A Good Summer= Good Drinks and a Good Book


June 2014, Volume 11, Number 5


 Historic Pub Crawl

Pub crawl-dark

Join the Historic Districts Council and Chrysalis Archeological Consultants for a taste of the architecture, history and beverages of some of New York City’s oldest watering holes. The tour will begin with a tasting of Chrysalis bitters, brewed from an historic recipe and inspired by a 19th century bottle recently found at a Bowery archeological site, which promised to be an “Elixir of Long Life.” With that fortification , we will move on to the saw dust floors, neon signs and dumb waiters of 3 well-known and long-loved neighborhood establishments whose long lives have seen their share of social and architectural history. The tour will end with bar snacks and conversation. Really what more can you ask for…

Saturday, July 19, 2014

1:00 PM


* Cost includes tasting of Chrysalis bitters and noshes at Old Town bar; beverages available for purchase.

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North Brother Island: The Last Unknown Place in New York City

An Illustrated Book Talk

N-Brother Island

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Doors open at 6:00/Talk starts at 7:00

The Paris Cafe, 119 South Street (at Peck Slip)

Join us for a visual exploration of the one place most New Yorkers will never get to explore on their own.Photographer Christopher Payne will present a book talk on his recently published North Brother Island: The Last Unknown Place in New York City 

Photographer Christopher Payne was granted permission by the city to photograph the island and its ruined structures, and the result is North Brother Island: The Last Unknown Place in New York City. The book tells the story of the island; its thriving years, its connection to a number of infamous events and people, and recent decades when vegetation has consumed the now crumbling buildings. The book includes photography by Mr. Payne, a history of the island by University of Pennsylvania professor and preservationist Randall Mason, and an essay by author Robert Sullivan.

Program is free and open to the public, but reservations are required.

To register, please call 212-614-9107 or email bharmon@hdc.org.

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*Food and drinks will be available for purchase

The Paris Café, first opened in 1873, was frequented by such personages as Thomas Edison and Theodore Roosevelt, and nearly closed after sustaining damage from Superstorm Sandy.

This program is being co-sponsored by Fordham University Press



One Response to “A Good Summer= Good Drinks and a Good Book”
  1. These sound like two absolutely fascinating tours!

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