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Category: New York City


After 155 Years, It’s the End of an Era at Cooper Union

One of the nation’s most celebrated schools has announced a controversial change to its tuition structure.

1993 World Trade Center Bombing

Remembering the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing

A bombing of the World Trade Center 20 years ago proved to be a frightening prelude to future acts of terrorism.


Grand Central Terminal: An American Icon Turns 100

As we celebrate its centennial, here are 10 things you should know about this New York landmark.

HITH- Nathans

Historic Hot Dog Stand Shuts its Doors for the First Time

After Hurricane Sandy battered the historic boardwalk in Coney Island, Brooklyn, one of its most iconic businesses was forced to close for the first time in its 96-year-history.


The Automat: Birth of a Fast Food Nation

A century after Horn & Hardart opened its first Automat in New York City, take a look back at America’s first fast food chain.


New York’s Tallest, From Trinity Church to the Freedom Tower: Slideshow

With the Freedom Tower poised to become New York’s tallest building, find out about other structures that have held that distinction over the years.

Empire State Building

Empire State Building For Sale?

With the announcement of a $1 billion public stock offering, it will soon be possible to own a piece of one of the world’s most iconic buildings.

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty Turns 125: Video

Today marks the 125th anniversary of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty, which took place on October 28, 1886.

Wall Street

Wall Street: 300 Years of Protests

As the Occupy Wall Street movement enters its fifth week, explore a map of historic protests, riots and other events in New York’s Financial District.

No Smoking Sign

From Pope Urban VII to Bloomberg, Four Centuries of Smoking Bans

Bans on smoking and tobacco products have a long and complex history dating back to the late 16th century.


Video: Building the Brooklyn Bridge

Explore the history of New York City’s iconic Brooklyn Bridge, which opened 128 years ago today.


Video: The Empire State Building Turns 80

Eighty years ago on Sunday, Herbert Hoover dedicated New York’s Empire State Building, the world’s tallest skyscraper at that time.


100 Years Ago: The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

Find out how newspapers reported on the Triangle Shirtwaist fire, which killed nearly 150 New York City workers and helped expose poor working conditions 100 years ago.