When New York Wanted To Secede
January 9, 2014

Most people think of New York as the center of all that is liberal and progressive in America, with strong, Dutch-instilled values of tolerance permeating the culture. However, New York is also a place of business, and before the Civil War that meant it dealt heavily with the business of slavery. In December 1860, South…

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Happy Labor Day! Now Get To The Beach
August 29, 2013

Though the weather will most likely continue to be warm, Labor Day really does feel like the end of summer. And what better way to celebrate the end of summer than to soak up every last minute of it on the beach? New York City is full of amazing beaches, and for decades New Yorkers…

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For Red-Tailed Hawks, Skyscrapers Are Just Cliffs
December 4, 2012

As we’ve mentioned before, John James Audubon often depicted the dark side of nature through birds of prey. His watercolor of two Red-Tailed Hawks shows two of the birds fighting over a fresh kill, a common sight in bird territory. However, many people assume that a bird’s habitat is a secluded forest or cliffside. Not…

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Kings of New York: Newsies In Musicals and Museums
March 7, 2012

What was life like for the Newsies of New York? Day to day these poor, often abandoned, sometimes immigrant children sold newspapers on New York City streets in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, trying to earn enough to pay for a bed for the night just to start again the next morning. But eventually, these…

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