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New York City Real Estate: A Social and Architectural History

Finding a place to live in New York City has been a problem since the place was called New Amsterdam. Private houses became prohibitively expensive early on, and shortly thereafter, boarding houses and inns sprang up to fill the void. Multifamily dwelling units were beginning to be built by the early 19th century, followed by residential hotels, and then, in the 1870s, the City saw its first apartment house for the middle class—the Stuyvesant on East 18th Street. Novelists such as Edith Wharton and William Dean Howells wrote about the situation, and contemporary writers and journalists continue to cover the issue today. Join us for eight illustrated lectures to explore the best and the meanest of New York real estate, from cheap lodging houses to Billionaires’ Row, and everything in between.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Familiarity with the variety of housing available in New York City throughout its history
  • An understanding of how housing in NYC has shaped the City

Ideal for

  • All members of the community—working, retired, and in between
  • Fans of history, urban development, and architecture
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