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Upcoming Events

Municipal Library Monthly Book Club



Gangs of New York: An Informal History of the Underworld

By Herbert Asbury

Wednesday, May 4th from 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Originally published in 1928, this was the basis for the 2002 movie directed by Martin Scorsese.  The book explores the criminal world of late 19th and early 20th century New York, focusing on the Bowery and Five Points areas. We will meet a rogues gallery of characters involved in various unsavory pursuits. 

Join us at 1:00 p.m. on May 4 at 31 Chambers Street, Rm. 111, Visitor Center.



 May is Lower East Side History Month

We have partnered with Fourth Arts Block Committee to celebrate the rich history of the Lower East Side.


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.