Shaping Our City is a more or less chronological series devoted to the history and development of architecture in New York City.
With Matt Postal
Take another look at Chinatown and the Lower East Side, where numerous traces of late 19th and early 20th century Manhattan survive and can be experienced. Join Matt Postal and discover what remains of the architectural environment that welcomed early immigrants to our city, from so-called “dumbbell” and “new law” tenements to such notable houses of worship as Zion English Church (now the Church of the Transfiguration) and Eldridge Street Synagogue. Particular attention will be paid to the impact that private and municipal programs had in the area, including the introduction of much-needed neighborhood parks, children’s playgrounds, and Carnegie libraries.