Clifton Hood, professor of history at HWS, recently participated in a forum at The City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center. “The Gotham Center History Forum, Part II: The Corner of 34th and Fifth,” focused on a geographical and historical look at one corner over time – the corner of 34th Street and Fifth Avenue. It was home to farmland, two Astor mansions (1850s), the A.T. Stewart mansion (1867), the Waldorf and Astoria Hotels (1893 and 1897), B. Altman’s (1906), and the Empire State Building (1931) – immortalized in the 1933 film King Kong.
Hood was part of a panel of experts who examined, “the layers of change that reveal much about the history of power, real estate, and tourism in New York City.” He discussed the upper-class residential district that existed in that part of Manhattan in the late 19th century.
Joining the faculty in 1992, Hood holds a bachelor’s degree from Washington College, and his master’s and doctorate from Columbia University.
He is the author of “722 Miles: The Building of the Subways and How They Transformed New York,” which was released in a new paperback edition in 2004; and is currently writing, “Striving for Distinction: Economic Elites and the Making of New York City, since 1754.“