Event — New-York Historical Society

Lectures & Conversations: Brooklyn Before the Bridge

Where: The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society

170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024

When: Thursday, September 29, 2016, 6:30 pm

Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series

Featuring: Barry Lewis

Details: In the seventeenth century, Brooklyn was one of only six towns of rural Kings County. By 1883, when the Brooklyn Bridge opened, Brooklyn was the fourth largest city in the country, with a population of over a half million. Join Barry Lewis as he surveys the enormous changes the industrial era brought to bucolic Brooklyn: horse car lines, el train routes, thousands of middle-class brownstones in new bourgeois neighborhoods, and working-class tenements in today’s Williamsburg and Bushwick. With a park and parkway system that outshone New York’s, Brooklyn was getting ready for the “big time.”

Barry Lewis is an architectural historian who specializes in European and American architecture from the 18th to 20th century.

Cost: $48 (Members $38)

Phone: Contact New-York Historical’s in-house call center at (212) 485-9268, 9 am–5 pm daily.

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