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The Greatest 19th c. Photo of Morningside Heights

January 11 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Old photographs have captured many stages of the city’s growth that would otherwise have been lost, and the best images from New York’s past can do more than just highlight what has changed—they can reveal stories about times that were different than our own and the people who lived, worked, and died here. You’ll be fascinated by the Manhattan neighborhood that neighborhood historian Rob reveals utilizing a very special 19th century photograph of Morningside Heights as a portal to the past.

Using every element found in this one incredible photo, and some deeply impressive sleuthing, Rob takes us back in time to a neighborhood whose buildings and businesses were dramatically different than today’s—yet was poised on the cusp of abrupt change. See how a single image can be unpacked to reveal another time, another world, lying tantalizingly near to our own.



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