Today marks the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's assassination.
As is fitting for our most eloquent president, Lincoln's death, and life, have inspired a torrent of writing. The memorializing began at the moment of Lincoln's death, when his friend and Secretary of State, Edward Stanton, famously said, "Now he belongs to the ages" (or, as some others heard it, "Now he belongs to the angels"). Walt Whitman was inspired by Lincoln's assassination to write two of his...Read More
Ever since the idea of an extra day every four years was implemented as a corrective measure for the calendar, it has been filled with traditions and superstitions. One of these is the (shocking!) idea that a woman may propose to a man on February 29th (or anytime during a Leap Month or even the whole Leap Year), instead of the other way around.
The origin of this tradition is murky. There is an Irish legend...Read More
To celebrate Women's History Month, here are some images by pioneering street photographer Rebecca Lepkoff.
A quintessential New Yorker, Lepkoff gained international acclaim for her iconic images of the Lower East Side. She was born on August 4, 1916, in a Hester Street tenement. Like the majority of families living in the neighborhood at that time, her parents were Jewish immigrants, struggling to improve their circumstances. Lepkoff dreamed of becoming a dancer, and after graduating from...Read More
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