Afternoon tea talks at the Salmagundi : James Scully

Burning Gotham: New York 1835 and the fire that changed history

Jun 6, 2023
3:30 PM | Interview and audience Q&A
4:30 PM | Tea reception

Carl Raymond


Moderated by Carl Raymond, host of The Gilded Gentleman history podcast

Co-sponsored by The Merchant’s House Museum


Open to the public
RSVP required

$40 | General admission
$15 | Salmagundi and affiliate members with promo code
The promo code will be sent in an email to all members, and can also be requested by contacting

About the Talk

Join Carl Raymond, host of The Gilded Gentleman history podcast for a conversation with writer, producer and actor James Scully for a historical look at New York City in 1835 and the devastating fire that changed the city’s history.  Through his production company, The WallBreakers, James has created an acclaimed (Tribeca Audio 2022 Official Selection) on-going docu-podcast, Burning Gotham, that dramatizes the story and presents the intrigue and the history in a theatrical and compelling way for modern audiences.

James will discuss the actual history –  for example, what New York was like in the early part of the 19th century as well as the origins and repercussions of the fire.  In addition, he’ll share just how he brings it all to vivid life as audio drama with characters we know such as John Jacob Astor, Aaron Burr, Eliza Jumel and even he courtesan Helen Jewett along with some fictional character creations.

Carl and James will discuss as well how the modern world of podcasts can be thought of as a throwback to one of James’ areas of expertise and passion – old-time radio.

There will be an interview and audience Q&A, followed by a reception featuring afternoon tea with sweet and savory treats.

Dress is business casual.

Still Hungry?

Salmagundi members are welcome to have lunch or dinner in our dining room via our Reservations page. When reserving for lunch, please allow enough time for your enjoyment, as our dining room closes at 3:00 PM before re-opening at 5:00 PM for dinner.

the gilded gentleman.
James Scully, a man approximately in in this 30s or early 40s has short, dark, gelled up hair and a scruffy beard.
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