I’m Out of Town

But maybe you can go?

Monday, February 22:

Gotham Center History Forum:
Naked City: The Death and Life of Authentic Urban Places
(discussion) 6:30 PM, Elebash Recital Hall
As cities have gentrified, educated urbanites have come to prize what they regard as “authentic” urban life: aging buildings, art galleries, small boutiques, upscale food markets, neighborhood old-timers, funky ethnic restaurants, and family-owned shops. But as Graduate Center sociologist Sharon Zukin shows in Naked City, the demand for authenticity — evident in escalating real estate prices, expensive stores, and closely monitored urban streetscapes — has helped drive out the very people who first lent a neighborhood its authentic aura: immigrants, the working class, and artists. Join the author and panelists Samuel Zipp of Brown University, Thomas Angotti of Hunter College, and Clara Irazábal of Columbia University for a discussion. Free, but seating is limited and reservations are required. Reservations can be made at www.gc.cuny.edu/events. For further information, call 212-817-8215.