Lost (and Found) in Inwood

Author Talk Connects the Past to the Present

On a rainy October night, members of the Center for Adults Living Well (CALW) @ the Y were captivated by old photographs projected onto the Y’s big movie screen. For more than an hour, they travelled back in time to when Nagle Avenue was the Nagle family farm.

“We’ve never worked on such a large screen,” said Cole Thompson, co-author of Lost Inwood, published earlier this year. As he and his research partner, Don Rice, usually present their popular history series on the first Tuesday of the month, at Inwood’s Indian Road Cafe, their CALW appearance was a special treat.

At this second of CALW’s new Wednesday evening series, “Health Y-ise,” Cole and Don showed a small portion of their substantial historical photography collection depicting Washington Heights and Inwood. Their personal commentary combined scholarly sophistication with witty observations, including “I just like this guy’s swagger.” Occasionally, a CALW member would shout, “That’s my niece!” or “I remember that kid!” Among the images: defunct Irish bars, developing houses of worship, and the Miramar saltwater pool, formerly on 207th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Having debuted in September, “Health Y-ise” already has been drawing an enthusiastic response. The November program, “Juggling with Jeffrey” — Wednesday, November 13, 2019, (5:30 to 6:30 PM) in the Auditorium — promises to be another winner. It features Jeffrey Mitchell, the head juggler at Bryant Park Juggling, who teaches business people, tourists, and children how to do basic circus tricks.

“Health Y-ise” programs, offered one Wednesday evening per month, are free to CALW members and the public. Please also consider joining us every Wednesday evening for a nutritious and delicious dinner (4:30 to 5:15 PM, in the Auditorium), expertly prepared, presented, and served by our Kitchen team. Suggested donation is $1.50 for those 60 and over and $3 for guests under 60.

For more information about the CALW and our programs or to become a member, click on the link here. CALW is funded by the New York City Dept. for the Aging. To learn more about the Health Y-ise lecture series, contact Ann Votaw at avotaw@ywashhts.org or call 212 569-6200 x262

We hope to see you at CALW soon!

About the Y
Established in 1917, the YM&YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood (the Y) is Northern Manhattan’s premier Jewish community center — serving an ethnically and socio-economically diverse constituency — improving the quality of life for people of all ages through critical social services and innovative programs in health, wellness, education, and social justice, while promoting diversity and inclusion, and caring for those in need.

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