Lyric Opera of Chicago 1954

Lyric Opera of Chicago is one of the leading opera companies in the United States. It was founded in Chicago in 1954, under the name ‘Lyric Theatre of Chicago’ by Carol Fox, Nicolà Rescigno and Lawrence Kelly, with a season that included Maria Callas’s American debut in Norma. The company was re-organized by Fox in 1956 under its present name and, after her 1981 departure, […]

Gold Coast Gems: Mansions Of Long Island

The Gold Coast is home to stunning grand estates, set against a backdrop of the picturesque shores of Long Island. A highlight of the 1920s Gatsby-era, these homes have stood the test of time, with many transforming into museums, venues and historical memorials of years past. Take a tour of these Gold Coast mansions and […]

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

The Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is a Roman Catholicparish church under the authority of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, located three blocks south of Fordham University at the corner of Belmont Avenue and 627 East 187th Street, Fordham, the Bronx, New York City, New York. Parish history Another parish church for Italians existed in 1892, located at 447 E 115th Street, […]

Astoria, a Greek Isle in the New York City Sea

THE city across the river is part of New York, but the Greeks have a word for it: Astoria. It’s a very special word because Astoria, Queens, is the heartland of the Greek-American settlement in New York City, said to be the largest Hellenic city in the world except for the ancient city of philosophers […]

Iroquois Theater Fire, Chicago 1903

The Iroquois Theatre fire happened on December 30, 1903,[ in Chicago, Illinois. It was the deadliest theater fire and the deadliest single-building fire in United States history. At least 602 people died as a result of the fire, but not all the deaths were reported, as some of the bodies were removed from the scene. Theatre The Iroquois Theatre was at 24–28 West Randolph Street, […]

Old Mansions Of The West Bronx

The Briggs Mansion The startling plan to fill up the Harlem River in order to make more space for the city’s expansion, was never fulfilled. It still ebbs and flows. Close to its shores, at 146th Street, rises the white and stately Briggs Mansion, so styled after Captain Briggs, whose family for thirty-five years made […]

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 […]