Neighborhoods of the Empire City: Harlem: Many Cities in One
presented by Ron BrownTuesday December 10, 2019
2:00 PM until 3:00 PM
The Dutch founded Nieuw Haarlem (New Harlem) in 1637 as a country estate for the Dutch and later English elite. The Morris-Jumel Mansion of 1765 captures this age. With the opening of Central Park and the building of the first elevated trains, Harlem became a city of Protestant and Jewish upper- middle-class white professionals living in stately brownstones. Churches and synagogues transformed Lenox Avenue into the Champs-Élysées of New York. By the early 1900s Harlem became a well-to-do African American neighborhood and mass migration from the rural south transformed the city into the African American Mecca. The modern Civil Rights Movement and Harlem Renaissance put Black Harlem on the world map. Today Harlem is again reinventing itself as a white, upwardly mobile city within a city.
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 (2007), Into the Soul of African American Harlem (2008), How New York Became the Empire City (2009).
Registration suggested beginning Monday, September 23 at 10:00 a.m. by calling 466-8055, ext. 208/254, or register online.
Location: Main Library Community Room
to go to the Great Neck Library