A Currier and Ives print of the Great Fire of 1845 burning buildings around Bowling Green Park. Image via Wikiwand
On July 19, 1845 the third massive fire to devastate New York City hit the heart of the modern day Financial District. Although the fire didn’t cover as much ground as the Great Fires of 1776 or 1835, it did come with the greatest loss of life leaving 30 dead. (more…)
Photos via Queens Museum
For years, New York City parks and green spaces have featured artwork and exhibitions for public consumption. Some examples of this are The Art Students League Model to Monument series in Riverside Park and Isa Genzken’s Two Flowers statues in Central Park. On July 2nd, the Queens Museum in partnership with ArtBuilt Mobile Studios and NYC Parks announced the return of the Studio in the Park series with the exhibit Chance Ecologies: Flushing River. The exhibit which opened in July and will have a six-week residency in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Photo by David Attie via Brooklyn Historical Society.
For those into photography, David Attie is a 20th century artist that is hard to forget. However, his passing in the 1980s resulted in him being largely forgotten by the mainstream. But a recent rediscovery displayed at the Brooklyn Historical Society has resulted in a new appreciation for his work.
Aerial view of Woodlawn Cemetery. Image via Sanstead
Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx is not exactly unknown as it’s one of the largest cemeteries in New York City with a wide array of famous people buried there. But there is plenty about the cemetery that many denizens of New York do not know making some of the following secrets are certainly untapped. (more…)
‘Windows on the Bowery,’ the entire set of posters at the Cooper Union. Photo courtesy of The Cooper Union by João Enxuto
The Cooper Union partnered with the Bowery Alliance of Neighbors present “Windows on the Bowery,” a historic signage project displaying a series of 63 posters in the windows of corresponding buildings on Bowery Street. From Chatham Square all the way to Cooper Square, the Bowery has been the home of many firsts, such as the first New York streetcar and the birth of punk-rock. These firsts, along with other entertaining histories about each building, are present on all of the posters.