Rose Hill in Manhattan

What Became of the old Watts Farm?

With Laurence Frommer

The neighborhood of Rose Hill in Manhattan, wedged between Gramercy, Murray Hill, and Flatiron, is often referred to erroneously as Midtown East or Gramercy Park North. According to lore, the name Rose Hill dates to 1746 when British farmer John Watts bought 131 acres of land extending from Broadway to the East River between 21st and 30th Streets. Today, while skyrocketing rent in adjacent neighborhoods has led people to consider living and doing business in Rose Hill, but development pressures are mounting and historic structures may be in danger. The neighborhood is still reeling from the demolition of beautiful Beaux Arts stable buildings to make way for Baruch Colleges Vertical Campus. In addition to a booming student population, the community also has several single room occupancy supportive housing ventures, among them Friends House in Rosehill, a Quaker venture which in effect recovered the neighborhood’s old name, and the Prince George Hotel sponsored by Common Ground. Can a future that meets the needs of a broad cross section of citizens be negotiated? Join us as we examine the true identity of a neighborhood often thought to have no name.

Wednesday, July 11
6:00 PM — 8:00 PM

Member: $20
Non-member: $30