Manhattan Borough Historian Upcoming Events

HISTORIANS ON THE JOB: NYC HISTORIANS DISCUSS THEIR WORK 

Saturday, April 5 at 3:00p  |  New York Public Library, Schwarzman Building  |  Complete details

Manhattan Borough Historian Michael Miscione and three other New York City history scholars 
will discuss their current projects and their passion for researching and promoting Gotham's rich history. The historians will include Betsy Blackmar, professor of urban and social history at Columbia University; David Jaffee, who teaches American Material Culture at the Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture; and Betsy Bradley (moderator), author of "Knickerbocker: The Myth Behind New York."


BEATING THE SYSTEM: HOW A 1960s WHIZ KID TRIED TO BREAK THE SUBWAY RIDING SPEED RECORD WITH ONE TOKEN AND A COMPUTER THE SIZE OF AN ELEVATOR CAR

Thursday, April 10, sometime after 6:30p  |  New York Transit Museum  |  Complete details

A multimedia presentation by Manhattan Borough Historian Michael Miscione about the two most elaborate and audacious attempts to break the all-system NYC subway riding speed record in the 1960s. It will feature a recently videotaped interview with Peter Samson, the mastermind behind the attempts, and never before seen movie footage of one of the races. 


PEOPLE V. BOYD: THE MURDER TRIAL THAT NEARLY REDREW THE MAP OF NEW YORK CITY

Saturday, April 12 at 1:00p  |  Bronx County Archives  |  Complete details

Seventy-five years ago Bronx Borough President James J. Lyons invaded the Manhattan neighborhood of Marble Hill and tried to annex it for his borough. Lyons' stunt and bluster did not change the official status of Marble Hill, but a ruling from an otherwise unremarkable murder trial in 1984 nearly did! Manhattan Borough Historian Michael Miscione will offer a multimedia presentation that will recount Lyons' annexation attempt, the trial ruling and its aftermath, and the rest of the curious history of Marble Hill.