Category Archives: Spring 2012

The Spring 2012 miNYstories were inspired by E.B. White’s Here is New York.

The Wizard of Oz: Musical Extravaganza

Creators Bess Goden and Katie Kraase Witch You must go to the wonderful Wizard of Oz. He alone has the power to transport you across the burning desert. As a member of the Witches’ Union I have business elsewhere. When

The Wizard of Oz: Musical Extravaganza

Creators Bess Goden and Katie Kraase Witch You must go to the wonderful Wizard of Oz. He alone has the power to transport you across the burning desert. As a member of the Witches’ Union I have business elsewhere. When

New York Harbor: Immigrants, Mobsters, and Treasures

Creators Bess Goden and Katie Kraase Where can you find a history of immigrants, gangsters, and lost treasures all while feeling a cool breeze blowing off the waters? New York Harbor, of course! This iconic and essential estuary is located

New York Harbor: Immigrants, Mobsters, and Treasures

Creators Bess Goden and Katie Kraase Where can you find a history of immigrants, gangsters, and lost treasures all while feeling a cool breeze blowing off the waters? New York Harbor, of course! This iconic and essential estuary is located

The Rise and Fall of Manhattan’s South Street Seaport

Creators Valerie Baloga and Denise Chavez Did you know that Lower Manhattan’s South Street was at one time completely underwater? The island was largely uninhabited until Dutch settlers arrived in the Seventeenth Century. They recognized the potential of the magnificent

The Rise and Fall of Manhattan’s South Street Seaport

Creators Valerie Baloga and Denise Chavez Did you know that Lower Manhattan’s South Street was at one time completely underwater? The island was largely uninhabited until Dutch settlers arrived in the Seventeenth Century. They recognized the potential of the magnificent

Holland’s Tunnel

Creator Leo Bellino and Courtney Masters The majestic 1.6 mile long Holland Tunnel is one of two underwater engineering marvels that connect Jersey City and New York City. The other being the nearby Hudson Tunnels now part of the Path

Holland’s Tunnel

Creator Leo Bellino and Courtney Masters The majestic 1.6 mile long Holland Tunnel is one of two underwater engineering marvels that connect Jersey City and New York City. The other being the nearby Hudson Tunnels now part of the Path

When Broadway Was a Country Road

Creators Allison Cloyd and Gianna Romano E.B. White wrote about New York in 1949: “Broadway has changed in aspect. It used to have a discernible bony structure … but the signs are so enormous now, the buildings and shops and

When Broadway Was a Country Road

Creators Allison Cloyd and Gianna Romano E.B. White wrote about New York in 1949: “Broadway has changed in aspect. It used to have a discernible bony structure … but the signs are so enormous now, the buildings and shops and

Miraculous and Implausible: A Brief History of the NYC Subway Map

Creators Allison Cloyd and Gianna Romano Of all the miraculous and implausible parts that make up New York City, the New York City Subway system has to rank in the top ten. The subway system of New York is one

Miraculous and Implausible: A Brief History of the NYC Subway Map

Creators Allison Cloyd and Gianna Romano Of all the miraculous and implausible parts that make up New York City, the New York City Subway system has to rank in the top ten. The subway system of New York is one

The Subterranean Works of New York

Creators Robert Moeller and Leila Sterman We rarely think about the ground below our feet. In New York, the ground is the sidewalk, mostly. However, there are billions of years of geologic history that lie beneath the sidewalk, beneath the

The Subterranean Works of New York

Creators Robert Moeller and Leila Sterman We rarely think about the ground below our feet. In New York, the ground is the sidewalk, mostly. However, there are billions of years of geologic history that lie beneath the sidewalk, beneath the

The Life of Pneumatic Tubes

Creators Amelia Catalano and Alison Rhonemus Pfft – just like that. So, E.B. White describes the efficiency of the pneumatic mail service in New York, only four years before its demise. White describes the process of conveying mail through pneumatic

The Life of Pneumatic Tubes

Creators Amelia Catalano and Alison Rhonemus Pfft – just like that. So, E.B. White describes the efficiency of the pneumatic mail service in New York, only four years before its demise. White describes the process of conveying mail through pneumatic

From Peep Shows to Olive Garden: Representations of Times Square

Creators Robert Moeller and Leila Sterman New York City has always exhibited a propensity for reconstruction. From the Highline Park in Manhattan to the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s revitalization, spaces get defined, discussed, represented, and often given an encore after their

From Peep Shows to Olive Garden: Representations of Times Square

Creators Robert Moeller and Leila Sterman New York City has always exhibited a propensity for reconstruction. From the Highline Park in Manhattan to the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s revitalization, spaces get defined, discussed, represented, and often given an encore after their

The Transformation of the Peter Cooper Tenements

Creators Leo Bellino and Courtney Masters Plans for the housing unit that would come to be known as “Stuytown” began in 1942-1943 after the housing shortage following the Great Depression. With a surplus of World War II veterans returning to

The Transformation of the Peter Cooper Tenements

Creators Leo Bellino and Courtney Masters Plans for the housing unit that would come to be known as “Stuytown” began in 1942-1943 after the housing shortage following the Great Depression. With a surplus of World War II veterans returning to

Excuse my Dust: The New York Life of Dorothy Parker

Creators Amelia Catalano and Alison Rhonemus One of the most frustrating things for Dorothy parker, in her mind, is that she was not born a “native New Yorker.” Despite her protest, Parker would come to embodied all that forms the

Excuse my Dust: The New York Life of Dorothy Parker

Creators Amelia Catalano and Alison Rhonemus One of the most frustrating things for Dorothy parker, in her mind, is that she was not born a “native New Yorker.” Despite her protest, Parker would come to embodied all that forms the

Re-examining an Ex-Speakeasy

Creators Rachel Wittmann, Boni Joi Koelliker, Mary Seem, Erin Noto On January 16th 1920, when The Volstead Act, or what is commonly known as Prohibition was passed, making it illegal to consume alcoholic beverages, no one could have predicted the

Re-examining an Ex-Speakeasy

Creators Rachel Wittmann, Boni Joi Koelliker, Mary Seem, Erin Noto On January 16th 1920, when The Volstead Act, or what is commonly known as Prohibition was passed, making it illegal to consume alcoholic beverages, no one could have predicted the

The Third Avenue El: Noise-talgia

Creators Rachel Wittmann, Boni Joi Koelliker, Mary Seem, Erin Noto Deemed “the most ideal way of getting about in the world” the Third Avenue El was both loved and loathed during its 77-year existence. Built in 14 months and opened

The Third Avenue El: Noise-talgia

Creators Rachel Wittmann, Boni Joi Koelliker, Mary Seem, Erin Noto Deemed “the most ideal way of getting about in the world” the Third Avenue El was both loved and loathed during its 77-year existence. Built in 14 months and opened

Changeless and Changing in Lincoln Center

Creators Valerie Baloga and Denise Chavez “To a New Yorker, the city is both changeless and changing. In many respects it neither looks nor feels the way it did twenty-five years ago”. When E. B White wrote these words in

Changeless and Changing in Lincoln Center

Creators Valerie Baloga and Denise Chavez “To a New Yorker, the city is both changeless and changing. In many respects it neither looks nor feels the way it did twenty-five years ago”. When E. B White wrote these words in

Changing Times: The Evolution of the New York Newspaper Industry

Creators Stephanie Turnbull, Jeremy Rossen, and Lauren Reinhalter To author E. B White, it seemed like the New York City newspapers of 1949 were on their way out. In his essay Here is New York, White writes, “There are fewer

Changing Times: The Evolution of the New York Newspaper Industry

Creators Stephanie Turnbull, Jeremy Rossen, and Lauren Reinhalter To author E. B White, it seemed like the New York City newspapers of 1949 were on their way out. In his essay Here is New York, White writes, “There are fewer

Stubborn Facts: Technology in the Jet Age

Creators Stephanie Turnbull, Jeremy Rossen, and Lauren Reinhalter To writer E. B. White in 1949, New York was, for the first time, destructible. In his travel essay entitled Here is New York, he writes, “A single flight of planes no

Stubborn Facts: Technology in the Jet Age

Creators Stephanie Turnbull, Jeremy Rossen, and Lauren Reinhalter To writer E. B. White in 1949, New York was, for the first time, destructible. In his travel essay entitled Here is New York, he writes, “A single flight of planes no