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Anna Kahn

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The Firemen's Memorial

The Firemen’s Memorial is a bustling hidden gem tucked behind a quaint tree-lined street on the historic Upper West Side. Whether it ’ s eating, jogging, or going for the afternoon stroller ride, many individuals can be seen enjoying the serenity offered at the memorial. The location is truly spectacular as the monument neighbors and overlooks the beautiful Riverside Park. However, the Firemen’s Memorial is not just a spot for people to socialize and frequent -- it has much more significant historical roots. Like other metropolitan cities in the 18th and 19th centuries, many buildings in New York City were destroyed by large raging fires. In a fire during the American Revolutionary War, and the Great Fires of 1835 and 1845, hundreds of buildings were destroyed, and many people lost their lives -- including 50 on-duty firefighters. To commemorate the bravery of these 50 firefighters, the...
Posted to Attractions on Friday, August 10, 2018 at 10:18:19 AM


Barney’s, Bergdorf’s, and Bloomingdale’s have always been widely recognized names in the New York City fashion world. People travel from all over the world to walk along Fifth and Madison Avenues on the East Side to get their fashion fix, but, what about the West Side? Back in 1967, the Upper West Side got its first taste of high fashion with the opening of Charivari. Charivari was a family business started by Selma Weiser and her daughter, Barbara, and son, Jon. The family had fallen on hard times, Selma had lost her job as a buyer for a department store in New Jersey and was going through a devastating divorce. The family was close to selling their home when Selma had the idea to open a store. The family was able to find a dingy store on Broadway and 85th Street, the location at the time was not...
Posted to Attractions on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 11:55:55 AM

Discover The Best Kept Times Square Secret

One of the best-kept secrets of Times Square and often nicknamed the “hum,” Max Neuhaus’s “Times Square” sound installation is meant to be discovered by visitors on their own at the north end of the triangular pedestrian island located at Broadway between 45th and 46th Streets.  Neuhaus intended the work to be passed by until it became a sort of personal encounter. First installed in the subway ventilation shaft in 1977 to 1992 and then later restored in 2002, the unlabeled work of art has no sound system in sight.  You may notice a low, distinctive “hum” mixed in with all the crazy sounds of Times Square and keep on walking or stop to figure out where this uncanny sound is coming from when you realize it is not just subway noise.  It certainly is worthy of attention if you are tuned in.  Max Neuhaus describes his “sound sculpture” as “a rich, harmonic sound texture resembling the after-ring of large...
Posted to Attractions on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 11:33:26 AM


New York City is home to many iconic landmarks and while the Statue of Liberty and Wall Street Bull are widely recognized, lesser-known Audrey Munson is a star in her own right. Munson, considered to be “America’s First Supermodel,” is the inspiration for over 15 statues throughout New York City, many of which are on the Upper West Side. You may not realize it, but you pass Munson every day! Audrey was born in Rochester, New York in 1891 but was discovered on the streets of NYC in 1909 by photographer Felix Benedict Herzog. At the time Munson was struggling to pursue a career as an actress, Felix introduced her to several artists and she quickly became their muse. By 1913, she had achieved complete celebrity status and was dubbed “Miss Manhattan” which ultimately led to her starring in her first film, “Inspiration,” where she was the first...
Posted to Attractions on Saturday, August 13, 2016 at 5:48:30 PM


We love Carnegie Hill, it just feels like you’re away from it all! While living on this fast-paced island called Manhattan, Carnegie Hill retains its serenity, elegance and old-world charm. Bordering Central Park, between East 86th and East 96th streets and Fifth and Third Avenues, Carnegie Hill has long been popular for its many well-regarded private and public schools, shopping, dining and neighborhood feel. Carnegie Hill took its name from the steel magnate Andrew Carnegie, who in 1902 moved into an opulent Beaux Arts-meets-Georgian mansion on Fifth Avenue and 91st Street which today is home to our beloved Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. Carnegie’s arrival raised the neighborhood’s status, and more mansions and town houses followed.   Speaking of museums, be sure to take advantage of the Museum Mile Festival on  Tuesday, June 14 at 6 PM - 9 PM .  Now celebrating its 38th year, the annual Museum...
Posted to Attractions on Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 1:38:44 PM

Balto Is No Ordinary Husky

Statues are just one way through which the Central Park Conservancy accomplishes its mission of keeping Central Park beautiful. The total number of sculptures in the care of the Central Park Conservancy is said to be over 50. The statues depict an array of characters including authors, poets, military heroes, and American historical figures. There are also a few statues of wonderful animals, most notably the statue of Balto. Balto was a black and white Siberian husky sled dog who led his team on the final leg of the 1925 run to Nome, Alaska to deliver a diphtheria antitoxin serum to combat an outbreak of diphtheria. The serum was first transported by train from Anchorage, Alaska to Nenana, Alaska and then was scheduled to continue to Nome via aircraft. However, the engine of the only aircraft that could quickly deliver the medicine was frozen and would not start....
Posted to Attractions on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 11:22:02 AM

Gotham's Graffiti Influence

When you think of graffiti what comes to mind?  The New York City Subway during the 1970’s and 80’s is my first image.  Although graffiti in New York City was helped by the subway system, you will be surprised to know that modern graffiti actually started in the 1960’s in Philadelphia.  It was not until after the death of famous Jazz musician Charlie Parker, nicknamed Bird, that graffiti began appearing in NYC with the words “Bird Lives”.  It would still take at least another decade for the center of graffiti culture to shift from Philadelphia to New York where it gained media attention. The pioneers of modern graffiti in New York City during the 1970s were TAKI 183 and TRACY 168 along with DONDI, Lady Pink, Zephyr, Julio 204, STAY HIGH 149, PHASE2.  Graffiti at that time was most prevalent in Washington Heights.  The writers would add their...
Posted to Attractions on Thursday, January 07, 2016 at 11:24:49 AM

The Park in the Sky

In 1847 the City of New York authorized street level railroad tracks down Manhattan’s West Side on Tenth Avenue to ship freight.  Tenth Avenue became known as “Death Avenue” because so many accidents occurred between trains and other traffic.  The railroads even had men called the “West Side Cowboys” to ride horses and wave flags in front of trains, but the accidents continued.   After much debate on the continued accidents, in 1929 the City, the State of New York, and the New York Central Railroad then agreed to elevate the tracks.  It was a large project conceived by Robert Moses that also included the construction of the West Side Elevated Highway. The 13-mile project also added 32 acres to Riverside Park. It cost more than $150,000,000 (about $2,060,174,000 today). It became known as the High Line.  Following the growth of the interstate trucking business the last...
Posted to Attractions on Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 1:51:42 PM

Architect Spotlight: Emery Roth

This Hungarian-born architect shaped our city in the 1920s and 1930s.   Roth’s family, destitute after the death of his father, sent the 13 year old Emery to America to seek his fortune.  Always sketching, Roth early on developed an interest in architecture and decided to make that his career.  At that time, the study of architecture consisted of making endless drawings of existing architectural details from Roman, Renaissance, Gothic and other period buildings. But he excelled in this skill, and ultimately landed a position designing buildings for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago.  While there, he met and impressed Richard Morris Hunt, one of the pre-eminent architects of the period, and soon joined Hunt’s firm in New York.   He honed his skills, learning the structural side of the profession, and in 1898 bought an existing practice.   Over the years, Roth excelled in the design of...
Posted to Architecture on Wednesday, September 02, 2015 at 2:54:32 PM

Be Boring for the Board

“The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.” – Lady Dorothy Nevill. Congratulations!  You have been invited to the wonderful world of co-op board interviews. With a bit of preparation by checking out these tips you should be ahead of the game navigating this terrain. Step 1. Be boring. Seriously, this is not the time to show them how charming you can be or your avant-garde fashion sense. I recommend wearing something you would wear to a corporate business interview and for women to avoid wearing super-high heels.  You don’t want to walk into a room with loud clacking shoes that will give the board visions of future noise complaints.  And while you may be dressing like this is a job interview remember don’t...
Posted to Board Interview on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 1:49:51 PM

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