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Earth, “Mad Men” location: “Heller’s Luxury Furs,” 246 Seventh Avenue, Manhattan.

It’s been a while since I’ve done a “Mad Men geography” post. This one is a little obscure, but, I think, important to the show. This address, 246 Seventh Avenue in … Continue reading

June 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

The boat that sank a neighborhood: the “General Slocum” disaster.

One hundred and ten years ago today, on June 15, 1904, virtually the entire congregation of the German Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Mark, in the East Village of New … Continue reading

June 15, 2014 · 1 Comment

Mashup Storypitch: “Annie Hall, Episode IV: A New Hope.”

This is the fourth in a series of blogs I’m calling “Mashup Storypitches,” where I take two or more stories from popular culture–movies, books or TV shows–that share a trivial commonality, … Continue reading

June 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Earth, “Mad Men” location (and some history): Sardi’s, 234 West 44th Street.

Admit it. You love Mad Men geography. This is Sardi’s, one of the most famous restaurants in Manhattan. Sardi’s is woven so tightly into the history and culture of the Broadway theater … Continue reading

June 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Happy birthday to the Chrysler Building, the Art Deco jewel of a vanished age.

On May 27, 1930, 84 years ago today, the Chrysler Building in New York City first opened to the public. At that time it was both the tallest building and … Continue reading

May 27, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Winds of Change, New York City 1945-46

Originally posted on If It Happened Yesterday, It's History:
(New York City. Sometimes referred to as the Wonder City or the City of Tomorrow.) Every year millions of migrating…

May 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Earth, “Mad Men” location (and some history): Hotel Pennsylvania, formerly the Statler Hilton.

Ready for more Mad Men geography? This is the Hotel Pennsylvania, one of the most famous luxury hotels in Manhattan. It has stood on this spot (401 7th Avenue) since 1919, … Continue reading

May 21, 2014 · 1 Comment

Earth, “Mad Men” location: the Campbells’ apartment, Park Avenue & East 83rd Street.

More Mad Men geography! I’ve now showcased the home addresses of two of the show’s main characters, Don Draper and Joan Holloway. Now it’s the turn of Pete Campbell–in many ways … Continue reading

May 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Earth, “Mad Men” location (and some history): White Horse Tavern, 567 Hudson Street.

This post is more history than anything else, and its connection to Mad Men is tenuous–it is mentioned, but never seen, in a line of dialogue in a season 4 episode … Continue reading

April 28, 2014 · 1 Comment

Moses’s great boondoggle, continued: the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair [Part II].

Part I of my article on the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair ran last night; the link is here. Just like the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair, the sequel in … Continue reading

April 22, 2014 · 1 Comment
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