University College at Fairfield University offers two New York Walking Tours


Explore New York's historical and ethnic past and view its architecture in the context of its fascinating multicultural history. University College at Fairfield University will host two New York Walking Tours this month.

The two-part series starts with a lecture on "Irish New York" on Friday, October 17, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., by Jim Mullan, Ph.D., chair of the Irish Studies Program at Fairfield University. The walking tour will then take place on October 23 at 11 a.m. Participants will explore the former Little Ireland district of Lower Manhattan. Stops include Old St. Patrick's Cathedral, the founding site of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Al Smith's childhood home, and the former sites of Tammany Hall and the Five Points Slum.

On Thursday, October 30, join Walter Petry, assistant professor of history at Fairfield University and long-time resident of Washington Heights, on a trip through "The Three Harlems." Harlem, one of New York's most intriguing and culturally important neighborhoods, is steeped in the rich musical and literary history of the Harlem Renaissance. Visit Harlem, Spanish Harlem (El Barrio), and Italian Harlem. Stops include the Abyssinian Baptist Church, Striver's Row, the Schomberg Center, and sites associated with Zora Neal Hurston, Marcus Garvey, A. Phillip Randolph, and Langston Hughes. Participants will lunch at Sylvia's (not included in course fee).

The cost for each tour is $50. Comfortable shoes are a must. Participants will meet their guide at a pre-determined location in New York for the tour. To register by phone, call (203) 254-4288. For more information call (203) 254-4307 or visit University College at www.fairfield.edu.

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Media Contact: Nancy Habetz, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647, nhabetz@fairfield.edu

Posted on September 29, 2003

Vol. 36, No. 79