Tuesday, September 24th 6:30-7:45pm 35 W. 67th St. Special 2-for-1 Tickets for LW Partner+ Members!
She was everywhere, and more than 100 years later, she is still a New York City fixture: “The Perfect Woman”, “Miss Manhattan”, “American Venus”. If you have walked Riverside Park, Columbus Circle, Straus Park, and Grand Army Plaza, you have seen her. Her real name was Audrey Munson, and for a short while, her figure and classical beauty personified the Beaux-Arts ideal of womanhood. Famous sculptors of the early 1900’s flocked to capture her likeness. But even as she became known around the world, within a few short years it was all over. Obsession led to murder and ruin; fame dissolved into obscurity. So who was Audrey? Social historian Tom Miller (aka the Daytonian in Manhattan blogger) unveils the woman who, in many ways, came to define an era. Once you know her story, you, too, will see her everywhere.
Thursday, September 26th 6:30-7:45pm 150 W. 83rd St.
Do you love The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel? If you’ve been following Midge, Joel, Abe, Rose and Susie around the Upper West Side, Landmark West! is thrilled to announce a “Marvelous” conversation you won’t want to miss!
Amanda Foley, Supervising Location Manager, Bill Groom, Production Designer, and Jan Jericho, Art Designer for the Emmy- and Golden Globe-award winning The Marvelous Mrs. MaiseI (streaming on Amazon’s Prime Video) are LW’s guests for a behind-the-scenes evening featuring her personal highlights and photos of just how her team pulls off their gorgeous architectural time-travel to 1950’s NYC. A can’t-miss UWS event!
Thursday, October 3rd 6:30-7:45pm 45 W. 67th St. Special 2-for-1 Tickets for LW! Partner+ Members!
Incredibly, much of what we all think of as quintessential New York City–Central Park, the NY Public Library, the Zoo, the American Museum of Natural History–is due to the Herculean efforts of one practically unknown man: Andrew Haswell Green. It was also Green who cleaned up the city post-Boss Tweed, shaped the street plan of the Upper West Side, rerouted Broadway and literally put Riverside and Morningside Parks on the map. Some speculate he may have been allowed to slide into obscurity due to his shocking murder, a tragic case of mistaken identity born here on the Upper West Side. Michael Miscione, the former Manhattan Borough Historian takes us, via an illustrated talk, back into the fascinating life and times of this 19th century master planner, reformer, and preservationist whose accomplishments transformed New York into a world-class city.
Wednesday, October 16th 6:30-7:45pm 35 W. 67th St. Special 2-for-1 Tickets for LW! Partner+ Members!
It is little known that jazz legend Billie Holiday’s last home was on the Upper West Side, the garden apartment of a brownstone at 26 West 87th Street. It was in this modest space that she basked in the glorious reviews for her 1958 triumph, Lady in Satin, suffered the ill-effects of an abusive husband and substance abuse, and grieved the death of her best friend and musical collaborator, tenor saxophonist Lester “Prez” Young. Despite all the scholarship and popular writings, film, documentaries and more on Holiday, to say nothing of her global impact on twentieth-century music, within and beyond the bounds of jazz, not one of her Manhattan homes bears witness to her life. Dr. LaShonda Katrice Barnett spotlights the unmatched contributions Billie Holiday made to our national culture during her too-short lifetime and underscores just why she deserves greater recognition, especially in Manhattan.
Wednesday, October 23rd 6:30-7:45pm 45 W. 67th St. Special 2-for-1 Tickets for LW! Partner+ Members!
Do you have a history mystery? If you really want answers, you need to tap into the 400 years of City history found in the collections of the NYC Municipal Archives. We’ve lured long-time archivist Kenneth Cobb to the Upper West Side to help us do just that. Using a bit of techno-wizardry, he’ll guide us along secret passageways leading to fascinating records that go back to the first Dutch settlers in the 1600s; two centuries of mayoral papers; photos of every NYC house and building back to 1940; crime scene photos; maps, blueprints, videos, sound recordings; the architectural plans for construction of Central Park – the paths of discovery are practically endless! Come out for an incredible evening of exploration!
Tuesday, October 29th 6:30-7:45pm 35 W. 67th St. Special 2-for-1 Tickets for LW! Partner+ Members!
Dr. Bob Brier, one of the world’s foremost experts on mummies and Egyptology, excavates the events that fanned the flames of Egyptomania from the late 1800s through the 1930s. He’ll dig deep into New York’s own “Nile style” in fashion, art, film and design. From Cleopatra’s Needle to 1920’s gilded movie palaces ornamented with Egyptian motifs, join this expedition to unearth the architectural homages to Egyptomania right here on the Upper West Side.
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45 West 67th Street
New York, NY 10023