'The Cook Block: Manhattan’s Most Exclusive Address' Webinar

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Over 150 years ago, one man bought an entire city block on the Upper East Side simply to protect his own property values, making it impossible for the millionaires who bought plots to build anything but "splendid" residences. And how is it that all of these years later, many of these restrictions still exist to this very day? From scenes of glittering dinner parties to a shocking murder, it’s time to hear the stories surrounding one of New York’s most unique micro-neighborhoods.

Join New York Adventure Club for a digital exploration of the majestic residences of Cook Block — situated between 78th and 79th Streets from Fifth Avenue to Madison Avenue in Manhattan, this block purchased by Henry Cook in 1879 was subject to restrictive deeds that empowered him to choose his neighbors and dictate what they erected on their lots.

Led by historian Tom Miller, our virtual lecture and showcase of one of Manhattan's most unique and historic blocks will include:

  • An overview of the life of Henry Frances Cook, including what possessed him to purchase an entire city block and put restrictive aesthetic stipulations in place
  • A look at the Gilded Age mansions still standing on the block, including the homes of James Duke, Stuyvesant Fish, and others
  • What life was like for the wealthy families on Cook Block whose glittering lives were often touched by scandal, tragedy, and greed — sometimes the result of the very fortunes that placed them in these mansions
  • Rare historic and modern photographs — inside and out — of these opulent 19th and early 20th century masterpieces by some of America’s most renowned architects.

Afterward, we'll have a Q&A with Tom — any and all questions about Cook Block are welcomed and encouraged!

Can't make it live? Don't worry, you'll have access to the full replay for one week!

See you there, virtually!

*Immediately upon registering, you will receive a separate, automated email containing the link to join this webinar

**For the best possible viewing experience, please ensure you're using the latest version of your internet browser — Google Chrome is the most compatible. Exact technical requirements and a webinar user guide will be shared in the automated confirmation email upon registration.

***A full replay of the experience will be available to all registered guests for up to a week

About Tom Miller

Architectural and social historian Tom Miller is the author of Seeking New York, Seeking Chicago, as well as the popular blog “Daytonian in Manhattan.” Since 2009 Tom has published a blog post on a different Manhattan location every day — now totaling more than 3,000.

His research and reporting focus as much on the social histories of the buildings — the tragedies and sorrows, triumphs and scandals of the people who built and lived in the houses — as on their architecture and styles. Tom Miller’s retelling of these stories make the buildings come alive; and suddenly they are more than brick, marble, and limestone, but the histories of real people.


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