There was a lecture at the CUNY Graduate Center on 34th Street last week about the New Amsterdam colony. It was a fun crossroads of family history for me because the building (CUNY) was originally the B. Altman department store, which was constructed in 1904/05 and was the reason my Italian family came to this country. They were stone and wood carvers as well as decorate plasterers, trained in Northern Italy. Most of this building was gutted, but the lobby retains its original detail, which I suspect was carved by my ancestors. It was a pleasure to see. And the lecture was great too.