Native People

America’s native people were living where New York City is now for more than 11,000 years before the Europeans arrived; they spoke a language called Munsee, which was in common use in the area all the way down to Delaware, and were known to themselves as the ‘Lenape’, or ‘People’ of the region. The Munsee […]

New York Flourishes

Mayor Giuliani and a nationwide economic boom were responsible for the rise of New York City and have transformed it into the splendid place of culture and excitement that we all know today. Giuliani cracked down on so called ‘quality of life offences’ such as urinating in public and sleeping rough on the streets; the […]

The Descent of New York

After World War II New York emerged as one of the few leading world cities completely unharmed, making it the ideal place to host the newly formed United Nations; it was still a major port and was also the capital of the world’s blossoming television industry. Unfortunately though, the wealthy middle-classes began to abandon the […]

The Turbulent Growth of New York

During the mid 1800s there was growing animosity between the city’s poorer and richer residents and different racial groups, sometimes exploding into violence. The richer folk were able to avoid being drafted into the Civil War by paying a fee of $300, much to the angst of the less fortunate, which culminated in the ‘draft […]

New York Blooms

New York was a thriving seaport with 33,000 people by the time George Washington was made the United State’s first president on the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street in 1789. New York was abandoned after the freshly established US Congress formed the District of Columbia in 1790. The founding fathers’ took a strong […]

The Europeans

The first European to see what is now New York City was Giovanni da Verrazano, a Florentine who, in 1524, was hired by the French to explore the coast of North America. The English explorer Henry Hudson became the first European to document the topography of the area and its peoples in 1609. Hudson had […]

Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge and Williamsburg

The famous Brooklyn Bridge, built nearly a century ago, was de­signed by John Augustus Roebling. It was the first bridge to connect Man­hattan with Long Island, and its designer was a many-sided genius, learned in philosophy, in mathematics, a musician, a linguist and the owner of a magnifi­cent library. The bridge was twice as long […]

New York City Environment

There have been huge efforts put into cleaning up New York’s waterways and air pollution in the past few years; before these changes were undertaken, New York’s dock area was in a great decline that lasted decades after the main shipping moved to a more modern superport in New Jersey. Even though there has been […]

New York City Weather

New York’s weather is usually listed as temperate in travel guides and meteorological surveys, but the truth is the weather can go to extremes to the point where the climate is almost unbearable. New York can have long periods of incomprehensible heat and humidity during the summertime; where in winter, during December, January and February, […]

New York City Geography

New York City is mostly made up of 50 islands, besides Manhattan, that span a 309 square-mile area. Some of the islands are basically lumps of rock in the water, but the larger islands include, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island; the three of which make up the western most point of Long Island, something that […]