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Chronicles: Mount Vernon Hotel

  A country estate, a hidden hotel, a tucked away museum on the Upper East Side. All of these descriptions can be attributed to one building in New York City, The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum. Built in 1799 as the carriage house for the 23 acre estate of Colonel William Stephens Smith, and his wife Abigail Adams Smith, daughter of ... Read More »

News: Glory of Ukraine Opening at MOBIA

Last night we were lucky enough to attend the opening of the new exhibit, The Glory Ukraine at the Museum of Biblical Art here in New York City. The exhibition is indeed glorious, presenting sacred images from the 11th to 19th centuries including many ceremonial objects such as an intricately sewn robe and highly ornamented Bibles. On view until September ... Read More »

Chronicles: Black Harlem’s Founding Father

Harlem’s history usually elicits images and memories of it as the longtime citadel of black American life, but were it not for one enterprising young man from Massachusetts, such history might have never been written.   When Philip Payton arrived in New York in 1899, real estate speculators were quickly throwing up modern apartment buildings and brownstones in formerly rural ... Read More »

Chronicles: Stanford White Lived Here

Stepping into a Stanford White building in New York feels like stepping into history. One has to only walk under the Washington Square Arch he designed in 1892 or into his glittering and gilded Metropolitan Club to feel in awe of an architect who during his day, built many of the city’s most important structures and whose life was a ... Read More »

Film Interview: Lena Dunham + Tribeca

  Lena Dunham is a rare find, a true New Yorker who still resides in the city where she was born and bred (we’ll forgive the sojourn to Oberlin College where she graduated in 2008 with a degree in creative writing). Currently, Dunham spends her time writing and directing independent films and features. In 2009, Dunham was chosen as one ... Read More »

Extended Travel: Hudson River Valley, NY

  The Hudson Valley outside of New York City is a gothic and often time’s mysterious place; filled with legends and myths, a location that holds much of America’s early history. It is here where one of the longest and widely seen episodes of ‘UFO activity’ ever took place; over 7000 pieces of documentation from the incident were collected from ... Read More »

Chronicles: Fraunces Tavern

  The corner of Pearl and Broad streets has seen more history than most in New York City. There stands a stately mansion built in 1719, once home to one of the most prominent and controversial of early families, The Delanceys. The Delancey’s were real estate moguls in the early days of New York but when the Revolution came, pled ... Read More »

Chronicles: The Hangman’s Elm

Ever since the late 19thc, legends have been told about the large English elm in Washington Square Park. It has been called Hangman’s Elm or just simply, The Hanging Tree, and the story goes that traitors were hanged here during the Revolutionary War. In 1824, the Marquis de Lafayette is rumored to have witnessed the hanging of 20 highwaymen from ... Read More »

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