"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

TO CLASSMATES AND ALL OTHERS AT ST. PHILIP'S, CLIFTON NJ

It'd be fun to give tours and talks for us. Let's do some of these, gratis.  

 

NEW CALENDAR FEATURE

The new calendar page being set up now will allow for on-line payment for many of my fee-based events. I'll soon offer a good number of these in addition to my continuing list of free tours. 

 

FREE SUMMER AND FALL TOURS

Through November l am giving a series of free tours, these among the hundreds of events going on in New York this summer and fall to celebrate the work of urban planning expert Jane Jacobs. The Jackie Robinson and Brooklyn Bridge tours require registration (space for those is limited) while the others 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 is updated regularly.  

Coming up:         10/1     -    Jackie Robinson's Brooklyn                     

                              10/22   -    History Through Street Names

                              11/8     -     A Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge

                              11/23   -    Hidden in Plain Sight: History Through Grand Central

                              11/25   -     New York Before the Europeans

 

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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  9/27/16