History

Home Owners’ Loan Corp., used what many historians believe were racist guidelines when appraising areas, a practice known as "redlining." (Photo by Aaron Mayorga via The Riverdale Press)

Showing Redlining’s Impact in the Bronx

Bronx, History, Housing March 5, 2018 at 4:08 pm

The discriminatory practice of redlining and its impact in the Bronx is explored in a new interactive exhibit, reports The Riverdale Press.

227 Abolitionist Place (Screen shot via Brooklyn Daily Eagle video)

Trying to Preserve History on Abolitionist Place

African American, Brooklyn, History March 2, 2018 at 5:14 pm

One family hopes to keep part of the property at 227 Duffield St. in Brooklyn in order to preserve its history as a station on the Underground Railroad, reports Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

Frederick Douglass and his paternal great-great-grandson, Lloyd Weaver (Photos via BK Reader)

On the Legacy of Frederick Douglass

African American, Brooklyn, History February 28, 2018 at 4:12 pm

Lloyd Weaver speaks to BK Reader about his great-great-grandfather, Frederick Douglass, in a wide-ranging interview in honor of the abolitionist’s bicentennial birthday.

The Hungarian House on East 82nd Street (Photo by Anna Brooks via Our Town)

The Hungarian House – Then and Now

Culture, History, Manhattan February 7, 2018 at 3:39 pm

Our Town traces the history of the Hungarian House on the Upper East Side, from its early years as a refuge to more recent decades when it “started to lose its identity.”

Members of the judiciary singing at Kings County Supreme Court. (Photo by Rob Aburzzese via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Marking Black History Month

African American, Black, Brooklyn, Culture, History, Queens February 7, 2018 at 1:08 pm

A wide range of exhibits, performances and events are planned to mark Black History Month.

J. Marion Sims statue in East Harlem (Photo by Eden, Janine and Jim, Creative Commons license)

Sims Statue Relocation Sparks Letter-Writing Campaign

Brooklyn, History January 26, 2018 at 3:18 pm

In letters to the president of Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn residents railed against the decision to move the statue of J. Marion Sims to the site after Brooklyn Paper reported that the move came at his request.

On August 26, 2017 an unknown vandal spray-painted ‘racist’ on the back of the Sims statue and splashed red paint over his face.

Opinion: J. Marion Sims – Keeping White Supremacy on Its Pedestal

Black, History, Manhattan, Opinion, Women January 25, 2018 at 1:50 pm

A piece in Virtual Boricua describes the city’s failure to remove altogether the state of J. Marion Sims as an “unacceptable insult to the East Harlem community.”

This statue of J. Marion Sims, who operated on black women slaves without anesthesia, will be moving from Central Park to Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery following outcry about Sims’ historical legacy. (Photo courtesy of the NYC Parks Department via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

City to Relocate Statue of Controversial Doctor

Brooklyn, History January 17, 2018 at 5:24 pm

Brooklyn Daily Eagle reports on the relocation to the borough of the statue of Dr. J. Marion Sims, the only city monument to be moved.

"The Irish Remedy – Emigration To America," 1898. (Illustration via The New York Public Library Digital Collections)

‘Trump Would Have Turned Away the Famine Irish Just Like the Salvadorans’

History, Immigration, Opinion, Western European January 12, 2018 at 1:52 pm

An Irish Central column compares the plight of 19th century Irish immigrants to that of Salvadorans today.

(Photo via BAM website)

MLK Events Planned for NYC

African American, History, New York January 11, 2018 at 4:04 pm

Community media outlets report on a number of events commemorating Martin Luther King scheduled for Monday, Jan. 15.

(Photo via The Wave)

The Wave Marks 125 Years

Brooklyn, History, Media January 10, 2018 at 4:06 pm

In a story on its 125th year, The Wave describes the tragedy in 1892 that led to its inaugural issue, and a more recent disaster that caused it to stop publishing for the first time in more than a century.

(Image via Greek News)

Minoan Art – Restored or Reconstituted?

Culture, History, Western European December 8, 2017 at 3:37 pm

An exhibit and book explore the ways in which Minoan art was “reconstituted,” reports Greek News.

At the memorial services for victims of the Holodomor on Nov. 18. (Photo by Irena Reyant-Saviano)

Victims of Holodomor in Ukraine Remembered

Eastern European, History, Manhattan December 1, 2017 at 5:05 pm

Ukrainians in NYC marked the death of millions in 1932-33, reports Svoboda.

(Photo by Mark Hallum via Times Ledger)

Action on a Queens Burial Ground?

African American, History, Queens December 1, 2017 at 4:57 pm

Times Ledger reports on the prospects for a restoration of Old Towne Burial Ground in Flushing.

Souksavat Soukhaseum (Photo via New York Jewish Life)

The Future of a Century-Old Flushing Synagogue

History, Jewish, Queens November 10, 2017 at 4:53 pm

New York Jewish Life describes how the century-old Free Synagogue of Flushing is “experiencing a renaissance.”