23SKIDOO: FLAT IRON BUILDING

Twenty-three skidoo was a happening at a triangular site where Broadway and Fifth Avenue meet. The juxtaposition of the streets and a nearby park caused a wind-tunnel effect.  In the early twentieth century, men would hang out on the corner of Twenty-third Street and...
GILDED AGE

GILDED AGE

The Gilded Age, circa 1870-1900, was a period of rapid economic and social growth characterized by the emergence of a wealthy middle class, excess and embellishment in architecture, art and fashion, fueled by mechanization, transportation, major inventions and the...

DANCE THROUGH HISTORY

Dance through history . . . Dancin’ feet! Do you know the latest dance? Bet you would if you could . . . dance. “Tom,” I said, “For my birthday, come on, dance with me.” Now that we got ourselves onto the dance floor, I began to wonder about the history of ballroom...

GLEAN HISTORY

Architect Henry J Hardenbergh designed The Dakota in1884. A local chap, he was born in New Brunswick, NJ.  Schooled at Hasbrouck Institute in Jersey City, and apprenticed in New York from 1865-1870 under Detlef Lienau, architect of Lockwood-Mathews Mansion, Norwalk,...

WOMEN OF CONVICTION

Downright painful to think about the women who fought for freedom. Women were kept in the kitchen, away from the real world, but they were cunning, seeking education, politics, they formed organizations for freedom. Women  worked for our future. Twentieth century,...

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