Finding Frederick Law Olmsted in Cotton’s Kingdom with Sara Zewde | Free Virtual Program | Thursday, January 26

January 26, 2023 7:00 pm EST

Join architect Sara Zewde for this live virtual program as she shares her recent research on the impact of Frederick Law Olmsted’s journeys through the Slave States on his practice of landscape architecture. Between 1852 and 1857, while living at Staten Island’s Tosomock Farm, Olmsted traveled extensively through the South, writing about slavery and the slave economy, as a correspondent for the New York Times, and also published a series of collected volumes, including his highly influential 1861 work, Journeys and Explorations in the Cotton Kingdom.

Sara Zewde is founding principal of Studio Zewde, a design firm in New York City practicing landscape architecture, urbanism, and public art. The studio is devoted to creating enduring places where people belong. Named to the AD100 and an Emerging Voice by the Architectural League of New York, the firm is lauded for its design methodology syncing culture, ecology, and craft. In parallel with practice, Sara serves as Assistant Professor of Practice at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Sara was named the 2014 National Olmsted Scholar by the Landscape Architecture Foundation, a 2016 Artist-in-Residence at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, and a 2020 United States Artists Fellow. Sara holds a master’s of landscape architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, a master’s of city planning from MIT, and a BA in sociology and statistics from Boston University.

This program is presented by the Friends of Olmsted-Beil House with support from Turnstile Tours.

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Food Cart Tour: Jackson Heights

Join us on an exploration of local flavors in one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the world! As a center of New York’s street vending community, Jackson Heights is the perfect location to learn about the ins and outs of the industry, while sampling delicious favorites from around the globe and getting to know more about the people and organizations who help these vendors to thrive. We’ll dig into the past, present, and future of street vending in New York, discuss how vendors have advocated over the years to make important changes, and look at how they play an essential role in feeding their communities. On this two-hour walking and tasting tour, you’ll learn about the origins of many of our favorite street foods while you enjoy tastings from five different businesses, which may include award-winning Colombian arepas, hot Himalayan momo, flavorful Bengali fushka, and much more! Enjoy an insider’s perspective into this complex industry, while chatting with vendors and devouring incredible, fresh made-to-order dishes right there on the sidewalk.

Tour Info


 THU 6pm
 2 hours
 Walking tour
 Adults: $60
 Jackson Heights, Queens

AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture Boat Tours

Upcoming Tours led by Andrew Gustafson:

  • Friday, Jan 20, 10am
  • Sunday, Jan 22, 10am
  • Sunay, Jan 29, 10am

Explore NYC’s new and enduring architecture, engineering marvels, and the revitalized waterfront from the teak decks of Classic Harbor Line’s elegant motor yachts. Hosted by the guides of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter, this 2 hour and 45 minute circumnavigation tour offers insightful narration about the city’s built environment, from the Hudson and the Battery to the Hell Gate and Spuyten Duyvil. The story of NYC’s development is described as a broad overview for visitors, yet includes deeper insights to satisfy knowledgeable locals and architecture and design professionals. Learn about architectural icons and new and alluring sites, including Little Island at Pier 55, the mega-project Hudson Yards, and the continuing ascent of “supertall” luxury residential towers. Turnstile’s Andrew Gustafson is now part of the AIANY team leading these tours, and you can find his schedule above (subject to change), or join any of the wonderful AIANY boat tours with their engaging and knowledgeable guides.