FREE & ONLINE! All the Single Ladies: Women-Only Buildings in 20th c. NYC
Wednesday, April 8th 11am-Noon on Zoom FULLY SUBSCRIBED!
By the early 20th century women had won the vote and were living and working in major cities as shop girls and dressmakers, stenographers, telephone operators, nurses, and even journalists. By 1923, 1 out of 5 employed young women in America lived away from a family home. But navigating city life as a single working woman was tough. Housing options were limited and pricey, boarding houses were considered “immoral”, and hotels would not admit single women! Historian Nina Harkrader shares the intriguing story of “all the single ladies” who bravely forged new paths for women in the heady, early years of the 1900s and the ‘women only’ buildings designed for them in New York City.
Wednesday, March 25th 6:30-7:45pm 35 W. 67th Street Canceled due to health concerns of large group gatherings. All tickets have been refunded. A new date will be arranged.
In NYC, the 1-story building is practically an endangered species. Between 2015 and 2019, professional photographer Adam Friedberg documented every single-story building in the East Village and the Lower East Side. A longtime East Village resident, he noticed how quickly these most humble structures were disappearing, a reflection of the rapid development and gentrification of the neighborhood. He came to understand that not only were the buildings being sold, but an entire, primarily working-class, economy (workshops, garages, fast food joints) and culture (storefront churches and community centers) was disappearing. Friedberg, joined in discussion by architectural historian Alan Brake, brings to Landmark West his powerful images of a changing city. Single-Story Project prompts us to pause and consider the value of these places before they are lost or forgotten.
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45 West 67th Street
New York, NY 10023