Barry Lewis


Barry Lewis, architectural historian. Lewis’ WNET/Thirteen walking tours (along with co-host David Hartman) of 42nd Street, Broadway, Harlem, Brooklyn, Greenwich Village, Central Park, Newark, Hoboken and Queens have been praised by the media and made a “must-see” by the viewing public. His latest program, Dutch New York, explored how New York's Dutch roots made it different from its English neighbors. He also has lectured widely at cultural and academic institutions such as the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.; the Morgan Library; the University of Pennsylvania; and the Central Park Conservancy.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.