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Celebrate Central Park and Andrew Haswell Green! This Saturday (November 11)

It’s going to be bright and sunny this weekend in New York City, a perfect time to take part in a glorious Central Park tradition.   Please join Manhattan Borough Historian Michael Miscione and other history lovers in Central Park this Saturday (November 11 at noon) as they raise a toast of apple cider to Andrew […]

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Open House New York: From Teddy’s home to a secret cottage Ten FREE historical spaces to visit in all five boroughs

An old postcard of Cass Gilbert’s U.S. Custom House, one of the highlights of this year’s Open House New York. You have no excuse now.  This weekend is the 12th Annual Open House New York, the city’s annual celebration of history, architecture and design.  Hundreds of places throughout the five boroughs will throw open their doors […]

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Jane’s Walk 2014: Free New York walking tours this weekend

Above: look west on Wall Street 1883 (Courtesy Cornell) No need to walk around New York City this weekend completely devoid of purpose and context!  The Municipal Art Society will be providing dozens of dozens of free walking tours this weekend as part of their annual Jane’s Walk NYC. It’s going to be sunny and […]

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MetroCard adventure: The 10 best free Open House NY events that don’t need a reservation

The Edgar Allen Poe Cottage — with horse and buggy! — photographed between 1910-1915. You can visit it as part of Open House New York and even go visit their new visitors center. (Courtesy LOC) Open House New York is the absolute best time of the year to wander the city and visit dozens of […]

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Jane’s Walk this weekend! Better than a Moses Walk

If you see large clusters of people walking around historic neighborhoods this weekend, drop what you’re doing and join them.  The Municipal Art Society celebrates the May 4th birthday of urban planner Jane Jacobs with dozens of free walking tours this weekend, led by volunteers through a great many corners of New York City.   […]

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A short history of Trump: the roots of Donald’s wealth, from quiet Queens beginnings to glitzy Midtown excess

PODCAST Sick of Donald Trump yet? (Probably.) Figured him out yet? Is he a financial wizard, reality sideshow, or political distraction? Or all of the above? The solution may be contained in the roots of his fortune — a saga that stretches back to the 1880s and begins with a 16-year-old boy named Drumpf who made […]