Amusements and Thrills The Jazz Age

Ringing in 1921: “The dullest New Year’s Eve New York has ever seen.” Or was it?

For more information on the history of Times Square’s New Year’s celebrations, listen to our show A New Year In Old New York: One hundred years ago, Americans rang in the new year in an entirely new way — without legal liquor. “New Year’s Eve Agreeably Dull,” declared the New York Herald. “Sober Crowds Jam… Read More

Taking the H out of Christmas: Cards on 14th Street

I found this interesting old photo in the Library of Congress digital collection, no date, with the caption “Christmas Card vendor, New York.” — His spelling of Cristmas and New Yeaps is a little, shall we say, unorthodox.— If we use the ‘Emergency Baggage Repair’ shop for orientation, it appears the vendor is standing across… Read More


PODCAST: New Years Eve at One Times Square

The Times Square New Years Eve celebration would not be the same without One Times Square and its annual ball drop. But the quirky history of this sometimes abused building reaches all the way back to the naming of Times Square and its original tenent — the New York Times. Download this show it for… Read More