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Books will be available for purchase and signing by the respective authors.



Boulevard of Dreams: Heady Times, Heartbreak and Hope along the Grand Concourse in the Bronx
Tuesday, October 6, 2009, 6:30 p.m. –
Elebash Recital Hall

In Boulevard of Dreams (New York University Press), Constance Rosenblum, the long-time editor of The City Section of The New York Times and currently author of the Habitats column in the paper's Sunday Real Estate section, details the colorful history of the Grand Concourse and the neighborhoods surrounding it.  In this book, published to coincide with the boulevard's centennial this November, Rosenblum shines a brilliant spotlight on a unique section of the Bronx, a borough often overlooked by historians, and brings to life the history, personality, plights and triumphs of an iconic urban street.

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New York Sings: 400 Years of the Empire State in Song
Tuesday, October 20, 2009, 6:30 p.m. –
Elebash Recital Hall

NY Sings In honor of our Quadricentennial year, folksinger and musicologist Jerry Silverman will present a lecture-concert drawn from his recently published New York Sings (SUNY Albany Press).From the Half Moon to the Clearwater, from the Erie Canal to Lake Champlain; from Montauk to Niagara Falls; from the Sidewalks of New York to the Lumber Camps of the Adirondacks; from Castle Garden and Ellis Island to Tin Pan Alley, the Polo Grounds and Yankee Stadium, New York Sings features 136 songs about the people, places and events reflecting life in New York through 400 years. The book features a downloadable recording of 25 songs.

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Knickerbocker: The Myth Behind New York
Monday, October 26, 2009, 6:30 p.m. –
Skylight Room


Please join author Elizabeth L. Bradley, the deputy director of the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, for a book talk and signing of Knickerbocker: The Myth Behind New York (Rutgers University Press) Diedrich Knickerbocker was created in 1809 by a young Washington Irving, who used the character to narrate his classic satire, A History of New York.  Knickerbocker offers a surprising and delightful glimpse behind the scenes of New York history, and invites readers into the world of Knickerbocker, the anti-hero who surprised everyone by becoming the standard-bearer for the city's exceptional sense of self, or what we now call a New York "attitude." 

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Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City
Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 6:30 p.m.
Elebash Recital Hall

MannahattaCo-sponsored with CUNY Mapping

Eric W. Sanderson is the Associate Director for Landscape Ecology and Geographic Analysis in Wildlife Conservation Society at the Bronx Zoo. He is an expert in the application of geographic principles and techniques to problems in wildlife, landscape, and ecological conservation. In Mannahatta (Abrams), he has reconstructed the stunningly-beautiful natural world of Manhattan when the Dutch explorer Henry Hudson and his crew first laid eyes on it on September 12, 1609.

By geographically matching an 18th-century map of Manhattan's landscape to the modern cityscape, combing through historical and archaeological records, and applying modern principles of ecology and computer modeling, Sanderson has re-created the forests of Times Square, the meadows of Harlem, and the wetlands of downtown. Filled with breathtaking illustrations that show what Manhattan looked like 400 years ago, Mannahatta is a groundbreaking work that gives readers not only a window into the past, but inspiration for green cities and wild places of the future.

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The Lower East Side Remembered and Revisited
Wednesday, December 2, 2009, 6:30 p.m. –
Elebash Recital Hall

Join panelists Joyce Mendelsohn, Clayton Patterson, Eric Ferrara, and Annie Polland for an examination of the Lower East Side, remembered and revisited. Mendelsohn’s The Lower East Side Remembered and Revisited, first published in 2001, is being re-released by Columbia University Press in a revised and expanded edition, including a new section on the Bowery.  Panelists will discuss the neighborhood’s venerable churches, synagogues and settlement houses as well as the breakneck changes that have taken place. Transformed from historic to hip – aged tenements sit next to luxury apartment towers, and boutiques, music clubs, trendy bars and upscale restaurants take over spaces once occupied by bargain shops, bodegas, and ethnic eateries.

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Irish New York: A New Look at Tammany Hall and its Legacy
Thursday, December 10, 2009, 6:30 p.m. –
Elebash Recital Hall

TammanyTammany Hall has long been a synonym for corruption. But was there more than mere venality to one of the longest-running and most successful urban political organizations in the history of the United States? Did it also play a formative role in educating the masses in the constructive uses of politics and help turn the agenda of economic and social reform from wish list into law? A panel made up of Pete Hamill, Terry Golway, and Peter Quinn will discuss this and other aspects of Tammany-style politics with Richard Welch, author of King of the Bowery: Big Tim Sullivan, Tammany Hall, and New York City from the Gilded Age to the Progressive Era (Fairleigh Dickinson Press).

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