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Upcoming Events

"Let Me Off Uptown" -- The Harlem Renaissance, 1919-1935

Wednesday, February 23, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

Washington Adventist University
7600 Flower Avenue Takoma Park


The Harlem Renaissance is usually described as a surge of creativity that took place within the African American community during the 1920s.  In reality, it was much more than that – more complicated and much more important.  The Harlem Renaissance is the hinge between the cartoonish bigoted images of the minstrel shows, and the unbridgeable racial divide of the early United States, and the more straightforward though still difficult cultural and racial relationships of the modern era.  It redefined African American culture, relations between whites and blacks, and even what it means to be an American.

ReelAbilities NY Disabilities Film Festival

Friday March 13, 2015, 6:30 p.m.
JCC Manhattan
334 Amsterdam Avenue & 76th Street
New York, New York
(646) 505-4444

At this combined dinner and celebration of the 7th annual ReelAbilities NY Disabilities Film Festival, Warren will participate in several panel discussions that will focus on the film to be screened, the upcoming 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the role of the New York City Disability Rights Movement in the lobbying for, drafting and passing the ADA, and more. 

Intrastructure and Interstructure
-- Law And Urban Design In New York City

Part One: Tenement Reform and Social Class In Victorian New York
Part Two: Zoning, New York Style
Wednesday, June 10, 2015, 9:45 a.m. to Noon
Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation
Continuing Education Program
232 East 11th Street
(212) 475-9585

Part of a continuing education program conducted by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, this two-part presentation approaches land-use regulations as historical artifacts, best understood in the context that spawned them.  In Part One, we will look at the social and economic forces that led to the Lower East Side and the problems of unregulated tenement housing.  These conditions reached crisis proportions in the 1860s and resulted in a series of reform regulations.  We will review the Tenement House Act of 1867, the Tenement Law of 1879 (the "Old Law"), the Tenement Law of 1901 (the "New Law"), the Multiple Dwelling Law of 1929, and the revisions of the Multiple Dwelling Law in 1946 and 1974.

In Part Two, we will discuss how technological change, New York City's incredibly rapid growth between the Civil War and World War One, and the Progressive Era's faith in rationality, centralized government and professional expertise set the stage for zoning regulation.  We will review the Zoning Resolutions of 1916 and 1961, and the anti-Modernist, anti-centralization ideas that have shaped zoning over the past forty years.