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April 2020

FREE & ONLINE! All the Single Ladies: Women-Only Buildings in 20th c. NYC

April 8, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

This program is now FULLY SUBSCRIBED!  NOTE: If you registered for this program, a link to join the Zoom meeting was emailed to you. The same link will be resent in a reminder email 30 minutes before the start of the program on Wed. April 8th.  Just click it and join in!  Do to limitations on the number of lines that can be connected for this program, please do not share your link with non-registrants. Thank you and BE WELL!…

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The Many Lives of Riverside Park via Zoom

April 22, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Upper West Siders love their Riverside Park and appreciate it even more these days. But before the gardens and ballfields, there were forests and rocky bluffs roamed by the likes of Poe. But soon came the trains and the noise…and the politics. Hear how industry and privilege collided on the banks of the Hudson. From Olmsted to Moses; rail yards to court yards; the yacht club to the Boat Basin — come dive into the incredible history of Riverside Park! Lucie…

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May 2020

via zoom “Lost Jewel: Tracking Down the Spanish Pavilion of the NY World’s Fair”

May 13, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:15 pm

ONLINE! Upper Called the “Jewel of the Fair”, the Spanish Pavilion by Javier Carvajal leads us on a fascinating, twisting, modern-day preservation hunt. What happened to the “Jewel” after the gates closed? LW! Executive Director Sean Khorsandi and AIA Kansas President-elect Michael Grogan lead the search! TICKETS

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“Mag Men” and the Making of New York Magazine

May 20, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

For more than 50 years, Walter Bernard and Milton Glaser have revolutionized the look of magazine journalism. In Mag Men: Fifty Years of Making Magazines, writer Anne Quito recounts the glory days of magazine design and creative legacy of two industry icons. Design and NYC history lovers cannot miss this live Zoom conversation! Walter Bernard and Anne Quito take us back to one of Bernard/Glaser’s most compelling projects, the creation of New York magazine in the late 1960’s and Bernard’s first-hand perspective on how the duo created some…

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June 2020

The Central Park: Original Designs for New York’s Greatest Treasure

June 3, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Cynthia Brenwall shares the incredible visual story of the creation of our 840-acre wonder. You’ll be amazed at the history Cynthia has unearthed: we’ll view the original winning competition entry with its meticulously detailed plans, maps, elevations, hand-colored lithographs, photographs, and mechanical drawings of a wide range of elements and features—many built, and others never realized. TICKETS

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Discovering Calvert Vaux

June 17, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

O, n Zoom LW! Members FREE! Join us for this continuing journey through scenic landmark Central Park and the creative mind of one of its unheralded creators. Ron Korcak helps us get to know Vaux: the architect, the engineer, the protégé and the mentor. We’ll meet his influences (Cottingham, Truefitt, Downing) and follow his journeys. But most especially, we’ll meet the man who loved nature so much that he found a way to bring the pastoral into the city so…

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Manhattan’s First ‘It’ Girl

June 25, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

She arrived in New York City in 1900 with “nothing but her looks.” Embodying the dynamic cultural change that was happening at the time, 16-year old Evelyn Nesbit quickly became the face (and figure) of the new century: Manhattan’s first “It” Girl. Paula Uruburu brings us a fascinating look at NYC in the first decade of the Century of Progress when Evelyn Nesbit was the toast of the town. TICKETS

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“THEY WERE HERE” Launch Event!

June 29, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

LW celebrates the launch of THEY WERE HERE, a unique collection of architectural and social histories that tells the stories of the many immigrants who worked and lived along Columbus Avenue. Tom Miller (aka the “Daytonian in Manhattan” blogger) guides us on a virtual tour along Columbus Avenue beginning in the 1880’s. Storefront by storefront you’ll be amazed as we enter the streetscape of the earliest days of the Upper West Side: Politics, Vaudeville, Kings of Industry, New Arrivals and,…

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July 2020

Hidden Waters of the UWS and Central Park

July 21, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Ever wonder what lies below the Upper West Side? Landmark West dives into the hidden waters bubbling (or that once bubbled) beneath our boots, basements, and ball fields. Sergey Kadinsky, author of Hidden Waters of New York City, takes us to the river, literally. We'll (virtually) visit streams, ponds, brooks, a rivulet, and even a bay that early residents of the Upper West Side would recognize. Then we'll flow on into Central Park to explore its secret waters-some still remaining, others that have left nary…

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Notable Upper West Siders

July 29, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Come (virtually) tread the streets and avenues of the West 90’s and above with author Jim Mackin, who has spent years searching for traces of hundreds of fascinating residents who helped shape the character of the UWS. Meet our former neighbors — some famous, some forgotten, but all deserving to be recognized and remembered. You’ll be intrigued and delighted to discover scientists, explorers, historians, writers, artists, public officials, entertainers, aviators, and more who lived right here. TICKETS

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August 2020

Monumental Women

August 13, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Monumental Women Thursday, August 13th 6:30pm-7:30pm via Zoom Free for LW! This summer Meredith Bergmann's Monumental Women sculpture will take its place on Literary Walk as the first sculpture in Central Park honoring historical women. Depicting Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Sojourner Truth, and celebrating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, the sculpture arrives at a time when the city is actively trying to increase the number of women honored in its public art, and when the…

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Row Houses of the North Atlantic Cities

August 19, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Live on Zoom – FREE for LW Members! Why do Amsterdam, London, and the Upper West Side have row houses while Paris, Vienna, and Houston do not?  This seemingly simple question started Charlie Duff on an exploration of the world’s row house cities. He shares his discoveries in his marvelous book, The North Atlantic Cities, and now in a photo-rich presentation for LW. An engaging storyteller, Charlie introduces us to the early streets of cities in the Netherlands, the British…

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September 2020

Look Up! The UWS’s Faces in Stone

September 10, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

LW! is on a quest to find the hidden-in-plain-sight faces, figures, gargoyles and grotesques that embellish so many of our historic buildings. And we’ve found just the man to lead this adventure — architect and photographer Robert Arthur King, who is the eye and the lens behind the books Faces in Stone; Animals in Stone; and Figures in Stone. King’s photos are themselves acts of preservation, capturing all the glorious details of the fantastical beings carved out of stone or…

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Staging Fashion: 1880-1920

September 16, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

In the days before Instagram and “influencers”, who created the fashion trends and set the celebrity media abuzz?   Michele Major of Bard College takes us back to the turn of the 20th century with a lush presentation on how the mass media of the day–newspapers, trade cards,  fashion magazines–first turned actresses into internationally known and marketable fashion leaders “Staging Fashion” features one of our own from the UWS. Billie Burke, the stage beauty of her generation (and Glinda the Good…

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New York Exposed: When Any Crime Had its Price in the Gilded Age

September 24, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Historian Daniel Czitrom isn’t particularly shocked by today’s headlines. Vote suppression, police violence, the influence of partisan politics on municipal services: the author of New York Exposed: The Gilded Age Police Scandal That Launched the Progressive Movement found them all in 1890’s New York City. Prof. Czitrom brings us directly into the fascinating world he found while researching his book about New York’s first major cop scandal and the investigation that showed the public just how rigged the system was. The real-life…

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October 2020

The Mystique of Howard Chandler Christy

October 6, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Jim Head, author and expert on artist Howard Chandler Christy takes us back to the early 1900s when illustrators made cover girls famous and were the media darlings- and practically rock stars- of their era. Christy both lived and painted in the famed UWS studio building, the landmarked Hôtel des Artistes. Many are familiar with the lush murals of cavorting nymphs by Christy that adorn the walls of ground-floor restaurant there, but who was Christy? TICKETS  Free for LW! Members

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Richard Lippold & Orpheus and Apollo

October 15, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
FREE

Join us LIVE ON ZOOM - FREE! Register HERE In 2014, Lincoln Center “temporarily” de-installed artist Richard Lippold’s Orpheus and Apollo a site-specific para-architectural construction that hung from the lobby ceiling of the new New York Philharmonic Hall at Lincoln Center.  In 2019, Lincoln Center announced plans to (again) make extensive changes to the hall.  The upcoming renovations will not include the reintroduction of the Lippold installation.  Deeply concerned, LANDMARK WEST! applied to the Preservation League of New York State’s…

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West 72nd: Queen of Streets

October 20, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Don’t miss this special program by history fan favorite Tom Miller (aka the “Daytonian in Manhattan” blogger) for a time-bending online tour of West 72nd Street from Riverside Drive to Central Park. Historic photos and fascinating details of the past help us understand what was built and who lived along the “Queen of Streets” of the Upper West Side – before the stoops were removed and the stone façades were broken through for retail spaces; before mansions became a bustling…

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The St. Andoche and the Marvelous Maggie Mitchell

October 27, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

On Zoom - FREE for LW! Members Built in 1895, the St. Andoche on West End Avenue is a little building with a big name. Its solid construction is thanks to the fortune that bankrolled it — one amassed by Maggie Mitchell, powerhouse of the American stage in the Civil War era. Caitlin Hawke shares the story of both the actress and “her” UWS building on Zoom on 10/27 at 6:30pm. TICKETS

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November 2020

Literary Lights of the UWS

November 10, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join LW! for a new spin on “writer’s block”! Lucie Levine leads us on a (virtual) wander along the UWS streets where scores of writers have lived, worked or set literature, including James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Philip Roth, Saul Bellow, Dorothy Parker, Nora Ephron & Jack Kerouac. So grab your notebook and join in this unique literary tour of the Upper West Side exploring these writers’ works and their worlds. We’ll duck into local literary haunts of the present and…

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UWS Women and the Long Fight for Suffrage

November 19, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

From the Seneca Falls Declaration of 1848 to the national ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920, the women of New York played an important role in the long battle for women's voting rights. But did you know that many significant figures in the Suffrage Movement lived on the Upper West Side of New York City? Who were these women (and a few men) who, in the face of almost insurmountable odds, helped secure passage of the 19th Amendment just…

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December 2020

How to Map your Subway

December 8, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

The New York City subway is big. It's complex. Even for the strong of heart, mapping the system and making it understood can be a monstrous undertaking. Case in point: There are over 470 subway stations, with 25 separate lines. Some lines don't operate all the time so trains will only stop at a station some of the time, while some lines that do operate all the time still manage to skip some stations some of the time. Got that?…

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Architectural Styles of the Upper West Side

December 9, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

The gorgeous Upper West Side is home to an architectural assortment of historical and modern styles, making it a favorite for buyers, renters, visitors, and architecture fans. We all love the Apthorp, the Beresford, the Belnord, and the Langham, but do you know which has Italian Renaissance style decorative elements? Which is Renaissance Revival or Beaux-Arts? Bonus - we'll also show you how to find bits of fascinating history and building details online to enrich your knowledge (and listings!) Our…

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January 2021

Upstairs: The Artists & Studios of the Hotel des Artistes

January 28, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Artist-writer Robert Hudovernik, who spent years researching the famed Hotel des Artistes at One West 67th Street, shares some of the hundreds of archival photos he unearthed for his just-released book Manhattan’s Hotel des Artistes: America’s Paris on West 67th Street and treats us to untold stories of its residents and guests. Marvel at the wonders of the early Des Artistes ballroom extravaganzas, the towering walls of north light of the portrait painters’ studios, the famous tiled pool with LeRoy Neiman murals,…

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February 2021

Ignatz Pilat: First Gardener of Central Park

February 9, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Central Park guide Ron Korcak introduces us to Ignatz Anton Pilat, selected in 1857 as the park’s first chief gardener. This was no “guy with a shovel”. Pilat came to the U.S. from the Botanical Gardens of the Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna. He brought with him a knowledge few in that era could have on the selection of plants and the creation of landscaped vistas. Such was his trust in Pilat that Olmsted gave him primary responsibility for the park when he was…

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Ghost Stories of the UWS

February 23, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Shadowy forms that fly through a dark library, raucous unearthly music in Central Park, a bicycle bell that rings itself, a mysterious seamstress — these spectral tales and others will be our winter fare for a dark February evening. Writer Maria Dering has collected these ‘true’ stories from both century-old and face-to-face accounts. Original and historic photographs help us “see” these little-known ghosts who share our neighborhood. Who knows what lurks on the UWS? TICKETS

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March 2021

Believe Me: The Lost Voice of Mary L. Booth

March 10, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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 and was instrumental in bringing the Statue of Liberty to New York. As the founding editor of Harper’s Bazar, where she reigned for 22 years, she was renowned and respected among her peers in the…

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Ada Louise Huxtable’s New York

March 17, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

March 14, 2021 marks what would be Ada Louise Huxtable’s 100th birthday. Huxtable (1921-2013), a native New Yorker, was a pioneer in architectural criticism, and a champion of livable cities. As the first full-time architecture critic at a major American Newspaper (The New York Times created the position specifically for her in 1963), she won the first Pulitzer Prize for distinguished criticism in 1970 and helped redefine architecture for the public as “a very real and important art it affects us…

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Manhattan Cocktail: Fantasy and the Cinematic City

March 25, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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. TICKETS

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April 2021

The Belnord, Beresford and Barney G: West Side Stories

April 13, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Journalist, editor, publisher and now memoirist Peter Osnos is joined by journalists Walter Shapiro and Meryl Gordon for a fascinating discussion on the Upper West Side of the 1950s and 1960s. The Osnos family, fleeing the Nazis, settled first in the Blenord and then The Beresford. Peter Osnos revisits the UWS of his youth–a place of immigrants, artists and academics, a vibrant world where a kid growing up in The Belnord might see Lee Strasberg, Zero Mostel or Isaac Bashevis Singer at the elevator. And an…

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McKim, Mead & White: The Early Years

April 29, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

Everyone starts somewhere-even lauded Starchitects like the trio of McKim, Mead & White. Individually, they were rather undistinguished as young men. How did they ever become the gold standard of American architecture? Architectural historian Prof. Mosette Broderick takes us behind the drafting table for this onetime, special program on the early years of the individuals who became the best known architects of the period. TICKETS

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May 2021

Ziegfeld’s Girls

May 20, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

For one spectacular evening we raise the velvet curtains of New York’s infamous theatrical history when authors Nils Hanson and Robert Hudovernik discuss the “Ziegfeld Girls” of Broadway’s Ziegfeld Follies of the early 20th century. Now lost to history, but forever etched in time for their contributions to the American Beauty culture, Ziegfeld Girls became iconic symbols of the modern American woman, envied for their liberated thinking, exotic beauty, daring fashions and adventurous lifestyles. Ziegfeld stars such as Lillian Lorraine, Ann Pennington, Marion Davies,…

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October 2021

Central Park’s Early Statues

October 20, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Do statues "belong" in historically important landscapes like Central Park? Did Vaux and Olmsted expect statues in the park? NYC public art and monuments expert Michele Bogart says "Yes!" To prove it, she takes us inside the social and financial networks of the late 19th century to meet some of the players of the day—August Belmont, Christian Edward Detmold, William Cullen Bryant—and learn why they were early proponents of statues in Central Park and just how they ended up shaping the…

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Celebrating 150 Years of Emery Roth, Architect of our City

October 25, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

Emery Roth, born in 1871, was an architect and Hungarian-Jewish immigrant to New York. Roth designed many of the definitive New York City hotels and apartment buildings of the 1920s and 1930s, including the UWS's Beresford and San Remo, incorporating Beaux-Arts and Art Deco details to create the decorative streetscapes we know and love. Historic preservation expert Andrew Dolkart and archivist Shelley Hayreh are joined by Richard Roth, Jr. and Emery Roth II for a history-filled discussion about Roth's architecture,…

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November 2021

Tom Miller Talk on The Original West Sider: Cyrus Clark

November 9, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Learn the story of “The Father of the West Side” as only Tom Miller (internationally known for his "Daytonian in Manhattan" blog of fascinating social and architectural histories of NYC) can tell it. Miller rewinds the clock to 1880s Manhattan, when Clark pushed for the creation of Riverside Drive and staunchly protected the Hudson River waterfront for the public. He organized the community for action and lobbied for critical infrastructure and improvements for the UWS. There will be history and politics and tales of UWS shenanigans. Of course there will be fabulous architecture. But most important, there will be an incredible person, the city he envisioned and the very special neighborhood we know today. TICKETS

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Hustling Hitler: The Jewish Vaudevillian Who Fooled the Führer

November 17, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Walter Shapiro takes us along on a magic carpet ride of his great-uncle’s ever-crooked trajectory through show business, from his early schemes as the loudest talking vaudeville agent on Broadway to his days producing silent movies (with his show-girl wife as the star) before the unfortunate insurance fire. Of course, all of Freeman Bernstein’s cons were simply a prelude to February 18, 1937, the day he was arrested by the LAPD outside of Mae West’s apartment in Hollywood. The charge?…

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December 2021

New York, New York, New York: Four Decades of Success, Excess, and Transformation

December 8, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Dangerous, filthy, falling apart, garbage piled on its streets, yet somehow fabulous – this was New York in 1978. Over the next 30+ years, though, it became a different place: kinder and meaner, richer and poorer, higher, but less like what it had always been. New York, New York, New York, Thomas Dyja’s sweeping account of this metamorphosis, shows it wasn’t the work of a single policy, mastermind, or economic theory, nor was it a morality tale of gentrification or crime.…

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January 2022

MADAM: Polly Adler, Icon of the Jazz Age

January 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Debby Applegate gives LW! an inside look at her jaw-dropping biography Madam about the life of Polly Adler, the notorious "queen of vice" who played hostess to every gangster, politician, writer, sports star and Cafe Society swell worth knowing, and who as much as any single figure helped make the 1920s roar. TICKETS 

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February 2022

Central Park Secrets: The Odds ‘n Ends Edition

February 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

LW! is excited to welcome back one of our favorite guides to all things Central Park: Ron Korcak. Ron, a tremendously popular guide-of-guides and fount of knowledge about the park, will share--in one fun-filled evening-- his unique trove of Central Park secrets. Hidden messages, secrets of the sculptures, winks from the past, little known heros, tucked away places and in-plain-view marvels -- Ron knows them all and is ready to tell the tales to true park fans. Even if you…

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From Horses to Horsepower: The Bygone Worlds of Carriage Houses and Car Dealerships on the UWS

February 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

In this virtual tour with historian Lucie Levine, we’ll wind back the clock to when horses and horsepower reigned on the Upper West Side. We’ll discover Broadway’s Automobile Row and the Carriage Houses of West 58th Street. We'll visit buildings constructed in the 1890s along Amsterdam Avenue's “Stable Row”, which provided horses and carriages for hire to residents of the brownstones and apartment buildings that were springing up on the Upper West Side. Along the way, we’ll find out how…

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March 2022

Grossinger’s Bakery and the Family That Built It: An Evening with Herb Grosinger

March 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join Landmark West! for this very special evening celebrating a truly landmark UWS institution. Herb Grosinger, in conversation with his daughter Liz Samuel, remembers more than half a century on and around Columbus Avenue. You won’t want to miss one family’s extraordinary journey from newly arrived immigrants to running a business during the Depression all the way through to the final days of Grossinger's physical presence on the UWS. It doesn’t get any sweeter than Grossinger’s!

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The Forgotten Impressionist: Mary Rogers Williams

March 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Wednesday, March 23, 2022 6:00-7:00pm via Zoom  Revolutionary artist Mary Rogers Williams (1857—1907), a baker’s daughter, biked and hiked from the Arctic Circle to Naples, exhibited from Paris to Indianapolis, trained at New York’s Art Students League, chafed against art world rules that favored men, wrote thousands of pages about her travels and work, taught at Smith College for nearly two decades, but sadly ended up almost totally obscure. In 2012, arts writer (and Upper West Sider!) Eve M. Kahn discovered Williams’s…

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April 2022

Alloys: American Sculpture and Architecture at Midcentury

April 6 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The 20 years following the end of WWII marked a profound period of synergy and exchange between sculpture and architecture in the U.S. Leading modernist architects such as Gordon Bunshaft and Eero Saarinen turned to sculptors including Harry Bertoia, Alexander Calder, Richard Lippold, and Isamu Noguchi, to produce site-determined, large-scale commissions tailored for their buildings’ highly visible atriums, lobbies, plazas, and entryways. Art historian Marin Sullivan explores how these sculptural commissions represent an alternate history of midcentury American art. Rather than singular masterworks by lone geniuses, some of…

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River: Living on the Hudson at the 79th Street Boat Basin

April 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Photo courtesy Leslie Day

Climb aboard for a history of the Hudson River and its local environs from Dr. Leslie Day, a 36-year resident of the 79th Street Boat Basin. As a young woman, she moved into the water-based community alone, eventually meeting her husband and raising their child at “the Basin.” She’ll share with us recollections and observations that are part of her soon-to-be-completed book River: Living on the Hudson – A Natural History. Leslie Day shares it all: from the fish, seals, birdlife and gardening topside to the terrible pollution that fouled the Hudson’s pristine waters and the clean-up efforts of recent decades. (As…

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May 2022

Boss Tweed and 19 Months that Changed Central Park

May 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

LW! is doing a little time traveling to explore the darker side of the development of Central Park. It is somewhat miraculous that the park even exists, as back in the 1850s real estate developers and politicians were just as cozy as today. Add in the nefarious reign of William Marcy "Boss" Tweed, notorious leader of New York City's Democratic political machine, and the park—and Olmsted—was in for a bumpy ride. We'll hear the tale from one of LW's favorite…

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June 2022

Upper West Side Firsts

June 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

What do the credit card, Oreo, and crossword puzzle have in common? All originated in New York City. From colonial times through the present day, first-of-their-kind achievements occurred in New York in every imaginable field, from the arts to sports, from business to social welfare. Author Laurie Lewis has tracked down an incredible collection of “firsts” for her brand-new book, New York City Firsts: Big Apple Innovations That Changed the Nation and the World and she is bringing the best to Landmark West—including the very…

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The Many Lives of San Juan Hill

June 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

There is no book on San Juan Hill, the Westside neighborhood that was essentially erased in the 1950s by a sweep of urban renewal.  For the past half-century, there has been little acknowledgment of it outside of references in “West Side Story,” the film that used the area's final days as a backdrop.  The eastern and northern boundaries shift.  The demographics are generalized.  Various accounts describe this neighborhood of tenements, factories, shops, clubs and churches as “Hells Kitchen North” or “The Tenderloin.” It was also called a “Red Light District” or, most commonly, a “slum.” Regardless of the reality, the last epithet is the one that stuck, because after designating it a slum, the City of New York was allowed to take possession and "clear" San Juan Hill under the 1949 Housing Act.  This maneuver displaced thousands of families in exchange for several internationally-renowned institutions. LANDMARK WEST! is proud to rebuild, block by block, the buildings and stories of the San Juan Hill community. The online San Juan Hill project has been launched with the support of a growing list of stakeholders.  LW! especially thanks New York State Senator Brad Hoylman, former New York City Council Member Ben Kallos and the City Council’s Cultural Immigrant Initiative, who generously stepped in to support this body of research.  We hope this project will serve as the foundation for a fuller history of San Juan Hill in the coming years, and we eagerly welcome community participation to more fully tell this story.  We further hope that this effort will daylight the rich immigrant past of this once vibrant neighborhood and inform discussions about community, transparency, process, eminent domain and urban renewal across our resilient city. As preservationists, we recognize that once something is gone, it is gone for good. Hopefully, with this project, San Juan Hill will at least not be lost. Please be our guest as architectural historian Sarah Bean Apmann guides us through San Juan Hill, a neighborhood that there is only one way to visit...via history.  LANDMARK WEST! will be joined for this special project launch by officials: New York State Senator Brad Hoylman City Council Member Gale Brewer This project for the Cultural Immigrant Initiative is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Special thanks, as well, to the NYC Municipal Archives. TICKETS - FREE

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