The Many Lives of San Juan Hill

The Many Lives of San Juan Hill

There is no book on San Juan Hill, the Westside neighborhood that was essentially erased in the 1950s by a sweep of urban renewal.  For the past half-century, there has been little acknowledgment of it outside of references in “West Side Story,” the film that used the a...
Upper West Side Firsts

Upper West Side Firsts

What do the credit card, Oreo, and crossword puzzle have in common? All originated in New York City. From colonial times through the present day, first-of-their-kind achievements occurred in New York in every imaginable field, from the arts to sports, from business to...
Boss Tweed and 19 Months that Changed Central Park

Boss Tweed and 19 Months that Changed Central Park

LW! is doing a little time traveling to explore the darker side of the development of Central Park. It is somewhat miraculous that the park even exists, as back in the 1850s real estate developers and politicians were just as cozy as today. Add in the nefarious reign...
River: Living on the Hudson at the 79th Street Boat Basin

River: Living on the Hudson at the 79th Street Boat Basin

Climb aboard for a history of the Hudson River and its local environs from Dr. Leslie Day, a 36-year resident of the 79th Street Boat Basin. As a young woman, she moved into the water-based community alone, eventually meeting her husband and raising their child at...
Alloys: American Sculpture and Architecture  at Midcentury

Alloys: American Sculpture and Architecture at Midcentury

The 20 years following the end of WWII marked a profound period of synergy and exchange between sculpture and architecture in the U.S. Leading modernist architects such as Gordon Bunshaft and Eero Saarinen turned to sculptors including Harry Bertoia, Alexander...