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 thisContinue reading “Edward Hopper: Loneliness & Isolation; We Stepped Into His World”
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!Continue reading “Female Solo Travel: An 1889 Race Around The World”
One day in 1912, criminals robbed a car that was transporting money for a bank. The crime was brutal and it took place in plain daylight. The crime stumped NYPD’s Deputy Police Commissioner George S. Doughterty. With few options, he called for Isabella Goodwin! The Fearless Mrs. Goodwin: How New York’s First Female Police DetectiveContinue reading “The NYPD’s First Female Detective”
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 hadContinue reading “19th Century Daredevils and The Brooklyn Bridge!”
On July 22, 2014 people noticed the American flags on the 276-foot Brooklyn Bridge towers were missing, replaced with what appeared to be white surrender flags. What did these surrender flags symbolize? And was it a warning for something worse to come?
19th century New York City was a very different place. Most murders went unsolved, the city smelled bad and people went to see unbelievable sideshows. I just read two books that paint an unrecognizable picture of the city’s beginnings. Two Book Reviews of 19th-Century New York Crime In 19th-Century New York The Last Pirate inContinue reading “Crime & Spectacle in 19th-Century New York”