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#169 The Tallest Building In New York: A Short History

#169 The Tallest Building In New York: A Short History
2 years, 11 months ago One World Trade Center was declared last year the tallest building in America, but it's a very different structure from the other skyscrapers who have once held that title. In New York, owning the tallest building has often been like possessing a valuable ... One World

#168 DUEL! Aaron Burr vs. Alexander Hamilton

#168 DUEL! Aaron Burr vs. Alexander Hamilton
3 years ago Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr met at a clearing in Weehawken, NJ, in the early morning on July 11, 1804, to mount the most famous duel in American history. But why?   This is the story of two New York lawyers -- and two Founding Fathers -- that so ... Alexander Ha

#167 Cleopatra's Needle and the Freemasons Secret

#167 Cleopatra\u0027s Needle and the Freemasons Secret
3 years ago Cleopatra's Needle is the name given to the ancient Egyptian obelisk that sits in Central Park, right behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  This is the bizarre tale of how it arrived in New York and the unusual forces that went behind its transportation ... Cleopatr

#166 General Slocum Disaster 1904

#166 General Slocum Disaster 1904
3 years, 1 month ago On June 15, 1904, hundreds of residents of the Lower East Side's thriving German community boarded the General Slocum excursion steamer to enjoy a day trip outside the city.  Most of them would never return home. The General Slocum disaster is, simply put ... On June 1

#165 Ladies' Mile

#165 Ladies\u0027 Mile
3 years, 1 month ago Ladies' Mile -- the most famous New York shopping district in the 19th century and the "heart of the Gilded Age," a district of spectacular commercial palaces of cast-iron.  They are some of the city's greatest buildings, designed by premier architects. ... Ladies' Mi

#164 The Astor Place Riot

#164 The Astor Place Riot
3 years, 2 months ago England's great thespian William Macready mounted the stage of the Astor Place Opera House on May 10, 1849, to perform Shakespeare's Macbeth, just as he had done hundreds of times before.  But this performance would become infamous in later years as the ... England's

#163 South Street Seaport

#163 South Street Seaport
3 years, 3 months ago The glory of early New York City came from its role as one of the world's great ports.  Today the South Street Seaport is a lasting tribute to that seafaring heritage, a historical district beneath the Brooklyn Bridge that contains some of the city's ... The glory o

#162 George Washington Bridge

#162 George Washington Bridge
3 years, 4 months ago The George Washington Bridge is surprisingly graceful, but politically scandalous.  And we're not talking about the current crisis being faced by current New Jersey governor Chris Christie.   Figuring out a way to cross over the Hudson River (not using a ... The Geo

#161 Fire Department of New York (FDNY)

#161 Fire Department of New York (FDNY)
3 years, 5 months ago The New York Fire Department protects the five boroughs from a host of disasters and mishaps -- five-alarm blazes, a kitchen fire run amok, and even those dastardly midtown elevators, always getting stuck!  But today's tightly organized team is a far cry ... The New Y

#160 Tompkins Square Park

#160 Tompkins Square Park
3 years, 6 months ago Central Park has frequently been called 'the people's park," but we think Tompkins Square Park may have a better claim to that title.  From its inception, this East Village recreational spot -- named for Vice President Daniel D Tompkins -- has catered to ... Central