"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
The Brooklyn Bridge and downtown Manhattan
Downtown before 9/11, with the Hudson River to the left and the East River to the right - Why doesn't the East River freeze, and how does it matter?
Ebbets Field in the spring of 1955 - Gil Hodges at bat
The Polo Grounds in 1950 - Jim Hearn warming up for the Giants
To convey the power, beauty and cause of this great city.
New York City
My Focus

I concentrate on drawing connections between your experience of New York and this city's history and culture. In this way we go beyond the who-what-where-when in favor of the "why" and "how"

Here is information and context you won't get anywhere else. Note that several of these offerings also involve baseball.
What's Happening

SOME OF MY PRIMARY CLASSES-LECTURES-TOURS (note: personalized presentations also available)
Capital of the World         Early New York         Dutch New York         New York During the Revolution         The Great Seaport         Gateway: The Immigrants
The High Line        Features of Grand Central        History Through Grand Central        History Through Street Names        History Through Midtown
Deciphering Manhattan              The Emerging (Late 1800s) City              Upper Fifth Avenue              Harlem              A Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge
Baseball Creation and Evolution              Jackie Robinson's Brooklyn              Brooklyn and the Dodgers              The Baseball Dynasties (Giants and Yankees) 

I am posting almost daily a continuing series of photos and videos on Facebook, Youtube and Instagram. People often ask, "What is this place? What goes on here, and why?" Just go to those sites and type in my name (Peter Laskowich) - these pics and chats will get you started.

The fun of any class, lecture or tour is in the discovery, in the why and the how. Why, for example, is wealth concentrated along Fifth Ave. while gas stations and factories are close to the water? How does Central Park make economic sense on an island whose real estate is the world's most valuable? Why does the world trade in Manhattan more than anywhere else?

My purpose is not to fill the bucket but to light the fire, not to load you with information but to get a few inches of air between your feet and the ground. Maybe that happens now and then.