New York City would be an entirely different place without our pigeons (AKA Rock Doves, Carrier Pigeons). But for hundreds of years, a different pigeon dominated America's landscape. The Passenger Pigeon was once the most abundant bird on the North American continent, with estimates putting their population at three to five billion at their height. But on September 1, 1914 the last passenger pigeon died. What happened?
In 1824 John James Audubon painted these Passenger Pigeons...Read More
Natural-born citizens can learn a lot from a naturalization ceremony. We can remember there are 435 members of the House of Representatives, a fact those vying for citizenship must memorize. We can brush up on the words to the national anthem. We can see just how excitedly someone can wave a tiny American flag. But most importantly, we learn how hard some people work for a privilege we may take for granted.
On November 10, 2011, the...Read More
Written by Claire L. Lanier
During the heated 2016 election, New York artist Matthew “Levee” Chavez famously started the “sticky note project” in the Union Square subway station in Manhattan. Armed with nothing more than some pens and sticky notes, Levee encouraged passersby to write down their emotions surrounding the election and post them on the wall.
Subway Therapy, as it’s officially called, amassed more than 20,000 sticky notes along the station’s walls, growing far larger than Levee...Read More
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