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NYU’s Nagle Recounts “How Street Cleaners Saved New York City,” July 26 at Langone Medical Center

July 20, 2010
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By the end of the 19th century, New York was one of the filthiest cities in the world. Though mortality rates from preventable disease rivaled those of medieval London, entrenched political corruption continued to fuel this decades-old crisis—that is, until 1896, when a Civil War officer named George Waring and the broom-wielding army he marshaled brought about a new day for New York.

Robin Nagle, the director of NYU’s Draper Interdisciplinary Master’s Program and the New York City Department of Sanitation’s anthropologist-in-residence, will recount this little-known, but vital, passage in the city’s history in a lecture titled “How Street Cleaners Saved the City: Garbage, Government, and Public Health in New York,” on Monday, July 26, 5:30 p.m. at NYU School of Medicine, Smilow Multipurpose Room, 550 1st Avenue (enter facility at main entrance--550 1st Avenue at E. 32nd Street; once inside, signs direct you to Smilow Multipurpose Room).

As sanitation commissioner, Waring improved the health and well-being of all New Yorkers. He also permanently changed our expectations of the city’s role in maintaining basic standards of public hygiene and public health.

Reporters interested in attending must RSVP to James Devitt, NYU’s Office of Public Affairs, at 212.998.6808 or james.devitt@nyu.edu. The event is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.

This Press Release is in the following Topics:
Graduate School of Arts and Science, Arts and Science, Research, Around the Square

Type: Press Release

Press Contact: James Devitt | (212) 998-6808

NYU’s Nagle Recounts “How Street Cleaners Saved New York City,” July 26

Robin Nagle, the director of NYU’s Draper Interdisciplinary Master’s Program and the New York City Department of Sanitation’s anthropologist-in-residence, will recount a little-known, but vital, passage in the city’s history in a lecture titled “How Street Cleaners Saved the City: Garbage, Government, and Public Health in New York,” on Monday, July 26 at NYU School of Medicine.


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