Changing City: From Greenwich Village to Grand Central

Healthy, vibrant cities have a way of changing. The residential neighborhood that ringed Madison Square in the mid-nineteenth century was becoming a commercial office center by the turn of the twentieth century, and by the turn of the twenty-first century, it was returning to residential again, sometimes by repurposing former office buildings. Today’s stretch of commercial office buildings on Park Avenue north of Grand Central Terminal was lined instead by high-class apartment houses in its earlier incarnation beginning in the 1910s, and before that, when the New York Central Railroad still operated its trains at street level, it was a strip of light manufacturing. Steinway built pianos on the site of today’s Seagram Building, and Schaeffer brewed its beer on the site of today’s St. Bartholomew’s Church. Join us for four classes celebrating changing neighborhoods, and the changing city. Questions? Contact us at The Center for Applied Liberal Arts (CALA). Email or call 212-998-7289.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Knowledge of how New York City neighborhoods change with the times, and how the look of the City changes with ever-evolving architectural styles
  • Greater insight into the dynamic nature of the City’s landscape

Ideal for

  • Architecture and history buffs
  • The curious and creative
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