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    The Brooklyn Bridge

    Barry Lewis talked about the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge, which was built in the 1870s. Mr. Lewis spoke about at why Manhattan needed the bridge and how transportation through the…

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    History of Greenwich Village

    Barry Lewis talked about the creation and evolution of New York City’s Greenwich Village. He spoke about the many changes the neighborhood experienced since the early 19th century and its…

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    History of New York City's Central Park

    Barry Lewis talked about the creation of New York City’s Central Park. He spoke about why the park was built, and the many different recreational sections, including the meadows, the menagerie, and the artificial…

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    Harlem in the Early 20th Century

    Barry Lewis talked about the history of Harlem’s buildings and people. Founded as a 17th century Dutch outpost, Harlem was developed during the Reconstruction Era as a white middle class…

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    New York City During the Gilded Age

    Architectural historian Barry Lewis talked about New York City during the Gilded Age. Mr. Lewis argued that there were two eras of the Gilded Age, the first beginning after the Civil War,…

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    History of New York City's Times Square and Coney Island

    Barry Lewis talked about the development of New York City’s Times Square and Coney Island. Mr. Lewis argued that these two entertainment centers served to break down the traditional barrier…

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    History of New York City's Grand Central Terminal

    Architectural historian Barry Lewis talks about the history and construction of New York City’s Grand Central Terminal in the early 20th century. He talked about the importance of the…

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    History of New York City's Penn Station

    Architectural historian Barry Lewis talked about the history of Pennsylvania Station, from its development in the early 1900s, through its demolition and remodeling of its remaining below-ground…

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    New York Architecture of the 1920s

    Architectural historian Barry Lewis talked about the Art Deco architecture of New York City during the Jazz Age. Topics included the German origins and American interpretation of apartments and…

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    New York City Skyscrapers and Public Buildings

    Architectural historian Barry Lewis teaches a course on New York’s architecture and urban planning at Cooper Union in New York City. In this week’s class he looks at the buildings and the key…

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    1863 New York City Draft Riots

    Harold Holzer moderated a discussion of New York City’s only “Civil War Battle,” the 1863 Draft Riot. In the summer of 1863, riots erupted in New York City over new laws that drafted more men into the…

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