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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Some Spring Updates from Michelle and James

Spring Updates from

Michelle and James Nevius

Two new articles by James Nevius:

Recently, James had two interesting stories published on the architectural history of the New York.

In Curbed New York, he authored a history of the Grand Hyatt Hotel (formerly the Commodore) next to Grand Central Terminal. The hotel opened a century ago and is now slated for demolition. James chronicles the various twists and turns in the story, including Donald Trump's mid-1970s "rescue" of the hotel.

Then, in The New York Post, James took a look at the history of tin ceilings, which were once common not just in the New York but around the country.

sponsored by the Merchant's House Museum and Village Preservation
TUESDAY, JUNE 18, at 6:00PM

After the Civil War, hundreds of thousands of Italian immigrants came to America, most of them making New York City their first stop. While the Lower East Side and Little Italy are well-known for their immigrant history, many may not remember that the area south of Washington Square was one of the most densely populated Italian precincts in the country.

This illustrated presentation will look at how the Village came to be separated into a wealthier area north and west of Washington Square and a more working-class neighborhood to the south and east. We’ll look at who paved the way for Italians in the district and talk about the importance of holding on to the Italian places that still exist in the area -- RIP Trattoria Spaghetto -- so as to preserve this heritage.


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