Monthly Archives: September 2012

Abilenian James T. Holland: on trial for murder in 1880s New York

Abilene was a small but bustling prairie town in west Texas in 1885, when it made its debut in the New York Times. And it did so in decidedly wild-west fashion: a shoot-out and ensuing murder trial, all played out … Continue reading

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Boss Tweed: New York’s Corruption King

Nineteenth-century New York City was ruled by a turbulent combination of money and politics. Each hand fed the other’s mouth. And the two never manifested themselves in so corrupt and notorious a fashion as in the legendary and infamous Tammany … Continue reading

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Homer & Langley Collyer: Hoarders in Harlem

In the heart of Harlem, at the northwest corner of 128th Street and 5th Avenue, lies a tiny rectangular park. Like so many pocket parks in Manhattan, it’s a clean, quiet bit of respite from the hustle and bustle of … Continue reading

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Photographer Alice Austen: From Riches to Rags

Hi All! Now that the itch to write is in me, and I’ve got the juices flowing, I’ve realized I need to focus this blog and give it a purpose beyond just being my sounding board and digital diary. Who … Continue reading

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