I’m a history buff who loves exploring the city on foot.
I began this blog in the bitter cold winter of 2012, partly because I wanted to figure out how this WordPress thing worked, and partly because I had started to take walks. Many walks. In bone-chilling, 23-degree weather. I had no clear itinerary for these walks, followed wherever my curiosity took me, and began writing down what I had noticed.
One thing I did notice was that construction is everywhere; New York City keeps reincarnating itself. What was once a majestic bank has now become a private residence and art gallery. The creaking masts of the Peking at South Street Seaport are tangent reminders of the Big Apple’s rich seafaring history. I began to wonder about the stories behind the places that I had passed by everyday but never seemed to take notice of. I would hurry home with questions, uncover interesting historical tidbits about the city, and started taking notes. And thus this blog was born.
I don’t spend hours conducting research at the library; much of what I learn has come from those who are far more expert on matters of New York City history. What I hope to do with this blog is to retell the stories of New York City’s past through photos and images of places and moments, big and small. It is a way for me to document my studies of the characters, sights, and smells of New York. A city I have come to love more and more with each walk I take.
Likes: Dormer windows, vintage maps, cobblestones peeking out underneath asphalt, colonial New York, tenement buildings, bodies of water, old restaurants, cornice moldings, Chinatown, neon signs, ancient gnarly trees, used bookstores, bucolic rambles
Dislikes: Rats and pigeons