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I grew up on the UWS of NYC and thought that I knew the city inside and out, but this course took us back 400 years and brought us up to the present and I realized I had barely scratched the surface of how this miraculous city came into being. One big take away by our amazing teacher (EY Zipirs) is this: "Money + Density + Diversity = Creativity." This is what makes NYC the electric and unique place that we know and love today.
I love this course, which has provided a vast sweep of the city's history, underlined historical context, and punctuated the big picture with amazing anecdotes and images. The role of apples in the origin story of Russ and Daughters, and the history of the redevelopment project that led to Lincoln Center and its link to West Side Sotry, are just two of many examples.
This is one of the best courses I've taken with Context, offering a great mix of historical context and facts with interesting back stories and anecdotes. The presenter is first rate.
I thoroughly enjoyed this five part course exploring the history and evolution of New York City. E.Y. really brought the story of New York to life with her extensive knowledge and passion for her subject. She is also a wonderfully talented and enthusiastic storyteller. This class really enhanced my understanding and appreciation for NY. Many thanks for making me love my adopted home even more!