On Tuesday evening, July 14 at 6:30 the Brooklyn Historical Society will present “A Biography of East New York”:
East New York is where NYC’s future is going to happen, where City Hall plans affordable and inclusive housing, with residents and industry existing side by side. But East New York is by geography, class and race a far distance from the city’s centers of power and influence. To understand what it might become, hear from a panel of residents, advocates and experts on how the neighborhood got to where it is now.
Admission is $5; free for BHS and Green-Wood members; reserve tickets here.
Samuel Battles (photo with Mayor LaGuardia; John Tresilian for New York Daily News) was New York City’s first African American police officer. On Thursday evening, July 16, starting at 6:30, Daily News editorial page editor Arthur Browne will discuss his book, One Righteous Man: the Shattering of the Color Line in New York. Browne took an unpublished biography of Battles by Langston Hughes and added the results of his own archival research. Admission is $5; free for BHS and Green-Wood members; reserve tickets here.