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What New York City Can Learn From Its Relationship With The Sea | James Gerken | Posted 10.29.2014 | Green

Can New York City survive the sea? This is the question Ted Steinberg, a Case Western Reserve University professor, poses in his recent book, Goth...

8 Things Even New Yorkers Don't Know About New York

The Huffington Post | Todd Van Luling | Posted 04.17.2014 | Travel

New York was the "Big Orange" before the "Big Apple."

WATCH: Occult New York: Gotham's Hidden History

Mitch Horowitz | Posted 02.09.2014 | Religion
Mitch Horowitz

My lecture on the history of the occult in New York delivered at the 2013 International Theosophy Conference in Manhattan explores how New York City served as a surprising springboard for alternative spiritual ideas in the Victorian era and beyond.

NYC Underground Railroad Site In Court Battle

AP | COLLEEN LONG | Posted 08.08.2013 | New York

NEW YORK -- A brick row house that is one of only two documented stops in New York City on the Underground Railroad has a new penthouse with oversized...

PHOTO: Manhattan's Drunk History Discovered

| Posted 08.07.2013 | New York

By Irene Plagianos LOWER MANHATTAN — Manhattan has its own piece of drunk history. Workers digging in the Financial District last week unearthed...

What Detroit Should Learn From NYC's Near-Bankruptcy

Eric Peterson | Posted 09.28.2013 | Detroit
Eric Peterson

Is Detroit in 2013 the New York City of 1975? It could be too ridiculous a question to ask. While the differences are many -- a difference in population of several million is the most glaring -- there are several key commonalities.

The Many Civil War Draft Riots: Violence From 150 Years Ago, in New York and Beyond

Greg Young | Posted 09.10.2013 | New York
Greg Young

The Civil War Draft Riots set the city aflame for an entire week, starting on July 13, 1863. The weariness of a lingering war, paired with pro-South sentiments held by some New Yorkers, ignited a conflict over a military draft that sentenced working class men -- many newly arrived immigrants -- to a grisly fate.

Ellis Island Collection Moved Due To Sandy

AP | Posted 01.12.2013 | New York

NEW YORK -- More than 1 million historical artifacts and documents from the Ellis Island Immigration Museum have been moved to storage facilities whil...

Yes, The Bronx Has An Official Historian

Posted 12.05.2012 | New York

Lloyd Ultan does not use email. He doesn’t own a cellphone. He doesn’t eat in restaurants, drive a car, or even have a driver’s license, for tha...

A Forgotten Thanksgiving Custom: Masks, Mischief and Cross-dressing

Greg Young | Posted 01.20.2013 | New York
Greg Young

An old custom from over a hundred years ago, especially popular among poor New York City children, might scare the stuffing out of a Thanksgiving dinner party today.

Why Doesn't New York Have a Walk of Fame?

Gerit Quealy | Posted 06.26.2012 | New York
Gerit Quealy

New York deserves a Walk of Fame. It's good idea, a necessary idea. Our history lives and breathes all around us; we're a town of pedestrians, let the history, too, support us beneath our feet.

Stunning Historical Photos From NYC's New Massive Archive

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 06.24.2012 | New York

By Randy Herschaft and Cristian Salazar, AP NEW YORK: The two men were discovered dead at the bottom of an elevator shaft in a 12-story Manhattan b...

Women at Work: Historic Photos From the Museum of the City of New York

Lacy Schutz | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Lacy Schutz

We celebrate Women's History Month with this selection of photographs, and observe the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, a seminal event in women's labor history.

Why Take a Walking Tour

Sophia Dembling | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Sophia Dembling

I always learn something unexpected when I take a walking tour -- not just from the official tour, but often from the unscripted moments of chitchat with my tour guide.

VIDEO: Historic Threads of NY Fashion Week

Jenni Avins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Jenni Avins


Of Food and Fashion: Featuring Mina Stone

Jenni Avins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Jenni Avins

I ran into fashion designer Mina Stone the other night in the neighborhood, and we were chatting about the NYC Garment District. Mina is known here in...

Abandoned Coney Island -- Last Chance To See?

Nick Carr | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nick Carr

When I heard the rumors that Satan's real estate division, Thor Equities, was allegedly planning to tear down some of the last remaining historic buildings in Coney Island, I actually felt a chill.

A Guide to Being Guided

Megan Doherty | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Megan Doherty

Most New York City walking tour attendees are alert, interested and interesting people genuinely keen to learn. They don't know they're acting like a**holes. No one has taken the time to tell them.

Alexander Hamilton: Unclaimed Son to Founding Father

Allison Rockefeller | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Allison Rockefeller

Hamilton arrived in 1773 and began his stunning ascent in a whirlwind, epic tale of crisis and opportunity, from unclaimed son to Founding Father. Doesn't New York set the greatest stage for this kind of story?