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Tonight: Kenneth Jackson’s Encyclopedia of NYC

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Author/Historian Kenneth Jackson will be at the Tenement Museum for Tenement Talks tomorrow evening. He will be discussing the second edition of the wildly popular Encyclopedia of New York City. His updated edition (the first one was published in 1995) includes new information on places like the Chelsea Piers, the Lower East Side, and the Financial District, and even – some living people. “Generally, you had to be dead to be in the first edition,” Jackson says. “Now we have more living people. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, and the Subway Hero [Wesley Autrey, a construction worker who leapt onto the tracks in 2007 to save a 19-year-old NY Film Academy student who had fallen after a seizure], for example. Catch up on some of the over 800 new entries that reflect the changes that have reshaped NYC during the past two decades. Free // 6:30p // 108 Orchard Street.

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