May 24th marks the 128th anniversary of the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge. While the name John Augustus Roebling is widely associated with the bridge's design and production, the contributions of the six other men involved in the bridge’s engineering is rarely acknowledged in popular history.
Paine (believed to be second from right), pictured on the Brooklyn Bridge during construction, undated. (William H. Paine Papers, MS 475)
One of those men is William H. Paine, an assistant...Read More
Post written by Daniel Velardo, Scanning Technician
New York City officially consolidated with its outer boroughs in 1898. The metropolitan area was now comprised of vast swaths of unpopulated lands ready for development, especially those east of the Bronx River which were formerly part of Westchester County.
This problem was solved in in 1904 when New York City's famed subway system served to connect some of these newly incorporated parts of the city with Manhattan. With the...Read More
Post written by Eric Robinson
So much has been written about the struggle against slavery and segregation in the American south that it is easy to forget that race relations in the north have been just as knotty. It is comparatively unknown that nineteenth-century New York City’s public transportation systems were racially segregated: African-Americans were forced to ride on specially designated horse-drawn street cars. Integration came about only slowly. Newspapers carried occasional reports of resistance to...Read More
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