Walking around New York, Macaulay-Lewis says she “was struck by how many classical-looking buildings there were.” Indeed, references to the myths, gods, motifs and structures of the ancient world are seemingly everywhere: in courthouses, museums and libraries, in arches and columns, in Latin inscriptions and sculptures.
But these classical references aren’t just about aesthetics or engineering. They also symbolize the aspirations of a city that saw itself as a capital of learning, culture, and civic life, on par with the finest institutions of the ancient world.
(Podcast) Clarence Taylor's Fight the Power: African Americans and the Long History of Police Brutality in New York City
Today on Gotham, something different: a podcast.
From now on, we'll occasionally be featuring not just written but oral interviews on the blog, with authors of recent books dealing with New York City history. The series is a partnership with the New Books Network, a consortium of academic podcast channels whose very admirable goal is, like ours here at The Gotham Center, to raise the level of public discourse by introducing serious research to much wider audiences than normally get scholarly work. The largest academic podcasting organization in the country, NBN publishes 100 new interviews every month, with more than 9 million downloads yearly.
Click below to hear the first episode, on Lisandro Perez's Sugar, Cigars and Revolution: The Making of Cuban New York.
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