Shaped by Immigrants: A History of Yorkville Book Talk

Calling all Yorkville fans! Did you miss FRIENDS of the Upper East Side’s launch party for our new book Shaped by Immigrants: A History of Yorkville? Dynamic and Educational, Shaped by Immigrants is a fully illustrated history of the physical development and immigrant roots of this quintessential New York City neighborhood.  This original publication, researched and written by FRIENDS, uncovers the compelling story of Yorkville’s past as a home to Czechoslovakian, German, Hugarian, Irish and other immigrant groups, and places that history against the backdrop of representative buildings remaining today where immigrants lived, worked, shopped, and prayed. Join Rachel Levy and Sara Kamillatos from FRIENDS of the Upper East Side Historic Districts for an early-evening book talk and screening of our companion mini-documentary, both of which explore the heritage of this neighborhood and its beloved buildings. Books will be available to purchase for $30, with a special discount for current members of FRIENDS.

Co-sponsored by Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts and the NYPL Webster Library Branch.

Tuesday, February 5th 
5:30 p.m.

Webster Library
1465 York Avenue

Free and open to the public. Advance registration is required.
To verify your current membership status, please call 212-535-2526
or email us at info@friends-ues.org.


 Click HERE to register
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Behind the Scenes at the Explorers Club


Image Credit: The Explorers Club

In 1904, The Explorers Club was founded as an international, multidisciplinary, professional organization dedicated to the advancement of field research, scientific exploration, and to the ideal that it is vital to preserve the instinct to explore. In the century since, The Explorers Club has played a significant role as the premier meeting place for explorers and scientists worldwide who have pushed the limits of discovery and human endurance. Club Members have attained incredible feats, including our “Famous Firsts” such as First to the North Pole (1909), First to the South Pole (1911), First to the Highest Point on Earth (Mt. Everest, 1953), and First to the Surface of the Moon (1969). Join Archivist and Curator of Research Collections Lacey Flint for a behind-the-scenes tour of the club’s Neo-Jacobean headquarters built originally for art collector Stephen C. Clark and explore its extraordinary collection of books, manuscripts and rare artifacts.

Wednesday, February 27th
6:00 p.m.

The Explorers Club
46 East 70th Street

$15 FRIENDS members, $25 non-members
To verify your current membership status, please call 212-535-2526
or email us at info@friends-ues.org.

 Click HERE to register

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Memories of Yorkville’s “Kleindeutschland:”
an Exhibit and Lecture

In a time when New York City was home to the third-largest population of German speakers in the world, Yorkville — and 86th Street in particular — was known for its German immigrant community of artisans, butchers, brewers, and shopkeepers. Join local historian and lifelong Yorkville resident Kathy Jolowicz of the Yorkville/Kleindeutschland Historical Society, as she presents her pictorial exhibit on the history of this neighborhood once known as the Upper East Side’s “Kleindeutschland” or Little Germany. The exhibit is a nostalgic exploration of Yorkville’s history with a particular focus on her personal memories that evoke the village feel of the area’s German heyday with reminiscences of famous restaurants, ethnic shops, dance halls, schools, churches, and a common language. Photography will not be permitted at this event.

Born in 1939 to immigrants from Leipzig, Germany, Kathy Jolowicz was raised and schooled in Yorkville/Kleindeutschland. She is an Upper East Side community leader dedicated to keeping the German heritage alive as a Division Marshall, and PR Committee member of the German American von Steuben Parade, as well as the founder of the German Language Learning Club.

Saturday, March 9th
1:00 p.m.

St. Jean Baptiste High School
173 East 75th Street

$15 FRIENDS members, $25 non-members. 
To verify your current membership status, please call 212-535-2526
or email us at info@friends-ues.org.

 Click HERE to register_

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Archbishop John Hughes and the Making of Irish America: a Book Talk

Yorkville and the Upper East Side are well known throughout their respective histories for a mix of Gold Coast Patricians to the west as well as German, Czech, Slovak and Hungarian immigrants to the far-east. However, dispersed throughout both of these areas between opulent Fifth Avenue and the commercial and industrial East River waterfront was a large population of Irish Immigrants and their families through the 19th and early 20th Centuries. This event will shed a light on the lives of Irish Americans on the Upper East Side and other parts of Manhattan through the lens of the history of Archbishop John Hughes, a nearly mythic figure and Irish community leader.

Acclaimed biographer and local Upper East Side instructor John Loughery will give a lecture based on his recent book Dagger John: Archbishop John Hughes and the Making of Irish America. “Dagger” John Hughes was an infamous Irish-American figure who — in the face of bias against the Irish community — was an organizer, community advocate, and fiercely outspoken evangelist representing the Irish in America. Between founding Fordham University, a Jesuit Catholic University in the Bronx, and demanding the construction of the now-cherished St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Midtown, Hughes was a revered (and feared) power broker for his community in Manhattan and beyond. Books will be for sale following the talk.

Co-sponsored by Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts and The American Irish Historical Society

Wednesday March 20th 
6:30 p.m.

American Irish Historical Society
991 Fifth Avenue

$15 FRIENDS and AIHS members, $25 non-members 
To verify your current membership status, please call 212-535-2526
or email us at info@friends-ues.org.


Click HERE to register

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Save the Date!
FRIENDS’ 36th Annual Meeting & Awards

Mark your calendars! We are pleased to hold our 36th Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony at The Cosmopolitan Club. The Regency Revival-style building was designed by architect Thomas Harlan Ellett in 1932 and is a fitting setting to recognize the fine restoration, renovation, and advocacy work on the Upper East Side over the past year.

Tuesday, March 26th
6:30 p.m.

The Cosmopolitan Club
122 East 66th Street

Free for FRIENDS members, registration coming soon. 
To verify your current membership status, please call 212-535-2526
or email us at info@friends-ues.org.
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These programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.