The History of New York City and Its Neighborhoods

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: History

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Hist of NY Neighborhoods

Spring 2020

Taught By: Alexander Manevitz

Section: A

CRN: 7098

Credits: 4

Founded as a small Dutch colonial port city on the Lenape island of Mannahatta, what is today New York City quickly grew into the most populous city in the United States, as well as a global economic and cultural hub. In order to better understand New York’s complex and uneven urban growth, we will analyze the way a diverse array of New Yorkers interacted within and across their communities from the 1600s through the present. We will explore the dynamic history of our city and our neighbors, bringing the past beneath our feet back to life. In the process we will become better historians, and more responsible urban dwellers. Each class meeting will focus on one of New York City’s diverse neighborhoods from a historical perspective, using it as a lens to illustrate and investigate important themes of urban and American history that extend well beyond the five boroughs. Instead of trying to cover the entire history of New York City in one semester, this course will highlight the social, political, economic, cultural, and geographic forces that have shaped the city and the nation for more than 400 years. Some of the issues we will investigate include: colonialism, slavery and freedom, race and racism, immigration, geographies of gender and sexuality, urban development and gentrification, definitions of public space, climate change and climate justice, and class formation. The course will also include multiple outings to sites around New York City.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: History (LHIS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 3, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 12, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 2:55pm 1/23/2020 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 2:00pm - 3:40pm

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 259

Date Range: 1/22/2020 - 5/11/2020