Led By Abby SUCKLE, PRESIDENT CULTURENOW/ VICE PRESIDENT LOWER MANHATTAN HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION AND Kritika Dhanda, CULTURENOW
The Commons has effectively been America’s town square since the Dutch landed. Virtually every major event of local, national and global significance has played out in some way on this stage. This tour captures the multiple and overlapping stories that are woven throughout our city’s life. It takes a look at the issues that New Yorkers were preoccupied with and how they solved them: their politics, religion, social protest, health and safety, commerce, disasters and defense, scandals and crime, education, publications, art and culture, parades and celebrations, architecture and engineering.