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Gotham Center Forums Archive, Fall 2004


The East Village on Film
September 29, 6:30 p.m. - Recital Hall
An evening of films about the history of the East Village with guest speaker Roland Legiardi-Laura.

Yael Bitton's Not For Sale (2002) is a documentary that examines the metamorphosis of East 7th Street from immigrant working-class to well-heeled urban professional. What happens when the local community garden is bulldozed and luxury condominiums rise in its place? Roland Legiardi-Laura's Duh-Huh (2003) poses this question to those in his ever-changing neighborhood:
"What is the East Village and why should we care?"

Curated by Matthew Seig and Leonard Quart
Roland Legiardi-Laura is a filmmaker and poet. He is Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Nuyorican Poets Cafe and founder of its Fifth Night Screenplay Reading and Short Film series.
Leonard Quart is Professor Emeritus of Cinema Studies at the College of Staten Island and at the CUNY Graduate Center, and is a Contributing Editor of Cineaste.


New York Underground
October 4, 6:30 p.m. - Recital Hall
Come see what is going down in New York as we descend into its underbelly to explore the city from the bottom up. Urban explorer Julia Solis will present a slideshow of her underground discoveries while a panel of authors helps to navigate our course through these subterranean worlds.

Julia Solis, author of New York Underground (Routledge) and Director of Dark Passages and Ars Subterranea
Robert Sullivan, author of Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City's Most Unwanted Inhabitants (Bloomsbury USA)
Chris Neville, lecturer for Place Matters on the Marble Cemetery
Anne-Marie Cantwell and Diana diZerega Wall, authors of Unearthing Gotham: The Archaeology of New York City, (Yale)
co-sponsored with ASHP and Citylore


The Bronx
October 19, 6:30 p.m. - Skylight Room
A book talk and signing with Evelyn Gonzalez, associate professor of History at William Paterson University

Home to the New York Yankees, the Bronx Zoo, and the Grand Concourse, the Bronx was at one time a haven for upwardly mobile second-generation immigrants. During the 1960s and 1970s the Bronx became a national symbol of urban deterioration. In this revealing history of the Bronx, historian Evelyn Gonzalez describes how the once-infamous New York City borough underwent one of the most successful and inspiring community revivals in American history.


The 1964/65 New York World's Fair: Fortieth Anniversary
November 4, 6:30 p.m. - Auditorium
A screening of the documentary PEACE THROUGH UNDERSTANDING: The 1964/65 New York World's Fair by Terri Marlowe and Curtis Cates of BBQ Productions with guest speaker historian Marc H. Miller.

The film interweaves recollections of numerous participants with archival footage, photos and period music for a behind-the-scenes and historical account of the creation and running of the 1964/65 World's Fair, against the turbulent backdrop of the civil rights movement, the assassination of JFK, the space race and more.


100 Years of the New York Subway: A Look Back and A Look to the Future
November 10, 6:30 p.m. - Auditorium

This forum will examine the New York City subway. Experts will put the subway in historical perspective, bring the story of the subway up to date and take a look at what might happen to it in the future. Speakers will include Richard Ravitch, Ravitch, Rice and Company, subway author Robert W. Snyder, Rutgers University at Newark, transportation consultant Jeffrey Zupan, and others. A panel that will include Gene Russianoff of the Straphangers' Campaign will question the speakers.

Co-sponsored with MTA New York City Transit, NY Straphangers' Campaign, Bronx County Historical Society, New York Transit Museum, New-York Historical Society, Museum of the City of New York and CUNY Urban Transportation Research Center, CUNY


The Moving Deuce: Films on Times Square
December 15, 6:30 p.m. - Recital Hall
An evening of film, organized by Barbara Abrash and Kathleen Hulser for the Gotham Center at City University of New York

Digging beneath the gold-digger Hollywood history of Times Square, this evening of short films roams around the Deuce, starting with a 1905 pan from the then unfinished Times Square Tower. Notable filmmakers include Rudy Burckhardt, Charles Ahearn, The Municipal Art Society and Edison Films. The assortment of cinematic visions constitutes a national template of the mixed-up, hybrid American culture that brewed for a hundred years in the burning heart of urban New York.

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