New York Rebounds (Again) with Thomas Dyja and Gordon Davis

When: Thursday, April 14, 2022, 6:30pm
Price: General Admission $20 | Members $15
From left to right: Thomas Dyja headshot, the cover of the book, New York, New York, New York: Four Decades of Success, Excess, and Transformation, Gordon Davis headshot
From left to right: Photo by E.J. Camp, Courtesy Thomas Dyja, Courtesy Gordon Davis

No one can say exactly what the future brings for New York. All we know is that there is a future. After two years of talking heads and hot takes pronouncing the city dead, New York is moving forward with a new mayor in City Hall and almost nine million people in the five boroughs. But what else is new? Since the Fiscal Crisis back in the 70's, New York has been repeatedly counted out, only to pull itself back up, bigger than ever.

Thomas Dyja, author of New York, New York, New York: Four Decades of Success, Excess, and Transformation, will look at what makes the city so resilient, in discussion with former Parks Commissioner Gordon Davis, whose work both in the spotlight and behind the scenes has led the way for those many revivals. What lessons can we learn from the last forty years? What's different now for New York, and what are the challenges it will always face? 

The conversation will be followed by a book signing and reception.

This program accompanies our new series Capturing the Changing City. 

Event Timeline:
6:30 pm - Conversation begins (Ronay Menschel Hall)
7:30 pm - Book signing and reception (Rotunda)
8:30 pm - Event ends. Museum closes

About the Speakers: 
Gordon Davis has played a key role in the economic and cultural development of New York City.  Gordon was Mayor Koch's first Parks Commissioner; Founding Chairman of Jazz at Lincoln Center; one of the four Founding Trustees of the Central Park Conservancy; an inductee into the Performing Arts Hall of Fame at Lincoln Center; a Life Trustee of the New York Public Library; and was named a designated NYC Living Landmark. Since 2012, Gordon has been a partner in the New York office of Venable LLP, where he represents highly regarded institutions in some of the most important public-private projects in the City.  

Thomas Dyja worked in publishing for more than a decade before becoming a writer. Along with editing four anthologies, he’s written three novels, a biography of civil rights pioneer Walter White and The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream, a New York Times Notable book, One Book One Chicago selection, and winner of the 2013 Heartland Prize for Non-fiction. A Chicago native, he lives on the Upper West Side with his wife, literary agent Suzanne Gluck.

Event Logistics (subject to change based on NYC regulations)

  • Proof of vaccination is required for entry (everyone over the age of 5), so please plan ahead! Excelsior Pass is accepted for those vaccinated in NYS. 
  • Masks will be required.
  • For more information about the Museum’s COVID Guidelines, please check our "Plan Your Visit" page.
  • All sales are final; refunds not permitted. Exchanges and credit for future programs only. Programs and dates may be subject to change. The Museum of the City of New York reserves the right to refuse admission to latecomers and/or those who do not provide requested Covid-19 documentation.  

General Admission $20 | Members $15 

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