22 | Jul
06:30PM
22 | Jul
06:30PM

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Sold out: Happy Birthday, Emma Lazarus

Enjoy a festive evening stroll in honor of Emma Lazarus’s 170th birthday! Born on July 22, 1849, Lazarus is best known for writing The New Colossus, the poem emblazoned on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty.  Friend to Ralph Waldo Emerson, cousin of Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Cardozo, Emma Lazarus grew up in a prominent Sephardic-Jewish family, was educated by private tutors, and called Union Square home.  Our twilight tour will pass by the gorgeous brownstone home where she wrote her most famous poem, the art studios and publication houses of her literary friends, and the almost-hidden cemetery of her family’s congregation. Along the way, Annie Polland, Executive Director of the American Jewish Historical Society will tell the story of this gifted and fascinating woman and the changing city that inspired and motivated her. We’ll end at the Center for Jewish History, where we’ll see Emma Lazarus’s handwritten manuscript of The New Colossus and celebrate her life with birthday cake.

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01 | Aug
06:00PM
01 | Aug
06:00PM

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Sold out: Ladies Mile Walking Tour with Ephemeral New York’s Esther Crain

Our popular walking tour is back!  Enjoy a storied stroll along Ladies Mile, a nine-block stretch once known for posh department stores and architectural grandeur. Join Esther Crain, writer of the award-winning Ephemeral New York blog, and author of The Gilded Age in New York, 1870-1910, as she weaves in Jewish stories and Gilded Age tales about the people and places that once populated these historic blocks.

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About the Speaker:

Esther Crain, a native New Yorker, is the author of The Gilded Age in New York, 1870-1910 (Hachette Books, 2016) and New York City in 3D in the Gilded Age (Black Dog and Leventhal, 2014). In 2008 she launched Ephemeral New York, a website that chronicles the city's past. Ephemeral New York has been featured in The New York Times, New York Daily News, New York Post, and other publications. She speaks regularly on topics relating to New York City history and conducts walking tours that explore New York's hidden pockets and little-known stories.


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