On September 8, 1910, the original Pennsylvania Station was completed after six years of construction. The building was designed by McKim, Mead & White, an architectural firm famous for their Gilded Age buildings in the Beaux-Arts style. Among the firm's other Beaux-Arts projects are buildings at Columbia University, the New York Public Library, the Washington Square Arch, and various architectural features in Prospect Park.
The Beaux-Arts style is characterized by arched windows, classical details, and a hierarchy of spaces with grand entrances giving way to smaller rooms. The entrance to...Read More
New York is a magical place in the winter—just look at the snow outside right now! From the holiday decorations to ice skating in Central Park, there's always something fun to do in the winter, even if it's just watching the snowflakes fall outside your window. Below are some of our favorite images of the city in winters past.
Recognize this structure? From 1896 to 1941, Castle Garden (now known as Castle Clinton) served as the Battery...Read More
This may look like an ordinary child's shoe, but it has a much darker history. The above shoe belonged to the then nearly six year old Helen Liebenow as a baby, sister of the donor, Adella Liebenow Wotherspoon. Wotherspoon was the last survivor of the General Slocum steamer disaster. On June 15, 1904, fire broke out on the ship and 1,021 passengers perished within minutes. Helen's body was never recovered from the disaster.
The General Slocum disaster...Read More
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