Who put the “Williams” in Williamsburgh?
Who put the “Williams” in Williamsburgh?
May 30, 2012

Today uttering Williamsburg  is more likely to precede a snarky comment about hipsters than it is to spur thoughts of its namesake. After all, time has heaped layers of meaning onto New York’s place names, and while places like Fort Greene and Fort Tryon require little effort to discover that they were once military installations, other…

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New York cyclists and the “Orange Riding District”
New York cyclists and the “Orange Riding District”
May 16, 2012

It’s National Bike Month again, and it so happens that Albert B. Barkman’s Road-Book of Long Island (1886) recently crossed our path. It’s an unassuming book at best, but like a great deal of our collections, when given a dose of context it turns out to be an interesting little piece of bicycling and mapmaking history. The Road-Book contains…

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