This blog post was written by Stephen Petrus, Ph.D., Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow.
In the 1950s, Washington Square Park, the focal point of Greenwich Village, was the site of contentious debates in urban planning. The conflict stemmed from the plan of Parks Commissioner Robert Moses to construct a roadway through the square. Moses aimed to expand Fifth Avenue through the park as part of an urban renewal project south of Washington Square.
The disagreement reflected the...Read More
This week’s post is by returning guest blogger, Chennie Huang. By day, she’s a communications associate here at N-YHS. By night, she’s a graduate student studying art history at CUNY, concentrating in European and Asian art. This week, she explores the artists who inspired legendary cartoonist, Al Hirschfeld.
Al Hirscheld’s artistic career as a caricaturist spanned from the 1920s until the 1990s. Over these decades, he had developed a personal style that has been deemed unique...Read More
This Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we celebrate centuries past and present civil rights leaders’ dedication to forging racial equality. Although we often associate the Civil Rights Movement with non-violent actions, not all its leaders championed civil disobedience. Some believed that the only way to end violent, institutionalized racial oppression was through armed resistance. Among these groups was the Black Panther Party that fought police brutality against blacks at home, while linking their struggle to...Read More
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