Secrets of Riverside Park and Drive
Join Upper West Sider, Stephanie Azzarone, in virtually exploring the creation and evolution of Riverside Park and Drive through the eyes of the movers and shakers responsible for it
- Learn who was really responsible for Riverside Park and Riverside Drive
- Discover the scandals that plagued the neighborhood’s creators – from bankruptcy to murder
- Visit some of the Drive’s most stunning early villas
- Explore why Riverside Drive never became “the new Fifth Avenue”
About the event:
How and why did Riverside Park and Riverside Drive come to be – and what went wrong in the process? Join Upper West Sider Stephanie Azzarone in exploring the creation and evolution of Park and Drive through the eyes of the movers and shakers responsible for it: the powerful men who conceived it, promoted it, designed it – and later redesigned it. While some of their names are well known – Frederick Law Olmsted and Robert Moses among them – others have been long forgotten.
About Stephanie Azzarone
Stephanie Azzarone is the author of the new book, Heaven on the Hudson: Mansions, Monuments, and Marvels of Riverside Park. A native New Yorker, Stephanie has lived on Riverside Drive most of her life and has spent many joyous hours wandering through Riverside Park. A former journalist (freelancer for The New York Times and New York magazine, among others), she also ran an award-winning Manhattan public relations agency. Currently, she is studying for her tour guide certification with the goal of sharing her knowledge of Upper West Side life along the Hudson River with natives and tourists alike. A graduate of New York University, Stephanie has a degree in Journalism.
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