Last Friday was the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire and there have been several well-done tributes and examinations of the day with historical and contemporary context, but here are a few of my favorite sites and sources:
Track populations area-by-area through four different years of the twentieth century; learn why Broadway cuts to the left at Tenth Street; peruse some bizarre features on the Randell Plan (e.g., ropewalks); identify the world-famous street that the commission tried to abolish; try to guess what present-day park was once seven times as large and intended for a military parade ground or what present-day park was five times as large and intended for a market place.
This week we salute John Randel, who had the idea for the street grid in Manhattan; which makes New York City the easiest large city to move through in the world. We are celebrating the grid's 200th birthday this year. In honor of that, I bring you Manhattanhenge, which only happens twice a year.
And 25th Episode on the 25th only happens once in a lifetime...
Interested in some of the most valuable property in all of New York? Spies for the tallest building in the world? Robert lets us know the ups and downs of living on Wall Street. Obie winning playwright and actor Marc Wolf has an audio cameo.
Assay Office, Cayce Crown, Chrysler, Federal Hall, George Washington, J. P. Morgan, KevinMcGann, Marc Wolf, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Stock Exchange, NYSE, Robert Westfield, Tour Bus, Wall Street