NYC Subway Facts from the Most Basic to the Fairly Obscure

NYC's subway system is a never-ending source of fascinating things, and I'm not just talking about all the stuff that is used as fodder for Subway Creatures. With over 100 years servicing the people of New York, the subway has racked up volumes worth of stats, facts, and trivia. Let's go over a few of…

You Need to Visit the Lewis Latimer House Museum in Queens ASAP!

On a relatively quiet street in Flushing, Queens, an adorable yellow and red Queen Anne-style house sits surrounded by nondescript low-to-mid-rise apartment buildings. You'd think the contrast between the house and its surroundings would bring it more attention, but the Lewis Latimer House Museum exists much in the same way its namesake did: humble and…

Five Surprising Connections Between MLK and NYC

Usually when we think of Martin Luther King, Jr., we picture him in the South in places like Birmingham and Montgomery, speaking out against the segregationist laws there. We don't normally picture him up north, although segregation and discrimination were also a fact of life for people of color in the northern states. Partly because…

Should These NYC Mayors Have Places Named After Them?

NYC has been led by 110 mayors over its nearly 400-year history, but most of the men who have had the honor of being "hizzoner" have long-faded into obscurity. Only a select few mayors have been memorialized, mostly with places named after them in NYC. So in honor of the city's latest mayoral inauguration, let's…

Where to Go to Learn About the Forgotten History of New York’s Waterfront

These days, New York City's waterfront is a maritime playground, but for most of the city's nearly 400-year existence, the waterfront used to be strictly business. Anyone who wasn't a dock worker or a passenger on a ship steered clear of the shoreline, as all the action we've come to associate with New York City…

NYC’s Surprising Presidential History and Where to Find It

Washington, D.C. is the seat of the U.S. national government, but it doesn’t have a monopoly on the country’s presidential history. Believe it or not, New York City is quite presidential if you look beyond the rats and the shoebox apartments. Keep reading and I’ll prove it to you! New York City was the first…

The Unusual Street Names of Inwood, Explained.

https://soundcloud.com/shiloh-frederick-718117019/the-unusual-street-names-of-inwood-explained Press play and I'll read this article to you! There are few things I take pride in more than knowing my way around Manhattan. I relish in knowing those little tips and tricks that lessen my reliance on Google Maps. But recently, I moved to Inwood, where everything I know about navigating Manhattan means…

The Rockefellers’ NYC: How One of the Richest Families Made Their Mark on the City

Don't feel like reading? No problem! Press play and I'll read this post to you! Let’s play the word association game. When I say “Rockefeller,” what do you think of? The annual Christmas tree lighting? Swimming pools of money? The robber barons of the late 19th century? These are all things you can rightfully associate…