NYC History Festival
Gotham History Festival
Soon after it began, The Gotham Center organized a giant festival: 100+ panels, roundtables, exhibits, and film screenings, exploring New York City's past and its relation to the present. The extravaganza began with a free weekend conference, October 5-7, 2001, at the CUNY Graduate Center’s new home in the magnificent old B. Altman Building on Fifth Avenue and 34th St. The celebration then moved to participating institutions around town — museums and historical societies, archives and libraries, schools and colleges, preservation groups, neighborhood organizations and walking tour companies — over 100 events (many likewise free), including walks, talks, screenings and exhibitions in all five boroughs.
The Gotham Center received official commendations from both Mayor Giuliani (who declared it “New York City History Week”) and City Council.