Category: History

November 08 2019

New York Celebrates the 93rd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

When Macy’s department store hosted their first Thanksgiving parade in New York in 1924, no one was sure exactly how the public would respond. The parade, which consisted of whimsically costumed store employees, live musical entertainment, elaborate floats, and actual living animals (graciously lent by Central Park Zoo), was an enormous success, attracting 250,000 spectators to the parade route. Each year since then, except for a short stint during WWII, Macy’s has hosted its Thanksgiving Day Parade. Today, the parade … Read More

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