Weekend History: A New Mother Laments the Loss of a Fairyland, and The Rise of ‘Infobytes’

For generations of New York City children the mineral and gem room at the American Museum of Natural History was better than a cardboard … Read the rest of this entry >>

Weekend History: Seneca Village Brought Back to Life

When city leaders were advocating to build a park in the center of Manhattan in the 1850's, there was one neighborhood that was in the way of their p … Read the rest of this entry >>

WEEKEND HISTORY: NEW SITE MAPS PHOTOS OF CITY STREETS IN THE 1980’S

Two tech-savvy history buffs have mapped thousands of photos from city archives to create a streetview map of 1980's New York City. … Read the rest of this entry >>

WEEKEND HISTORY: THE GERMAN AND AUSTRIAN RESTAURANTS OF TURN-OF-THE-CENTURY NEW YORK

Restaurants are a crucial part of Upper West Side history, and the Bloomingdale History blog recently posted an intriguing piece on the neighborhood's early dining his … Read the rest of this entry >>

WEEKEND HISTORY: WHEN FEARSOME ‘PIRATE CATS’ ROAMED THE UPPER WEST SIDE

One hundred years ago, the residents of the Upper West Side bolted their doors in fear of a group of marauding cats that h … Read the rest of this entry >>

WEEKEND HISTORY: SOME GEMS FROM THE ROBERT BRACKLOW COLLECTION

Photographer Robert L. Bracklow took lots of excellent photos of buildings in New York City in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His p … Read the rest of this entry >>

WEEKEND HISTORY: THREE UWS COMMUNITIES THAT WERE BULLDOZED LONG AGO

Three mostly black Upper West Side communities have been bulldozed over the years, to make way for other major projects, from Central Park, to Lincoln Center to Park West Vil … Read the rest of this entry >>

WEEKEND HISTORY: HOW UPPER WEST SIDE COFFEE DRINKERS TOOK DOWN TAMMANY HALL

By 1961, Carmine DeSapio had been the boss of Tammany Hall for twelve long years, and the public had enough of his cronyism and patron … Read the rest of this entry >>

WEEKEND HISTORY: WHEN THE MIDDLE OF BROADWAY WAS A HOME AWAY FROM HOME

The Upper West Side in the 1930’s and early 1940’s didn’t lack for park benches where mothers could sit with other mothers and … Read the rest of this entry >>

WEEKEND HISTORY: THE STORY BEHIND AN UPPER WEST SIDE ICE CREAM SIGN; 3 MILLION GALLONS!

In late August, confronted with oppressive humidity, blinding rays, and damp underarms, city folk turn to ice cream. Thoughts of deodorant and heatstroke are c … Read the rest of this entry >>

WEEKEND HISTORY: HOW 96TH STREET GOT ITS TREES

Now that almost all residential streets in Manhattan and many in other boroughs have trees lining the islands and streets, I realize it is fifty-two years since our effor … Read the rest of this entry >>

WEEKEND HISTORY: MAD MEN VISITS THE FAMOUS LOST ‘TIP TOE INN’

Mad Men returns for its final season tonight, and the show has several references to the Upper West Side -- perhaps most notably ad director Peggy Olson buys a brownstone o … Read the rest of this entry >>

WEEKEND HISTORY: A FIELD GUIDE TO RESEARCHING THE HISTORY OF NYC BUILDINGS

Are you curious about the history of your building, your church, your synagogue, your kids’ school? Or maybe that interesting­looking building down the b … Read the rest of this entry >>

WEEKEND HISTORY: A GIRL’S LOVE AFFAIR WITH SCHRAFFT’S IN THE 1940’S

For many transported New Yorkers, the memory of corned beef or hot pastrami sandwiches on Jewish rye lingers years after they’ve moved to less ethnically oriented locati … Read the rest of this entry >>

WEEKEND HISTORY: FOR DECADES, SCHRAFFT’S WAS THE HOT LUNCH SPOT

Schrafft's restaurants and confectioners were ubiquitous in New York through the 1960's, with more than 50 in the city and at least three on the Upper West … Read the rest of this entry >>

WEEKEND HISTORY: VIDEO OF THE BLIZZARD OF ’96

Last week’s blizzard may have fallen far short of expectations, but the city has been walloped with the real thing before. In 1996, Central Park got 20 inches of snow and the MTA kept running subways and buses. Check out [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

WEEKEND HISTORY: A BIZARRE AND DEADLY CHASE IN 1913

On November 3, 1913, eight steers broke through a gate in stockyards near West 60th street, setting off a wild chase that claimed the life of a night watchman and one of the animals … Read the rest of this entry >>

WEEKEND HISTORY: ASTONISHING PHOTO SERIES OF BROADWAY IN 1920

Photographer Arthur Hosking took an amazing series of photographs from 1916 to 1921, traveling up Broadway from Bowling Green to Yonkers. He sho … Read the rest of this entry >>

WEEKEND HISTORY: THE BEAUTIFUL STODDARD THEATER, NOW SELLING GROCERIES

The historic Stoddard Theater stood at the Southwest corner of 90th street and Broadway for 70 ye … Read the rest of this entry >>

WEEKEND HISTORY: A DELICIOUS SIGN EMERGES ON BROADWAY

A grocery store on Broadway between 103rd and 104th street in front of a subway entrance closed recently, and construction workers strippe … Read the rest of this entry >>

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