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Manhattan from Governor's Island

New York’s First Island

Officially recognized as the birthplace of the state of New York, Governor’s Island has arguably more history than any other street, neighborhood or borough in the city. Today it is home to an ever-evolving park…

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How Fort Amsterdam turned into Battery Park

Located at the southernmost point of Manhattan, Battery Park, otherwise known as “The Battery” has followed New York’s history from its very beginnings. The earliest residents of Manhattan, the Native Americans, used the land for…

New York City’s Oldest Castle

If you asked any local New Yorker, 90% of them would probably have no idea where or even what Castle Clinton is. Standing at the foot of Battery Park, this monument’s history is as long and…

Russian Labor Assoc. in Labor Parade, New York City

Labor Day Weekend in NYC

New York City has a long and storied history associated with Labor Day. As a holiday, it is a time to celebrate and honor the journey of the American worker. But as a weekend, it’s a…

History of Labor Day

The True History of Labor Day

For most Americans, Labor Day conjures up images of barbecues, parades, and the wistful end of summer. Few give thought to the origin of the holiday, beyond perhaps a vague nod towards celebrating the “American…