NEW YORK HISTORY

NEW YORK BASEBALL

PETER LASKOWICH

“I strive to link your ordinary experience – what you see, hear and feel – with the history and culture of New York.”

Peter Laskowich: Historian, Lecturer and Guide

MY MISSION: To convey the power, beauty and cause of this great city

MY FOCUS

My classes, lectures and tours draw connections between your ordinary experience and the history and culture of New York, the nation and the world. In this way we go beyond the usual who-what-where-when in favor of the why and how.

This is information and context you won’t get anywhere else. Some of my presentations also involve baseball but even then the star of the show is New York City.

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
Deciphering Manhattan
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
Harlem
Baseball Creation and Evolution
Jackie Robinson's Brooklyn
Brooklyn and the Dodgers
The Baseball Dynasties (Giants and Yankees)

QUOTES ABOUT NEW YORK

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)

To tell the story of New York is to write a social history of the world. (H.G. Wells)

New York – where the future comes to rehearse. (Ed Koch)

Manhattan is rosetta stone to the modern age. (Rem Koolhaas)


WHAT’S HAPPENING
 

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.

Two sample videos:
           *New York is easy to understand: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=timS2ou90qY&t=28s
           *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.

7/15/2019

 

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