Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village

17 January 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, New York City, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks Reading Time:  5 minutes

Washington Square Arch © Jean-Christophe BENOIST/cc-by-3.0

Washington Square Arch © Jean-Christophe BENOIST/cc-by-3.0

Washington Square Park is a 9.75-acre (39,500 m²) public park in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Lower Manhattan, New York City. One of the best known of New York City’s public parks, it is an icon as well as a meeting place and center for cultural activity. It is operated by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (NYC Parks).   read more…

Oheka Castle in West Hills

12 January 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Hotels Reading Time:  8 minutes

Oheka Castle and Gardens © OhekaCastle/cc-by-sa-3.0

Oheka Castle and Gardens © OhekaCastle/cc-by-sa-3.0

Oheka Castle, also known as the Otto Kahn Estate, is a hotel located on the North Shore of Long Island, in West Hills, New York, also known as the “Gold Coast,” a hamlet in the town of Huntington. It was the country home of investment financier and philanthropist Otto Hermann Kahn and his family. The name “Oheka” is an acronym using the first several letters of each part of its creator’s name, Otto Hermann Kahn, which Kahn also used to name his yacht Oheka II and his ocean-front Villa Oheka in Palm Beach, Florida. The mansion was built by Kahn between 1914 and 1919, and is the second largest private home in the United States, comprising 127 rooms and over 109,000 square feet (10,100 m²), as originally configured.   read more…

Mohonk Mountain House

10 November 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Hotels Reading Time:  6 minutes

© Fred Hsu/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Fred Hsu/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Mohonk Mountain House, also known as Lake Mohonk Mountain House, is an American resort hotel located on the Shawangunk Ridge in Ulster County, New York. Its location in the town of New Paltz, New York, is just beyond the southern border of the Catskill Mountains, west of the Hudson River. The National Historic Landmark Program’s “Statement of Significance”, as of the site’s historic landmark designation in 1986, stated:   read more…

The Peninsula New York

8 November 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Hotels Reading Time:  6 minutes

© Kimberlypeninsula/cc-by-sa-4.0

© Kimberlypeninsula/cc-by-sa-4.0

The Peninsula New York is a historic luxury hotel located on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 55th Street in Manhattan, New York City. The hotel is part of the Hong Kong-based Peninsula Hotels group, which is owned by The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited. The hotel was bought in 1988 by the Peninsula group for a price of $127 million. The Peninsula New York has received the AAA Five Diamond Award for thirteen consecutive years, and in 2007, it was named one of the greatest hotels in the world by Travel + Leisure magazine.   read more…

20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks

11 September 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Museums, Exhibitions, New York City Reading Time:  36 minutes

© 9/11 Memorial and Museum

© 9/11 Memorial and Museum

The September 11 attacks, often referred to as 9/11, were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Wahhabi Islamist terrorist group Al-Qaeda against the United States on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001.   read more…

Beaver Building in New York City

16 August 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, New York City Reading Time:  5 minutes

© flickr.com - Tony Hisgett/cc-by-2.0

© flickr.com – Tony Hisgett/cc-by-2.0

1 Wall Street Court (also known as the Beaver Building and the Cocoa Exchange) is a residential building in the Financial District of Manhattan in New York City. The 15-story building, designed by Clinton and Russell in the Renaissance Revival style, was completed in 1904 at the intersection of Wall, Pearl, and Beaver Streets.   read more…

Hyde Park, the Heart of the Hudson Valley in the State of New York

30 July 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  10 minutes

Culinary Institute of America - Roth Hall and Colavita Center for Italian Food and Wine © Pascal Auricht

Culinary Institute of America – Roth Hall and Colavita Center for Italian Food and Wine © Pascal Auricht

Hyde Park is a town in Dutchess County, New York, bordering the Hudson River north of Poughkeepsie. Within the town are the hamlets of Hyde Park, East Park, Staatsburg, and Haviland. The Hudson River defines the west town line, which is the border with Ulster County. Hyde Park is bordered by the town of Poughkeepsie to the south, Rhinebeck to the north, and Clinton and Pleasant Valley to the east. Gilded Age properties can be found throughout the central Hudson Valley (Mid-Hudson). Here some of the rich and super-rich from the economic heyday of the USA have (summer) residences built to bring sufficient distance between themselves and the mob from New York City. In parts, it still works today. Hyde Park is known as the hometown of Franklin D. Roosevelt, the 32nd president of the United States. His house there, now the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, as are the homes of Eleanor Roosevelt, Isaac Roosevelt, and Frederick William Vanderbilt, along with Haviland Middle School (formerly Franklin D. Roosevelt High School). Hyde Park is home to the main campus of the Culinary Institute of America, a four-year college for culinary and baking and pastry arts, and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, the first presidential library in the United States.   read more…

Columbia University in New York City

30 June 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, New York City, Universities, Colleges, Academies Reading Time:  8 minutes

The Thinker (Le Penseur) © flickr.com - InSapphoWeTrust/cc-by-sa-2.0

The Thinker (Le Penseur) © flickr.com – InSapphoWeTrust/cc-by-sa-2.0

Columbia University (also known as Columbia, and officially as Columbia University in the City of New York) is a private Ivy League research university in New York City. Established in 1754 as King’s College on the grounds of Trinity Church in Manhattan, Columbia is the oldest institution of higher education in New York and the fifth-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. It is one of nine colonial colleges founded prior to the Declaration of Independence, seven of which belong to the Ivy League. Columbia is ranked among the top universities in the world by major education publications.   read more…

Brownsville in New York City

11 June 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, New York City Reading Time:  25 minutes

Zion Triangle Park © Jim.henderson

Zion Triangle Park © Jim.henderson

Brownsville is a residential neighborhood located in eastern Brooklyn in New York City. The neighborhood is generally bordered by Crown Heights to the northwest; Bedford–Stuyvesant and Cypress Hills to the north; East New York to the east; Canarsie to the south; and East Flatbush to the west. The 1.163-square-mile (3.01 km²) area that comprises Brownsville has 58,300 residents as of the 2010 United States Census. Founded in its current incarnation in 1858, Brownsville was initially a settlement composed of Jewish factory workers. The neighborhood underwent a major demographic change in the 1950s that saw an influx of African-American and Latino residents. Since the late 20th century, Brownsville has consistently held one of the highest poverty and crime rates of any neighborhood in New York City.   read more…

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