New York Deco with Tony Robins

The Chrysler Building, the Waldorf-Astoria, Rockefeller Center– these are among the hundreds of Art Deco monuments that, during the 1920s and ‘30s, helped create the image of New York City as the world’s Modern Metropolis. In New York, Art Deco evolved through a series of Manhattan skyscrapers into the city’s chief architectural language. Following a massive reawakening of interest during the 1970s, New York’s Deco buildings survive as prized remnants of a distant yet modern past that still help define the city’s visual identity. And while Greenwich Village isn’t exactly known as a Deco mecca, not even the quaint Village could escape the popularity of this 20th-century style.

Join Tony Robins, expert tour guide and author of New York Deco: A Guide to Gotham’s Jazz Age Architecture, for this exploration of our Art Deco world. He’ll discuss famed skyscrapers including the Daily News, Empire State, General Electric, American Radiator, and RCA Buildings; and then trace the adaptation of this “skyscraper style” from apartment buildings on the Bronx’s Grand Concourse and airport terminals at LaGuardia to charming Deco parking garages, diners, hotels, banks, and theaters. Purchase Tony’s book at the event and have him sign your copy.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
6:30 pm

Jefferson Market Library, 425 6th Avenue