‘Robert Moses, Part II: The Heyday’ Webinar
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New York urban planner Robert Moses was many things to many different people. On one hand, he was a champion of green space who created the modern park system throughout New York State; a tireless worker who secured billions of New Deal funds for New York City in the midst of the Great Depression; a no-nonsense leader who knew how to get the job done, no matter the obstacles. But on the other hand, he was a victim of his own flawed character, which was responsible for highways and bridges that wiped vibrant communities off the map; infrastructure projects that purposely discriminated against working-class families and people of color; smear campaigns against critics until their careers were in ruins. Robert Moses wasn’t a hero, villain, or something in between — he was all of the above. This is the story of how an outsider-turned-ultimate insider used his incredible political and legislative power to shape 20th-century New York City to his liking.
Join New York Adventure Club for the second of a three-part series that explores the contentious life of American public servant Robert Moses. Part II: The Heyday (1940s-’50s) will focus on Moses’ amassed power as a city planner and quest to see New York City become a world capital after World War II. Through his myriad of different city and state job titles — and talent at securing New Deal money — Moses was able to transform his dream housing, parks, and roadway projects into reality, at the expense of the very people they were meant to serve.
Led by New York City historian Kevin Draper, this epic digital showcase of the life and legacy of Robert Moses will include:
- Why New Yorkers viewed Robert Moses as a hero after World War II, and strongly believed he was making the city a better place to live, work, and visit
- The shift from mega-infrastructure projects in undeveloped areas to urban ones, which gained him a reputation of the great bridge and tunnel builder
- A look at some of Moses’ greatest infrastructure projects, including the Brooklyn Battery tunnel, Bronx-Whitestone bridge, United Nations Headquarters, and many more
- The investigation of Moses by social reformers and reporters, who were slowly uncovering how ruthless, cut-throat, and selfish he was behind the scenes
Afterward, we’ll have a Q&A with Kevin — any and all questions about Robert Moses 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 of the experience will be available to all registered guests for up to a week
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Robert Moses Series
Part I: The Rise (1888-1939)
Part II: The Heyday (1940s-1950s)
Part III: The Fall (1960s)Buy tickets/get more info now