TALKS AND TURNTABLES
Get ready to learn your brains out and dance your face off!
Archive on Parade is proud to present a brand new free lecture-series-turned-dance-party.
Once a month, we gather at Magick City (37 Box Street, Greenpoint) for 3 fascinating 10-15 minute history talks about our fair city, then get down to some great tunes.
Doors at 7, Talks at 7:30, Turntables to Follow
Scroll to learn more about our events and meet some of our fabulous speakers.
SUMMER IN THE CITY
August 30th, 2017
This month, presenters bring cool talks on sizzling topics. Find the facebook event here, and scroll to learn more about our presenters and their topics.
* Get a hero's welcome and hear about the Triumphant return of General Lafayette in the summer of 1824
* Bend your ear for some local scandal and hot historical Greenpoint Gossip
* Start Feelin' Groovy (on the 59th Street Bridge and Other Locales) during New York City's Summer of Love
GENERAL LAFAYETTE'S SUMMER TRIP TO NEW YORK AND THE CREATION OF COLONADE ROW
Presented by Michael Rayhill
This lecture will focus on the long standing influence of General Lafayette's summer trip to New York in 1824 and the dissemination of European classicism into New York's architectural character. One of the most outstanding examples of European palatial residential architecture is the landmarked Colonnade Row, situated off of Lafayette Street between Astor Place and East Fourth Street. The talk will cover the creation of Colonnade Row as an architectural wonder in 1833, its apex in the 1840's and early 1850's and its ultimate decline and ruination.
Michael Rayhill is a New York based interior designer and historian. He has worked in the offices of Roman and Williams, Studio Sofield and Ralph Lauren. While attending Pratt Institute for interior design, he began research on the historic Colonnade Row off Lafayette Street. This project has since grown in range and scope to include a comprehensive contextualization of the neighborhood at its apex circa 1860, as well as a series of talks and lectures given in situ on the parlor floor of one of the Colonnade homes. Michael looks forward to future partnerships with fellow historians, architects and designers to further expand upon segments of New York’s neglected historic past.
HOT WOMEN AND EVEN HOTTER GOSSIP IN GREENPOINT HISTORY
Presented by Geoffrey Cobb
This talk will focus on three historic scandals in Greenpoint. The first will focus on former Vice President Aaron Burr's attempt to seduce a decades younger Greenpoint beauty. The second relates to three burlesque Queens from India Street who were so shameless they got kicked out of Germany, and the third concerns silver screen siren Mae West, who got arrested for corrupting the youth when she staged her 1927 play, Sex, on Broadway.
Geoffrey Cobb is the author of Greenpoint Brooklyn's Forgotten Past, the first local history published in a century and King of Greenpoint about Peter J. McGuinness, the legendary boss who ran Greenpoint. Mr. Cobb has had his research featured in the New York Times and is a regular contributor the Greenpointers blog as well as a twenty-two year veteran high school history teacher.
I WAS A TEENAGE HIPPIE - THE SUMMER OF LOVE IN NYC
Presented by Linda Fisher
From its inception at the human be-in in March of 1967 to the “Death of Hippie,” in October, the short-lived hippie movement exerted a profound influence on American fashion, art, culture and politics. Originating in San Francisco by the Diggers, the Summer of Love migrated to New York and took root in what is now known as the East Village. Put on your beads and diffraction disk and take a Day-Glo tour through time. Peace, man.
Linda Fisher is an autodidactic licensed tour guide and New York City native - she was born in Staten Island, grew up in the Bronx, lived in Brooklyn in the ‘70s, Manhattan in the ‘80s and currently resides in Queens. Her neighborhood walking tours disclose the hidden layers of history on every block, enhancing the experience of tourist and local alike. Her current tours include: Grand Central Terminal, Civic Center, Elmhurst/Jackson Heights, Flushing and the World’s Fair Grounds. She also is the coordinator of Mahjongg socials in Bryant Park.
NEW YORK AT NIGHT
July 26, 2017
This Month, Presenters shed a little light on the wilds of the Gotham Night. Scroll to learn more about our presenters and their topics.
* Head back to a dark winter's night during prohibition to learn about Mike Malloy, the man who wouldn't die
* See if you qualify as a night owl during Noctural Creatures of NYC
* Party with the Beautiful people, and try to make it through the sex, intrigue and murder on the last night of Stanford White.
MIKE MALLOY, THE MAN WHO WOULDN'T DIE
Presented by Marie Carter
The story is set on a cold winter's night in 1933 before the Prohibition has ended. It takes place in a little speakeasy on Third Avenue in the Bronx. Four men down on their luck, a bar tender, bar owner, funeral parlor owner, and fruit vendor, wish that they had a rich relative or one with a good life insurance policy with one foot in the grave. At that moment, they all look at Mike Malloy, a sixty-something year-old trainwreck of an Irishman, passed out on the floor, and snoring. They conspire to take out a life insurance policy on Mike Malloy and have him killed. But killing Mike Malloy is going to be a lot harder than they think.
Marie is a writer who grew up in Scotland. Her father was a bus tour guide in Edinburgh and he would often drive her around town quizzing her on historical facts. She now lives in Astoria, Queens and is a tour guide with Boroughs of the Dead, a macabre and ghostly walking tour guide company. She’s the author of the book, The Trapeze Diaries and the upcoming novel Holly's Hurricane, set in New York City of the future and the past.
BEYOND RATS AND PIGEONS: NOCTURNAL CRITTERS OF NYC
Presented by Andrew Coletti
Unbeknownst to many of New York's human inhabitants, the city is home to a whole world of secretive nighttime animals, as well as a thriving community of people who seek them out. In this talk, we'll learn about the bats, owls and other nocturnal creatures of New York City, where they live and how you can glimpse them yourself.
Andrew Coletti is an educator who has worked with learners of all ages in museums and schools, teaching everything from math to English to art. He holds a Bachelors degree in Classics from Bard College and a Masters in Museum Education from Bank Street College of Education. You can find him teaching at the Brooklyn Brainery and follow his recreations of ancient recipes on his blog, www.passtheflamingo.com (@passtheflamingo on Instagram and Twitter).
THE LAST NIGHT OF STANFORD WHITE
Presented by James Hoffman
In the gilded age of New York Stanford White was one of the most famous architects in America and today probably best known for the Washington Square Arch. On June 25, 1906 though he would be shot to death on top of a building of his own design (the second Madison Square Garden) in front of hundreds of witnesses. How did a seemingly random night out on the town for one married couple lead to his death and to one of the most famous trials of the 20th Century?
James is just this guy, y'know? Humble, intelligent, charming. Eyes a color you don't know the name for. He'll take you for a bike ride with his company Albert and James in the morning, play a board game with you with his board game group Victory Pints in the evening and then prattle on about D&D and cocktails at night. Only in the morning will you realize that it was all a ploy and your jewels are no longer in the safe. Instead there's a note so beautifully written that the police officer who collects 'it' as evidence breaks downs in tears. You sob with him as the neighborhood wakes up around you.