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Lost NYC: The Crystal Palace
Discover the incredible story of the Crystal Palace, the largest building in the Western Hemisphere when completed, and considered the most beautiful building ever built in NYC! This talk is part of our “Lost New York” series dedicated to celebrating incredible NYC buildings which are no more.
- Learn how the Crystal Palace and Latting Observatory started New York’s modern wave of tourism
- Discover the still-unsolved mystery about the structure’s horrific demise
- See some of the only and very rare actual photographs of the palace
- Meet the larger-than-life characters who were involved with the buildings, including the circus master himself, P.T. Barnum
About the event:
When New York’s Crystal Palace was completed in 1853, it was the largest building in the Western Hemisphere. All who saw it said it was the most beautiful building New York City had ever built. Some think it still is. It was also the cradle of so many firsts in the city and America, including the first World’s Fair. Drawn into this mythical building’s orbit was the city’s tallest structure, the Latting Observatory. Built as the tallest manmade perch on the continent, the Latting Observatory brought New Yorkers to the highest they had ever been in their lives, without an elevator! Both attractions would help crown New York a world class city. Join Untapped New York’s Chief Experience Officer, Justin Rivers, for a virtual tour of this magnificent lost structure. Meeting location: 42nd and 6th Avenue… in the year 1853!
About Justin Rivers:
Justin Rivers is Untapped New York’s Chief Experience Officer. He is a writer and interpretive historian whose work focuses on inspiring empowerment through storytelling in non-traditional settings. As a playwright, tour guide, and educator, his work is designed to help New Yorkers contextualize and rediscover their city by exploring the past, present, and future of its diverse infrastructure.
Justin’s Off Broadway play, The Eternal Space explored an unlikely friendship that arose from Penn Station’s demolition and enjoyed a successful six-week run at Theatre Row Studios in 2015. He is author and co-collaborator of The Wonder City, a graphic novel that re-imagines the history of New York City. He is also Founding Director of The Character Connection Initiative, a non-profit organization that brings character education and mindfulness practices to inner-city middle school students and teachers throughout the NYC metro area.