The socio-political and economic turmoil of the early twentieth century transformed American society. Between the conclusion of the Civil War and the end of the First World War, the country went from being a predominantly rural farming society to an urban industrial one. [Read more…] about Socialism, Greenwich Village & ‘The Masses’
New York City
New York State’s Empire State Development Corporation’s proposed Pennsylvania Station Civic and Land Use Project (the “Penn Area Plan”) would demolish multiple blocks of historic buildings in the vicinity of Penn Station in Manhattan.
All told, over 40 historic buildings and structures stand to be lost while displacing thousands of residents and businesses. [Read more…] about Under Threat: The Penn Station Neighborhood in Manhattan
A New York City store owner recently paid a fine for illegally selling elephant ivory. The City is the nation’s largest port of entry for illegal wildlife goods
On November 23rd, 2021, Department of Environmental Conservation Investigator Harvey and Environmental Conservation Officer Brussel performed a plainclothes inspection of the Manhattan Art and Antiques Center on Second Avenue in Manhattan. The Center boasts it’s the nation’s largest with over 100 galleries. [Read more…] about Antique Store Busted For Selling Elephant Ivory
The Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, was the home of the 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, from 1885 until his death in 1919. It’s located in Cove Neck, in Nassau County, NY near Oyster Bay on the North Shore of Long Island, about 25 miles east of Manhattan. [Read more…] about Featured Historic Site & Wild Area: Roosevelt’s Sagamore Hill
The small colonial town that the Dutch founded in North America was called New Amsterdam. We now know it as New York City. The story of how the name evolved has many twists and turns and is, in fact, a tale of war and peace. [Read more…] about New Amsterdam & New York: What’s In A Name?
Reviving New York’s tourism sector is one of the city’s top economic challenges, given that so many of the industries still suffering major job losses since the start of the pandemic are those most affected by the decline in tourists.
While there are encouraging signs that New York’s vital tourism sector is on the road to recovery, the city is still short millions of visitors compared to its pre-pandemic peak — including a significant share of higher-spending international tourists — and experts project that visitation won’t return to 2019 levels until 2024. [Read more…] about Accelerating NYC’s Tourism Recovery Symposium
Joseph Urban may be a somewhat forgotten figure in America’s annals of culture, but during his lifetime he enjoyed an almost legendary reputation. An all-round creative talent, Urban was a prolific Gilded Age illustrator, set designer, and architect of private dwellings, theaters, and a university building in the city of New York. His Gingerbread Castle was built for a fairy tale themed amusement park in Hamburg, New Jersey.
His feeling for color and choice of materials did much to revitalize American stage design and architecture. The contrast between two of Urban’s extant buildings shows the range of his talent as an architect. It goes beyond that: the marked stylistic difference seemed to foreshadow the divisiveness of contemporary society. [Read more…] about The Architecture of Joseph Urban: Mar-a-Lago & The New School
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents throughout New York State. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people.
What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers. [Read more…] about Recent Forest Rangers Rescue Missions
Preservation Long Island has announced the recipients of their biennial Preservation Awards, which recognize individuals, organizations, and projects that demonstrate extraordinary achievement in fields related to historic preservation on Long Island. [Read more…] about Long Island Preservation Excellence Awards Announced
The Southampton History Museum has announced Long Island Indigenous Perspectives Canoe Tours, set for Saturday, July 9th, and Saturday, June 18th. [Read more…] about Long Island Indigenous Perspectives Canoe Tours