Who's ready for the St. Patrick's Day parade? New York City has longstanding Irish heritage, with the first known reference to any celebration of St. Patrick's Day found in a 1756 issue of the New-York Post-Boy. The first reference to a parade was in a March 1766 New York Gazette. Then, homesick Irishmen serving in the British army organized the proceedings. Now, nearly two million people gather along Fifth Avenue to watch 150,000- 250,000 marchers. To find out...Read More
This blog post was written by Stephen Petrus, Ph.D., Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow.
In the 1950s, Washington Square Park, the focal point of Greenwich Village, was the site of contentious debates in urban planning. The conflict stemmed from the plan of Parks Commissioner Robert Moses to construct a roadway through the square. Moses aimed to expand Fifth Avenue through the park as part of an urban renewal project south of Washington Square.
The disagreement reflected the...Read More
On September 11, 2001, most New Yorkers were not focused on the bigger picture of that day. They were walking home through crowded streets, finding their loved ones, and possibly reflecting on the irony of the beautiful weather. But others knew that years from then people would be looking back, wondering what that day felt and looked like to the people who experienced it. People took to their rooftops to take photos, and saved newspaper...Read More
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