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Nerd Nite Speed Dating and Presentations
Sep 24, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm| $10
When Brooklyn Lost its Swagger: The Consolidation of 1898
Brooklyn was a large, proud, and independent city until 1898, when it was consolidated into the newly conceived five-borough NYC that exists today. Ever since, generations of bitter Brooklynites have grumbled about living in Manhattan’s shadow, but Brooklyn’s downgrade from city to borough was welcomed by many 19th century Brooklynites who saw is as a way to save their hometown from bankruptcy and irrelevance. Manhattan Borough Historian Michael Miscione will reveal all the dirty details behind what some Brooklynites still call “the mistake of ’98.
Murder, Scandal, Love Nests and Child Brides: The Sensational Heyday of New York City Tabloids
The birth of New York City’s tabloids was the dot-com boom of the Jazz Age. Michael Liss, Director of Project Management for the New York Post Digital Network, discusses the egotistical millionaires who engaged in big-money circulation battles, testing boundaries while chasing a new mass (and not completely literate) audience. Scandalous divorce proceedings, sensationalist crime stories and faked photographs filled their pages alongside the original celebrity gossip columns. While their spirit lives on in many an Internet site, today’s remaining tabloids bear little resemblance to what rolled off the presses in the 1920s.