The Czechoslovak Heritage of the Upper East Side with Joe Svehlak  
Until the 1960s, Yorkville was noted for its German, Hungarian, and Czechoslovak enclaves. A half-mile stretch of First Avenue was known as "Bohemian Broadway" with its many shops, businesses, and restaurants catering to a Bohemian, Moravian, and Slovak community that - after World War II - numbered over 40,000 people. Even the cops on the beat spoke Czech! Today, not many Czechs or Slovaks live in the neighborhood, but surprisingly several of their community buildings still survive.

Join Tour Leader Joe Svehlak, Czech-American, as he recounts the history of the Czechs and Slovaks in the New World - discussing immigrant life and sharing his memories of what the neighborhood was like in the 1940s and 1950s. Joe will show us some remaining churches, including the unique St. John Nepomuk (Nepomucene) Church, the grand Bohemian National Hall (an official NYC Landmark), and the remaining Sokol Hall - built for a branch of the gymnastic society founded in Prague in 1862. (Impress Joe with your Czech! Remind him that "Sokol," in Czech, means "Falcon.") Tour will include interior visits to both Sokol Hall and Bohemian Hall.
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Date: Saturday April 26, 2008
Time: 10:30 AM  to approximately 1:00 PM
Cost: $ 20 in advance || $ 22 on-site (By check to Hermine Watterson)
Meet: NE corner of Second Avenue and 61st Street
Train: 4/5/6 or N/R Trains to Lexington/59th Street
F Train to Lexington/63rd Street
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