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Articles By: jennifer young

Hello! I live in Washington Heights, NYC, although I originally hail from Vancouver Island, British Columbia. I currently work as a museum educator, public historian, writer, and editor. I’m passionate about telling stories that make historical topics come alive, and snooping around in archives and old books to find out about people and events that can help us make sense of the times we live in.

The unassuming yet mysterious exterior of Fort Tryon Cottage draws sold-out crowds eager for a once-a-year glimpse inside.

Neighbors and friends of northern Manhattan’s Fort Tryon Park, as well as devoted fans of New York City history, lined up this weekend to take a peek inside Fort Tryon Cottage, one of the last remnants of eccentric millionaire C.K.G. Billings’ estate, Fort Tryon Hall. The cottage once served as the gate house for the Billings property, which was the last country estate in Manhattan. It now functions as the northern Manhattan headquarters for the New York City Parks Department.

Thanks to Open House New York, the stucco-covered cottage opens its doors one weekend a year to booked-solid tours of the tiny dwelling.


A camel tests the tastiness of his plastic wreaths

New Yorkers will stand on line for many things, but lining up to get into church on a Sunday morning isn’t usually one of them. However, for the hundreds of people lined up outside the cathedral of St John the Divine in Morningside Heights this past Sunday, the wait was worth it. Every year, the cathedral hosts a special celebration in honor of the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi on the first Sunday of October – the Blessing of the Animals. In honor of St. Francis, patron saint of animals, two-legged guests aren’t the only ones welcome in the sanctuary: the public is invited to bring their beloved, (well-behaved) pets as well.