Believe Me: The Lost Voice of Mary L. Booth

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 6:00-7:00pm via Zoom 

Who was this woman who knew everyone who was anyone in the 19th century? Writer, translator, editor, abolitionist, suffragist, Mary Louise Booth touched the lives of thousands with her writing, but her story has been lost. She wrote the first History of the City of New York in 1859, was founding editor of Harper’s Bazar, and was instrumental in bringing the Statue of Liberty to New York. She counted among her friends Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Louisa May Alcott, and Oliver Wendell Holmes. She was involved in promoting the first women’s infirmary and college for women doctors in the U.S., and was a member of the American Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood art movement. Author Tricia Foley brings us the life of an extraordinary woman for any era.


Ada Louise Huxtable’s New York

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 6:00-7:00pm via Zoom Free for LW! Members

As the first full-time architecture critic at a major American Newspaper (The New York Times), Ada Louise Huxtable won the first Pulitzer Prize for distinguished criticism in 1970 and helped redefine architecture for the public as “a very real and important art [because] it affects us all so directly.” Through her writing on architecture, urban design, and planning she encouraged New Yorkers to see the buildings around them as part of their lives. She championed “humanity of scale,” and buildings that were “integrated into life and use.” On this virtual tour of Huxtable’s New York, Lucie Levine shows us buildings she praised and those she decried, and consider her legacy as a writer, an urbanist, and a champion of the collective work of city-making. Co-hosted by the Historic Districts CouncilFriends of the Upper East SideLandmark West! and the New York Preservation Archive Project 


Manhattan Cocktail: Fantasy and the Cinematic City

Wednesday, March 25, 2021 6:00-7:00pm via Zoom

Whether you’re a casual viewer or film buff, this is a trip you won’t want to miss. Fan favorite Paula Uruburu has crafted the perfect escapist evening for all who love the many faces of Manhattan. Through the magic of film — with a focus on fantasy — we will visit iconic and identifiable places and spaces that are themselves essential characters in some of the most quintessential New York movies.


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