Our 400-Year Battle with Water

    October 11, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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    1220 5th Ave & 103rd St
    New York, NY 10029
    Image courtesy of Russell Shorto; “Gezicht op Nieuw Amsterdam” by Johannes Vingboons (1664), an early picture of Nieuw Amsterdam made in the year when it was conquered by the English.

    At the Museum of the City of New York

    Our 400-Year Battle with Water

    Wednesday, October 11
    7:00 – 9:00pm

    Manhattan’s natural advantage as an island at the mouth of two great rivers helped turn New York City into one of the world’s greatest commercial metropolises. Yet from the earliest Dutch settlements in the 1600’s to the present day, the city’s coastal location has also long rendered it susceptible to flooding and hurricanes. Join historian and best-selling author Russell Shorto as he revisits New York’s centuries-old battle with water, and explores the parallels between the early Dutch efforts to tame the tides and the city’s present-day responses to climate change. Includes Museum admission, book signing and reception to follow.

    About the Speaker:

    Russell Shorto is the best-selling author of The Island at the Center of the World and Amsterdam: A History of the World’s Most Liberal City. He is also a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine and served as director of the John Adams Institute in Amsterdam from 2008 to 2013. Shorto’s newest book, Revolution Song: A Story of American Freedom, will be released on November 7, 2017.

    Made possible by The Netherland-America Foundation.

    This event is part of Core Conversations, a series of lectures, talks, and tours in which New York City’s leading thinkers examine the four key themes of our New York at Its Core exhibition — diversity, density, money, and creativity — each through their own unique lens. To view all programs in this series, click here.

    $25 for adults | $20 for seniors, students & educators (with ID) | $15 for Museum members