PC Statues I: Catharine of Braganza and Christopher Columbus

NYC Blog 7 PC Statues – Part I:  Queen Catharine of Braganza and Christopher Columbus © 2017 by Dr. Philip Ernest Schoenberg #ghost   The social justice warriors as the snowflakes of the progressive kind, the extreme nuts of the left, the wacky liberals of social justice, have now discovered a…

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Emma Lazarus and the Statue of Liberty

Emma Lazarus, the daughter of Moses and Esther Nathan, one of the oldest Jewish families in New York City, was born there on July 22, 1849 and died on November 19, 1887. She was privately educated by tutors and published her first poems during her early teens.  These attracted the attention of Ralph Waldo Emerson,…

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Time to Reform the NYC Landmarks Commission

Washington Square Arch in 1905 Edward Glaeser, a Harvard University economics professor, argues in “Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier” argues cities are economically and culturally better places to live than non-urban areas. Glaeser chastises “environmentalists” who prevented development in temperate areas for contributing to…

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Jewish Heritage Mural of the Lower East Side

In 1972, the New York City Mayor John Lindsey’s administration’s administration funded CityArts, a longtime public art organization that paired professional artists and teenage students to create mosais and murals around New York City. CityArts partnered with Young Israel, a multi-cultural youth group of the Lower East Side, at the Educational Alliance, to…

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The Ghosts of the Yiddish Theatre

On December 23, 2015 it was melancholy experience to have watched The Golden Bride, a Yiddish operetta, performed by the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, the world’s oldest Yiddish theatrical organization at the Museum of the Jewish Heritage in Battery Park.  When I saw “The Golden Bride” at the National…

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The Rabbi who Made a Difference

It was my privilege to know Rabbi Yaakov Spiegel for several years as a tour guide on the Lower East Side when I gave my Jewish tours of the neighborhood.  I was impressed by his love of Yiddishkeit, the First Roumanian-American synagogue that he served as the rabbi, and his love of the Jewish people. …

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The Brooklyn Bridge – Eighth Wonder of the World

The Brooklyn Bridge IS New York City. More than the Statue of Liberty, which we have to share with those guys over in New Jersey; more than the Empire State Building, which we have to share with the rest of America; more than the United Nations, which we have to share with the rest of…

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Brooklyn Bridge Walk into the New Year 2016/2017

Guides trained by historian and tour leader Dr. Phil (not that one) organize multiple groups to take in the New Year from the iconic landmark. After tidbits about the bridge are revealed, all the tours will pause to scan the skyline for midnight fireworks. If history repeats itself, fireworks will be visible from Central Park,…

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About NYC Walks

NYC Walks provides a unique, entertaining and educational site-seeing perspective on the Big Apple. NYC Walks are led by Dr. Philip E. Schoenberg and his entourage of NYC experts. Offering a variety of tours, Dr. Phil and his NYC experts also customize their New York City walking tours to suit the needs of your family,…

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