"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
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


Through November l am giving a series of free tours, these among the hundreds of events going on in New York this year to celebrate the work of urban planning expert Jane Jacobs. The Brooklyn Bridge and Hidden in Plain Sight: History Through Grand Central tours require registration (space for those is limited) while New York Before the Europeans is open to all with no reservations required  -  just show up ten minutes early and you're set.

Coming up:         

Tues. 11/8    9:30 - 11:30 am - A Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge   (Meeting Place: given to those who register at info@newyorkdynamic.com)

Weds. 11/23  1 - 2:30 pm        - Hidden in Plain Sight: History Through Grand Central   (Meeting Place: given to those who register at info@newyorkdynamic.com)

Fri. 11/25        9 - 11 am            - New York Before the Europeans   (Meeting Place: Bowling Green Park in downtown Manhattan)



This website features five videos offering essential background on New York. They run for up to four minutes and are found on the Home, Bio, New York and Baseball pages. People ask, "what is this place? What goes on here, and why? How does it matter?" These chats'll get you started.  



The fun 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 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 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.