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Fun weird NYC history, one topic for every letter of the alphabet.


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Title: Ugliest Buildings, Part II: Modernism

Ugliest Buildings, Part II: Modernism

January 3rd, 2017

Who thought these were a good idea?  Seriously.  On Day 1, when the money guys met with the building guys, why didn’t they scream and run away?  Did… Go to Episode

Ugliest Buildings, Part I: Brutalism

December 26th, 2016

Imposing concrete blocks surround New Yorkers, but WHY? Who built them?  Were they truly considered to be good decisions at the time?  Will we ever… Go to Episode

Toynbee Tiles

April 30th, 2016

Raising the dead on Jupiter! This idea is why one person has embedded linoleum tiles in the asphalt of major avenues of NYC and in other cities around… Go to Episode

Sailors’ Snug Harbor: Special Micro-Episode!

April 2nd, 2016

Today, Snug Harbor in Staten Island is a busy cultural center and gorgeous botanic garden. But when Sailors’ Snug Harbor initially opened in 1833, it… Go to Episode