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June 28, 1914: What a Difference a Day Makes

Ross M. Wallenstein | Posted 06.27.2014 | New York
Ross M. Wallenstein

The assassination of Archduke Ferdinand changed the world more dramatically than any other assassination in modern history. Similarly, the death of little Stanley Wallenstein on June 28, 1914 had a direct impact on my family.

Travel Through Times Square In 4 Different Decades

The Huffington Post | Braden Goyette | Posted 04.16.2014 | Arts

Times change, and so do the neon signs that light up one of the most iconic intersections in America. Thanks to Kinolibrary, an archival footage a...

Awesome Photos Remind Us That We Must Save This World's Fair Treasure

Posted 02.18.2014 | Travel

After years of uncertainty, an effort to preserve the New York State Pavilion -- an eerily beautiful relic from the 1964's World Fair -- is looking ev...

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.

One Man's Deep Dive Into His Local Roots

NARRATIVE.LY | By Alexander Henry | Posted 02.27.2013 | New York

A new Brooklynite dives deep into his local roots, unveiling a vaunted family history nine generations old. Though getting settled in New York City...

When New York Exploded into the Modern World

Louise Mirrer | Posted 04.15.2013 | Arts
Louise Mirrer

But whether you thought it was a threat or a promise, a riot or a revolution, there was never any doubt: the Armory Show had changed the culture of America, and the life of America's greatest city

A Settlement House and a Family

Richard Abrons | Posted 03.06.2013 | New York
Richard Abrons

At 86, the past is very much with me now. And so is the future. I look back with nostalgia. I look forward with excitement. 120 years of unbroken caring between a settlement house and our family!

New York Then And Now: Stunning Portraits of Our Beloved City by Evan Joseph

Holly Cara Price | Posted 02.02.2013 | Books
Holly Cara Price

I fell in love with Manhattan over thirty years ago and it is a love affair that has never waned. It is clear that photographer Evan Joseph knows this great love and shares this passion.

The 8 Most Haunted Houses in New York (PHOTOS)

Greg Young | Posted 12.22.2012 | New York
Greg Young

Old places generally accumulate their share of ghost tales, and New York is certainly old indeed -- over 400 years old. But that's not the only reason the Big Apple is so frightfully haunted.

Copper, Boardwalk Empire and Mad Men: Getting New York City History Right on Cable's Hottest Night

Greg Young | Posted 12.01.2012 | New York
Greg Young

Fans of New York City's rich past have seen three of its most tumultuous decades represented in television series this year. And each show is bringing a different approach to filling out the historical contours of this ever-changing metropolis.

Iconic NYC Photo Shot 80 Years Ago Still Intrigues

John Lee | Posted 12.01.2012 | New York
John Lee

Eighty years ago, on Oct. 2, 1932, the New York Herald Tribune published the now iconic photograph of 11 ironworkers, casually dangling their feet hundreds of feet above 5th Avenue while breaking for lunch.

PHOTOS: A History Of NYC's Forgotten Borough

Posted 09.25.2012 | New York

A new exhibition opening at the Museum of the City of New York is hoping to illuminate the unique history of Staten Island, New York's oft-forgotten b...

A History Of Deaths On The New York City Subway

ANIMAL NEW YORK | Posted 07.25.2012 | New York

The New York City subway averages 26 suicides a year and claims around 200 victims total. Is it any wonder that we're all slightly more sketched out w...

The Subway Beauty Queens Are Back

Posted 07.17.2012 | Arts

In the 1940s, every New York subway station had a tribute to the month's Miss Subway, a contest for glamorous young female writers. Each poster had an...

Anarchists, Cops, the Super Rich -- It's New York 100 Years Ago

Rick Ayers | Posted 07.22.2012 | Books
Rick Ayers

In More Powerful Than Dynamite: Radicals, Plutocrats, Progressives, and New York's Year of Anarchy, many will find parallels to the current social crises, from the upheavals of Occupy Wall Street to the manipulations of the super rich.

Home of the Irish Immigrant Girls in Lower Manhattan

Alan Singer | Posted 05.02.2012 | New York
Alan Singer

During the Ellis Island era, millions of immigrants arrived in the United States. Our Lady of the Rosary and the accompanying Watson House provided greetings and safe haven for more than 100,000 young Irish girls who came to NY.

LOOK: Buy The MTA's Old Stuff!

Posted 02.28.2012 | New York

Hoping to spruce up your digs with some one-of-a-kind items? Look no further than the MTA to add a bit of retro stylings with the agency's Memorabilia...

Rikers Island -- Last Stop on the New York City School-to-Prison Pipeline

Alan Singer | Posted 04.04.2012 | New York
Alan Singer

The size of the prison system in the United States is horrific. Equally horrific are its rapid growth and the direct and indirect costs.

Mr. Jobs, Meet Jackie O

Paul Gunther | Posted 02.01.2012 | Arts
Paul Gunther

The new Apple store in Grand Central Terminal is cultural memory writ large, resulting in a renewal of artistic appreciation for a place at risk of being taken for granted.

Remembering The Fire That Destroyed NY's Historical Heritage

AP | CHRIS CAROLA | Posted 05.27.2011 | New York

ALBANY, N.Y. — The fire started in the Assembly Library and quickly spread down the hall to the nearby New York State Library, finding plenty of...

The Research Fellowship That Uncovered a New Story of 19th Century New York

The New York Public Library | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
The New York Public Library

Steven Carl Smith is working on a dissertation about New York City in the 19th century, with a focus on the publishing industry and how it developed.

1916 Vision Of NYC Without The East River

ny.curbed.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Oh, those 1916 New Yorkers and their crazy ideas! Like Dr. T. Kennard Thomson, an engineer and city planner who dreamed up the above map of a New York...

How Did New Yorkers Deal With Heat Waves in Centuries Past? (SLIDESHOW)

Megan Doherty | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Megan Doherty

In New York, where concrete ratchets temperatures from hot to hellish, refuge can only be found inside air-conditioned interiors. But how did New Yorkers deal with the heat in the days before A/C?

Flushing's Crown Needs Polishing

Kevin Walsh | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Kevin Walsh

At the heart of downtown Flushing, Queens, an architectural masterpiece, the RKO Keith's Theatre, awaits a day when it will once again be a cultural beacon and its beauty will shine forth anew.

Teaser: Guess the Movie!

Nick Carr | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nick Carr

Nearly every location in my new film subject has been demolished or completely renovated since the movie was made over 30 years ago.