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
Since the 1970s, hitchhiking has been considered increasingly reckless by large proportions of the American public. But, as historian Linda Mahood writes in a recent article for the Journal of Social History focusing on the Canadian experience, attitudes were different in the first half of the twentieth century.
In the 1930s, hitchhiking was viewed as an opportunity for generosity on the part of the driver and a way to practice good manners on the part of the rider. [Read more…] about When Hitchhiking Was Considered Wholesome
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
With the conclusion of the War of Independence in 1783, the former colonies, now states, could not move forward commercially or expand westward without new infrastructure, in particular roads and bridges.
Following authorization by state legislatures, these, however, were left to local government and private enterprise to build. [Read more…] about The Schoharie Creek Bridges at Esperance, NY
He greets you, in his way, from 30 feet up, bronze turned Statue of Liberty green, against a pink marble backdrop and pedestal, over the entrance to his red brick former Bush Terminal Company admin building at the end of 43rd Street in Brooklyn: Irving T. Bush (1869-1948), man of business, in a business suit and tie, carrying his hat and cane, moving forward, eyes on the future, over your head. He may have nodded a brief hello.
Never heard of him? He rates the statue. Make a list of people who have imagined, built, and transformed New York City, and he should be right up there, even without alphabetical order. He helped define Sunset Park, and Brooklyn, in the 20th century. He wrote a book about it. [Read more…] about Brooklyn’s Bush Terminal: A 1902 Model for Intermodal Transportation
The Landmark Society of Western New York today announced its 2024 Five to Revive — a list that identifies opportunities for targeted historic preservation and strategic revitalization. The announcement was made at a news conference this morning at The Landmark Society headquarters in Rochester, NY. [Read more…] about Landmark Society of Western NY Announces 2024 ‘Five to Revive’
I don’t feel old but when most of my youth’s teachers and mentors have passed on, I know I’ve arrived. When it comes to the Adirondacks and the “forever wild” provision of our state constitution, a number of us just lost a great, very determined, and very influential teacher in that field of green. [Read more…] about A Tribute to Conservationist Charlie Morrison, 1928-2024
In 1872, the economy of North America was threatened by an epizootic (animal epidemic) of equine influenza (horse flu), known as “The Great Epizootic of 1872.” The outbreak is believed to have been the most destructive recorded episode of equine influenza in history.
The virus was highly contagious among horses, spread mainly through droplets made when the animal coughs or sneezes. [Read more…] about When Travel Stopped: The 1872 Equine Influenza Epizootic
The following eye-witness account of the 1832 Cholera Pandemic in Clinton County, NY, by Judge Winslow C. Watson, Sr. (1803–1884) was reprinted in Hamilton D. Hurd’s, History of Clinton and Franklin Counties, New York (1880).
In 1832 Plattsburgh passed through the most terrific ordeal and the most appalling and solemn scenes man is called upon to confront. About midsummer we learned that the deeply-dreaded pestilence, whose advent had long been feared, the Asiatic cholera, had traversed the Atlantic and been introduced into Quebec by a foreign ship. [Read more…] about The 1832 Cholera Pandemic in Plattsburgh
Among the rock-star personas of the Roaring Twenties were a number of aviators who captured the public’s imagination. Some were as popular and beloved as movie stars and famous athletes, and America followed their every move.
It was a time of “firsts” in the world of aviation, led by names like Charles Lindbergh, Richard Byrd, and Wiley Post. Among their number was an unusually humble man, Floyd Bennett. He may have been the best of the lot. [Read more…] about Floyd Bennett: New York Aviation Legend