Thursday, May 9th 7:00-8:00pm FREE! At Shakespeare & Co. on Broadway
The first NYC tenements, which appear by the 1820s, were mostly ramshackle, austere buildings, barely able to contain the thousands of new immigrants arriving daily. By 1885, however, something was happening in the design of “second generation” tenements. Now built largely by immigrants from Germany, Poland and Italy, the tenements had a new look – dignified, solid, and perhaps most surprisingly, elaborately ornamented. Join LW! for an evening with Zachary Violette, author of The Decorated Tenement: How Immigrant Builders and Architects Transformed the Slum in the Gilded Age for a fresh look at one of the city’s – and the Upper West Side’s – most overlooked architectural styles.