Preserving and mourning downtown

Notice of two events TONIGHT of interest to downtown cultural historians: First, at the Ottendorfer Library (135 Seconds Ave.), a panel on preservation efforts on the Lower East Side, sponsored by the Lower East Side History Project. 6 pm. Second, at Judson Memorial...

Maggie at the Theater

We spent quite a bit of time on this passage from Stephen Crane’s Maggie in lecture on Wednesday:Evenings during the week [Pete] took [Maggie] to see plays in which the brain-clutching heroine was rescued from the palatial home of her guardian, who is cruelly...
City on Stage

City on Stage

There’s a famous anecdote about the first appearance of Mose the Bowery B’hoy on the New York stage. Played by neighborhood boy Frank Chanfrau, Mose, the fireman-butcher, makes his entrance in Benjamin Baker’s 1848 farce A Glance at New York by...