7 things you need to know about Chicago

So let’s sift through some of the things you really should know about Chicago: 1. The Food Chicago is very food-centric, but it isn’t all hot dogs and pizza.”Chicago is such a diverse city, and it’s a city of neighborhoods,” explained writer Britt Julious, a lifelong resident, “a city comprised of all different types of ethnicities, that […]

Timeline of the Long Island History – The Results of the Battle of Long Island

The Battle of Long Island is also known as the Battle of Brooklyn and the Battle of Brooklyn Heights. The victory over the Americans gave the British control of the strategically important city of New York. It was fought on August 27, 1776, and was the first major battle of the American Revolutionary War to take place after the United States declared its […]

Timeline of The Bronx – Bronx Zoo 1895

The Bronx Zoo is a zoo located within Bronx Park in the Bronx, a borough of New York City. It is one of the largest zoos in the United States by area, comprising 265 acres (107 ha) of park lands and naturalistic habitats separated by the Bronx River. On average, the zoo has 2.15 million visitors each year. The Bronx Zoo is world-renowned for its large and diverse animal […]

Timeline of Rhode Island history – Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge 1969

The Claiborne Pell Bridge, commonly known as the Newport Bridge, is a suspension bridge operated by the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority that spans the East Passage of the Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island (northeastern United States). The bridge, part of RI 138, connects the City of Newport on Aquidneck Islandand the Town of Jamestown on Conanicut Island, and is named for longtime Rhode Island U.S. senator Claiborne Pell who lived in Newport. The Pell Bridge […]

Timeline of Chicago history – Deep Tunnel Project 1975

The Tunnel and Reservoir Plan (abbreviated TARP and more commonly known as the Deep Tunnel Project or the Chicago Deep Tunnel) is a large civil engineering project that aims to reduce flooding in the metropolitan Chicago area, and to reduce the harmful effects of flushing raw sewage into Lake Michigan by diverting storm water and sewage into temporary holding reservoirs. The megaproject is one of the largest civil engineering projects ever undertaken in terms of scope, […]

Timeline of The Bronx – City Island 1654

City Island is a small island and a neighborhood approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 km) long[ by 0.5 miles (0.80 km) wide. At one time it was incorporated within the boundaries of Pelham, Westchester County, New York, but it is now part of the New York City borough of the Bronx. As of the 2010 census the island had a population of 4,362. Its land area is 1.023 km2 (0.395 sq mi, or […]

Timeline of the Long Island History – North Shore (Long Island)

The North Shore of Long Island is the area along the northern coast of New York’s Long Island bordering Long Island Sound. Known for its extreme wealth and lavish estates, the North Shore exploded into affluence at the turn of the 20th century, earning it the nickname the Gold Coast.[ Historically, this term refers to the coastline communities in the towns of North Hempstead, Oyster […]

History of NYC Streets: Steinway Street in Astoria, Queens

Steinway Street in Astoria, Queens The history of Steinway Street, running through Astoria, Queens, is deeply intertwined with the history of the piano maker Steinway and Sons. The street is also a central part of what is historically known as Steinway Village. Today, Steinway Street is a major shopping street with a vast array of stores. A […]

Hudson Valley mansions, estates, battlefields & historic sites

Put down the history book, and go walk across a battlefield, sit in a one-room schoolhouse, research your family’s genealogy, or bring the kids to a historic holiday event. There’s more than one way to experience the past in the present. When Henry Hudson sailed the Half Moon upriver in 1609, he was the first in a […]