Book Talk on Williamsburg Transformed with Geoffrey Cobb

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Join a book talk with writer Geoffrey Cobb, author of Williamsburg Transformed : A History of Williamsburg Brooklyn 1903 to 1945. The construction of the Williamsburg Bridge in 1903 brought about a total transformation of the neighborhood on the Brooklyn side of the bridge. The bridge became an immigrant highway and tens of thousands of Jews and Italians streamed over from the Lower East Side transforming Williamsburg into one of the largest immigrant enclaves in America. Williamsburg became the home to some of the most notorious gangsters in American history, but also celebrated writers, artists, architects and film makers.

Williamsburg Transformed not only chronicles local history, but also tells the stories of many of the celebrated Williamsburgers who helped create and redefine American culture in myriad ways. The book presents a wide variety of unique and unforgettable characters whose stories mesh with the larger stories of New York City and America. The book is the product of years of exhaustive archival research presenting a revolutionary look at this fascinating part of New York City.

Get a copy of the book here!

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