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The History Forum showcases the best new work on New York City history and builds bridges between the city's past and present. Presentations by, and conversations with, historians and history makers are moderated by Suzanne Wasserman, Director of the Gotham Center.

ALL SPRING 2014 FORUMS WILL BE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Admittance will be "first come, first served."

All forums are FREE for CUNY Graduate Center students.

All sessions are held at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, 365 Fifth Avenue @ 34th Street. For more information please email or call the Gotham Center at 212-817-8474 or check Current Forums or the Calendar of Events.

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Featured Forum

Urban Appetites: Food and Culture in Nineteenth-Century New York
Wed., September 17, 6:30-8 PM
Elebash Recital Hall

Cindy Lobel chronicles the emergence of Gotham’s food industry in the nineteenth century, taking readers on a lively tour of oyster cellars and fine dining establishments, public markets and corner groceries, brownstone dining rooms and tenement kitchens, Broadway houseware stores and Lower East side pushcarts. By the 1900’s, New Yorkers had access to the most diverse and abundant food supply in the nation. But as the city and its food became more cosmopolitan, corruption, contamination, and inequity kept apace. Urban Appetites shows how New York's growth changed the way its people ate, and how the way New Yorkers ate changed the way the city grew.

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