Monthly Archives: August, 2016
Randall’s Island Congratulations to Marie France Lefebvre for getting the correct answer first!
The headquarters for the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority is located on what island?
Many traits set New York apart from other places. Two such attributes are that the city is relentlessly vertical and kinetically pedestrian. Put the two together and it’s no surprise that the metropolis is virtually made of steps. From round steps to rickety steps, from fire escapes to escalators, from double-set grand staircases to wide …
“Some kids want to join the circus. Others want to be big league baseball players. When I came to the Yankees I got to do both.” — Graig Nettles
It may seem a shame that today, in 2016, we still need to make a point of dedicating an observance day to women’s equality, something that should be so commonplace as to be deemed mundane. Yet, when we consider that the right of U.S. women to vote was acknowledged less than 100 years ago and …
“What is the best thing about being in New York? Walking down the streets and not knowing if you’re going to find something great – someone playing the saxophone or a street performance. I also love the cobblestone streets.” — Blake Lively
The Cloisters, an extraordinary branch of the Metropolitan Museum at Fort Tryon Park, is a time machine that takes us back to medieval days. It is rich in its collection of tapestries, windows, statues, and icons from before the Renaissance, and the music playing softly throughout is authentic and reverent.” — Hugh Martin
On August 23, 1901, the Willis Avenue Bridge, connecting First Avenue in Manhattan to Willis Avenue in the Bronx, opened to traffic. The famous swing bridge was replaced by a newer structure in 2005 and is best known as the span over which the New York City Marathon runners first enter the Bronx.
Stanford White (1853 – 1906) Thanks to the novel, movie, and Broadway musical, Ragtime, Stanford White will always be better remembered for his sensational life and death than for his architecture. But, while his seduction of Evelyn Nesbit and his murder at the hands of her husband Harry K. Thaw make for great drama, the …