Broadway the Jewish Way

Broadway the Jewish Way

A Celebration of Fran Leadon’s New Book, Broadway: A History of New York City in Thirteen Miles

Featuring the author in conversation with Professor John Reddick

Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 7:00 pm

$10 general ● $5 students/AJHS members/seniors ● $12 at the door 

Please note the change of date (formerly April 26th, 2018)

Join us for the book talk and the launch of Broadway: A History of New York City in Thirteen Milesand hear from author Fran Leadon about the extraordinary ways in which American Jews contributed to making Broadway the iconic street that it is today. 

Broadway: A History of New York City in Thirteen Miles takes us on a mile-by-mile journey that traces the gradual evolution of the seventeenth-century’s Brede Wegh, a muddy cow path in a backwater Dutch settlement, to the twentieth century’s Great White Way. We learn why one side of the street was once considered more fashionable than the other; witness the construction of the Ansonia Apartments, Trinity Church, and the Flatiron Building; and discover that Columbia University was built on the site of an insane asylum. Along the way we meet Alexander Hamilton, Edgar Allan Poe, John James Audubon, Emma Goldman, “Bill the Butcher” Poole, “Texas” Guinan, and the assorted real estate speculators, impresarios, and politicians who helped turn Broadway into a living paradigm of American progress, at its best and worst. With maps and more than forty black-and-white photos throughout, Broadway tells the vivid story of what is arguably the world’s most famous thoroughfare.

This program is inspired by the many collections housed at the AJHS that tell the stories of Jews’ involvement in the history, nurturing, and everyday life of Broadway in commerce, activism, and entertainment, effectively making it into the iconic street we know it to be today. Such are: the Molly Picon papersthe Garfunkel-Trager Family Papers, and the UJA-Federation of New York Collections.