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Reconstructing New York's Syrian Colony, Person by Person: Strangers in the West by Linda Jacobs

Todd Fine | Posted 09.25.2016 | New York
Todd Fine

In recent years, there has been a significant growth of interest in the Syrian Colony of the Lower West Side of Manhattan, frequently also called "Little Syria." This classic multiethnic neighborhood had a dominant Arabic-speaking influence from the 1880s to 1940s, and it served as the "Mother Colony" for the substantial Syrian and Lebanese immigration to the United States.

James Gerken

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.

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.

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 Whipple Rockefeller | Posted 05.05.2016 | New York
Allison Whipple 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?