Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 6:30 pm
New York University Department of Art History
Silver Center, Room 301
100 Washington Square East (entrance on Waverly Place)
Taming Manhattan (Harvard University Press, 2014) details the environmental history of the city in the years before and during the Civil War, when pigs roamed the streets and cows foraged in the Battery. As city blocks encroached on farmland and undeveloped space to accommodate an exploding population, prosperous New Yorkers and their poorer neighbors developed very different ideas about what the city environment should contain. This presentation will focus on nineteenth-century New York City’s long forgotten shantytowns, the people living in the communities, and how outsiders viewed the architecture and communities developing on the metropolitan periphery
This program is free and open to the public, but reservations are required as space is limited.
To reserve, please contact Brigid Harmon at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-614-9107
This event is co-sponsored by the NYU Department of Art History, Urban Design and Architecture Studies and the Historic Districts Council.