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Earth, “Mad Men” location: Joan Holloway’s apartment, 42 West 12th Street.

Ready for some more Mad Men Geography? This very fashionable address is on West 12th Street, and is evidently the apartment of Joan Holloway (played by Christina Hendricks), the extremely buxom, … Continue reading

April 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Historic photo: Longacre Square, New York City, 1880. Do you know what it’s called now?

Look at the above photo, which was taken in New York City in or around the year 1880. I won’t tell you exactly where this is because it will give … Continue reading

April 8, 2014 · 1 Comment

Earth, “Mad Men” location (and some history): the original Benihana, 47 West 56th Street.

This is my second Mad Men Geography post (I think I’m going to create a tag for that!). The first is here. Above you see the facade of a Benihana Japanese … Continue reading

April 7, 2014 · 4 Comments

Earth, “Mad Men” location: the Draper residence, 783 Park Avenue.

I love Mad Men, the AMC television series about ad execs in the 1960s. I love it. It may be the greatest show I’ve ever watched in my life, possibly even … Continue reading

March 30, 2014 · 1 Comment

America’s Paris: the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s.

This is the fifth article in my 1920s Week series. New York City has been lively at any time during its 400-year history, but in the 1920s the epicenter of … Continue reading

March 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

The myth of the 38 idle witnesses: The murder of Kitty Genovese.

Today is the 50th anniversary of one of the most infamous murders in recent American history. On March 13, 1964, at about 3:15 in the morning, Kitty Genovese, a 28-year-old … Continue reading

March 13, 2014 · 2 Comments

“Suffocated While Drunk”: A forgotten Victorian death on the eve of the Great Blizzard of 1888.

One hundred and twenty-six years ago today, on March 11, 1888, one of the largest blizzards ever to hit North America began its icy assault on the eastern seaboard. As … Continue reading

March 11, 2014 · 2 Comments

Ally McBeal meets Dante’s Inferno: the infamous Clifford Chance memo.

Did you ever watch the late 90s sitcom Ally McBeal? It was a pleasant, fluffy little show about a lawyer (played by Calista Flockhart) who practiced at an upbeat, swingin’ law … Continue reading

February 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Earth: Sparks Steak House, Manhattan, site of infamous Mafia murder.

This is Sparks Steak House, located at 210 East 46th Street in Manhattan. It has been here since 1977, although the restaurant business operated at another location since 1966. Twenty-eight … Continue reading

December 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Dakota: More than Lennon’s last pad.

Four days ago was the 33rd anniversary of the assassination of John Lennon, who was gunned down by a deranged fan outside his apartment building, the Dakota, in New York … Continue reading

December 12, 2013 · 2 Comments
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