Martin Schneit

Marty Schneit is a born and bred New Yorker and a historian. He has lectured at many local institutions such as the NY Public Library, JCCs, The 92nd Street Y, The Health Outreach Program of New York Presbyterian Hospital, Central Synagogue, The Hebrew Home for the Aged (Riverdale), The Ziegfeld Society of NY, for patients at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital, and the Lincoln Center Campus of Fordham University. The Jewish Braille Institute has recorded Marty’s lectures for their audio magazine and lecture series.

Related Courses

The Ziegfeld Girls

The Ziegfeld Follies ran from 1907 to 1931. Florenz Ziegfeld glorified the American Girl and made her a symbol of the modern independent woman. He was instrumental in bringing women to the center of society. The Ziegfeld Girl became an American Institution.

Ethel Merman

Ethel Merman was New York City’s girl next door.  She went from being a stenographer from Queens and became the queen of the Broadway musical in its golden age.  On October 14, 1930 she brought the house down with her performance of George and Ira Gershwin’s I Got Rhythm.  Ethel’s rags to riches story fueled the hopes of everyday people.

2.1.4 Six Illustrated Lectures with a Historian and Storyteller

This potpourri course will include the following one-day classes. All are NEW!
Lower East Side – Tidbits about some of the great people like Irving Berlin, Eddie Cantor, and George Burns who lived on the Lower East Side.
Jewish Harlem – Before the great black migration from the south, Harlem was the third largest Jewish settlement in the world.
Katharine Hepburn – A living legend of stage and screen, Hepburn received twelve nominations and collected four Oscars for best actress. Still the record.
Women of New York – This is about the many talented and dedicated women of NYC who made a difference then and who left a lasting imprint on the modern era.
Fred Astaire, an American Icon – The legendary Astaire’s life and work with illustrations and film footage. Astaire’s 70-year performing career began at the age of five, when he debuted in vaudeville with his older sister Adele.
West Side Stories (Upper West Side) – Explore the rich architecture and history of the area surrounding Columbus Circle. Visit the site of the first Jewish congregation in North America

Lower Manhattan

Marty will discuss the history of Lower Manhattan with the architecture, people, and events concerning Trinity Church, Federal Hall, The New York Stock Exchange, sites associated with 18th century slave uprisings, Alexander Hamilton, and George Washington.


This course involves a week devoted to each of the following nostalgic topics: Fred Astaire, the Borscht Belt, New York City during World War II, The Brooklyn Bridge/Brooklyn Heights, Irving Berlin, and Audrey Hepburn. NEW! [Special Note: On week 2, instead of meeting on Tuesday, the 12th, this class will meet at 10:00 am on Thursday, the 14th.]