There's a lot you can learn about your neighborhood from the New-York Historical Society, and Upper West Side blog West Side Rag is taking advantage of that. In their new History Beat series, they choose an object or document from the archives of the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library that references the Upper West Side, and delves deep into that object's history. For instance, they recently researched the history of the Claremont Inn. Originally built in 1804...Read More
Which bowler fell through a plate-glass window as a kid, leaving him with permanently curled fingers? Which cyclist was the highest paid athlete of the early 20th century? Did you even know pedestrianism was a sport? It's for facts like these and more that the Bill Shannon Biographical Dictionary of New York Sports was born. With over 1,750 entries, it's a one-stop guide to everything about New York sports.
The vast majority of the entries were written...Read More
“Write right from left to the right as you see it spelled here.” Did you print your answer? If so, you got it wrong—it should have been written in cursive.
“Spell backwards, forwards.” Did you include a comma? Wrong. Did you omit the comma? That’s wrong, too.
These are only two of the 30 questions African Americans had to answer correctly in just 10 minutes to register to vote in the State of Louisiana in 1964. By...Read More
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