Waterfront Manhattan: Kurt C. Schlichting with Ian Fowler

Wed. Aug 8, 2018 at 6:30pm EDT
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The centuries-long shift from industrial thoroughfare to leisure-time parkland.

Manhattan's  32 miles of shoreline have long been a priceless asset. In his book Waterfront ManhattanKurt C. Schlichting narrates its evolution over time. Initially, the city gave control of the waterfront to private interests, with shipping companies, railroads, and ferries competing for access and building up infrastructure. Just as the city regained control of the waterfront, technology in the form of shipping containers and commercial jets dealt major blows to the maritime economy. More recently there has been an opportunity to reimagine the waterfront, so that today the island is almost completely surrounded by parkland, luxury housing, and tourist attractions.

Kurt C. Schlichting,  the E. Gerald Corrigan Chair in Humanities and Social Sciences at Fairfield
University, where he is a professor of sociology, will be joined in conversation with Ian Fowler, Curator and Geospatial Librarian for the Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal map Division at The New York Public Library. Q&A to follow. 


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The Program Room opens at 6 PM.

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Mid-Manhattan Library Program Room 476 Fifth Avenue (42nd Street Entrance)
New York, NY 10018