A Six-Part Series of Illustrated Talks and Walking Tours
Immigration in the 19th century brought diverse cultures together, illuminating global struggles, triumphs, and movements, and made our neighborhoods what they are today. A new six-month series of talks and walking tours will explore the many motivating push-pull factors that led Irish, Germans, Chinese, Eastern Europeans, and Italians to emigrate to New York, bringing diverse cultures together and making our neighborhoods what they are today. Each of these immigrant groups will be explored in depth.
Wednesday, January 9, 6:30 p.m.
The NEW New York: Immigration, 1820s-1880s – An Overview
Illustrated Talk by SJ Costello
Cooper Union’s Frederick P. Rose Auditorium,
41 Cooper Square at 7th Street
In January, the overview presentation will focus on the microcosm of Bond Street, an exclusive residential enclave for wealthy merchant-class families like the Tredwells, developed in the 1820s by John Jacob Astor, a German immigrant.
The neighborhood was a residential enclave for wealthy merchant families, notably the Tredwells on East 4th Street, whose roots ran deep in English soil. Their lifestyle was assured only by the existence of domestic servants, many of whom were Irish immigrants.
SJ Costello will explore the motivating push-pull factors that led Irish, Germans, Chinese, Eastern Europeans, and Italians to emigrate. In the coming months, each of these immigrant groups will be explored in depth.
SJ Costello is a Senior Educator at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, illustrator, and general story-teller. SJ’s work focuses on public history and narratives centered in 19th and 20th century America.