"I strive to link your ordinary experience of New York - what you can see, hear and feel - with the history and culture of New York."

Peter Laskowich: Historian, Teacher & Guide
The Brooklyn Bridge and downtown Manhattan
Downtown before 9/11, with the Hudson River to the left and the East River to the right - Why doesn't the East River freeze, and how does it matter?
Ebbets Field in the spring of 1955 - Gil Hodges at bat
The Polo Grounds in 1950 - Jim Hearn warming up for the Giants
Park Row was Newspaper Row in the year 1900.
To convey the power, beauty and cause of this great city.
New York City
My Focus

I concentrate on drawing connections between your experience of New York and this city's history and culture. In this way we go beyond the who-what-where-when in favor of the "why" and "how"

Here is information and context you won't get anywhere else. Note that several of these offerings also involve baseball.
What's Happening

NEW FEATURE - ROBINSON/DODGER VIDEO

The baseball page now features a video used for a recent "Jackie Robinson's Brooklyn" lecture - a five-minute run-through of photos concerning the Dodgers generally and Robinson in particular. Some may seem of no relevance but all figure in the story of his achievement. Click on the baseball link above and find the video at the bottom-right portion of the page. Feel free to be in touch if you'd like a little background on any of these shots. They're telling.

 

OFFERING TOURS ANYWHERE IS A PLEASURE. IN THIS GREAT CITY IT IS AN HONOR

The fun of any class, lecture or tour is in the discovery, in the why and the how. Why, for example, is local wealth concentrated along Fifth Ave. while gas stations and factories are close to the water? How does Central Park make economic sense on an island where real estate is the world's most valuable? Why does the world trade in Manhattan more than anywhere else?

Our purpose in these presentations is not to fill the bucket but to light the fire, not to fill minds but to get a few inches of air between your feet and the ground. Maybe that happens now and then.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 5/18/15