The Unusual Street Names of Inwood, Explained.

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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…

Badass NYC Women and Where to Honor Them

Don't feel like reading? No problem! Press play and I'll read this post to you! Right off the bat, let me say that this is NOT a complete list of badass NYC women. If you want to dive deeply into the history of women who have contributed notably to New York City, I recommend cracking…

NYC’s Wildlife and Where to Find Them

Don't feel like reading? No problem! Press play and I'll read this post to you! NYC may be the natural habitat of hipsters, hustlers, and dreamers, but have you ever thought of its connection with the natural world? Despite being a concrete jungle, this city is an ecosystem made up of all kinds of critters,…

Read This Before You Visit Coney Island!

Coney Island has been delighting generations of visitors for almost 200 years. And in those 200 years, it has earned nicknames like “America’s Playground,” “Poor Man’s Paradise,” and “Sodom by the Sea.” Let’s find out why in this quick introduction to the history of Coney Island. Coney Island History, Part 1: What’s a Coney? As…

The NYC Black Bucket List: 20 Black Cultural Sites in NYC

Make no misunderstanding: the following list is not the end-all be-all of black cultural and historic sites in NYC. In fact, you're more than welcome to suggest more places that should be added to what I'm calling the NYC Black Bucket List. With sites spanning all five boroughs, no matter who you are, you've got…

Grant’s Tomb: An NYC Presidential Memorial that’s Full of Surprises

Don't feel like reading? Press play and I'll read this post to you! Several presidents have called NYC home at some point in their lives but only one has made the city his final resting place. General Ulysses S. Grant may not have had as strong a tie to the city as Theodore Roosevelt or…

Tricky NYC Names that Might Tongue Tie Tourists (and Locals)

https://soundcloud.com/shiloh-frederick-81684646/shiloh-in-the-city-tricky-nyc-names Don't feel like reading right now? Let me read it to you instead! Press play! It's easy to pick up the New Yorker fast walk, but can you master the way New Yorkers talk? Now, I'm not talking about putting on that classic "New Yawk" accent; unfortunately, finding New Yorkers that still talk like…

From Brothels to Broadway: A Short History of Times Square

Imagine an area full of horse stables and carriages. Now picture an area full of peep shows, with pickpockets and drug dealers lurking around every corner. And finally, imagine an area illuminated by flashing neon signs, with crowded streets full of awestruck tourists and life-sized cartoon characters. It’s obvious that the last place is Times…

The History of New York’s Obsession with Speed-Walking

Today's New Yorkers have a reputation for being speed walkers, but nineteenth-century New Yorkers—and Americans in general—took it to the next level by making speed walking an extreme sport. People would gather en masse to watch a couple of folk try to outwalk each other. Competitive walkers would go round and round a dirt path…