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  • Tramway Plaza 59th St. and 2nd Ave, Manhattan (map)

Sense the energy and ambition that has spurred an incredibly dynamic and fascinating area, tucked away between Tramway Plaza and Sutton Square and dominated by the iconic Queensboro Bridge. The zone grew as a rough and ragged district of power plants, breweries and tenements, until a bevy of society ladies transformed a tenement block into an exclusive enclave that set off a local apartment house boom. Near and distant views reveal the places where Robert Moses bullied locals into accepting the East River Drive, where zoning encouraged residential towers, where Philip Johnson designed a futurist New Town, where citizens locked horns with city planners, and where Louis Kahn’s Memorial to FDR finally nears completion.

Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm

Date: Sunday May 6, 2012

Event Start: Tramway Plaza, 59th St. and 2nd Ave, Manhattan

Event End: Sutton Place Park, 57th St. and Sutton Place, Manahttan

Host: Carole Rifkind, author, filmmaker and MAS Board Member

Registration: No need to sign up, just show up at the posted meeting location.

Accessibility: Fully Accessible