Category: Public Spaces

March 02 2020

Celebrating Saint Patrick since 1762

Though Ireland’s patron saint never set foot in the Americas, the very first Saint Patrick’s Day Parade took place right here in New York City just over two-and-a-half centuries ago, when a band of Irish soldiers serving in the British Army decided to celebrate the Feast Day of Saint Patrick by marching through the streets. Since then, the New York celebration has grown to become one of the most impressive annual parades in the world, featuring around 150,000 marchers and … Read More

February 03 2020

Great American Firsts: The New York Philharmonic

One of the cultural capitals of the world, New York City is responsible for a great many American firsts. One of those firsts is the New York Philharmonic, the oldest of the “Big Five” orchestras in North America, which has now been delighting audiences for 178 years. Other firsts the Philharmonic has given us include the American premiere of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in 1846, the world premiere of Dvořák’s New World Symphony in 1893, the world premiere of Gershwin’s An … Read More

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