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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Timeline of the Bronx – Fashion Moda

Fashion Moda was an art space in South Bronx, New York. As a museum of science, art, invention, technology and fantasy in its South Bronx location from 1978-1993 it combined aspects of a community arts centre and a worldwide progressive arts organization. History Fashion Moda was founded in 1978 by Stefan Eins. He was soon joined by artist Joe Lewis and […]

East Islip, New York, Long Island-History and overview

East Islip is a hamlet and CDP in the Town of Islip, Suffolk County, New York, United States. At the time of the 2010 census, the CDP had a population of 14,475. History and overview Originally referred to as “East of Islip”, the name was acquired in 1890 from the estate of William Nicoll, an English aristocrat who purchased the surrounding land in 1683 to erect […]

How Prohibition backfired and gave America an era of gangsters and speakeasies

Those behind Prohibition saw a ban on the sale of ‘intoxicating liquors’ as a crusade against a moral evil. But the big winners were Al Capone and the mob On Saturday, 17 January 1920, the Manchester Guardian reported with mild incredulity on one of the most extraordinary experiments in modern democratic history. “One minute after midnight tonight,” […]

Why the Bronx burned in the 1970s

It was game two of the 1977 World Series, a chilly, blustery October night in the South Bronx. The Yanks were already down 2-0 in the bottom of the first inning when ABC’s aerial camera panned a few blocks over from Yankee Stadium to give the world its first live glimpse of a real Bronx […]

Bronx Borough Courthouse

The Bronx Borough Courthouse, commonly referred to as the Old Bronx Borough Courthouse, is a U.S. National Historic Place, New York City Landmark, and icon of the borough of the Bronx. The courthouse was built between 1905 and 1914 in Melrose near Boston Road, Third Avenue, St. Anns Avenue, and 161st Street. The 161st Street station of the IRT Third Avenue Elevated train was in […]