The Skyscraper Museum
Book Talks 2019
The Skyscraper Museum

The Skyscraper Museum is devoted to the study of high-rise building, past, present, and future. The Museum explores tall buildings as objects of design, products of technology, sites of construction, investments in real estate, and places of work and residence. This site will look better in a browser that supports web standards, but it is accessible to any browser or Internet device.

Thursday, November 7, 2019 6:30-8:00 pm


How New York State Reshaped New York City since the 1950s

This program was held at Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College 47-49 East 65th Street, New York, NY 10065

What do big projects like Battery Park City, the World Trade Center, Riverbank State Park, Times Square redevelopment, the MTA, and Mitchell Lama housing projects all have in common? The crucial, if often overlooked, role played by New York State in planning, financing, developing and managing these massive initiatives. Since the Great Depression, New York State has dramatically increased the scale and scope of its urban activity with the stated goal of counteracting central city economic decline. Three leading urban historians assess the competitions and collaborations of the State and City and debate what has worked, what has not, and why. Join us for a spirited discussion about New York State's wide-ranging role in New York City's housing and urban redevelopment plans since the 1950s.

Moderator: Carol Willis, The Skyscraper Museum.

Lizabeth Cohen, Professor, Harvard University, author of the forthcoming Saving America's Cities: Ed Logue and the Struggle to Renew Urban America in the Suburban Age.
Lynne Sagalyn, Professor, Columbia University, author of Power at Ground Zero: Politics, Money, and the Rebuilding of Lower Manhattan.
Nicholas Dagen Bloom, Professor, Hunter College, author of How States Shaped Postwar America: State Government and Urban Power.

Location: Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College 47-49 East 65th Street, New York, NY 10065