The restaurant that changed the way we dine—
said a New York newspaper when the Metropolitan opened its American Wing in 1924. This spring, a new, grander American Wing once again displays the collection that Lewis Mumford found “not merely an exhibition of art,” but “a pageant of American history.”
Peale’s Greatest Triumph
Mile for mile, it cost more in dollars—and lives—than any railroad ever built
No other impresario ever matched the record of the indomitable Max Maretzek in bringing new works and new stars to America
Miriam Follin had a penchant for diamonds, the demimonde, and the dramatic. She also possessed the business acumen to become one of America’s leading publishers in the nineteenth century
IT’S A PETRIFIED MAN!
IT’S A SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY IDOL!
IT’S A HOAX!
ITS THE CARDIFF GIANT!
“It is needless,” wrote his publisher, “to say anything of the writer of ‘Maple Leaf,’ ‘Cascades,’ ‘Sunflower’ or ‘Entertainer.’ You know him.” But this black genius died penniless and all but forgotten
HOW A CHAMPAGNE PICNIC ON MONUMENT MOUNTAIN LED TO A PROFOUND REVISION OF Moby Dick —AND DISENCHANTMENT
It moved more boys and girls than the Children’s Crusade of the Middle Ages—and to far happier conclusions
A visit to New York when it was little, not very old, and rather more attractive
AN IMPRESARIO NAMED HAMMERSTEIN SET HIS SIGHTS ON TUMBLING AN INSTITUTION CALLED THE MET
Thus Boss Richard Croker breezily dismissed charges of corruption. But the fortune he made from “honest graft” was not enough to buy him what he most wanted
Ever since 1792, bulls and bears together have tripped the light fantastic on Wall Street’s sidewalks—and sometimes just tripped
HIS GRANDSON RECALLS:
The old gray mare was not the ecological marvel, in American cities, that horse lovers like to believe
Columbia College presented a peaceful exterior in 1788, but inside its medical laboratories something strange was going on; and under cover of darkness freshly interred bodies were disappearing from nearby burying grounds
The 1910 race for the mayoralty of New York looked like a tough one.
Flags flew and champagne flowed when the Czar’s ships anchored in New York Harbor. Fifty years later we learned the reason for their surprise visit
The draft riots of 1863 turned a great city into a living hell.
New York received the great composer like a god; he responded con brio to its shiny gadgets and beautiful women and produced an “American” opera.
Maria Monk’s lurid “disclosures” and Samuel Morse’s dire warnings launched a crusade of bigotry that almost won the White House
In a day of rampant money-making, gentle Peter Cooper was not only a reformer but successful, widely loved, and rich.
John Roebling lost his life and his son lost his health, but after sixteen years the incredible Brooklyn Bridge was finished