Category: History

October 07 2019

The Rink at Rockefeller Center Plaza: A Promethean City Icon

From the Statue of Liberty to Grand Central Terminal, to the Empire State Building, New York City abounds with iconic landmarks. Just a leisurely four-minute stroll from our hotel, the Rink at Rockefeller Center Plaza is another such landmark, frequently appearing in movies and television shows over the decades. Though you’ve probably seen the rink and the 18-foot golden statue of Prometheus that overlooks it, you might never have noticed the inscription on the wall behind: “Prometheus, Teacher in Every … Read More

June 05 2019

New York Celebrates WorldPride 2019

It was warm in Greenwich Village in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, when police launched a raid on the Stonewall Inn. The fact of the raid itself wasn’t unusual. Authorities often targeted bars that catered to gays and lesbians, drag queens, transgender people, vagrant youth, and others in the LGBTQ community. The response, however, was anything but normal. This time, the patrons fought back, in a confrontation that would become famous the world over as the Stonewall … Read More

May 06 2019

Much Ado About Shakespeare

Though the Globe Theatre of London was Shakespeare’s original theatrical home, today, more than four hundred years after the Bard laid down his pen for the last time, our very own Central Park becomes the center of the Shakespearean universe for a few months each summer. From May through August, Shakespeare in the Park stages two extravagant productions at the magnificent Delacorte Theater, an open-air venue that seats up to 1800 lucky viewers. First up this summer is Much Ado … Read More