The Big Apple: the architecture of New York City

Mike Higginbottom

Notice Period:
Emergency (maybe less than one week's notice)
Architectural and social history
Paid: Dependent on size of audience and distance travelled from South Yorkshire
23rd November 2017

New York City – particularly the island of Manhattan and its approaches – fires the imagination through its imprint on literature, drama and film. Its significance in the history of the United States is as a great port, the gateway to America, and as a melting pot, the destination of immigrants and the home of a remarkably polyglot community. It is the site of some of America’s most famous and iconic buildings and the home of some of the world’s greatest art. The city has a distinctive blend of abundance, variety and excitement: visiting New York is an unforgettable experience.

This lecture surveys New York City’s built environment, from the comparatively ancient buildings of the nineteenth century, to the great skyscrapers of the first half of the twentieth century and more recent additions to the famous skyline, running from the harbour northwards to the tip of Manhattan.

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About Mike Higginbottom

I am a freelance history lecturer specialising in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries with a background in university extramural education.

I offer distinctive, life-enhancing insights into the past, particularly the recent past, for people who enjoy visiting places and recognising the human stories behind this historical heritage.

I lecture for the Arts Society (formerly the National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies [NADFAS]) in the UK, Spain, Australia and New Zealand.

Whether lecturing, writing or guiding tours, I provide detailed information in a lucid and entertaining way.  My publications and lectures are copiously illustrated, as much as possible using my own photography.

Mike Higginbottom Interesting Times is the brand for my history education work – tours, lectures and publications. My blog is a fund of interesting, sometimes quirky insights into places, people and historical events.

I'm based in Sheffield and willing to travel anywhere in the UK or further afield.

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