A True Haunted House, According To New York State Law

Google real haunted house and you’ll find a lot of spooky, abandoned houses, but spirits live in occupied homes, too. The haunted house I’m talking about, at 1 Laveta Place in Nyack, NY, forced lawmakers to write a new law, and the New York State Supreme Court upheld it! People live there… but not for long. They move in and out of this one, and … Continue reading A True Haunted House, According To New York State Law

Female Solo Travel: An 1889 Race Around The World

Part of our Women’s History Month series: Female heroes! It’s difficult to imagine a 19th century woman traveling the world, alone. Even today, female solo travel remains a popular blog topic. So back in 1889, when two women with adventurous streaks set out at the same time, in different directions, to circle the globe, you can imagine the interest they generated in the public! This … Continue reading Female Solo Travel: An 1889 Race Around The World

Edward Hopper: Loneliness & Isolation; We Stepped Into His World

Edward Hopper’s paintings are full of lonely scenes, even when there are people together, and somehow your imagination always fills in the story. He didn’t paint what he saw, though; we discovered that he painted his trademark theme, Edward Hopper: loneliness and isolation, no matter what he was looking at. Our lust for adventure this day immersed us into the real-life world of Edward Hopper! … Continue reading Edward Hopper: Loneliness & Isolation; We Stepped Into His World

Book Review: Fatal Journey: The Final Expedition of Henry Hudson

Henry Hudson’s voyage to James Bay, Canada, in 1610, turned out to be his last. His crew mutinied and stranded him there. Or possibly, they murdered him! The Henry Hudson Parkway runs along the Hudson River in Manhattan Island. Henry Hudson’s name is well known in New York City, thanks to his 1609 voyage to New York harbor and up the river to what is … Continue reading Book Review: Fatal Journey: The Final Expedition of Henry Hudson

The Elusive Case of the Loud Party Music

For a long time, people in parts of Queens were complaining about loud music lasting until 4 or 5 am! Nobody could find the house with the loud music. It turned out the music was coming from a “booze cruise” after it docked in this marina, over 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) away when the wind was blowing just right! A “booze cruise” is an excursion … Continue reading The Elusive Case of the Loud Party Music

The Mystery of the Missing Seagulls

One photo goal has been to get a sky full of seagulls, but you don’t see them over the water in NYC. I was inspired by my Insta-friends from Istanbul who always post exciting shots from the back of the ferries. The Department of Environmental Conservation put nest boxes for peregrine falcons at the top all NY bridge towers because these falcons are an endangered … Continue reading The Mystery of the Missing Seagulls

19th Century Daredevils and The Brooklyn Bridge!

For many people, the price of fame has always been worth the risk! In 1885, just two years after the Brooklyn Bridge opened, spectators boarded a tugboat to witness Robert Emmet Odium jump off the Brooklyn Bridge in his quest for glory! He would be the first to ever attempted such a stunt! Odium had an excuse for his dangerous jump. He was going to … Continue reading 19th Century Daredevils and The Brooklyn Bridge!