Past Event: The New Yorkers with Sam Roberts

When: Tuesday, October 25, 2022, 6:30pm

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"The New Yorkers" book cover by Sam Roberts. Collage of different important New York figures in black and white
Courtesy of Sam Roberts

In his new book The New Yorkersveteran New York Times journalist Sam Roberts has created a living, organic history of the world’s most exceptional city through 31 little-known yet transformational inhabitants. Whose stories should the city remember, and who have we forgotten? In this illustrated lecture -- his official book launch -- Roberts will introduce us to the first woman to appear nude in a motion picture, becoming the face of Civic Fame as Miss Manhattan; the couple whose soirée ended the Gilded Age with an embarrassing bang; the Jewish constable that defined policing in New York; and the husband and wife who invented the modern celebrity talk show. 

This program is part of Capturing the Changing Citya series of talks with artists, writers, historians, and other notable New Yorkers about how they seek to represent the New York scene on the page, film, canvas, and beyond.

Event Timeline:
6:30 pm - Sam Roberts' talk and presentation begins 
7:30 pm - Book signing and wine reception
8:30 pm - Event ends; Museum closes

About the Author: 
Sam Roberts is a 50-year veteran of New York journalism, an obituaries reporter and formerly the Urban Affairs correspondent at the New York Times. He hosts The New York Times "Close Up", which he inaugurated in 1992, and the podcasts "Only in New York," anthologized in a book of the same name, and "The Caucus." He is the author of A History of New York in 27 Buildings (2019), A History of New York in 101 Objects (2016), and Grand Central: How a Train Station Transformed America (2013), among others. He has written for the New York Times Magazine, the New Republic, New York, Vanity Fair, and Foreign Affairs. A history adviser to Federal Hall, he lives in New York with his wife and two sons.

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