More than any other single individual, a summer resident of Bolton Landing on Lake George was responsible for opening Asia to international air traffic. That man – Harold McMillan Bixby — was among the first Americans to imagine that routine, transpolar air travel from New York to Asia was possible. [Read more…] about Lake George Aviation Pioneer Harold Bixby
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On January 23, the Nassau County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) requested New York State Environmental Conservation Officer (ECO) assistance with a subject hoarding more than 100 animals inside his North Bellmore residence in the Town of Hempstead in Nassau County, on Long Island. [Read more…] about Animal House: Man Accused of Hoarding Protected, Dangerous Wildlife
Underwater acoustic recorders have been deployed below the surface of the Hudson River to detect the sounds of fish as they go about their lives. Because many fish make sounds when they hunt, defend their habitats, migrate, and spawn, ecological acoustics can be used to learn about the geographic locations and activities of certain animals. [Read more…] about Soundscapes of the Hudson River Estuary
Lily van der Stokker’s mural “Thank You Darling” has been installed on a wall adjacent to the High Line at 22nd Street in Manhattan. The Dutch artist’s new work on the High Line offers the public an intimate expression of gratitude in her well-honed visual language at a bold, broad scale. [Read more…] about Lily van der Stokker’s High Line Mural
The progressive period, ca. 1900-1920, much like our own times, was an era of tension, change, and new policies replacing old ones. Most of historians’ attention has focused on progressivism at the national level.
But in researching for my most recent books — The Crucible of Public Policy: New York Courts in the Progressive Era (2022) and Progressive New York: Change and Reform in the Empire State, 1900-1920 – A Reader (2024) – I was struck by how important the states were in the movement and furthermore how important New York was. [Read more…] about New York’s Leadership in Progressive Reform
Warm and durable, duffel fabric has a remarkable history, reaching back from Europe’s Age of Exploration to the sale of Staten Island (and possibly Manhattan) at the beginnings of America’s modern history. [Read more…] about Duffel Cloth, Beaver Hats and Native Americans
While Long Island developed a reputation for affluence throughout the 20th Century, there has always been a parallel history of the everyday workers and servants who toiled in the shadow of that reputation. The economic boom of the war years and the subsequent population boom in the 1950s did not change that. [Read more…] about In Levittown’s Shadow: Poverty & Housing on Long Island
In Tea: Consumption, Politics, and Revolution, 1773–1776 (Cornell Univ. Press, 2023), James R. Fichter reveals that despite the so-called Boston Tea Party in 1773, two large shipments of tea from the East India Company survived and were ultimately drunk in North America. [Read more…] about Tea: Consumption, Politics, and Revolution, 1773–1776
We still have ships in Brooklyn. Take your kids to see the high-rise ocean liners tied up at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in Red Hook. Visit the Shore Road park (immortalized in Saturday Night Fever) underneath the Verrazano at the end of 4th Avenue, and watch the freighters drowsing at anchor, or heading to and from the container ports in New Jersey.
Take an orange and black ferry (Portside Out, Starboard Home) from Battery Park to the St. George Terminal on Staten Island and see where the Brooklyn piers were. See The Flamingo Kid, whenever possible. Fleet Week. [Read more…] about Brooklyn Army Terminal & A Sea Cruise for Elvis
The Castello Plan, a map depicting New Amsterdam at the peak of its settlement circa 1660, just before the English took control, provides a remarkable, rare glimpse of everyday life in New Amsterdam, revealing a small but complex city at the southern tip of the island then known as Mannahatta. [Read more…] about New York Before New York: The Castello Plan of New Amsterdam