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AM181 NEW YORK, NEW YORK: From River to River on 42nd Street

  • 09 Jun 2022
  • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Remote Online (Zoom)


  • Thursday, May 18, Session 1 : 42nd Street West
  • Thursday, June 9, Part 2: 42nd Street East


What do the words “42nd Street”conjure up in your mind’s eye?

  • Marquee after glittering marquee of illuminated movie and mainstream theatres?
  • A riot of huge, multi-colored, beckoning billboards, rife with temptations?
  • The supremely elegant Art Deco Chrysler Building reaching to the sky?
  • The stately New York Public Library guarded by its two iconic lions?

Gone are the genteel Schrafft’s tea rooms, the Automats where you stuck a couple of nickels in a window slot and out popped a sandwich or a cake.  Gone also is Crystal Palace, where a version of the first World’s Fair was held.

In their place, one now finds intimate experimental theatres, gleaming condominiums with basketball courts, swimming pools, inner gardens  and free breakfasts, all part of what’s new in recent years.

Learn about all of this and much more in our block-by-block, past-to- present, online visit of this amazing thoroughfare, so often celebrated in song, film, musicals  and literature. 

Thursday, June 9, Session 2 

About the Instructor:  Carol Herselle Krinsky, PhD, a longtime professor at N.Y.U., is also a Manhattan expert as revealed in her 2021 WICE class on the making of New York. She's the author of five books, is working on a sixth, has earned national and university teaching awards, and has been President of several scholarly organizations concerned with architecture and art. She has also been a guest professor elsewhere in the USA, and in Mexico, Germany, Belarus, and Tatarstan, and has lectured in ten European countries.

photo image: ©  LEEROY Agency from Pixabay

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