History

a Lock of Beethoven’s Hair
The staff of the New York Public Library cleaned up their vast and centuries-old archive. They organized an impressive free exhibition. Here will be shown exhibits covering the 400-year history, including the only surviving letter of Christopher Columbus in which he talks about his «discovery» of America, and the first Gutenberg Bible brought to the US.
a Lock of Beethoven’s Hair

The staff of the New York Public Library cleaned up their vast and centuries-old archive. They organized an impressive free exhibition. Here will be shown exhibits covering the 400-year history, including the only surviving letter of Christopher Columbus in which he talks about his «discovery» of America, and the first Gutenberg Bible brought to the US.

Bernarr McFadden

We continue the story of America’s premier physics education fan – Bernarre McFadden. The New York Evening Graphic was published by Bernarre McFadden, an evangelist for healthy lifestyles, exercise, healthy eating, and open sexuality, as well as the creator of the most successful publishing empire in US history.

Bernarr McFadden

In 1925, an American daily tabloid called New York Evening Graphic began to publish a series of rather extravagant comic songs called «Antics of Arabella». Each issue consisted of several episodes with collages from the photograph and a signature. The episodes featured real dancers from Broadway shows.

Al Capone

Interesting facts about Alphonse Capone, arguably the most famous gang boss in American history.

Statue of Liberty

“Lady Liberty” is one of the most famous statues in the world. More than 130 years ago, on October 28, 1886, the Statue of Liberty was inaugurated in New York Harbor.

Illegal Bars of New York

Alcohol was banned in the United States 100 years ago. That changed the country – just very different than expected. Today speakeasies, the illegal bars from Prohibition, are back in New York nightlife.

Bannerman Castle

It was the dream of a very successful Scottish businessman. The arms dealer Francis Bannerman built a pompous castle at the beginning of the 20th century on an island in the Hudson River. This did not serve as a residence, but as ammunition stores – until it flew into the air.

North Brother Island

In the East River, between the Bronx and Queens, lies the small island of North Brother Island. There are several buildings on it, but they have long been overgrown. The island has been deserted for more than 50 years and nobody is allowed to enter it. Nevertheless, some photographers managed to take pictures of the crumbling houses.

Hart Island

Hart Island has been New York’s poor cemetery for 150 years. Actually, the isolated small island in front of the Bronx was supposed to be turned into a public park, then the Corona crisis intervened – and threw Hart Island into the spotlight.

Thanksgiving: Historical Facts about American Harvest Day

Thanksgiving is celebrated in November each year in the United States. Besides Christmas, Thanksgiving is one of the most important holidays for every American.

History of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: It’s Interesting

The very first Thanksgiving Parade started on November 27, 1924. The history took place in Harlem, on the corner of 145th Street and Convent Street. What has now become a popular Christmas tradition for thousands of visitors, and even a trademark of America, began when 400 department store employees moved.

October 2021 in New York: Columbus Day

Columbus Day in New York is celebrated in October each year. It’s the memory of Christopher Columbus, the man who discovered America. Every year on Columbus Day in New York there is a large parade that takes place on Fifth Avenue.

The Oculus at Ground Zero

In the nearly two decades since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, architects from around the world have worked hard to rebuild what previous times destroyed. Instead of recreating what once existed, many creative minds have chosen to come up with new designs. It shows respect for the earlier structures and especially those who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks.

Grand Central Terminal: Secrets, Tours, Markets

One of our favorite places in Grand Central Station is next to the dining area in the basement by the famous Oyster Bar. It is the Whispering Gallery or Whispering Wall.

The History of Chinatown in New York

Located to the east of Manhattan, New York’s Chinatown covers two square miles bounded by the Lower East Side to the east, Little Italy to the north, Civic Center to the south, and Tribecca to the west, and they condense a population of 90 to 100 people, including Residents, merchants, and tourists.

Radio City Music Hall

On December 27, 1932, one of the most beautiful theaters and concert halls in the world opened in New York: the Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan (RCMH).

the Birth of the Subculture in New York

The birth of subculture from the rubble of the big city juggernaut: The novel “City On Fire” and the television series “The Get Down” are a reminder of how hip-hop, disco, and punk exploded in New York in 1977.

Uncompromising: Danny Lyon

ow, 79-year-old American photographer, Danny Lyon doesn’t spend his time in Europe. His beginnings are located in the American civil rights movement of the sixties, where he documented the protests against race separation. But the first real retrospective of his career is now taking place in Europe, in the FotoMuseum Winterthur.

Claudette Colbert

The American actress Claudette Colbert was one of the first great stars of the talkie era. She shaped the self-confident type of woman in screwball comedy. Her hallmarks were comic talent and dialogical timing. She died 25 years ago on the Caribbean island of Barbados.

From Caricaturist to Modern Classic: 150th Birthday of Lyonel Feininger

Lyonel Feininger, born in New York on July 17, 1871, loved the idyll – and translated it into an abstract language of forms. The paintings by the Bauhaus teacher, inspired by Thuringian village churches or the Baltic Sea, are part of the canon of modern art.