece.

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