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Old Stone House (Brooklyn)

The Old Stone House is a 1933 reconstruction, using some original materials, of the Vechte–Cortelyou House, which was destroyed in 1897. The original house was an important part of the 1776 Battle of Long Island during the American Revolutionary War; its reconstruction is on Third Street between Fourth and Fifth Avenues, in the J. J. Byrne Playground of Washington Park, in […]

The Steinway Mansion in the Astoria section of Queens, New York City

The Steinway Mansion is a historic home located on a one-acre hilltop in the Astoria section of Queens, New York City. It was built in 1858, originally on 440 acres (1.8 km2) on the Long Island Sound, by Benjamin Pike, Jr., born in 1809, a noted manufacturer of scientific instruments located in lower Manhattan. After his death in 1864, his widow sold the Mansion […]

History of Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee

Doak S. Campbell Stadium (in full Bobby Bowden Field at Doak S. Campbell Stadium), popularly known as “Doak“, is a football stadium on the campus of Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. It is the home field of the Florida State Seminoles football team of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).Opened 67 years ago in 1950, it was originally named Doak Campbell Stadium in honor of Doak S. Campbell, the university’s […]

Long Island’s Gold Coast Mansions

NY’s Gold Coast Mansions. In the grand era of the Great Gatsby (novel by F Scott Fitzgerald) and the industrial revolution – great fortunes were made by many. Wealthy industrialists made Long Island their home creating many Gold Coast Mansions. Grand estates were built many of which imported various fixtures, materials and art pieces from around the world. Although […]

Chicago Timeline: 1929 St. Valentine’s Day Massacre

The Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre was the 1929 Valentine’s Day murder of seven members and associates of Chicago’s North Side Gang. The men were gathered at a Lincoln Park garage on the morning of Valentine’s Day, where they were lined up against a wall and shot by four unknown assailants who were dressed like police officers. The incident resulted from the […]

You Know You’re from The Bronx When…

I know someone already wrote a “You Know You’re From” post about NYC, but I’m from the Bronx, so I’ve got a bit of a different take on things than the last Sparkler. Here’s how I think you know you’re from New York: When you’re hungry, you walk to the nearest corner. You feel disgraced telling a […]

Rebuilt, but never forgotten – the McCormick Place fire of 1967

Currently known as the largest convention center in North America, Chicago’s McCormick Place was once struck with tragedy. Built in November 1960 as a $35 million facility, it stood as the centerpiece of the nation’s tradeshow industry. The convention center was thought to be fireproof because of its steel and concrete foundation, but one cold, bitter […]

Palmer House Hilton history of Chicago’s oldest hotel

The question came up when I was on a historic tour of Chicago asking, “What is the oldest hotel in Chicago?” Palmer House, a Hilton Hotel in the Loop is the oldest hotel in Chicago and considered the oldest continuously operating hotel in the USA. Forget all the news headlines about Chicago city violence. Chicago is […]

Secrets of the Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10456

An address on the Grand Concourse in the Bronx was once as prestigious as any in New York City. It was where upwardly mobile Jewish, Irish and other immigrants flocked when they arrived here in the 1920s through the 1950s. The boulevard’s four-lane grandeur echoing Paris’ Champs d’Elysees, its architecturally stunning apartment buildings, public transit […]

Chicago History Timeline – Shedd Aquarium 1930

Shedd Aquarium (formally the John G. Shedd Aquarium) is an indoor public aquarium in Chicago, Illinois in the United States that opened on May 30, 1930. The aquarium contains 32,000 animals, and was for some time the largest indoor aquarium in the world with 5,000,000 US gallons (19,000,000 l; 4,200,000 imp gal) of water. Shedd Aquarium was the first inland aquarium with a permanent saltwater fish collection. Located on Lake Michigan, […]