The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York


Gotham Center Open House New York podcasts

The full suite of Gotham Center podcasts for Open House New York Weekend are now online!

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This new series features experts discussing the historical importance of the many famous architectural structures, government buildings, private homes, natural sites, libraries, museums and other city treasures spotlighted by Open House New York’s yearly extravaganza. Use the narratives to enhance your visit, or download an episode to bring the OHNY Weekend experience to wherever you are.




▪ Andrea Frohne, African art historian and the author of The African Burial Ground in New York City, on the lower Manhattan site containing the remains of 20,000 slaves
▪ Barbara Christen, author of Cass Gilbert, Life and Work, on Brooklyn Army Terminal, the military-site-turned-manufacturing-complex in Sunset Park, designed by the famous architect
▪ Richard Kopley, distinguished professor of literature at Penn State and the author of a forthcoming biography of Edgar Allen Poe, on the writer’s Bronx cottage
▪ Don Hawkins, “dean of Washington, DC architectural history,” on Federal Hall, the early city hall remodeled by Pierre Charles L’Enfant for the seat of America’s first government, on Wall Street
▪ R. Scott Hanson, field researcher for Harvard’s Pluralism Project and the author of City of Gods: Religious Freedom, Immigration, and Pluralism in Flushing, Queens, on the neighborhood’s historic Quaker Meeting House
▪ May Joseph, author of Fluid New York: Cosmopolitan Urbanism and the Green Imagination, on Governor’s Island​
▪ Marjorie Feld, author of Lillian Wald: A Biography, on the famous Progressive reformer’s Henry Street Settlement, celebrating its 125th year of offering social services, art, and health care to the immigrant families of the Lower East Side
▪ Simon Baatz, CUNY historian of crime and science in the 19th and early 20th century, on Jefferson Market Library, the Victorian Gothic courthouse
▪ Margaret Oppenheimer, author of The Remarkable Rise of Eliza Jumel, on the Morris-Jumel mansion in Washington Heights, temporary headquarters of General Washington after the Battle of Long Island, and the later home of Aaron Burr
▪ Steve Lang, professor of urban studies at LaGuardia Community College (CUNY) and the author of “Striving for Sustainability on the Urban Waterfront,” on the Newtown Creek Alliance
▪ Robin Nagle, anthropologist-in-residence at NYC’s Dept. of Sanitation and the author of Picking Up, on the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in Greenpoint
▪ Olga Sooudi, author of Japanese New York: Migrant Artists and Self-Reinvention on the World Stage, on the Noguchi Museum​ in Long Island City
▪ Peter Derrick, author of Tunneling to the Future: The Story of the Great Subway Expansion That Saved New York, on the city‘s Transit Museum, in Downtown Brooklyn
▪ Michael Hattem, co-founder of the Junto blog and historian of colonial New York City, on the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument​, where the remains of 11,500 British captives during the American Revolution are buried
▪ Kate Papacosma of Tour Prospect Park, on the 526-acre Brooklyn treasure designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux after Central Park
▪ Sergey Kadinsky, Parks Department analyst and the author of Hidden Waters of New York City, on the Ridgewood Reservoir in Highland Park
▪ Blanche Wiesen Cook, CUNY Graduate Center author of the definitive, three-volume biography of Eleanor Roosevelt, on Roosevelt House, the Hunter-affiliated think tank in the Upper East Side
▪ David Gary, curator at the American Philosophical Society and the author of “Rufus King and the History of Reading,” on the early republic statesman’s home in Jamaica​
▪ Pamela Hanlon, independent writer and the author of A Worldly Affair: New York, the United Nations, and the Story Behind Their Unlikely Bond, on UN Headquarters in Turtle Bay
▪ Kurt Schlichting, author of Waterfront Manhattan: From Henry Hudson to the High Line, on the Waterfront Museum in Red Hook
▪ Fred Goodman, former Rolling Stone editor and the author of The Secret City: Woodlawn Cemetery and the Buried History of New York, on the Bronx graveyard
▪ Gail Fenske, author of The Skyscraper and the City: The Woolworth Building and the Making of Modern New York, on the architectural landmark in lower Manhattan
▪ ​Edith Gonzalez, historical archaeologist, on Wyckoff House, the Canarsie farmhouse architecturally chronicling the shifting of Brooklyn culture from Dutch to English to American