On August 20, 2023 New York City‘s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) instituted a 5% increase for the cost of a single subway or bus trip, with the base price going from $2.75 to $2.90. The previous fare hike took place in 2015. [Read more…] about New York City Subway Fare History: A Primer
In Forgotten Populists: When Farmers Turned Left to Save Democracy (Mission Point Press: April 25, 2023) author Steve Babson, Ph.D. tells the story of how the Populists of the 1890s transformed the nation’s political terrain — and in the quick-read 50-page illustrated book — shows how that history still resonates today. Perfect for the classroom or an adult reader looking for a refresher course in the history of populism, Forgotten Populists is an eye-opening read. [Read more…] about Forgotten Populists: When Farmers Turned Left to Save Democracy
In 1839 the Whigs won the New York Senate from the Democrats, who campaigned against the “reckless building program of the Whigs,” with relation to expanding the Erie Canal.
In response, the Whigs removed the two Democrats remaining on the Canal Commission, Samuel Young and William C. Bouck, reducing the Commission from four to only three, and replaced them with a Whig, Simon Newton Dexter. [Read more…] about William Bouck & Erie Canal Expansion
On October 14th, 1947, a crisp and sunny autumn day, General Dwight D. Eisenhower celebrated his 57th birthday in style. At the Dutch embassy, in the heart of Washington, DC, ambassador Eelco van Kleffens presented the legendary leader of the Second World War with an “honorary sabre.”
It was not a conventional blade. Weighing nearly five pounds, the gold-encrusted sabre was embedded with hundreds of gemstones and had been meticulously handcrafted by one of the most skillful goldsmiths in The Netherlands: Brom’s Edelsmederij in Utrecht. [Read more…] about Eisenhower’s Sabre, The Netherlands & The Marshall Plan
Land policy in colonial times in what is now New York State favored nobility and prominent men with connections to the Crown. This involved several countries (The Netherlands, England, and France), several explorers, several early pioneers, and appointed officials who oversaw the disbursement of land by land grants or patents. [Read more…] about New York Land Grants: Some History Until The American Revolution
Between 2019 and 2022, through the height (or depths) of the pandemic, tourism exploded in the Lake George region, the Adirondacks and throughout New York State, according to reports released by Governor Kathy Hochul’s office in September. [Read more…] about Officials Say Adirondack Tourism Thrived During Pandemic
During the first quarter-century after its founding, the United States was swept by a wave of land speculation so unprecedented in intensity and scale that contemporaries and historians alike have dubbed it a “mania.”
In Speculation Nation: Land Mania in the Revolutionary American Republic (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2023) Michael A. Blaakman uncovers the revolutionary origins of this real-estate bonanza ― a story of ambition, corruption, capitalism, and statecraft that stretched across millions of acres from Maine to the Mississippi and Georgia to the Great Lakes. [Read more…] about Speculation Nation: Land Mania in the Revolutionary American Republic
Daniel Manning was born in Albany, NY, on August 16, 1831, the second son of John and Eleanor Manning. The Mannings were of Irish, English, and Dutch descent.
Daniel was six at the time of the Panic of 1837 when his father died, causing financial strain on the politically connected family. When Daniel was ten he was appointed a page in the New York State Assembly where he served for two years. During the second year, he also got a job distributing the Albany Atlas newspaper. [Read more…] about Albany’s Daniel Manning: Newspaperman & Secretary of the Treasury
As the 1920s advanced, the economy soared. But with that dramatic expansion came irrational exuberance and unchecked speculation: stock prices reached levels that had no basis in reality; margin purchases were rampant; banks handed out loans lavishly and imprudently; and giddy product production resulted in a vast oversupply of goods.
On Tuesday, October 29, 1929, it all came crashing down. This is the story of the Great Depression in New York City. [Read more…] about The Great Depression in New York City: A Primer
New York Gov. Roswell Flower used his keynote speech to a national audience on “New York Day” at the Chicago World’s Fair to downplay the threat of the Panic of 1893, which started the nation’s worst depression up to that time.
“This business men of this country deserve the greatest praise for the manner in which they have held their heads above water during these frightful days,” he said, speaking on September 5, 1893. [Read more…] about The Panic of 1893: Among The Most Severe Financial Crises U.S. History