We Came, We Saw, We Conquered!

By David Caplan On May 17, 2015, the first ever Tunnel to Tower Climb was held in the new One World Trade Center. Firefighters, military members, friends and family of first responders and others climbed nearly 2,000 steps to honor the lives lost in the 9/11 attacks. It was all part of the Stephen Siller…

The Lower East Side

By David Caplan The Lower East Side or as some New Yorkers call it the “LES,” is a neighborhood in the southeastern part of Manhattan. Its boundaries are the Bowery to the East River and Canal to Houston Street and is one of the oldest communities in the city. It has a history of being…

Brooklyn Heights

By David Caplan Brooklyn Heights is an upscale residential community within the borough of Brooklyn in New York City. It is known for its beautiful brownstone row houses, most of which were built prior to the Civil War. Brooklyn Heights development can be traced back to 1814 when Robert Fulton began daily steam ferry service…

Ellis Island

They called Ellis Island the “Island of Hope” and the “Island of Tears” because not everyone who arrived was allowed to stay.

The New York Stock Exchange

By Dave Caplan The New York Stock Exchange is located at 11 Wall Street in lower Manhattan. In terms of market capitalization it is by far the largest stock exchange in the world. With an average daily trading volume of over 169 billion dollars, it’s listed companies represent over 16 trillion dollars in market capitalization. Long…

Battery Park City

By Dave Caplan. Battery Park City (BPC) is a 92 acre planned community consisting of residential and commercial property built on the southwestern tip of Manhattan. The land that it is built on consists of over 3 million yards of rock and soil of which the majority was excavated during the construction of the World…

Red Hook, Brooklyn

By Dave Caplan. Red Hook is a peninsula at the southern edge of Downtown Brooklyn and has been part of Brooklyn since it was first established in the 1600’s. It is named for the red clay soil and the point of land projecting into the Upper New York Bay. It was first settled by Dutch…

San Juan Hill becomes Lincoln Center

By Dave Caplan. Long before Robert Moses’s program of urban renewal in the 1950’s and 1960’s, the area that we know today around Lincoln Center was called San Juan Hill. In the late 19th and early 20th Century it was home to thousands of working-class and poor African-Americans. The areas name supposedly came from an…

The Bronx

New York City’s northernmost borough is the Bronx and is the only one connected to the continent of North America. It is the 4th largest in population at 1.4 million residents and is also home to the largest percentage of Hispanic residents comprising over 54% of the population. The borough gets its name from a…

New York City is all lit up!

By Dave Caplan It’s the holiday season in NYC, the brightest time of the year, when we are treated to gorgeous displays of light and creativity everywhere you look. You have to start at Rockefeller Center where the world famous Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree stands. For 82 years a 60- 80 feet Norwegian Spruce has…

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

By Dave Caplan On November 27th 1924 the first Macy’s then called “Christmas Parade” left Harlem and made its way downtown to Herald Square. Conceived by Macy’s employees, many of whom were immigrants, the parade was a celebration of the holiday season embedded in the festivals of their home countries. 400 employees marched downtown alongside…

It’s Foliage Season

By Dave Caplan One of the most beautiful times here in the Northeast is the fall foliage season. This time of year, as the mercury drops, leaves on the trees are changing to gorgeous hues of red, orange, green and yellow. Entertainments in the fall takes on a whole new look with pumpkin and apple…