Join MCNY’s chief curator Sarah Henry, Greenwich Village native and current Chelsea resident, on an exploration of the neighborhood and its environs. Beginning in the Far West Village and snaking through Chelsea, we’ll explore the changing landscape of urbanism in the area, from its origins as rural estate through the laying of the street grid, the creation of a 19th century residential neighborhood, the growth of the industrial waterfront, and the ups and downs of 20th century “urban renewal.” We’ll end with an exploration of the 21st century’s ongoing and upcoming changes for the Garment District and Penn Station, including New York’s newest transit space, Moynihan Station.
About the Guide:
Dr. Sarah M. Henry is Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the Museum of the City of New York, where she has served since 2001. There, she oversees all Museum programs, including exhibitions (over 100 to date), public programs, and publications. She is also responsible for the exhibition department’s program strategy, long-range planning, and budgeting. Dr. Henry received a Ph.D. in American History with honors from Columbia University and a B.A. summa cum laude from Yale in History and Mathematics/Philosophy. She is the recipient of the Manhattan Borough President’s “History Visionary Award” and is a member of the New York Academy of History.
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