FRIENDS' cultural immigrant initiative, ‘Beyond the Bricks’ was featured on CUNY TV's, DiverseCITY a program celebrating the kaleidoscope of cultures that underpin the identity of New York City. This episode dives into Yorkville’s German history and features former executive director Rachel Levy highlighting FRIENDS' efforts to keep the history of the community alive.
Finishing in January of this year ‘Beyond the Bricks’ was a gallery walk and exhibit which connected the history of buildings on the Upper East Side to the history of their residents. If you missed the physical exhibition you can still enjoy a self-guided tour using our interactive map here. Friends have long been engaging with Yorkville’s immigrant history, publishing ‘Shaped by Immigrants: A History of Yorkville’ in 2018, a book and accompanying video that bring together the rich cultural history of the Upper East Side and the buildings that embody it.
This project is a collaboration between FRIENDS OF THE UPPER EAST SIDE, MANHATTAN SIDEWAYS, and ART ON THE AVE.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.