The Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Statue Fund, Inc. have announced that Meredith Bergmann will be the sculptor for The Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Woman Suffrage Movement Monument Design Competition at The New-York Historical Society.
Meredith’s winning design will be on exhibit at the New-York Historical Society until the end of July. Plans are also underway for her model to be exhibited at the New York State Museum in Albany in late August for Women’s Equality Day. Continue reading
The Fraunces Tavern Museum will debut its newest exhibition, Fear & Force: New York City’s Sons of Liberty on August 22, 2018.
On display in the Museum’s largest gallery, the exhibition will immerse visitors in New York City in the late 18th century, when the Sons of Liberty first began to make a name for themselves as an organized group who opposed British rule through violent resistance prior to the outbreak of the American Revolution. Continue reading
Because I teach urban history, immigration history, and in particular New York history, I often have students inquire about the merits of Martin Scorsese’s 2002 film “Gangs of New York.”
Here are a few observations about the movie and about New York history. Continue reading
In 1776 John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail about July 4:
“I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”
242 years after John Adams’ exhortation, people in the city of New York are still struggling with how to celebrate July 4, and its meaning. In the City of New York July 4 celebrations held after the enactment of the U.S. Constitution were anything but nonpartisan. Continue reading
On Thursday, July 12, 2018 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm, Historian and author William Hogeland, a contributor to Historians on Hamilton (Rutgers University Press, 2018), will speak on how Alexander Hamilton’s national financial plan worked, why the public remains generally unaware of the details, the extremes Hamilton was willing to go to in order to bring the plan about, and why his opponents (Jefferson, Madison and Gallatin) couldn’t fully dismantle it during 16 years of Democratic Republican administration. The talk will be followed by Q&A. Continue reading
The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) has recently designated two historic buildings in Far Rockaway, Queens as individual landmarks: the Firehouse, Engine Companies 264 & 328/Hook and Ladder 134 at 16-15 Central Avenue, and the 53rd (now 101st) Precinct Police Station at 16-12 Mott Avenue.
These buildings are outstanding examples of early-20th century civic buildings and represent a period of significant growth in Far Rockaway. Continue reading
The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) has announced the launch of the new Permit Application Finder, an interactive web map that will allow the public to see geographically where LPC permits have been filed and issued and what that work entails.
The Commission has also enhanced its online Permit Application Search, which now gives the public the ability to search by community district and work type. Continue reading
A new novel of historical fiction, New York 1609 (Phoozl, LLC, 2018) by Harald Johnson tells a story of the birth of New York City (and its centerpiece island, Manhattan) from its earliest beginnings.
Based on true events, New York 1609 spans the crucial years 1609–1644, which firmly planted the seeds of commerce, finance, and culture that continue to this day for the world’s first megacity. Continue reading
A “Radical Routes Tour” focusing on Harlem’s Women Activists has been set for Saturday, June 9 at 10:30 am, beginning at the Museum of the City of New York.
Attendees will get to know the pioneering women of color who helped make Harlem a world-famous center of social activism, cultural experiment, and progressive politics throughout the twentieth century. Continue reading
Paddy Hirsch’s new book The Devil’s Half Mile is a fictional historical thriller set in New York City’s Wall Street in 1799.
Seven years after a financial crisis nearly toppled America, traders chafe at government regulations, racial tensions are rising, gangs roam the streets and corrupt financiers make back-door deals with politicians. Continue reading