"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

FREE SUMMER AND FALL TOURS

Through October l'm giving a series of free tours, with those through July listed below. They're among the hundreds of events going on in New York this year to celebrate the work of urban planning expert Jane Jacobs. These tours are open to all, with no reservations required  -  just show up ten minutes early and you're set. Info and details appear on the calendar page of this website, which will be updated regularly.

     * Friday, July 1st (3:15 - 5:15 p.m.)             New York During the Revolution             Meeting Place: Main door of Fort Clinton inside Battery Park

     * Thursday, July 28th (10 a.m. - noon)       History Through Lower Midtown             Meeting Place: Front steps of the Main Post Office on 33rd St. and 8th Ave.

 

In future months:     8/20   -    Upper 5th Avenue                                      

                                     8/27    -    The Emerging City: the Rise of New York 

                                     9/10    -    Baseball Creation and Evolution            

                                     9/17    -    Gateway: the Immigrants

                                     10/1    -    Jackie Robinson's Brooklyn                     

                                     10/17  -    History Through Street Names

 

WEB VIDEOS NOW UP

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.  

 

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 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  6/28/16