Over Here!

During the city's scrap metal drive, workers remove one of four 100-pound cornices on the roof of the Ansonia Hotel at Broadway and 73rd St.  Thousands of pounds of metal would be gathered from the hotel roof's ornamentation.

NEW YORK CITY During World War II
Lorraine B. Diehl with a special introduction by
New York Times "Streetscapes" columnist Christopher Gray

Over Here! is a wonderfully nostalgic and inspiring look at the center of the home front during World War II: New York City.   From the Ansonia's donation of their cornice to the metal scrap drive, to Rockefeller Center's Victory Gardens and carless streets, Over Here! captures the excitement, trepidation, and bustle of our home city during wartime. Filled with the reminiscences of ordinary and famous New Yorkers, including Walter Cronkite, Barbara Walters, and Angela Lansbury, and rich in surprising detail-from Macy's blackout boutique to Mickey Mouse gas masks for kids-this engaging look back is an illuminating tour of New York on the front lines of the home front.

"I loved this book and all the great memories it captured." - Tom Brokaw

Lorraine B. Diehl
is the author of The Late, Great Pennsylvania Station (1996); Subways: The Tracks That Built New York City (2004); and The Automat: The History, Recipes, and Allure of Horn & Hardart's Masterpiece (2002).

Slide Lecture and Book Signing:

Thursday, March 25th, 2010 at 6:00PM

Macaulay Honors College at CUNY

35 West 67th Street


Tickets are $20 and must be purchased in advance

Call 212-496-1714 or email [email protected].