MY TOPICS (among others)
CLASSES, LECTURES, TOURS
Capital of the World
Early New York
Dutch New York
New York During the Revolution
The Great Seaport
Gateway: The Immigrants
The High Line
Upper Fifth Avenue
A Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge
Features of Grand Central
History Through Grand Central
History Through Midtown
History Through Street Names
The Emerging (Late 1800s) City
Baseball Creation and Evolution
Jackie Robinson's Brooklyn
Brooklyn and the Dodgers
The Baseball Dynasties (Giants and Yankees)
QUOTES ABOUT NEW YORK
Manhattan is rosetta stone of the modern age. (Rem Koolhaas)
New York – where the future comes to rehearse. (Ed Koch)
When it is good, New York is very, very good. Which is why New Yorkers put up with so much that is bad. When it is good, this is a city of fantastic strength, sophistication and beauty. It is like no other city in time or place. (Ada Louise Huxtable)
FREE TOUR EVERY FRIDAY YEAR-ROUND – Grand Central Neighborhood
It’s free and it’s fun: every Friday throughout the year I give a free tour of the Grand Central neighborhood. It runs from 12:30 to 2:15 p.m. and begins inside of 120 Park Ave., which from Grand Central’s main doors is across 42nd Street and just to the right of the overhead viaduct. No reservations are necessary – just show up. It’s free, it’s fun and it is cool.
This video may help. It’s just a minute long: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=peter+laskowich+grand+central
VIDEOS AND PHOTOS ON SOCIAL MEDIA
I’ve created 140 brief videos and posted them on Youtube and Facebook, along with a few hundred photos with blurbs on Instagram. People are always asking essentially these same questions: “What is this place? What goes on here, and why? What am I looking at and how does it matter?” Go to those sites and type in Peter Laskowich (on Youtube), NYDynamic (on Facebook) or new.york.dynamic (on Instagram) – these videos and pics will get you started.
Here are a few sample videos:
*New York is easy to understand: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=timS2ou90qY&t=28s
*Simple patterns tell what is where and why: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuN30DYrmU0
*A little about baseball: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ku98c5URp1I
OFFERING TOURS ANYWHERE IS A PLEASURE. IN THIS GREAT CITY IT IS AN HONOR.
The joy of any class, lecture or tour is in the discovery, in the why and the how. Why, for example, is wealth concentrated along Fifth Ave. while tenements and gas stations stand close to the water? How does Central Park make economic sense on an island whose real estate is the world’s most valuable? Why does the world trade in Manhattan more than anywhere else?
My purpose is not to fill the bucket but to light the fire, not to load you with information but to get a few inches of air between your feet and the ground. Maybe that happens now and then.