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Shaping Our City: Before the Commissioner’s Grid

19 January 11:00am - 1:00pm
Venue: Manhattan
New York
Shaping Our City is a more or less chronological series devoted to the history and development of architecture in New York City. WITH MATT POSTAL

In the East and West Village vestiges of a pre-grid Manhattan survive, in the named (not numbered) streets that run both haphazardly and true west toward the North (Hudson) River, as well as in the frame and brick structures that hark back to the earliest days of the republic. A step back in time, this tour addresses early planning efforts and 19th century structures that responded to the area’s distinctive street pattern, such as St. Marks Church in the Bowery, MacDougal Alley, and the Northern Dispensary.