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History in the Making: Double Decker Delight Edition

Ladies in their most decorative hats enjoy a sunny ride from a double-decker in the fleet of the Fifth Avenue Coach Company. Anybody recognize this street corner? There’s an advertisement for McMullen’s White Label Bass Ale, Guinness Stout, Appolinari’s mineral water on the building in the background. (Photo by Alice Austen, courtesy NYPL. Labeled 1896, but most likely much later, perhaps early-mid 1910s)

Sage Advice: Sixteen tips and observations from an opinionated 1916 New York tour guide. “Another characteristic of New York, and one that applies to all grades of society, is the lavish and conspicuous mode of dress adopted by New York women on the public streets” [Cenedella]

Evergreen: It’s Barbra Streisand‘s 70th birthday! Find out where she — and 19 other extraordinary female vocalists — got their start in New York’s hustling nightlife in an older 2010 post from this blog. [Bowery Boys]

On the Menu: Dying to go to the Howard Johnson’s restaurant depicted on last Sunday’s ‘Mad Men’ episode and partake of a big, BIG orange sherbet? The Plattsburgh location is closed, but The Retrologist takes you to an original restaurant that’s still open in Lake George. [The Retrologist]

Good Golly: The History Chicks podcast takes a look at the Titanic‘s most famous lady, the ‘Unsinkable’ Molly Brown. [The History Chicks]

The Wire: There are mysterious, almost invisible wires strung from lampposts all around the city. Ever notice them? [Slate]

Continuing Story: The latest on the embattled St. Mark’s Bookshop, one of the last independent bookstores in the East Village. [Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York]

Bronx Tracks: A meticulous truly adventurous walk along the old New York, Westchester and Boston Railway in the Bronx, with sights along Gun Hill Road, Dyre Avenue and stops near the old Freedomland amusement park. [Forgotten New York]

Commodious: The Brooklyn Historical Society takes a leap into the records of the Brooklyn Bureau of Sewers. [Brooklyn Historical Society Blog]

And, now, big news! We are very happy to announce our involvement as blog ambassadors for the Partners In Preservation grant program, sponsored by American Express and the National Trust For Historic Preservation. Forty historical places in New York City have been chosen to compete for $3 million worth of funding. It’s a great chance for us to finally give back to some of New York’s most treasured places we’ve spent years talking about. And you can help choose the grant awardees. More information on that this Thursday! [Partners In Preservation]

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