"The German Cornerstone" at New Utrecht

Numbering an estimated 50 million, German-Americans are the biggest ancestry group in the United States, ahead of Irish-Americans and African-Americans, and comprise about a third of the world's German diaspora.

In America's second great wave of German immigration in the 1840s, German immigrants began settling in Manhattan. By 1855, New York City had the third-largest population of Germans in the world after Berlin and Vienna. Most German immigrants -- including many bakers and cabinetmakers of the period -- were educated and skilled.

The city's notable German immigrants include millionaire fur trader and real estate investor John Jacob Astor, born near Heidelberg, and engineer John Roebling, designer of the Brooklyn Bridge, whose roots were in Muhlhausen.

At 7:30 PM on Thursday, May 1, Friends of Historic New Utrecht will present "The German Cornerstone", an exhibit and lecture on the history of New York City's German immigrant community by historian Kathryn Jolowicz, at the Parish House at New Utrecht Reformed Church, 18th Avenue between 83rd and 84th Streets in Bensonhurst.

Free admission. Refreshments will be served.

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