The High Line, including Eisenhower, The Titanic, France, and The Meat Packing District
A small version of the Appalachian Trail? Sold for $10? The most radical use of The High Line? Houses and public spaces. A lap pool? A cow pasture? Why was it built? Why was it abandoned? Eisenhower and the demise. Herman Melville. Private vs. public or both, a new trend? The new city, or a city-within-a-city. Copy, then copied. France, Giuliani and Bloomberg.


Mansions, including Mansions-in-the-Sky
A murder? Mansions, a by-gone and short-lived era? How come? What led to their demise? Is there a new Mansion era? Mansions or want-to-be-chateaux, complete with moats? The pecking order of the servants. France-in-New-York-City. The Titanic. A decorative fence, a gift from an Emperor. Had to be fireproof and sound proof. "A wretched failure." Post-Mansions. Exteriors only.



Marilyn Monroe's New York
Imagine you are Marilyn Monroe in New York, igniting dynamite. Discover the places, where she lived, studied, filmed, stayed, dined, shopped, had her hair done, and pampered herself. The stories, the people, including the Sigmund Freud connection.


The Financial District / Wall Street / Ground Zero
1920, terrorism or an accident? Experience how New Amsterdam became NewYork, and then the world's financial capital. From a commercial and residential area to solely commercial and back to a commercial and residential area. Feel the power of J.P. Morgan. The buttonwood tree and the Exchange. Zoning in the 1910s and the 1960s. See New York's tallest building, 1846-1892. The world's tallest building, 1913-1930, a paid-in-full, no-mortgage building. Two architects' rivalry and the outcome.





TriBeCa
The juxtaposition of old and new gives TriBeCa a very New York feeling. Glass disks, so ahead of its time. Cast-iron and its importance in modern architecture. Mercantile structures. Full cycle from a residential area, to cheese, butter, eggs, spices, to commercial and light manufacturing, and back to a residential area. Different architectural styles side-by-side: Federal, Queen Anne, Italianate, Romanesque, Art Deco.


DUMBO and Vinegar Hill
The new TriBeCa? The new Village? Or deja passé? Meant to be another Brooklyn Heights? Eskimo Pie An Elevated Train. Bad or no urban planning, bypassing and cutting off a community. Cobblestone streets. Two bridges. Irish-Town. Greek Revival Houses. A Buddhist Temple in a gas station. The Admiral's House.



The East Village
Frank Lloyd Wright's teacher and his building. Laying out Manhattan's grid work street pattern. The City's "Gold Coast". A Henry J. Hardenbergh building, prior to The Plaza. The residence of John Jacob Astor, Cornelius Vanderbilt, etc. Where "Hair" and "A Chorus Line" were first performed. Mark Twain and Abraham Lincoln lectured there. The burial ground for Governor Stuyvesant and Commodore Perry. Peter Stuyvesant's farm.


Greenwich Village / The Village
Mae West. The City's first suburb? Edgar Allen Poe. 1917 and the Independence of The Village. A marshland? The Trial of the Century. Alexander Calder's father. Stanford White. Harry K. Thaw. The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing. John D. Rockefeller. A 1911 fire. Workers' rights. An Art Deco Prison, with famous women prisoners. The world's first night court.


Chelsea, The High Line, and The Meat Packing District
New York City, the first Hollywood. Mary Pickford. Who really wrote "Twas The Night Before Christmas" / "A Visit from St. Nicholas"? 19th Century charm. Anthony Perkins' Townhouse. Cushman Row, Greek Revival architecture. Arthur Miller, pre- and post-Marilyn Monroe. An early cooperative apartment house with a register that reads like an artistic and literary Who's Who. The High Line. The Meat Packing District.


SoHo / Nolita
Skyscrapers-to-be or wannabes? A red light district. Zoning and illegal living. Cast-Iron, the origins of the skyscraper. Flipping through the catalog. Richard Morris Hunt. Furrier. Glass disks and triangles, environmentally ahead of its day. John Gotti and the changing city. Tenements. Houston Street is named after _______(fill in the blank). An L-shaped building. Charlotte Astor.


Brooklyn Heights
A time capsule. The first NYC suburb? 19th Century America. Jackie Robinson. Truman Capote. Norman Mailer. Rudolph Giuliani, prior to being Mayor. Art Deco and Rockefeller Center-to-be. The Ocean Liner, The Normandie. Pinkie and an auction. The Brooklyn Bridge. Thomas Wolfe. Walt Whitman. Henry Miller.


Rockefeller Center / St. Patrick's Cathedral
A business and entertainment complex far in advance of its day. A city-within-a-city. A city-beneath-a-city. Pasture land,"common lands", Botanic Gardens, The new Opera House. Urban design, par excellence. Samuel L. "Roxy" Rothafel, the Roxyettes. A Cathedral's journey from downtown to 5th Avenue. The changing city as manifested by the Cathedral.


Gramercy Park
Gold keys for the Park. Prohibition. Babe Ruth. Humphrey Bogart. Quality of life. New York City's only private park. Who played in the Park, when he was 8 years old? Robert Henri / theAshcan School. George Bellows. Edward Hopper. Margaret Hamilton. Claudette Colbert. James Cagney. John Ringling. The architects: Henry J. Hardenbergh, Warren & Wetmore, Stanford White. Peter Cooper.


Humphrey Bogart's New York
A New York Boy. His childhood home. His favorite Manhattan hotel. His parents' post-Depression home. The first apartment. The clubs. His school. The first of four weddings. The various residences on the East and West Sides. The play and the theatre that put him on the map.


Harlem
The first female millionaire. "Don't Buy Where You Can'tWork." The Croix de Guerre. The City's first suburb? The Schomburg. The Harlems. Hotel Theresa. Blumstein's Department Store. The Tree of Hope. Strivers' Row. The Harlem Renaissance. The Cotton Club. The White Rose Home for Colored Working Girls (The White Rose Mission). The Lindy Hop. The Susie Q. Marcus Garvey. The Abyssinian Baptist Church.


Old Time New York Gangsters
Discover the places where some gangsters worked, lived, loved, and died - bullets or natural causes. The J.P. Morgan of the Underworld. The dapper and refined gangster. Sing Sing. A police lieutenant. District Attorney and then Governor Thomas E. Dewey. The1919 World Series. Gangsters, the ultimate capitalists / businessmen? Lucky Luciano's quote about the real criminals.