Guastavino’s New York | Episode 176

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In 1881, Spanish engineer Rafael Guastavino arrived in New York City and unveiled his new technology for building self-supporting vaulted tile ceilings. These ceilings are now iconic elements of many New York landmarks, and the city is home to more than 250 of them, more than any other city in the United States. On this virtual tour, we’ll look at many of the ceilings up close, in both grand public buildings and out-of-the-way places, including in Prospect Park, Grand Central Station, Ellis Island, and the Municipal Building, as we discuss this engineering marvel.

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New York 1974: Tourist Ephemera | Virtual Program

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In the summer of 1974, Chester and Dorothy Weigel drove their camper trailer from Holland, Michigan to New York City, a trip that they meticulously documented in an album. Containing no photos, this album instead includes nearly every brochure, ticket stub, postcard, and pamphlet they encountered on their vacation, even the tickets from the bus they rode daily from the RV campground in North Bergen, NJ to the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Join as we examine this amazing record of tourism in New York City in the 1970’s.

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