Queens, that famous New York borough, has lived in the shadows of New York City for centuries. While its neighbor to the west has hundreds, if not thousands, of historic sites and landmarks, Queens is filled with...
Image from pg.147 Arguably the most American holiday is Thanksgiving. The annual festival is celebrated at millions of tables across the nation. And while the holiday celebrates home, family, and the changing seasons, there...
In 2018 the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commemoration placed 13 statues around the city of Rochester, NY to commemorate Frederick Douglass's 200th birthday. On the anniversary of one of his famous speeches, one of those 13 statues was torn down. On July 16,...
Many think of Coney Island as the iconic, family-friendly amusement park that remains a staple for summertime fun for New Yorkers and tourists alike. But few know the origins of how the Wonder Wheel Park came to...
This month, 172 years ago, a group of women gathered in Seneca Falls, New York, to throw the world's first convention celebrating women's rights. The convention, in the hosts' own words, would discuss "the social, civil, and...
Monsters, pirates, and legends populate the history of New York’s Fire Island. In fact, their stories persist to present day — perhaps because the tales are so larger than life. But what exactly makes this small barrier...
Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is one of the best-known pieces of American literature. But the story is not just a work of imagination. It is rooted in the landscapes and lore of New York's...
Edgar Allan Poe wrote his great works while living in several homes across several cities, scattered along America's East Coast. While Baltimore's claim is the most famous -- it was there that Poe died in 1849 --...

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