Robert Moses: the Master Builder of the Empire City
presented by Ronald BrownTuesday February 5, 2019
2:00 PM until 3:00 PM
From its founding in 1624, New York City was a city of horses. By the 1900s five million people, skyscrapers, and automobiles began to drag the city into the 20th century. Robert Moses emerged as the man who single handedly transformed New York into the Empire City that President George Washington prophesied it would one day become. Moses, like his Biblical name, led New Yorkers from slavery to the horse to freedom in the Holy Land of the automobile between 1924 and 1975. Parkways crisscrossed Long Island, Expressways linked New York with nearby states, bridges and tunnels bound the five boroughs into one, two World’s Fairs made the city world famous, Lincoln Center was the nation’s cultural Mecca, and Jones Beach was the city’s new playground.
The Long Island Parkway System
Dr. Ronald Brown is an authority on the religious history of New York City. He has published three books on the subject - A Religious History of Flushing, Queens; Into the Soul of African-American Harlem; How New York Became the Empire City. He taught history and political science at Touro College since 1994 and world religions at the Unification Theological Seminary since 2002, and designed new classes in New York History and the Religious History of New York for both institutions. He was a docent at the New York Historical Society from 1992 to 2013,
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Location: Main Library Community Room
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