Category Archives: Fall 2012

The Fall 2012 miNYstories were inspired by From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg.

“The Maxim’s of the Disenfranchised”: Automats in the Cultural Imagination of New York

Around six o’clock on the evening of Tuesday, April 9, 1991, the last automat restaurant in New York City locked its doors for its final day of business.

“The Maxim’s of the Disenfranchised”: Automats in the Cultural Imagination of New York

Around six o’clock on the evening of Tuesday, April 9, 1991, the last automat restaurant in New York City locked its doors for its final day of business.

Olivetti Typewriters: Italian Design, New York City Intrigue

From 1954 until 1970, the Olivetti Typewriter showcase drew in passers-by with a Lettera-22 typewriter bolted to the sidewalk outside of their sleek, modern showroom.

Olivetti Typewriters: Italian Design, New York City Intrigue

From 1954 until 1970, the Olivetti Typewriter showcase drew in passers-by with a Lettera-22 typewriter bolted to the sidewalk outside of their sleek, modern showroom.

Wondrous Fountains of NYC

New York City is home to some of the most impressive fountains in the world. The city can boast of fifty five public fountains within its boundaries.

Wondrous Fountains of NYC

New York City is home to some of the most impressive fountains in the world. The city can boast of fifty five public fountains within its boundaries.

Histories of Waste

In what now are called old times, sailors would gage how close they were to the city by smell. Even six-miles out, the rank effluviums of filth and squalor–the redolent-birthmark of developing New York–greeted green-horned immigrants with savage immediacy.

Histories of Waste

In what now are called old times, sailors would gage how close they were to the city by smell. Even six-miles out, the rank effluviums of filth and squalor–the redolent-birthmark of developing New York–greeted green-horned immigrants with savage immediacy.

Nickel and Dimed: Horn & Hardart Gilt Edge Coffee

In 1870, Frank Hardart was working in a small café in New Orleans, a city that appreciated good coffee.

Nickel and Dimed: Horn & Hardart Gilt Edge Coffee

In 1870, Frank Hardart was working in a small café in New Orleans, a city that appreciated good coffee.

The Stylistic Progression of New York City Fountains

Some of the very first fountains in ancient times were created to bring clean water to urban citizens, and it was no different in New York City.

The Stylistic Progression of New York City Fountains

Some of the very first fountains in ancient times were created to bring clean water to urban citizens, and it was no different in New York City.

Harlem: Black Capital of the United States

In the early 20th century, roughly a quarter million blacks moved to New York City, more than 50,000 of which were living in the neighborhood of Harlem situated in northern Manhattan.

Harlem: Black Capital of the United States

In the early 20th century, roughly a quarter million blacks moved to New York City, more than 50,000 of which were living in the neighborhood of Harlem situated in northern Manhattan.