(courtesy Museum of the City of New York)
The Museum of the City of New York released this photo today from their extensive archives, showing a former fixture of New York City life, which got its start on this date in 1833 with an unsung Irish American media pioneer.
In New York, newsboys mounted several strikes and the Newsboys Strike of 1899 did force a change in the way leading papers compensated their streetwise sales agents. That strike is given the "all-singing, all-dancing" treatment in the Disney production Newsies, now on Broadway...where Barney Flaherty may have once plied his trade.
- Starting Wed., Sept. 5 the 1st Irish Festival comes to theaters around NYC in a month long celebration of Irish and Irish American playwrights. Event organizer George Heslin has put together a great-looking schedule that includes Hard Times, a musical by Larry Kirwan featuring Stephen Foster songs reworked by the Black 47 frontman
- On Tues., Sept 18 at 6:30 pm, 1st Irish will hold a free event at the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts. Called "Celtic Crossroads," a panel discussion that will explore the intersection of arts and business, an event co-sponsored by the Irish Business Organization of New York...with iconic singer & songwriter Judy Collins as their honoree, Irish American Writers & Artists are expecting a sellout crowd at their annual Eugene O'Neill Award Celebration on Mon., Oct. 15. Tickets are still available now, however, at www.i-am-wa.org/.
- The Museum of the City of New York is a thriving institution on the Upper East Side dedicating to preserving and and interpreting NYC's vibrant history. Among its recent exhibits: a retrospective on Irish American architect Kevin Roche.