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A History of Greenpoint Architecture: A Talk with Geoffrey Cobb

Gallery AWA presents a look back at over 250 years of Greenpoint history told through the stories of twelve of the neighborhood's most famous buildings.

This talk will discuss the original function of some famous Greenpoint buildings show how these buildings have been re-purposed through the years as the neighborhood has developed from industrial hub to creative quarter. Mr. Cobb will give an insight into the rich history of structures such as the Astral Apartments on Manhattan Avenue, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Faience Manufacturing Company on West Street, the award winning renovated Keramos Hall and the stately Eberhardt Pencil Factory which dominates Greenpoint Avenue and is now home to dozens of creative spaces including our own Gallery AWA.

Gallery AWA is delighted to welcome back Geoffrey Cobb, who will be giving this talk. Mr. Cobb has been a history teacher in the New York City Public School system for more than two decades.  Presently teaching at the High School for Service and Learning on the famous Erasmus Hall campus, he is also a prominent local historian, walking tour guide and the author of two books; Greenpoint’s Forgotten Past - the first history of the area published in almost a century and The King of Greenpoint a biography of the last Tammany Hall style ward boss in New York City History, Peter J. McGuinness.