The Urbane Conspirators: Burning Gotham

Oct 19, 2023
6:30 PM | Doors open
7:00 PM | Program
Drinks & mingling to follow!
Open to Coffee House, Salmagundi members, and their guests
Eventbrite RSVP required
Program is FREE to attend
You will have the option of RSVP-ing for the event alone, or for both the event and dinner. A la carte dinner is paid separately (card only).
For any questions, please email Brittney at
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About the Event

We invite you to conspire with us for this month’s installment of intellectual delights and revelry. Join Carl Raymond, host of The Gilded Gentleman history podcast, for a lively discussion with James Scully, writer and producer of the docu-podcast Burning Gotham. The evening will explore New York City in 1835 and the origins and repercussions of the devastating fire that changed our city’s history. We’ll get re-acquainted with some of the well-known names of the day—Jacob Astor, Aaron Burr, Eliza Jumel, even the courtesan Helen Jewett—and we’ll also get to meet some fascinating fictional characters. Our speakers will share their expertise and insight into how history can be brought to life and presented for today’s audiences and how the modern world of podcasts can be thought of as a throwback to one of James Scully’s other passions—old-time radio.

Come for a compelling conversation. Stay for the mingling over cocktails. We’ll gather in the beautiful Parlor Room of the Salmagundi, a historic arts club housed in a brownstone mansion in Greenwich Village. We look forward to seeing you there.

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About the Speakers

James Scully is a graduate of Xavier High School in Manhattan, and Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and has spent over a decade working in media for companies such as Condé Nast, and Hearst. Through his production company, The WallBreakers, James has created the acclaimed (Tribeca Audio 2022 Official Selection) ongoing docu-podcast, Burning Gotham, that dramatizes history in a theatrical and compelling way for modern audiences. He’s directed, post-produced, adapted, and acted in scripted audio fiction productions, like the pilot for Frontier Gentleman, and is an actor in the Fireside Mystery Theatre troupe. He’s also a longtime SPERDVAC member, a member of the WGA Audio Alliance, and a member of, and mentor with, The Podcast Academy.

Carl Raymond, writer, lecturer, social and culinary historian is your host and guide for The Gilded Gentleman history podcast. He lectures regularly for organizations such as The Royal Oak Foundation, The Metropolitan Opera Guild, Edith Wharton’s home The Mount, and Historic Royal Palaces on subjects from food to the literary history of this fascinating period. A licensed New York City tour guide since 2014, Carl can often be found on the streets of New York giving one of his popular tours, notably Edith Wharton’s New York, offered by Bowery Boys Walks. Carl holds a double BA in English and French from Colby College with studies at the Université de Caen, Caen, France.


Ticketed guests are welcome to stay for dinner by indicating so in their Eventbrite RSVP.

There will be an a la carte menu to choose from. You can pay for your meal with a card or your membership account (no cash).

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