New York City Beaches: Gallery Tour and Reception

Thursday, November 9, 2017, 6 - 8pm

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Steeplechase Amusement Park, Coney Island, N.Y. c1900. Courtesy of the Joseph Covino New York City Postcard Collection, The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture Archive.

Steeplechase Amusement Park, Coney Island, N.Y. c1900. Courtesy of the Joseph Covino New York City Postcard Collection, The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture Archive.

In conjunction with the exhibition New York City Beaches, located in the School of Architecture's 3rd Floor Hallway Gallery, Archive Collections Manager and Grants Liaison Chris Dierks, the exhibition curator, will speak about his research on the development of the waterfronts of Coney Island and Rockaway at the turn of the 20th century.

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  • “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.