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Municipal Library Monthly Book Club

 

One Righteous Man: Samuel Battle and the Shattering of the Color Line in New York

By Arthur Browne

Wednesday, March 2nd from 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Join us for the next meeting of the Municipal Library Book Group on March 2, 2016 at 1:00 p.m., 31 Chambers Street, Rm. 111, Visitor Center.  The book for discussion will be “One Righteous Man: Samuel Battle and the Shattering of the Color Line in New York” by Arthur Browne.  This is the story of Samuel Battle, the first African-American police officer in the NYPD.  The son of former slaves, Battle overcame prejudice and scorn to forge a successful career in the NY Police Department.  He also mentored the first African-American firefighter in the NY Fire Department.  Please join us for what promises to be a fascinating biography and social history.

The Municipal Library is located at 31 Chambers Street, Suite 112. All are welcome!  

 

 

 

In the Shadow of the Highway: Robert Moses’ Expressway and the Battle for Downtown

Exhibit runs through March 24, 2016

The NYC Department of Records and Information Services' Municipal Archives presents an exhibit in collaboration with Below the Grid Lab, the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, and Darryl Montgomery/s6k Media entitled In the Shadow of the Highway: Robert Moses’ Expressway and the Battle for Downtown.

The Lower Manhattan Expressway (LOMEX) was first proposed in 1929 as a small part of a plan to build highways throughout the region, then included in a 1941 National Defense proposal drafted by Robert Moses, it was envisioned as a key connection between Long Island and the interstate system. This 10-lane expressway, would cut across the heart of Lower Manhattan and stretched from the Williamsburg and Manhattan Bridges to the Holland Tunnel, rising over Broome Street.

In 1962, the NYC Board of Estimate decided not to relocate neighborhood residents to build LOMEX. The expressway was ultimately de-mapped in 1969 due to activism and advocacy on the part of neighborhood residents.

In the Shadow of the Highway: Robert Moses’ Expressway and the Battle for Downtown focuses on various aspects of the proposed highway: architectural, political and personal.

Learn more about this project by exploring this exhibit at the NYC Department of Records Visitor Center, 31 Chambers Street. We have a wheel-chair accessible entrance on Reade Street between Elk and Centre Streets.  

 

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