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Benjamin Waldman, content editor: Benjamin is an attorney, tour guide, and freelance writer who has been living in New York City since college. An American History major, Benjamin is interested in all things New York and spends his free time wandering around the City. In his free time, he works as a tour guide for the Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy. He has written articles for The New York Times, The Columbia Magazine, and Curbed.

General William Tecumseh Sherman Grand Army Plaza

Of the grand monuments scattered throughout New York City, many have an equestrian theme. Taken as a whole collection by theme, these statues reveal not only the history of New York and the United States, but also the history of other countries around the world. Here are twenty to look out for as you explore the city.


Sixth Avenue-Avenue of the Americas Street-Sign-NYCPhoto via Flickr by ClemetNic

For over 70 years, Sixth Avenue has not been the official name of the avenue that can be found between Fifth and Seventh Avenues in Manhattan. On October 2nd, 1945, Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia signed a bill ceremoniously renaming Sixth Avenue the Avenue of the Americas. Prior to that, Sixth Avenue had been the street’s name since April 1, 1811, when it replaced West Road. The City’s goal at the time was to display Pan-American friendship but almost immediately, many New Yorkers were opposed to the new name, both actively and passively.


The Negro Travlelers Green BookThe Spring 1956 Edition of The Negro Travelers’ Green Book via The University Libraries Digital Collection

Whether traveling to a National Park or just driving down to the shore, road trips are an integral part of American culture. However, during the age of Jim Crow, African American travelers faced insurmountable hardships when trying to plan their road trips. In order to publicize the discrimination he faced and to help his fellow African American travelers, Victor Hugo Green published. The Negro Travelers’ Green Book (also known as The Negro Travelers’ Green Book or just The Green Book). The Green Book was published between 1936 and 1964 in order to provide African Americans a list of establishments in which they were welcome.

As Green was from Harlem, the book was originally New York focused, but eventually included much of North America. While the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Heart of Atlanta Motel Supreme Court case made the book obsolete, the locations listed still possess incredible historical meaning.

Listed below are five New York City sites that were welcoming to African American travelers in an age when that was revolutionary.


Ellis Island. Image via Save Ellis Island.

From its start, New York City has been mired in territorial disputes. The Native Americans, the Dutch, the British, New Jerseyans, and even New Yorkers have all fought against one another, and themselves, for control of the land that comprises New York City. In some ways, border disputes are still on-going today, with less bloodshed, over the naming and boundaries of neighborhoods. Going back in time, here are eight territorial disputes that have affected New York City, waged between countries, states, cities, boroughs, and more.


Bronx Borough HallBronx Borough Hall decorated for the Hudson-Fulton Celebration. Image via  The Story of the Bronx

Just north of the Cross Bronx Expressway, on the east side of Third Avenue, lies Tremont Park. Today, Tremont Park is merely a vestige of its former self. Until the destruction wrought by Robert Moses and the Cross Bronx Expressway, Tremont Park was connected to Crotona Park. It was the center of Bronx political life for almost half a century.


IMG_2280 brooklyn historical society shakespeare

William Shakespeare is not only one of the most widely read English authors, but also one of the most easily recognizable, with his beard, mustache, and oblong shaped head. As a result, he has been commemorated and memorialized throughout New York City. Below, we explore some of those many places where you can find references to the Bard of Stratford-Upon-Avon.