Rethinking the Grid

Although the Manhattan grid plan was conceived over two centuries ago, its impacts on the city and the mystery surrounding its creation continue to foster controversy and debate. In this panel discussion, four authors discuss recent scholarship that challenges some of the widely held myths and misconceptions about it.​

Gerard Koeppel, author of City on a Grid: How New York Became New York, recounting the history of the plan’s creation, with new details about John Randel, Jr. and the Commissioners

Gergely Baics, Associate Professor of History at Barnard College, who has published new research with Leah Meisterlin highlighting some of the “hidden” impacts of the grid

Leah Meisterlin, Assistant Professor in Urban Planning at Columbia University, whose recent work with Gergely Baics carefully maps how the plan impacted land use in mid-19th c. NYC, using cutting-edge GIS research to dispel misconceptions about the grid

Jason Barr, Professor of Economics at Rutgers Univesity-Newark, author of Building the Skyline: The Birth and Growth of Manhattan’s Skyscrapers, and with Koeppel,”The Manhattan Street Grid Plan: Misconceptions and Corrections

 











When: Mon., May 6, 2019 at 6:30 pm
Where: Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Ave.
212-817-7000
Price: Free
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Although the Manhattan grid plan was conceived over two centuries ago, its impacts on the city and the mystery surrounding its creation continue to foster controversy and debate. In this panel discussion, four authors discuss recent scholarship that challenges some of the widely held myths and misconceptions about it.​

Gerard Koeppel, author of City on a Grid: How New York Became New York, recounting the history of the plan’s creation, with new details about John Randel, Jr. and the Commissioners

Gergely Baics, Associate Professor of History at Barnard College, who has published new research with Leah Meisterlin highlighting some of the “hidden” impacts of the grid

Leah Meisterlin, Assistant Professor in Urban Planning at Columbia University, whose recent work with Gergely Baics carefully maps how the plan impacted land use in mid-19th c. NYC, using cutting-edge GIS research to dispel misconceptions about the grid

Jason Barr, Professor of Economics at Rutgers Univesity-Newark, author of Building the Skyline: The Birth and Growth of Manhattan’s Skyscrapers, and with Koeppel,”The Manhattan Street Grid Plan: Misconceptions and Corrections

 

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