NYPL on “Gotham”

Carmen Nigro, a librarian at the New York Public Library’s Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy, has an interesting blog post on the history of the term “Gotham”: “So, why do we call it Gotham anyway?”...

Rally for Ruby’s

Anyone who’s ever had the good fortune to dance the night away to Ruby’s jukebox after a day at the beach will be saddened to learn — if they haven’t already heard — that Thor Equities has given the beloved boardwalk dive just two weeks...

David Freeland’s New York

Author David Freeland visited our Faculty Resource Seminar today and offered us a glimpse of the city as it appears to him: as a palimpsest with layers of meaning waiting to be rediscovered if one knows where to look and what to look for. He took us through sites that...

Faculty Resource Network

Bryan and I began our third seminar for NYU’s Faculty Resource Network, which sponsors a variety of week-long programs each summer for faculty from affiliated colleges around the country. The subject of our seminar this year is “Lost New York”: Has...

Wooden Turnstiles

In my last post, I mentioned that older son loves to read series of books — the longer the better. Before he read the Percy Jackson series, he read all of Mary Pope Osborne’s Magic Tree House books. He’ll still read the latest one for old...