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March 1, 2018

The Cathedral of St. Patrick, often referred to as St. Patrick's Cathedral, is a decorated Neo-Gothic-style Roman Catholic cathedral church on 5th Avenue between E. 50th and 51st Streets in Midtown Manhattan. It is the seat of the archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, and sits directly across from Rockefeller Center. It is considered one of the most visible symbols of Roman Catholicism in New York City and...

January 10, 2018

Originally opened to the public in 1847, by the late 1970’s, Bryant Park had fallen into disrepair and was, like many of the City’s public spaces at that time, grimy, unkempt, and typically avoided by most New Yorkers. It was certainly not a place anyone would want to spend a lunch hour or afternoon.

The Bryant Park Restoration Corporation was founded in 1980 by Dan Biederman and Andrew Heiskell, chairman of Time Inc. and the N...

September 4, 2017

The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, officially the Cathedral Church of Saint John: The Great Divine in the City and Diocese of New York, is located on Amsterdam Avenue between West 110th and 113th Streets in Manhattan's Morningside Heights neighborhood. Designed in 1888 and begun in 1892, the cathedral’s construction has undergone radical stylistic changes and the interruption of two World Wars....

July 27, 2017

Jane's Carousel (formerly Idora Park Merry-Go-Round) is a hand-carved wooden carousel that now resides in Brooklyn Bridge Park in DUMBO.

It was built in 1922 for the Idora Park amusement park in Youngstown, Ohio by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company.  It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on February 6, 1975, and was, in fact, the first carousel to receive such designation. It features 48 hand-carved hor...

May 4, 2017

The 27-story brick building at 365 Bridge Street, home to the BellTel Lofts Condominium, was built in 1929 as the Long Island headquarters of the New York Telephone Company. Back then, Brooklyn had about 446,000 telephones, a number that was growing at an astronomical rate of +28,000 per year. The building, at Bridge and Willoughby Streets, straddles what is now Metro Tech near Flatbush Ave., and was considered Brooklyn’s firs...

March 20, 2017

Founded in 1838 and now a National Historic Landmark, Green-Wood Cemetery was one of the first rural cemeteries in America. Green-Wood is comprised 478 acres of hills, valleys, and pond, throughout which exists one of the largest outdoor collections of 19th- and 20th-century statuary and mausoleums. Four seasons of beauty from century-and-a-half-old trees offer a peaceful oasis to visitors, as well as its nearly 600,000 perman...

February 21, 2017

Fraunces Tavern is a landmarked museum and restaurant in the Financial District, located on Pearl Street at the corner of Broad Street. The location served as a headquarters for George Washington, and served a prominent role during the Revolutionary War and beyond as a venue for peace negotiations with the British and housing federal offices in the Early Republic. It has been owned by Sons of the Revolution since 1904, who cla...

January 23, 2017

Brooklyn Bridge Park is an 85-acre park on the Brooklyn side of the East River. The park has revitalized 1.3 miles of Brooklyn's post-industrial waterfront from Atlantic Avenue in the south, under the Brooklyn Heights Promenade and past the Brooklyn Bridge, to Jay Street north of the Manhattan Bridge. The site includes piers 1–6, the historic Fulton Ferry Landing, and the Empire–Fulton Ferry and Main Street Parks. 


November 15, 2016

A New York City Thanksgiving would not be complete without The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The first parade was held on Thanksgiving Day in 1924, and today, more than 44 million people watch the parade either in person or on television every year. However, little attention is paid to it's historic backdrop - the Macy’s building itself – a New York City tradition and landmark in its own right.

Originally known as the R. H. M...

October 13, 2016

NYC is full of history, including its fair share of ghost stories. The Penthouse at 57 W. 57th Street boasts just such a haunted past complete with a triple murder and adulterous affair.

Known as the Medical Arts Building, the story begins in 1922, when cyclist and spark plug inventor Albert Champion married young showgirl Edna Crawford. Shortly thereafter she began an affair with Frenchman Charles Brazelle, who is be...

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