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Chronicles: Washington Was Here (Kinda)

  There is a common misconception surrounding the history of Federal Hall in Lower Manhattan, that is the building in which George Washington was inaugurated. While it is true that the building in which George Washington was inaugurated in once stood in the same location as the current Federal Hall, the Greek-revival style building that now stands on Wall Street ... Read More »

THE WALL: MAJOR CHARACTERS

Heroes and villains, politicians and spies, academics and soldiers, geeks and mercenaries, tyrants and democrats, lawbreakers and law enforcers populate the pages of Ted Takashima’s international thriller, The Wall. Jadon Green A former US Army captain and commander of the American troops guarding the wall at the US–Mexico border. Blamed for the Tragedy at The Wall—the slaughter of refugees from ... Read More »

The Life and Death of a Free Thinker

An uncontested election is a sign of democracy at work, but America wasn’t always the land of the free. When the first European settlers arrived in the New World, religion and superstition ruled the land, and the rights we take for granted today were a long way away. Anne Hutchinson was a Puritan settler who came to America in 1634 ... Read More »

Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective

In the early 1960s, when the art scene was ruled by the seriousness of Abstract Expressionism, artist Roy Lichtenstein dove head first into the ubiquitous world of pop culture. He plucked images from advertisements and cartoons and rendered them with oversized Ben-Day printer’s dots, which he painstakingly rendered by hand. Since then, dozens of artists—stars like Richard Prince and Jeff ... Read More »

The Fife Is Right: The Seventh Annual Old South History Challenge

Calling all history buffs! Want to learn while laughing? This Wednesday, April 4, Boston landmark the Old South Meeting House hosts its seventh annual Fife is Right. This hilarious quiz show pits two teams of history experts–including our own Chronicles of Old New York author Charlie Bahne–against each other in a fun-filled trivia contest. This year’s theme, “Underground Boston,” features ... Read More »

Spotlight On: Fraunces Tavern

Built in 1719, Fraunces Tavern was originally an elegant home for the merchant Stephan DeLancy and his family. But when tavern-keepe, Samuel Fraunces bought the building in 1762 and christened it with his name, the building became transformed into one of the most popular taverns in the area. Located on the corner of Pearl and Broad streets, the tavern played ... Read More »

Spotlight On: The National September 11 Memorial & Museum

  Opening on September 12, 2011—10 years after the devastating terrorist attacks on New York and Washington D.C.—the 9/11 Memorial will open publicly at the World Trade Center Complex in honor of those who died in the attacks on the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and in the plane crash near Shanksville, PA, as well the six individuals who died in ... Read More »

Art + NYC Special

Due to a dispute with the Basquiat family over the content of the below essay, we were unable to publish this chapter about the influential 1980s New York artist Jean-Michael Basquiat in our latest guide, Art+NYC. Instead, we present it here is as a web exclusive along with listings on where Basquiat worked, dined and showed his paintings.   In ... Read More »

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