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Upcoming Events


Little Syria, NY: An Immigrant Community's Life and Legacy

Before the construction of the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel and the World Trade Center, Manhattan’s lower west side was home to one of the largest and earliest communities of Arab Americans in the nation. Little Syria, NY: An Immigrant Community’s Life and Legacy tells the story of this neighborhood from its beginnings in the late 1800s to its legacy in Brooklyn and beyond.This exhibition was researched, developed and produced by the Arab American National Museum. On view from May 25-September 2016.  

A contemporary exhibit of Mike Appleton’s documentary photographs also will be shown.




Municipal Library Monthly Book Club



Five Points: The 19th-Century New York City Neighborhood that Invented Tap Dance, Stole Elections, and Became the World’s Most Notorious Slum

By Tyler Anbinder

Wednesday, June 8th from 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

This is the chronicle of a notorious area in Lower Manhattan, famous, or perhaps, infamous as a home to crime of all kinds, horrendous living conditions and poverty.  However, the area was also home to political clubs and meeting halls and artistic and sports activities.  Five Points is located on the site of Chinatown, right near our Chambers Street office.

Please note that due to the length of the book, it is suggested that you read the prologues and select one chapter of interest to focus on.  If you wish to read the whole book, that is fine, too.

Please join us for a stimulating discussion on Wednesday, June 8 at 1:00 at 31 Chambers Street, Rm. 111, Visitor Center.  


Bring Your Genealogy Group to the Municipal Archives

The NYC Municipal Archives is now scheduling custom workshops for groups of 15 or less.

In addition to over nine million vital records, there are many collections genealogists and family historians can explore, including: Estate Inventories, City Directories, Potter’s Field Records, Indictment Files, and Civil War Volunteer Rolls.

Workshops will be offered on four dates in 2016. Please see below for dates that are still available:

                  June 24th            October 28th                   August 26th                        

For more information and to schedule your group visit, contact Marcia Kirk at Please put “WORKSHOP” in the subject line.


Past Events

Centering Black Women: Race in the Woman Suffrage Movement

Understanding the suffrage movement and the place of women of color in it is also an important task for us as we head toward the 2017 centennial of women voting in New York State. Voting rights were as vital to black women, but knowledge of their activism is scant. Most important for us today is putting black women suffragists in the center of the story, learning their stories as much as possible about their points of view. 

Susan Goodier, Ph.D., is a scholar who focuses on U.S. women's activism from the period of the Civil War through the First World War. She holds master’s degrees in Gender History and Women’s Studies, and a doctorate in Public Policy History, with subfields in International Gender and Culture and Black Women's History. She teaches at SUNY Oneonta, and serves as book review editor for theNew York History journal. 





An Evening with Anthony Flint

Anthony Flint (, fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy ( and author of "Wrestling with Moses: How Jane Jacobs Took on New York's Master Builder and Transformed the American City," will reflect on Jane Jacobs' role in fighting the Lower Manhattan Expressway, and how she and courageous New Yorkers changed the course of citizen participation in urban planning.