The “Spirit” of the Gilded Age 


Image copyright Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers

Come for a drink as we talk about high society with author Esther Crain of The Gilded Age in New York, 1870-1910. A transformative time in New York City’s history, the Gilded Age is known as a period of growth, wealth, skyscrapers, lavish parties, and rapid social change. The Upper East Side boasts some of the most spectacular mansions of the period, built by millionaires along the “Gold Coast” of Fifth Avenue. While names like Astor, Vanderbilt, Frick, and Carnegie left their mark along Millionaire’s Row, hundreds of thousands of immigrants crowded into tenements in Yorkville, the “other” half of the Upper East Side. Esther Crain, who writes the popular Ephemeral New York blog, illustrates this period of great extremes through the use of historic photography, personal diaries, newspapers, and more in her new book. Join FRIENDS and the author for drinks, discussion, and a look at Gilded Age life. Jazz music by legendary guitarist Gene Bertoncini to follow.

Thursday, October 20th
6:30 p.m.

Ryan’s Daughter
350 East 85th Street

$10 members. $20 non-members
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East River Vistas: Architecture and Changing Lifestyles in Yorkville

A view from East End Avenue, c. 1941 (Photo by MCNY)

Once home to bucolic farmland, the eastern edge of Yorkville was dotted with clapboard farmhouses and country houses, and later transformed into an industrial hub of factories by the turn of the 20th century. As immigrants settled in Yorkville, tenement buildings were constructed, and by the 1930s the area around East End Avenue was home to luxury apartments designed by elite architects. Join the Historic Districts Council and FRIENDS as we track this fascinating history of housing in eastern Yorkville with architectural historian and famed tour guide, Francis Morrone. Highlights will include East End Avenue, Gracie Square, and Carl Schurz Park, model tenements such as the Cherokee Apartments, the idyllic rowhouses at Henderson Place, and everything in between, including the biggest white brick high-rise in the universe!

Sunday, October 30th
2:00 p.m.

Meeting location provided upon registration.

$10 members, $20 non-members
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Presented by the Historic Districts Council’s Six to Celebrate program:STC-logo

New York at Its Core: A Special MCNY Tour


A rendering of the new exhibit space (Image by MCNY)

Want to learn more about our city’s rich history? Come along with FRIENDS for a special, after-hours private tour of the Museum of the City of New York’s upcoming new permanent exhibit, New York at Its Core. Featuring more than 400 objects and state-of-the-art interactive displays, the exhibit will trace the history of New York from a small Dutch village into one of the most prominent cities in the world. Held across three galleries, the exhibit is shaped by four themes that provide a lens for examining the character of the city: money, diversity, density, and creativity. Trace the stores of famous New York personalities such as Alexander Hamilton, Jane Jacobs, Jay-Z and more, while viewing rare objects such as Milton Glaser’s original concept sketch for the “I Heart New York” campaign. Space is limited on this exclusive tour, so be sure to register early!

Thursday, December 8th
6:00 p.m.

The Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue

$10 members, $20 non-members
To register, click here.

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