Talks on the Lower East Side in the '30s & '40s AND Cornelius Vanderbilt!

Life on the Lower East Side: Photographs by Rebecca Lepkoff, 1937-1950
With Rebecca Lepkoff, Peter Dans, and Suzanne Wasserman

Thursday, May 13 at 6:30 PM

Lepkoff navigated the streets of the Lower East Side in the 1930s and 1940s with camera in hand, capturing a vibrant, close-knit, and multiethnic community. Now 94 years young, she celebrates the paperback release of her book with a photo slideshow and Dans and Wasserman, who both contributed essays. To pre-order a signed copy of the book, call 212-982-8402. Hardcover only is available through the online shop.

Peter Dans is a medical doctor in Baltimore, Maryland, and the author of over 100 scientific articles.

Suzanne Wasserman is director of the Gotham Center for New York City History and producer/director of the forthcoming film Sweatshop Cinderella.


The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt

With T.J. Stiles

Friday, May 14 at 6:30 PM

The 2010 Pulitzer Prizewinner joins us to discuss the railroad magnate who inspired the term “robber baron.” Leaving his Staten Island birthplace behind, Vanderbilt made a name for himself in New York City’s steamship industry. By the 1860s he was one of the richest men in America. Get a taste for how the other “other half” lived during the Gilded Age and examine Vanderbilt’s complicated legacy.  

**As this event is co-sponsored by the Vanderbilt Alumni Association, we expect a crowd, and seating will be limited. A line for entry will form outside the Museum Shop and doors will open at 6:30pm. 

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