Category: History

March 07 2018

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in New York City

As winter turns to spring, the biggest event in New York this month is the annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration. The first ever St. Patrick’s Day Parade was held right here in Manhattan in 1762, and today, the tradition continues with an extravagant procession the morning of Saturday, March 17, which starts at 44th St. and 5th Ave. and continues up 5th Ave. for about two hours, ending at the American Irish Historical Society at 80th St. The Lotte New … Read More

November 03 2017

St. Patrick’s Cathedral: North America’s Grandest Church

One of the most famous and distinctive landmarks in New York City, St. Patrick’s Cathedral occupies the entire block immediately west of the Lotte New York Palace Hotel between 50th and 51st St. As the seat of the Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York and the largest Neo-Gothic-style cathedral in all of North America, St. Patrick’s can be quite imposing, especially when viewed from the 5th Avenue entrance, where onlookers can gaze up in wonder at the … Read More

October 03 2017

Rockefeller Center Plaza: A Story of Ice and Fire

In the Lower Plaza of Rockefeller Center, one of New York City’s most famous sculptures depicts a gilded, 8-ton, 18-foot Prometheus descending from the heavens to bestow fire, and thus civilization, on humankind. On the red granite behind him, the inscription: “Prometheus, Teacher in Every Art, Brought the Fire That Hath Proved to Mortals a Means to Mighty Ends.” Few artworks encapsulate the extraordinary striving and dynamism that epitomize life in New York City. It’s a dynamism born of not … Read More