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5 East 48th Street
New York, NY 10017

March 2020

How the Emerald Oasis Came to Be

March 24 @ 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm
5 East 48th Street, 5 East 48th Street
New York, NY 10017
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The Central Park: Original Designs for New York's Greatest Treasure (Abrams), a new book by New York City Municipal Archives conservator and art historian Cynthia S. Brenwall, is an eye-opening and magisterial study of how Manhattan’s beloved oasis was born. Based on previously unpublished documentation of Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux’s visions, Brenwall’s lecture will explore original competition entries and designs for buildings, fixtures, and infrastructure that created pastoral and seemingly primeval landscapes. She will offer insights into how much engineering…

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April 2020

Croquet’s Cheating Women

April 21 @ 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm
5 East 48th Street, 5 East 48th Street
New York, NY 10017
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In the 1860s, the British sport of croquet caught on in America, “especially with Ladies,” as one newspaper put it. Although the outdoor activity was supposedly noncompetitive and centered on socializing, it actually stirred up bitter arguments, particularly about women’s behavior on the lawns. Jon Sterngass, a Saratoga Springs-based writer specializing in children's nonfiction, has uncovered evidence that certain croquet strokes were perceived as a form of symbolic castration, and that women were constantly accused of cheating at croquet by…

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