Little Italy is a New York City neighborhood that needs no explanation, but here’s one anyway. Nestled away in Lower Manhattan-Chinatown’s sprawl is the famous (and shrinking) Italian-American enclave. The smell of wood-burning brick ovens and basil beckons from every bistro, with tourists and religious relics dotting street corners. If it seems timeless, that’s because in many ways it is: some of the neighborhood’s signs and edifices have been left unchanged for nearly a century.
As history books so often explain to young students, the United States was the product of a relentless desire for self-governance and a retreat from European monarchical rule. Yet, in the United…
Taken by Dan McCoy in 1978, Lady Liberty looks a bit mundane from the New Jersey Flats.
It’s noisy, constantly congested and draped in generic advertisements that simultaneously make you hate consumer culture and feel inadequate. Why is Times Square such a ‘must-see’? These filmmakers try to figure it out.
On Christmas Day in 1924, Macy’s employees rounded up professional bands, extravagant floats and animals from the Central Park Zoo, and marched to Macy’s on 34th Street in the first-ever Macy’s Day Parade. Drawing a crowd of about 250,000 people, the company instantly decided that the parade would be an annual event.