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Bowne & Co. Event (July 9th)

Here is a link for an upcoming Virtual Program at Bowne & Co.




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James Weldon Johnson’s “Lift Every Voice and Sing”

James Hill’s “DeathWish” ends with a moving description of Jiggs on the shoulders of paraders singing “Lift Every Voice and Sing” written by Johnson and set to music by his brother.  Here is a youtube video on the history of the song.  JWJ is interred at Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn.

“Lift Every Voice and Sing”

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Horace Greeley at “Occupy City Hall”

Thanks for the great email exchanges this weekend.  Here’s a pic I took Saturday during the rally at City Hall Park with Horace Greeley of the NY Tribune in the background.img_20200627_182255411-1

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Last of its Kind

Deborah Beirne’s hawking of her beloved Corona typewriter at an 8th Avenue Typewriter Store (in “An Ambitious Bum”) prompted me to search for this piece on NYC’s last typewriter store, not only still in operation, but apparently, going strong…

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Welcome NEH Summer Fellows

So much has happened since my team and I first began considering a second iteration of “City of Print” in 2019. We were thinking about how much the field of periodical studies had evolved since the first City of Print convened in 2015, and we were excited by the prospect of all the lively discussions we anticipated having in June of 2020.

In January, we were excited to receive a large number of applicants to the Institute. This pool of exceptional candidates illustrated the continued and growing interest in magazines, newspapers, and print history. Reading through the applications, we could not help but be excited at the prospect of convening a second City of Print. We were so looking forward to meeting all of you in person and to meeting together as a lively group of scholars in the city we love and study.

And then, in February, the pandemic came upon us.  According to the NEH, our options were to cancel the program, postpone it, or develop an on-line version of the Institute. Although the City of Print would be different from our 2015 experience, we decided that an on-line program could still be robust and highly worthwhile, and might even have some strengths that are unavailable in a face-to-face setting. We committed ourselves to building another lively Institute.

But our historical moment appears to be relentless. In recent weeks, we learned with horror about the murders of unarmed African Americans at the hands of the police. The 2020 City of Print will therefore convene under the overlapping clouds of two pandemics—Covid-19 and systemic antiblack racism. This sober backdrop will undoubtedly be a part of City of Print as we meet (virtually) and discuss various topics related to print culture, spatial practices, the city, and the nation. We anticipate engaging with our objects of study, our disciplinary fields, and our moment in time.

On behalf of the faculty and staff, I welcome you to the City of Print 2020, and I look forward to hearing your thoughts and sharing time with you.




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Welcome to “City of Print” 2020

Welcome aboard!

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Emma Goldman Lived Here



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William Randolph Hearst’s Apartment is for Sale

I’m hoping to pool our resources together to purchase a Hearst residence for our Institute.

Any takers?

LINK TO ARTICLE: HearstApartment


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Interesting Article on Tiffany and Company’s original location

At the end of book 5, chapter 4 of “A Hazard of New Fortunes,” Conrad Dryfoos, son of the millionaire backer “Every Other Week” goes by Brentano’s bookstore, right before he is shot and killed by a police officer during the start of the rail workers’ strike.  As this NY Times article relates, Brentano’s at the time was located at the South Corner of 15th Street and Union Square, in a building owned by Tiffany and Company, designed by John Kellum (who also designed the New York Herald Building at Broadway and Ann Street).

LINK TO ARTICLE:  TiffanyandCompany




John Kellum’s Herald Building at Broadway and Ann

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“Injunction Granted” now playing at the Metropolitan Playhouse

On the NYMASA blog, Ellen Gruber Garvey recommends “Injunction Granted” currently playing:

“The Metropolitan Playhouse, which specializes in reaching back for interesting revivals, is reviving a WPA Living Newspaper from 1937. The last one of these  they did was excellent. Passing the word along.
Ellen Gruber Garvey”



DISCOUNTED TICKETS – SEE BELOWThe Federal Theatre Project’s

Injunction Granted 

 “[The] vaudeville-style production is always entertaining and never pedantic….most persuasive and still rousing after all these years.” – Victor Gluck


“Far from a subtle play, it sometimes seems an urgent and unfortunately resonant one….Metropolitan is a collective bargain.” – Alexis Soloski

The audience

“Wonderful! Just wonderful!”
“Amazing”  ~ “Excellent”
“A delightful surprise” ~ “Triumph …. what an achievement” –

Enter code CAPITAL for 40% off  this weekend…

Tickets Available Tonight, Tomorrow Night, and Saturday and Sunday matinees
Photos:  Ed Forti, Jacob J. Goldberg Photography, Lois Segman, Johanna Wilson
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Capital v. Labor

A living newspaper from 1937 tracing the battle for fair  wages, decent working conditions, and the right to organize, from the Dutch West India Company to US Steel.

The third in Metropolitan’s jubilant celebration of these social dramas created by the WPA, in the spirit ofPower and One Third of a Nation, this time with tumbling, music and clowns!

Plus a special coda, bringing the play into the next century.






220 E 4th Street
New York, NY
Injunction Granted

Through June 28th

Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30 pm
Sundays at 3 pm
Wednesday (6/24) Saturdays (6/20 & 27) at 3pm

Talkbacks after Sunday matinées.


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Nathaniel P. Claridad*
Lorinne Lampert*
Cliff Miller*
Kendall Rileigh*
Alex Roe
Perri Yaniv*

STAGE MANAGER Heather Olmstead
COMPOSER Michael Kosch
SET Alex Roe
LIGHTING Christopher Weston
COSTUME Rachael Kosch
ACROBATICS Kendall Rileigh
RESEARCH Jonathan Soffer
PUBLICITY John Capo Public Relations

*These actors and stage manager appear courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.
Injunction Granted is an AEA Approved Showcase


By Subway:
To 2nd Avenue

To 8th Street

To Bleecker Street

By Bus:

M14 A (14th Street to Avenue A)
M9 (Avenue B)
M15 (1st & 2nd Avenue)

By Car:

If you are coming by car, be sure to leave time to find parking!

We cannot seat latecomers, as doing so means crossing the stage.

Most weeknights and weekend days, parking may be found on the street. On weekend evenings, the streets get crowded.

Houston and Essex Public parking in a guarded lot is available on Avenue A (which becomes Essex Street) just south of Houston.

Essex and Delancey
A municipal garage is also located several blocks farther down Essex, near Delancey.

This production is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York state Legislature.This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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