Astoria in Queens

9 February 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, New York City Reading Time:  12 minutes

The Last Word, Cocktails and Oysters, at Ditmars Boulevard © Kenneth C. Zirkel/cc-by-sa-4.0

The Last Word, Cocktails and Oysters, at Ditmars Boulevard © Kenneth C. Zirkel/cc-by-sa-4.0

Astoria is a neighborhood in the western portion of the New York City borough of Queens. Astoria is bounded by the East River and is adjacent to four other Queens neighborhoods: Long Island City to the southwest, Sunnyside to the southeast, and Woodside and East Elmhurst to the east. As of 2019, Astoria has an estimated population of 95,446.   read more…

East Harlem in New York City

10 January 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, New York City Reading Time:  7 minutes

1381 Madison Avenue © Beyond My Ken/cc-by-sa-4.0

1381 Madison Avenue © Beyond My Ken/cc-by-sa-4.0

East Harlem, also known as Spanish Harlem or El Barrio, is a neighborhood of Upper Manhattan in New York City, north of the Upper East Side and bounded by 96th Street to the south, Fifth Avenue to the west, and the East and Harlem Rivers to the east and north. Despite its name, it is generally not considered to be a part of Harlem proper, but it is one of the neighborhoods included in Greater Harlem.   read more…

The Bronx in New York City

7 September 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, New York City Reading Time:  10 minutes

Park Plaza Apartments © Jim.henderson

Park Plaza Apartments © Jim.henderson

The Bronx is a borough of New York City, coextensive with Bronx County, in the U.S. state of New York. It is south of Westchester County; north and east of the New York City borough of Manhattan, across the Harlem River; and north of the New York City borough of Queens, across the East River. The Bronx has a land area of 42 square miles (109 km²) and a population of 1,472,654 in the 2020 census. If each borough were ranked as a city, the Bronx would rank as the ninth-most-populous in the U.S. Of the five boroughs, it has the fourth-largest area, fourth-highest population, and third-highest population density. It is the only borough of New York City not primarily on an island. With a population that is 54.8% Hispanic as of 2020, it is the only majority-Hispanic county in the Northeastern United States and the fourth-most-populous nationwide.   read more…

Greenwich Savings Bank Building in New York City

8 July 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, New York City Reading Time:  8 minutes

© flickr.com - Eden, Janine and Jim/cc-by-sa-2.0

© flickr.com – Eden, Janine and Jim/cc-by-sa-2.0

The Greenwich Savings Bank Building, also known as the Haier Building and 1356 Broadway, is an office building at 1352–1362 Broadway in the Midtown Manhattan neighborhood of New York City. Constructed as the headquarters of the Greenwich Savings Bank from 1922 to 1924, it occupies a trapezoidal parcel bounded by 36th Street to the south, Sixth Avenue to the east, and Broadway to the west. The Greenwich Savings Bank Building was designed in the Classical Revival style by York and Sawyer.   read more…

Stonewall Inn in New York City

26 June 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, New York City Reading Time:  7 minutes

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© ThePhotoCat/cc-by-sa-4.0

The Stonewall Inn, often shortened to Stonewall, is a gay bar and recreational tavern in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Lower Manhattan, New York City, and the site of the Stonewall riots of 1969, which is widely considered to be the single most important event leading to the gay liberation movement and the modern fight for LGBT rights in the United States.   read more…

Industry City in Brooklyn

15 May 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, New York City Reading Time:  7 minutes

© Jim.henderson/cc-by-sa-4.0

© Jim.henderson/cc-by-sa-4.0

Industry City (also Bush Terminal) is a historic intermodal shipping, warehousing, and manufacturing complex on the Upper New York Bay waterfront in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York City. The northern portion, commonly called “Industry City” on its own, hosts commercial light manufacturing tenants across 6,000,000 square feet (560,000 m²) of space between 32nd and 41st Streets, and is operated by a private consortium. The southern portion, known as “Bush Terminal”, is located between 40th and 51st Streets and is operated by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) as a garment manufacturing complex.   read more…

Lower East Side Tenement Museum in New York City

17 April 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Living, Working, Building, Museums, Exhibitions, New York City Reading Time:  16 minutes

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© flickr.com – ajay_suresh/cc-by-2.0

The Lower East Side Tenement Museum, located at 97 and 103 Orchard Street in the Lower East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, is a National Historic Site. The museum’s two historical tenement buildings were home to an estimated 15,000 people, from over 20 nations, between 1863 and 2011. The museum, which includes a visitors’ center, promotes tolerance and historical perspective on the immigrant experience.   read more…

NoMad in New York City

2 March 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, New York City Reading Time:  10 minutes

French Renaissance revival © Richardfalk2/cc-by-sa-3.0

French Renaissance revival © Richardfalk2/cc-by-sa-3.0

NoMad (“North of Madison Square Park”), also known as Madison Square North, is a neighborhood centered on the Madison Square North Historic District in the borough of Manhattan in New York City. The name NoMad, which has been in use since 1999, is derived from the area’s location north of Madison Square Park. The neighborhood is bordered by East 25th Street to the south, East 29th or East 30th Street to the north, Sixth Avenue (Avenue of the Americas) to the west and Madison or Lexington Avenue to the east. The surrounding neighborhoods are Chelsea to the west, Midtown South to the northwest, Murray Hill to the northeast, Rose Hill to the east, and the Flatiron District to the south.   read more…

The Battery in New York City

1 February 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, New York City, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks Reading Time:  6 minutes

Battery Park and Financial District © Gryffindor/cc-by-sa-3.0

Battery Park and Financial District © Gryffindor/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Battery, formerly known as Battery Park, is a 25-acre (10 ha) public park located at the southern tip of Manhattan Island in New York City facing New York Harbor. It is bounded by Battery Place on the north, State Street on the east, New York Harbor to the south, and the Hudson River to the west. The park contains attractions such as an early 19th-century fort named Castle Clinton; multiple monuments; and the SeaGlass Carousel. The surrounding area, known as South Ferry, contains multiple ferry terminals, including the Staten Island Ferry‘s Whitehall Terminal; a boat launch to the Statue of Liberty National Monument (which includes Ellis Island and Liberty Island); and a boat launch to Governors Island.   read more…

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