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Events November 2012

DOCOMOMO NY/TRIModern Conversation Series

John Kriskiewicz: Park Avenue In Context, In Films

November 29, 2012

In this fun program of film clips and commentary, architectural historian and DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-State board member John Kriskiewicz will examine how midtown Manhattan’s Park Avenue was transformed in a few short years following the Second World War from a Beaux Arts boulevard of masonry apartments and hotels into the premier office district of Modern glass towers. Films such as "The Best of Everything" (1959), "Breakfast at Tiffany’s" (1961), and "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" (1967) chronicle this transformation, illustrating the evolution of Park Avenue and its importance in New York City history and in popular culture. Inspired by the Department of City Planning’s recent proposal to rezone the Grand Central/East Midtown District and DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-State’s work surveying Modern buildings in the proposed zone, this program draws attention to the Avenue’s evolution as we evaluate the East Midtown proposal—zoning that has the potential to fundamentally alter this storied street.

Thursday November 29, 6:30pm
Reception following talk
76 Ninth Avenue (at W. 15th), 11th Floor
$10 general admission; free for DOCOMOMO members.
Advance registration required by midnight Tuesday November 27. Tickets are available via our NYCharities event page.

DOCOMOMO New York/Tri-State wishes to thank Knoll for hosting our Modern Conversations Series.
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