NEW YORK HISTORY

NEW YORK BASEBALL

PETER LASKOWICH

“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

MY MISSION: TO CONVEY THE POWER, BEAUTY AND CAUSE OF THIS GREAT 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 some of my classes, lectures and tours also  involve baseball, but even then the star of the show is New York itself. 

WHAT’S HAPPENING

Capital of the World
Early New York
Dutch New York
New York During the Revolution
The Great Seaport
Gateway: The Immigrants
The Emerging (Late 1800s) City
Upper Fifth Avenue
Deciphering Manhattan
A Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge
Features of Grand Central
History Through Grand Central
History Through Street Names
History Through Midtown
The High Line
Harlem
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.

 

WORKING ON THIS NEW WEBSITE

Some will notice that this website is an advanced version of my old one. It’s a struggle to fix errors on this thing but I know where they are and will learn (eventually) how to get to them. 

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 why?” Go to those sites and type in NYDynamic (on Facebook), Peter Laskowich (on Youtube) or Peter.Laskowich ([yes, with the dot] on 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 why and the how. 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?

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.

12/14/2018

 

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