History

Visiting nurse in tenement yard, circa 1912. Photo by Jessie Tarbox Beals (Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives)

‘The Lung Block’ – Disrupting the Narrative of Italian Immigrants

How genealogical research on an Italian ancestor resulted in a re-evaluation of immigrant history in a square block of Lower Manhattan.

Rendering of "Our Destiny, Our Democracy," the planned monument to Shirley Chisholm by  Amanda Williams and Olalekan Jeyifous (Courtesy of the artists, via BK Reader)

Monument to Honor Chisholm Selected

Culture, History, Politics, Women May 14, 2019 at 4:24 pm

The artists say their design for the monument to Rep. Shirley Chisholm “celebrates [her] legacy as a civil servant who ‘left the door open’ to make room for others to follow in her path toward equity.” BK Reader reports on the selection and its attributes.

One of the historic houses at Weeksville Heritage Center. (Photo by Lore Croghan via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Weeksville Raises More Than $200K

Black, Brooklyn, History May 13, 2019 at 4:41 pm

BK Reader and Brooklyn Daily Eagle report on a crowdfunding effort to save the Weeksville Heritage Center in Crown Heights.

Chinese railroad workers (Photo courtesy of MOCA via World Journal)

MOCA Program Highlights Chinese Railroad Workers

East Asian, History, Manhattan April 17, 2019 at 5:34 pm

To mark the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, the Museum of Chinese in America is organizing a 15,000-mile run with 1,500 runners and gathering 150 immigrant stories, reports World Journal.

This “resident certificate” allowed Jewish refugees fleeing from Nazi persecution to settle in Shanghai. (Photo from the Amud Aish Memorial Museum via Brooklyn Paper)

‘Jewish Refugees in Shanghai’ on View

Brooklyn, History, Jewish April 16, 2019 at 5:27 pm

The Brooklyn Public Library has on exhibit photos and documents of Jewish refugees who fled parts of Europe for Shanghai, with some eventually emigrating to Brooklyn, reports Brooklyn Paper.

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First Synagogue Recognized in Lower Manhattan

History, Jewish, Manhattan April 10, 2019 at 5:16 pm

A street in Lower Manhattan has been co-named “Mill Street Synagogue/Seixas Way” in honor of the first synagogue in the U.S., founded by a congregation of Spanish and Portuguese origin, reports The Broadsheet.

Parishioners of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church  (Photo by Corazon Aguirre/ebrooklyn media via Brooklyn Reporter)

Historic Lithuanian Church in Brooklyn Restored

Brooklyn, History, Northern Europe, Religion April 2, 2019 at 4:24 pm

The Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Williamsburg, now in its 149th year, held a rededication ceremony, writes Brooklyn Reporter.

Manhattan Chinatown Urges Newark to Commemorate Its Own

Manhattan Chinatown Urges Newark to Commemorate Its Own

East Asian, History, Metro Area March 29, 2019 at 5:40 pm

World Journal reports on efforts to recognize and celebrate Newark’s Chinatown, now long gone.

Dancing the Lindy Hop

Dancing the Lindy Hop

Today’s Lindy Hoppers practice their moves at a school in Harlem – and on the streets of NYC.

The new building will feature church space and affordable housing. (Photo via The Bronx Free Press)

Historic Black Church in the Bronx Survives

Black, Bronx, History, Religion March 22, 2019 at 4:59 pm

After years of financial problems, the First Union Baptist Church will keep its current building and undergo construction work “thanks to a unique settlement deal,” writes The Bronx Free Press.

"Last Banquet"

‘China: June 4, 1989’ Exhibition Revived

Culture, East Asian, History March 8, 2019 at 2:55 pm

The Asian American Arts Centre will give more than 100 works of art inspired by the Tiananmen Square massacre to the California-based organization Humanitarian China for a traveling exhibition and a planned museum, reports Sing Tao Daily.

Despite the fact that Italians have moved out of Bensonhurst in recent years, there are still signs of a vibrant Italian life, such as the Tribuzio Meat Market and the Congrega San Vito Do Ciminna Club on 18th Avenue. (Photo courtesy of Raymond Guarini via Brooklyn Reporter)

Recording Italian-American History in Brooklyn and Beyond

Brooklyn, Culture, History, Western European March 5, 2019 at 4:29 pm

Bay Ridge native Raymond Guarini works to preserve the history and stories of Italian Americans in Brooklyn and across the country, writes Brooklyn Reporter.

Wang Dan at his 50th birthday celebration. (Photo via World Journal)

Turning 50, Tiananmen Activist Vows to Find Solution for China

East Asian, History February 28, 2019 at 5:44 pm

Tiananmen Square activist Wang Dan celebrated his 50th birthday with friends, including others who 30 years ago fought against autocracy, reports World Journal.

Yu Hye-kyung, a grand-niece of patriot Yu Gwan-sun, is holding a photo of Yu In-Seok(on the right side), who is her grandfather and younger brother of Yu Gwan-sun, and her uncle Yu Je-chong(on the left side), at the opening ceremony for a memorial to Yu Gwan-sun. (Photo via The Korea Times)

‘The Spirit of Yu Gwan-sun is in the Spotlight Again’

East Asian, History, Metro Area, New York February 28, 2019 at 4:14 pm

The grand-niece of Yu Gwan-sun, a heroine of the March 1st Korean independence movement, speaks with The Korea Times about her great-aunt and other relatives active in the movement.

(Photo by Huimin Hsu via World Journal)

The Life of a Writer Derailed by China-US Relationship

East Asian, History February 12, 2019 at 2:12 pm

“When I met President Carter, I told him I was Teresa Chao and thanked him. He said: ‘I remember you. That was my job, what I should do. I wish you the best’,” Teresa Chao, aka Teresa Buczacki, told the World Journal. Chao, who used the Chinese Yunhui Chao backRead More