Capital of the World
New York Before the Europeans
Early/Dutch New York
New York During the Revolution
The Great Seaport
Gateway: The Immigrants
The Emerging (Late 1800s) City
Upper Fifth Avenue
A Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge
Features of Grand Central
History Through Grand Central
History Through Street Names
History Through Midtown
The High Line
Baseball Creation and Evolution
Jackie Robinson's Brooklyn
Brooklyn and the Dodgers
The Baseball Dynasties (Giants and Yankees)
New York at night – above Manhattan (left) is the Bronx, with Queens (top) and Brooklyn (bottom) to the right. Staten Island is five miles from Manhattan and does not appear here.
THIS REVISED WEBSITE
The recent revision of this website has somehow created errors on this thing but I know where they are and am (gradually) figuring out how to fix them. That may take a while. Do you understand computers? I sure don’t!
FREE WALKING TOUR EVERY FRIDAY YEAR-ROUND
It’s free and it’s fun: every Friday throughout the year I give a free tour of the Grand Central neighborhood (a full description and details appear in the Events section of this website). Ordinarily I follow up that tour immediately with an informal walk inside of the Terminal, visiting places we can’t get to on the neighborhood tour – the tennis courts, the whisper gallery, the spot on the floor below the dirty patch on the ceiling… Come with us any time. It’s free, it’s fun, and it is cool!
VIDEOS AND PHOTOS ON FACEBOOK, YOUTUBE AND INSTAGRAM
I’ve posted a series of New York-related videos and photos on Facebook, Youtube and Instagram. People often ask, “How does New York differ from other cities? What goes on here, and how does it matter?” Go to those sites and type in NYDynamic (Face-book), Peter Laskowich (Youtube) or Peter.Laskowich ([yes, with dot] Instagram) – what you find there will get you started.
OFFERING TOURS ANYWHERE IS A PLEASURE. IN THIS GREAT CITY IT IS AN HONOR.
The fun of any class, lecture or tour is in the discovery, in the how and the why. How, for example, does Central Park make economic sense in a city whose real estate is the world’s most valuable? Why is wealth concentrated along Fifth Ave. while gas stations and factories are close to the water? Why does the world trade in Manhattan more than anywhere else on earth?
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.