The Tumultuous Career and Surprising Legacy of John Randel, Jr.
Museum of the City of New York (1220 Fifth Ave., Manhattan)
Free, RSVP required
Manhattan’s famous street grid was mapped out in the early 19th century under the leadership of one man: surveyor John Randel, Jr., renowned for his inventiveness, bombast, and irascibility. Randel also invented surveying devices, designed an early elevated subway, and laid out a controversial alternative route for the Erie Canal–winning him both admirers and enemies. Join Marguerite Holloway as she discusses her new biography of Randel, The Measure of Manhattan (Norton, 2013), and the ways in which his work remains relevant today.