Cities are always changing. In architecture everything gives way and nothing is fixed. Impermanence is the only constant. Every new generation tinkers with the aesthetics of urban space (or lack of it) to create its own place. At the same time, the fabric of the city is resilient and able to harness its own transformative power which gives it a unique character. The history of Second Avenue is a vibrant example. [Read more…] about NYC History: The Stuyvesant Farm to East Village Punk
The XIII Olympic Winter Games were held in Lake Placid, Essex County, NY from February 13, 1980 to February 24, 1980. Among the most remembered parts of the 1980 Winter Olympics were the Miracle on Ice, in which the U.S. hockey team upset the Soviet Union’s team, and speed-skater Eric Heiden’s five gold medals. Less remembered is the event’s musical legacy. [Read more…] about The 1980 Lake Placid Olympic Games’ Musical Legacy
In this episode of Ben Franklin’s World, Ade Solanke, an award-winning playwright and screenwriter, joins us to not only explore the life of Phillis Wheatley, but also how playwrights use and research history to help them create dramatic works of art. Works of art that can help us forge an emotional connection with the past. [Read more…] about Phillis Wheatley & The Playwright Ade Solanke
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
In commemoration of this important anniversary, the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is doing an inventory of our collections relating to canalboat shipwrecks in the lake. Today, I want to share an interesting story about one of these canalboat wrecks, the sailing canalboat O.J. Walker. [Read more…] about The Musicians of the Sailing Canalboat O.J. Walker
On Christmas Day 1934, just a year after ratification of the Twenty-First Amendment which repealed Prohibition, the refurbished Earl Carroll Theatre on 7th Avenue and 50th Street opened as the French Casino.
It was a glittering Art Deco showpiece with walls draped in black velvet and established a reputation as Manhattan’s most lavish nightclub. [Read more…] about Leo Fuld: Manhattan’s Star of Yiddish Song
This week on the Historians Podcast, Mohawk Valley singer-songwriters Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle join Bob Cudmore to talk about and perform historical holiday songs and stories from Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and other year-end holidays. [Read more…] about The Historians Podcast Features World Holiday Songs & Stories
Restored by the same architects who helped refurbish the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), the Strand Theatre in Hudson Falls (Washington County, NY) is, against all odds, celebrating its one hundredth anniversary.
And, as many had hoped, it is performing a role in Hudson Falls not unlike the one played by BAM in Brooklyn in the 1970s: helping to bring a neglected downtown back to life. [Read more…] about In Hudson Falls The Strand Theatre Turns One Hundred
Gail Merrifield Papp’s new book, Public/Private: My Life with Joe Papp at the Public Theater (Applause Books, 2023), is a memoir about her life with famous producer/director Joe Papp as they founded the Public Theater in New York City.
Over their 26-year relationship, the Papps established a partnership that built a theatrical institution. In her memoir, Gail Merrifield Papp provides an inside look at the early years of the Public when plays such as A Chorus Line were just starting and then little-known actors were making their way in show business. [Read more…] about Before They Were Famous: A NYC Public Theater Memoir
Among the 2023 MacArthur Fellowships named for 2023 is Raven Chacon of Red Hook, in Dutchess County, NY, a composer and artist creating musical works that cut across boundaries of visual art and performance to illuminate landscapes, their inhabitants, and histories. [Read more…] about Dutchess County Artist Raven Chacon Named 2023 MacArthur Fellow