Articles on History of New York

By the Yard: Brooklyn's New Construction Townhouses

Brooklyn’s growth in popularity has been well-documented over the past few years, and over the decade or so that neighborhoods like Williamsburg have been growing, young families are starting to emerge who still appreciate the neighborhood-centric, and vaguely suburban, pace of life that’s still present in the outer borough.

Neighborhood Watch: Harlem's Rising Star

Harlem

The neighborhood of Harlem has changed throughout time and has fit into a number of categories since it’s beginnings in  the 17th century. Notably, the neighborhood has morphed from, farmland, battlefield, resort town, commuter town, and presently has re-burst into life in the 21st century as one of NYC’s most sought out neighborhoods. Here’s why: 2013 apartment’s in Harlem were both bountiful in inventory and reasonable in price, leading to a higher influx of new residents.

Upper East Side Brings the Art: Museum Mile & Festival

The Upper East Side is home to many New York City attractions, Central Park, Gracie Mansion, and perhaps most famously, Museum Mile.

NYLO Returns the Upper West Side to the Roaring Twenties

New York in the 1920s

In the wake of Baz Luhrmann’s re-imagining of The Great Gatsby, New York City has been brought back in time to the Roaring Twenties and its styles. Twenties themed events ranging from lawn parties and weddings have sprung up around the city in the past year as New Yorkers are eager to relive the times of the Harlem Renaissance and Jazz Age. On The Ave hotel at 77th street and Broadway is the latest addition to the trend as it puts the finishing touches on a 1920s makeover that opens in early September. 

Why You Should Go to the New York Public Library Today

Patrons and lovers of New York City's public libraries can now breathe a little easier. On June 23, Mayor Bloomberg and City Council speaker Christine C. Quinn announced to the press that the city's proposed budget cuts will not be happening this year. According to the New York Times, the controversial cuts, which (among many things) threatened to raise taxes, close firehouses, eliminate city-financed child-care, and reduce library services, were replaced by a $70 billion agreement that will allow public institutions to operate as they had been previously. The news, which came as a relief to many organizations that viewed the original plan as a giant albatross around their metaphorical necks, was undoubtedly well-received by one particular party in the package - The New York Public Library. The troubled libraries were facing a potential loss of $47 million from the government that would include layoffs of over 700 of its staff members, as well as numerous branch closings and an end to thousands of its renowned free programs. To many, this was an outrage: How could the government cut funding to a place that has served such a crucial role in the history of this city?