The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York

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Sept 17 – Urban Appetites: Food and Culture in Nineteenth-Century New York

Urban Appetites: Food and Culture in Nineteenth-Century New York
Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 6:30-8 PM
Elebash Recital Hall


Historian Cindy Lobel chronicles the emergence of Gotham’s food shops, restaurants, and food industries in the nineteenth century, taking readers on a lively tour of oyster cellars and fine dining establishments, public markets and corner groceries, brownstone dining rooms and tenement kitchens, Broadway houseware stores and Lower East side pushcarts. By the 1900’s, New Yorkers had access to the most diverse and abundant food supply in the nation. But as the city and its food became increasingly cosmopolitan, corruption, contamination, and inequity escalated. Urban Appetites shows how New York’s growth changed the way its people ate, and how the way New Yorkers ate changed the way the city grew.

Sponsored by the Gotham Center

All events are free and open to the public. Seating, however, is “first come, first served.”All events take place at The Graduate Center, City University of New York, 365 Fifth Avenue, between 34th and 35th St. For more information, call 212-817-8471.


Books will be available for purchase and signing by the respective authors.