New York City and the Declaration of Independence
June 28, 2016

This blog was written by Jean Ashton, Senior Director, Resources and Programs, New-York Historical Society.  New York in the summer of 1776 was hot and steamy. Although the city’s merchants and servants, slave and free, continued fulfilling the daily needs of the second largest city in the colonies, much of the remaining population was caught…

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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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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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