‘New York’s NoHo: Neighborhood Birthplace of the Gilded Age’ Webinar
Before “Billionaire’s Row” and the mansions of Fifth Avenue, New York’s wealthiest and most influential families came together to reside in a small neighborhood just north of the city’s hustle and bustle. This is the story of how a rural tract on the island of Manhattan transformed into an enclave for New York’s most elite families almost overnight.
Join New York Adventure Club as we explore the Manhattan neighborhood of NoHo (“North of Houston Street”) — formerly known as Lafayette Place, this small neighborhood north of Houston Street and east of Greenwich Village was New York’s most exclusive neighborhood before the Civil War, where the city’s powerful “old money” families got their start.
Led by writer, lecturer, and licensed NYC tour guide Carl Raymond, our digital showcase of NoHo and its stories of greed and glamour will include:
- How NoHo resident John Jacob Astor launched his extraordinary real estate empire from nothing, and died the richest man in America
- The early years of Caroline Schermerhorn Astor, and how she became the undisputed leader of New York’s social scene
- A look at some of the neighborhood’s architectural gems, including Colonnade Row (formerly La Grange Terrace), The Public Theatre (formerly the Astor Library), and the former cast iron home of A.T. Stewart Dry Goods Store
- The greatest unsolved murder of 19th century New York (can you help crack the case?)
- A virtual peek at the fascinating — and possibly haunted — Merchant’s House Museum, New York’s most intact private home from the 1830s
Afterward, we’ll have a Q&A session with Carl — any and all questions about NoHo and the Gilded Age are welcomed and encouraged!
Can’t make it live? Don’t worry, you’ll have access to the full replay for one week!
See you there, virtually! $10.
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***A full replay will be available after the experience for all registered guests
Carl Raymond is a licensed New York City tour guide, food historian, writer, and museum educator. He has worked at the Merchant’s House Museum as well as King Manor Museum in education and programming. Carl has lectured for the Royal Oak Foundation, Merchant’s House Museum, National Arts Club, Metropolitan Opera Guild, St. George’s Society, Historic Royal Palaces and the English Speaking Union. He was a contributing writer on SAVORING GOTHAM: A Food Lover’s Companion to New York City, ed. Andrew Smith (Oxford University Press) and is at work on his own book, A Culinary History of the Gilded Age.Buy tickets/get more info now