Gallery AWA presents a look back at over 250 years of Greenpoint history told through the stories of twelve of the neighborhood’s most famous buildings. From Dirck the Norseman’s 17th century century house - one of Greenpoint’s very first structures, to more recognizable local landmarks such as the majestic neo-Renaissance St. Elias Russian Church on Kent Street and the stunning Greenpoint Savings Bank, modeled in the Roman Pantheon. To give this fascinating talk Gallery AWA is pleased to welcome back Geoffrey Cobb - local historian, writer for Greenpointers blog, walking tour guide and author of two books on the history of Greenpoint.
This talk will discuss the original function of some famous Greenpoint buildings show how these buildings have been repurposed through the years as the neighborhood has developed from grassland to industrial hub to creative quarter. Mr. Cobb will give an insight into the rich history of charitable structures such as the Astral Apartments on Manhattan Avenue, built in the 19th century by Charles Pratt as affordable housing for employees of Astral Oil Works, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This talk will delve into Greenpoint’s illustrious history as one of New York’s key industrial hubs, giving an insight into the hidden history of the neighborhood’s many factories and industrial buildings, including Faience Manufacturing Company on West Street, the award winning renovated Keramos Hall and the stately Eberhardt Pencil Factory which dominates Greenpoint Avenue and is now home to dozens of creative spaces including our own Gallery AWA.
Learn about forgotten figures who shaped our local surroundings, such as would-be President of the United States, Samuel J. Tilden, who was responsible for setting up the Greenpoint Home for Indigent Women on Guernsey Street and the St Anthony of Padua Church.
About The Speaker:
Gallery AWA is delighted to welcome back Geoffrey Cobb, who will be giving this talk. Mr. Cobb has been a history teacher in the New York City Public School system for more than two decades. Presently teaching at the High School for Service and Learning on the famous Erasmus Hall campus, he is also a prominent local historian, walking tour guide and the author of two books; Greenpoint’s Forgotten Past - the first history of the area published in almost a century and The King of Greenpoint a biography of the last Tammany Hall style ward boss in New York City History, Peter J. McGuinness. He has published in various journals including The New York Irish History Roundtable and The Volunteer - a magazine devoted to the Abraham Lincoln Brigade.
You can read more of Cobb’s research on Greenpoint architecture here https://greenpointers.com/2017/01/03/a-history-of-greenpoint-in-25-buildings-the-eberhard-faber-pencil-factory