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.
We all know Brooklyn’s connection to baseball and the Dodgers. But did you know about the sport of ice baseball? Gowanus was the locale for both poularization of both baseball and its winter partner, ice baseball, that originated in Brooklyn. This fun find comes to us from the book Gowanus: Brooklyn’s Curious Canal by Joseph Alexiou.
If you were a big fan of the New York Public Library initiative, OldNYC (who doesn’t love the geolocation of 40,000 vintage photos?), you’ll be excited to hear about the iPhone app that was just released yesterday in the Apple App Store. The app allows people walking in New York City to pull up historical images of their current location from the last 150 years.
The American Irish Historical Society (AIHS) is housed in a magnificent Gilded Age townhouse on Fifth Avenue, across from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The society has an active schedule of public art and music events which provide the curious a glimpse into this stunning building. We recently took a grand tour of the townhouse as preparation for the next Brownstone 360 from the Metropolis Ensemble, an immersive food and art event to take place this upcoming Monday, was underway. Through our visit, we discovered the many secrets of this historic building at 991 Fifth Avenue, part of the Metropolitan Museum Historic District.
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After difficult sailing conditions on Saturday, Sunday turned out to be a spectacular day for the 2016 America’s Cup (at least for us viewers). On Saturday, we attended via the official media boat and on Sunday, thanks to Classic Harbor Lines, we were able to get in on the three races Sunday afternoon very close to the action in New York harbor.
The America’s Cup is the oldest international sporting trophy historically, named for the schooner that won the first regatta in 1851. Winners host the event the next time, and as such the New York Yacht Club hosted the race from 1851 to 1983 (with some years in between with no races) when it lost to the Royal Perth Yacht Club of Australia. In 1920 the race was moved to the Newport Yacht Club, making it 85 years since the race was hosted in New York harbor.
Duke Riley, Fly by Night at the Brooklyn Navy Yard
In one of the more anticipated public art installations this summer, Duke Riley’s Fly by Night launched this past weekend. On both Saturday and Sunday evening, 1800 LED-lit pigeons flew in a coordinated dance off the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and for half an hour several hundred New Yorkers were nearly silent – a feat in itself. Fly by Night is an homage to many things – to the once crucial role of carrier pigeons in communication, to the domesticated Rock Dove so beloved and misunderstood by urbanites, to an industrial past undergoing rebirth at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
You can read about the aim of Fly by Night in our previous coverage but what we were struck by the most was the sound of nature – the flap of bird wings, the lapping of water, the caws of the pigeons – all melding peacefully amidst distance sounds of New York City.