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1 p.m. Life and Death Along Sportsmen’s Row: Brooklyn’s Eighth Avenue and Green-Wood
May 12, 2013, 1:00pm–3:00pm
In the 1890s, a swath of Eighth Avenue was grandly deemed Sportsmen’s Row for the many residents in horseracing as owners, trainers, and jockeys. Meanwhile, they lived among men of prominence and success in politics, business, law, and the arts. Lucas Rubin has explored their intertwined lives in his 2012 book, Brooklyn’s Sportsmen’s Row: Politics, Society, and the Sporting Life on Northern Eighth Avenue. And in fact, much of Rubin’s research was done in Green-Wood’s fruitful archives.
Now, Rubin offers something of a final chapter, a “where are they now?” of these early Brooklyn residents. Just as their lives came together in fascinating ways, death brought many together again – right here in Green-Wood.
This talk will take a closer look at some of the book’s more peripheral characters – and some of Eighth Avenue’s most renowned denizens. After the talk, hop on the trolley for a tour of related Green-Wood sites.
This event has two parts, with separate tickets for each part:
- The free book talk/presentation in the historic Green-Wood chapel, ending with a book signing.
- A guided trolley tour immediately following the talk. Tickets are $10 for members of the Green-Wood Historic Fund and $15 for non-members.
Seating is limited for both the talk and the trolley tour, and reservations are recommended.
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