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Chronicles: Top of the Chrysler Building

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At the corner of 42nd St. and Lexington Avenue sits one of the most iconic buildings in New York City, the Art Deco skyscraper The Chrysler Building. For eleven months after The Chrysler Building was completed in 1930, it was the tallest building in the world- until The Empire State Building succeeded it.   At the time ground was broken ... Read More »

Chronicles: Merchant’s House

  The Merchant’s House Museum has been called by the New York Times, “Manhattan’s most haunted house.” Whether that is true or not remains to be seen, but needless to say, the Merchant House exudes an other worldly air, a transportation into the past, that should be experienced.   Built steps away from Union Square, the red-brick, Federal-style Merchant House ... Read More »

Chronicles: 69th Regiment Armory

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  Built in 1906, the 69th Regiment Armory is the home of the 69th Regiment which was established in 1851, traditionally made-up of an all Irish Brigade with roots stretching back to the Revolutionary War and through both World Wars. The building has also serves as a sort of clubhouse for the National Guard in New York.   Over the ... Read More »

News: Allen Ginsberg’s Apt For Rent

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Today writer E.V. Grieve reports on his blog that the apartment at 437 E. 12th St., on the fourth floor, where Allen Ginsberg lived from 1975 to 1996 is up for rent; until a year ago, the apartment was occupied by Ginsberg’s partner, the poet Peter Orlovsky, who recently passed.   The real estate listing for the apartment states that ... Read More »

Chronicles: The Insane of Blackwell’s Island

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New York City holds many secrets and for many years, those secrets were held on Blackwell’s Island, now known as Roosevelt Island. Receiving little more than a footnote in the pages of history, the N.Y.C Insane A.B.C (New York City Insane Asylum Blackwell’s Island) built in 1834, was a weekly news item for the years the facility was open, from ... Read More »

Chronicles: Event Tomorrow in LA

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Chronicles of Old New York author James Roman will be in LA tomorrow at renowned indie bookstore Book Soup for a presentation of the history of New York as well as a signing.   The event starts at 7pm and you can rsvp on our Facebook event page here.   Unable to make it but still want James to sign ... Read More »

Chronicles: A Folly in the Park

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  Those visiting New York’s Central Park for the first time might be surprised to find on the map a castle. But to New Yorker’s, Belvedere Castle is the backdrop for Shakespeare in the Park, a common meeting place and a well loved landmark.   In 1869, Belvedere Castle was built as a folly (a building meant for decoration) by ... Read More »

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