"I strive to link your ordinary experience of New York – what you can see, hear and feel – with the history and culture of New York."

Peter Laskowich: Historian, Teacher & Guide
 
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The Plaza Hotel and midtown Manhattan from Central Park

* Uptown, downtown and midtown, Brooklyn, all sites, all baseball
* Step-on service and specialized topics, including those below

(Note - my classes generate a good deal of extra material. If you'd like more information or background on any of these topics, just send me an e-mail and I'll get something out to you.)

UNDERSTANDING NEW YORK CITY

Capital of the World - New York as the focus of global affairs.
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New York Before the Europeans - The effect of pristine Manhattan on local and national development.
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Dutch New York - The first Europeans here were the Dutch. What did they find, what did they do with it and how does that matter?
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Revolutionary New York and the New Nation - The city's central role in the defeat of the British and in the daring form of government that followed.
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The Great Seaport - The dominance of local waterways in establishing New York as a world center.
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Grand Central Terminal/Park Avenue - Centerpieces of the modern city. (NOTE: I offer several different tours of Grand Central/the area.)
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Gateway: The Immigrants - Ellis Island and the Lower East Side as doorways to the new world.
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The Emerging City: New York Around 1900 - Features illustrating 19th-Century New York on its way to a new age.
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Harlem - A few side-streets and Harlem's main drag provide strong outlines of American life today.
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Upper 5th Avenue - The predictable growth of the old Middle Road from site of shacks to the greatest of all centers of wealth.
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Chelsea: the New York of a Century Ago - The clearest reflections of old New York.
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The High Line - New York's latest and by far most popular example of innovative re-use.
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Deciphering Manhattan - New York does make sense! Well, sometimes. Simple patterns of growth and of behavior help us understand the city.
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History Through Street Names - These common identifiers are also symbols that tell us who we are.
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Hidden in Plain Sight: History Through Lower Broadway/Lower Midtown/East Midtown/West Midtown/Grand Central (five separate tours) - History is "a lantern on the stern" hinting at our direction. These five areas offer emphatic clues to our past, present and future.
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Downtown Underground - The physical base of the city accommodates and even determines possibility in New York.
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42nd Street River-to-River - New York's many faces as visible along one great thoroughfare.
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NY 9/11 - The characteristic response of this wounded city – so courageous and defiant – became the pride of the nation and will stand as its legacy always.
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Brooklyn and the Outer Boroughs - Brooklyn's distinctive past, in particular through its relationship with Manhattan.
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Lost New York - The look but not the feel of the city as altered since the late 1800s.
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New York At the Movies - Hollywood's view of New York is always entertaining, sometimes enlightening.
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