New York City Landmarks Law at 50

The tearing down of the ornate old Penn Station inspired a push to create New York City’s first landmarks law, which Mayor Robert Wagner, Jr. signed on April 19, 1965. Celebrations, tributes and symposia are taking place over the city – there is even a whole website dedicated to the anniversary. There are now 1,348 official…

Book Review: Machine Made (Terry Golway)

(I began reading Machine Made before the Silver scandal broke, but as today’s machines jockey to replace him, this review seemed even more appropriate.) The name “Tammany Hall” has long been synonymous with urban political sleaze, personified by fatcat Boss Tweed. Yet during the halcyon days of the Tammany Hall political machine, New York City…

MLK in NYC

Coretta Scott King called MLK Day “a people’s holiday” but it’s hard to resist honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who had some of his most important moments here in New York City.  Below we’ve summarized King’s relationship to New York in ten vignettes. This article is cross-posted at Untapped Cities, which features…