City of Memory - Directory of Stories

City of Memory Directory of Stories:

City of Memory is an online community map of personal stories and memories organized on a physical geographical map of New York City.
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Newest Stories

  • The Meaning of Chametz

  • Rabbi Meir Fund describes the spiritual of the ritual search for leavened bread in Orthodox Jewish homes.

  • Bronx Bees: Apiary of Roger Repohl

  • In this audio clip, Roger explains how bees help the community grow food; he celebrates the Linden tree-lined streets of the Grand Concourse; and confesses that ladies' pantyhose are a beekeeper's best friend.

  • Tiny Burials in Borough Park

  • World-renowned storyteller Laura Simms tells "Stories from the Stoop" about her quirky friendship with an Orthodox Jewish Holocaust survivor next door.

  • Staten Island Storefront: Pastosa Ravioli

  • "I came up with the name Pastosa for the store because in Italian "pastosa" means honesty and integrity. So to me "Pastosa" equals tasty because my business takes pride in their honesty and integrity and that makes for tasty products."

  • Siciliy and Spirituality in Borough Park

  • Gioia Timpanelli, the "Dean of American Storytelling," combines humor, memory and spirituality in her stories about the grandmothers in her Brooklyn neighborhood.

Staff Favorites

Five Most Viewed Curated Stories

  • Brighton Beach Boardwalk

  • Rita Kagan and her husband, Jack, tell us a little bit about the history of the Brighton Beach Boardwalk and how it is utilized by the community today. Rita is joined by her friends Anna Malkima and Vita Lisina. Anna sings a favorite song of hers in English and Russian.

  • Birth of Hip Hop

  • Early breakdancer Bom 5 was filmed for the documenatary, "From Mambo to Hip Hop." In this scene, he speaks about the origins of hip hop held at the parties at the Bronx River Houses.

  • Macy's Information Lady

  • Since 1952, Bronx-born Edith Melvin has worked the Macy's ticketron, numatic tubes, telephone switchboards and finally, the information desk -- but she always knew "who slept with who, of course."

  • Delivery on the C Train

  • In 1989, transit worker Joe Caracciolo was on his way to the Rockaways when he heard a woman scream... In the late 1980s, not long after City Lore was founded in 1986, we joined forces with the New York City Transit Museum to conduct an oral history of New York City's transit workers.

  • Among the Ruins: Paul Kronenberg, Local Character

  • Wasserman's documentary, "Brooklyn: Among the Ruins" introduces audiences to Brooklyn born and bred Paul Kronenberg.

Five Most Viewed Contributed Stories

Curated Stories

  • 52nd St. Jazz Clubs
  • 52nd St. was lined with jazz clubs on either side from the 1940s through the 1950s. Candido Camero relates his experience on this legendary street upon his arrival to New York City from Cuba.

  • Abe Lass, Piano Player of the Silent Movies

  • At the age of 16, Abe Lass began playing piano to the silent movies at the Old Eagle Theater in Borough Park.

  • Amateur Night at the Apollo

  • Since 1935, Amateur Night at the Apollo has brought droves of hopeful artists out each Wednesday to test their talent at this legendary Harlem theater. Here we go backstage with one such 9-yr old amateur as he gets ready for the spotlight.

  • The Amato Opera

  • In 2008, the world's smallest opera company, celebrates its 61st season - and its last.

  • Among the Ruins: Paul Kronenberg, Local Character

  • Wasserman's documentary, "Brooklyn: Among the Ruins" introduces audiences to Brooklyn born and bred Paul Kronenberg.

  • Atlantic Oceana Restaurant

  • Rita Kagan talks to one of the owners of the Atlantic Oceana Restaurant. She recalls how Brighton Beach is known as "Little Odessa"--Odessa is the largest city in the Ukraine and is a major seaport on the Black Sea.

  • Avenue D Laundromat: A Nuyorican Tour

  • This laundromat on the Lower East Side was where the mothers of poets Miguel Algarin and Miguel Pinero would do their laundry.

  • B-Boy Dance Battle

  • In 1981, filmmakers Tony Silver and Henry Chalfant filmed one of the earliest breakdancing battles between the Bronx-based Rock Steady Crew, and the Queens-based Dynamic Rockers. Who won the battle is still a point of contention to this day.

  • Birth of Hip Hop

  • Early breakdancer Bom 5 was filmed for the documentary, "From Mambo to Hip Hop." In this scene, he speaks about the origins of hip hop held at the parties at the Bronx River Houses.

  • Boccie in "Spaghetti Park"

  • Built in the late 1910s, and officially named for the neighborhood's first casualty in World War I, the William F Moore Park is better known by its local nickname - Spaghetti Park - and for its location, across from the Lemon Ice King.

  • Brighton Beach Boardwalk

  • Rita Kagan and her husband, Jack, tell us a little bit about the history of the Brighton Beach Boardwalk and how it is utilized by the community today. Rita is joined by her friends Anna Malkima and Vita Lisina. Anna sings a favorite song of hers in English and Russian.

  • Broadway Mall

  • Our tour guide to Chinatown is Amy Chin. Amy is a native New Yorker who visited the neighborhood frequently as a child, and has worked for many years as an activist promoting Chinatown's economic and cultural development. In these scenes she visits the Triple 8 Mall on East Broadway.

  • Bronx Bees: Apiary of Roger Repohl

  • In this audio clip, Roger explains how bees help the community grow food; he celebrates the Linden tree-lined streets of the Grand Concourse; and confesses that ladies' pantyhose are a beekeeper's best friend.

  • Brooklyn Elite Checkers Club

  • Pool checkers had long been playing in the parks, barbershops and alleys of New York City. The Brooklyn Elite Checkers Club was founded in 1973 in order to give pool checkers devotees a home. Club members now play in the Salvation Army library since their headquarters was accidentally demolished in 1986 by a nearby wrecking ball.

  • Bubble Tea in Chinatown

  • Chinatown shamelessly mixes the old and the new. Traditions are often re-imagined by new waves of immigrants. Tea originated in China, and now "bubble tea" is the newest incarnation of this ancient drink.

  • Butala Emporium, A South Asian Cultural Market

  • This is the story of a street side kiosk which made it to the big time. Butala Emporium, a South Asian cultural market, sells specialized items which Dr. Madhulika Khandelwal of Queens College can only find inside its walls. Furniture, literature, body products, bronze art work. It's all at Butala Emporium.

  • Casa Amadeo, Latin Music Store

  • Casa Amadeo (antigua Casa Hernandez) is the longest, continually run Latin music store in New York City. It was nominated to the National Register of Historic Places in 2003 for its legacy to Latin music and the Puerto Rican community here in NYC.

  • Charlies Calypso City

  • Rawlston Charles has operated his Calypso record store and recording studio, Charlie's Records and Rawlston Studio, in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn for over 30 years. In that time he has become a central pillar of the Trinidadian community by providing a place to celebrate the island's culture and music.

  • Chelsea Jeans, in the Wake of 9/11

  • On September 11th, 2001, as the twin towers came down, an avalanche of dust and debris swallowed much of lower Manhattan, engulfing people, cars and buildings. In the hours and days following the attacks, everything near ground zero became gray, colors muffled by the ash.

  • Church of the Nativity

  • Margarita Larios describes her participation at the church used by the local Mexican community to celebrate the Feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe.

  • Christmas Displays from Dyker Heights and other Brooklyn Neighborhoods

  • Christmas season in New York City's outer boroughs is a time when homeowners transform the mundane into a nocturnal tapestry of festive landscape by decorating their house exteriors and front yards. Home owners ornament their property with mass-produced objects that draw on an array of Christmas symbols, from the sacred image of God incarnate's humble birth to the season's mythic brilliance of divine light, and to the overlapping literary, cinematic, and commercial iconography of Santa and snowmen, nineteenth century carolers and "wooden" soldiers, and the proliferation of franchised characters such as Mickey, Bugs, and Elmo. Thousands of multi colored lights twinkle, dioramas of motorized figures remain in constant motion, and the sound of recorded music blares from outdoor speakers.

  • Club 845: Jazz in the 1940s-60s

  • Trumpeter Jimmy Owens, who has played with jazz musicians Lionel Hampton, Charles Mingus, Herbie Mann, and Duke Ellington, among others, was born in the Morrisania area of the Bronx, which happened to be an area which boasted a thriving jazz scene during the 1940s through the 1960s.

  • Cobi's Place, a Jazz Concert Hall

  • When Nobuko "Cobi" Narita moved from California to New York in 1969, she wandered into Central Park where she was entranced by a musician playing jazz for passersby. She spoke to him and he told her if she was interested in jazz to go to St. Peter's Church.

  • The Coney Island Polar Bear Club

  • The Coney Island Polar Bear Club was founded in 1903 by Bernarr McFadden, a man then known as the "Father of Physical Culture." His belief that an ocean swim during the winter can strengthen one's endurance and immunity was the inspiration for the Coney Island Polar Bear Club.

  • The Death of Black Benjie

  • Benjy Melendez discusses the death of one of his fellow gang members and the repercussions for the gang community in 1971. In the 1990s, the directors of "Flying Cut Sleeves" filmed a group of gang leaders from the 1970s about their current lives and their reflections on the past.

  • Delivery on the C Train

  • In 1989, transit worker Joe Caracciolo was on his way to the Rockaways when he heard a woman scream... In the late 1980s, not long after City Lore was founded in 1986, we joined forces with the New York City Transit Museum to conduct an oral history of New York City's transit workers.

  • Dia de Guadalupe Parade

  • Through the backdrop of the Dia de Guadalupe celebration, "Running the Race" focuses on issues surrounding immigration, language, culture, and identity, both in and outside of the Mexican Mixtec community in New York City.

  • Brooklyn Dodgers Sym-Phony Band

  • The Dodgers Sym-Phony is a 1/2 hour documentary that presents the story of the legendary Brooklyn Dodgers Sym-Phony Band.

  • The Dorothy Day Cottage

  • Jim O'Grady, an activist with the Catholic Worker movement in New York, and a frequent writer for "New York Times," wrote a biography of Dorothy Day, who founded the movement, and who has been nominated for sainthood in the Catholic Church.

  • El Puente

  • An Interview with Frances Lucerna, one of the founders of El Puente. El Puente is a community human rights institution that promotes leadership for peace and justice through the engagement of members (youth and adult) in the arts, education, scientific research, wellness and environmental action.

  • The Empire State Building Run-Up

  • Each year, stairclimbers from around the world gather at the Empire State Building for an 86-flight race to the top.

  • Extempo War Breaks Out in Brooklyn: A Trinidadian Calypso Tradition

  • "Extempo is a war. You must know your competition, find their weakness and use it against them; instead of using bullets, your ammunitions are rhyme, lyrics and repartee." ~Black Sage Calypso, a style of Afro-Caribbean music, originated in Trinidad sometime around the turn of the 20th century.

  • Federation of Black Cowboys

  • The Federation of Black Cowboys was created by a group of diverse people looking to share and promote knowledge of the "Black West." Seeking to create greater understanding of African American culture and heritage, they endeavor to provide educational opportunities for the young public of NY.

  • Ferry Tales: The Staten Island Ferry Powder Room

  • For hundreds of commuters, it's just another routine trip from the quiet of Staten Island into the frenzy of Manhattan. Some spend the half hour traveling across New York Harbor anxiously waiting, suffering through the boat's motions and sipping their third cup of coffee while burying their heads in the newspapers. Some attempt a hopeless nap. But not all.

  • Folksbiene Yiddish Theater

  • The Folkbiene Yiddish Theater is America's only surviving and the world's longest running Yiddish theater. It aims to both preserve and develop Yiddish theater by producing classic and often overlooked masterpieces while also creating and staging new works.

  • Fung Wah Bus: New York to Boston, Chinatown to Chinatown

  • Before traveling to China in 2006, tour guide Amy Chin believed that the homegrown Chinatown commuter buses were a New York phenomenon.

  • Gathering of the Tribes, Arts and Cultural Organization

  • Tato Laviera, Miguel Algarin, and Bob Holman stop by and talk to Steve Cannon, founder of the organization, A Gathering of the Tribes. Steve Cannon is a poet, playwright, and novelist who started Tribes in 1991 and in 1993 was given the space, Tribes Gallery, on Third Avenue (between Avenues C & D).

  • Giglio Festival in Williamsburg

  • High above Williamsburgs rooftops every July rises a gracefully tapering, gaily painted spire, sixty-five feet tall, called a giglio (pronounced jil-yo). The giglio is the focus of a fifteen-hundred-year-old feast honoring St. Paulinus, the southern Italian saint whose statue surmounts the huge tower.

  • Gleason's Gym

  • Hoping to appeal to the Irish New York fight crowd of 1937, Peter Robert Gagliardi changed his name to Bobby Gleason and opened up Gleason's Gym. Throughout the 40's and 50's, boxing in New York flourished. Yet, by the 60's the popularity of boxing declined. Gleason's Gym is the only remnant of the sport's "Golden Age" in New York City.

  • Greenpoint Manufacturing & Design Center

  • The Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center (GMDC) is the only not-for-profit industrial developer in New York City. Between 1992 and 2001, GMDC rehabilitated five vacant North Brooklyn manufacturing buildings for occupancy by small manufacturing enterprises.

  • Greg O'Donnell, Red Hook Developer

  • Developer Greg O'Connell talks about the buildings he owns in Red Hook, the advantage to "cluster businesses" and his concerns for the future.

  • Harlem Fish Cries

  • Songs from a fish market in Harlem.

  • Heart of Loisada: A Nuyorican Tour

  • Loisaida, a phrase coined by poet and writer Bimbo Rivas, and derived from the way the Puerto Rican community pronounced the name of their neighborhood, is the unofficial name of the Lower East Side.

  • Homeless Philosopher Tony Butler

  • "The whole world is my home. That's the way I look at it. The beautiful thing is that I don't have to worry about no freakin' landlord evicting me anytime he gets ready. The only way I get evicted from this world is when I die."

  • Horseshoe Crabs in Jamaica Bay

  • Horseshoe crabs have existed on earth for approximately 1.2 billion years. Residing in Jamaica Bay, creatures of this enduring species have what it takes to survive in New York: a hard exterior and a high tolerance for pollutants. (http://www.nycgovparks.org)

  • House Under Roller Coaster

  • Without warning, in the early morning hours of November 17, 2000, New York City bulldozers staged a surprise attack on one of Coney Island's few remaining monuments, the long-neglected Thunderbolt roller coaster.

  • I've Got a Home in That City Up Yonder: Gospel in New York

  • Since the 1970s, the songs of the No Name Gospel Singers have been heard at Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, Central Park's Summer Stage, arts and cultural organizations, and countless churches throughout New York City.

  • In the Wake of 9/11: Labib's Cafe

  • After the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, Egyptian cafe owner Labib Salama didn't think things could get much worse. That was before a bunch of guys came one night and smashed up his cafe on Steinway Street in Astoria. He shares his story with Judith Sloan, who co-produced it with Warren Lehrer.

  • India Sari Palace

  • Dr. Madhulika Khandelwal, a leading expert in the South Asian diaspora and a Professor at Queens College, talks about the fascinating culture and fabric traditions of the "sari," the iconic, traditional woman's dress in South Asia.

  • Jazz at The East

  • Jitu Weusi, one of the founders of The East, recounts why they started a music program at The East, then Saxophonist James Spaulding recalls how the first (and only) record was made for The East record label.

  • The Jazz Ministry at St. Peter's Church

  • The St. Peter's Lutheran Church had its beginnings on the second floor above a feed and grain store n 49th St. and 3rd Avenue. Around 1870 the church was moved over to Lexington and 46th St., and around 1900 moved to its current site (though in 1978 it was renovated to its modern look).

  • J'Ouvert: Daybreak at Carnival

  • Trinidadian traditions, West Indian Carnival and New York City combine to form J'Ouvert, the daybreak celebration marking the beginning of the Caribbean Carnival in Brooklyn. Before the sun rises on the morning of Carnival, the J'Ouvert procession begins to pass down Flatbush Avenue.

  • Juan Pablo Duarte Blvd

  • Born in 1813, Juan Pablo Duarte is considered one of the founding fathers of the Dominican Republic. Juan Pablo Duarte Blvd. is the stretch of St. Nicholas Avenue from Amsterdam Avenue and West 162nd to the intersection of West 193rd St. and Fort George Hill.

  • Korean Traditional Music and Dance Institute

  • The Korean Traditional Music and Dance Institute of New York is one of the most renowned Asian performance groups in the world. Their outpouring of musical and dance heritage is nothing short of mesmerizing. Energetic drumming is met with equally powerful traditional choreography.

  • La Casita Rincon Criollo

  • As we approached Casita Rincon Criollo in our little bus, Hernandez improvised a decima (sung poetry) that brought tears to my eyes.

  • Lemon Ice King of Corona

  • Peter Benfaremo, or Pete, as he is affectionately called by his fans and staff, as been in the ice business since he came out of the army in 1945.

  • Leonard Bernstein & the Senior Citizens

  • Storyteller Roslyn Perry recounts a hilarious story about bringing a group of senior citizens to Lincoln Center to watch a rehearsal of the New York Philharmonic with Leonard Bernstein.

  • Lindy at the Savoy

  • The Savoy Ballroom in Harlem opened on May 12th, 1926, staying open seven nights a week for dancers. It is said to have held 5,000 dancers on its floor. Actress Lana Turner visited it and called it the "Home of the Happy Feet" and that became an unofficial nickname of the dance hall.

  • Los Muralistas

  • El Puente Muralistas have completed over eight community murals, spanning over a decade, involving youth and community in expressing community issues throughout Williamsburg and Bushwick under the leadership of artist Joe Matunis. Here Joe explains some of the process involved in creating the murals. The murals seen here are the ones entitled: "Ashes to Ashes," at the corner of Berry St. and South 4th; "Living with Asthma," at the corner of Hewes St. and South 4th; and the Espiritu Tierra Community Garden on South 2nd.

  • M & I International Food

  • Rita Kagan talks to the manager of M & I International Foods, one of the busiest spots on Brighton Beach Avenue, where you find a whole array of Ukrainian and Russian foods. Rita also describes borscht, the hearty vegetable soup comprised mainly of beets, that is popular throughout Eastern Europe.

  • Macy's Information Lady

  • Since 1952, Bronx-born Edith Melvin has worked the Macy's ticketron, numatic tubes, telephone switchboards and finally, the information desk -- but she always knew "who slept with who, of course."

  • Man's Dead: A Story from Chinatown

  • Like all New York Neighborhoods, Chinatown has endless stories. Many old world traditions, like the Chinese customs of visiting the family graves to leave offerings for the ancestors, are adapted to contemporary life in New York. Amy's story humorously blurs the boundaries between the living and dead, between Chinese customs and NYC mores.

  • Marjorie Eliot's Weekly Concerts

  • "The majesty within us is larger than any of us, so I can trumpet this and not blow my own horn." Marjorie Eliot Every Sunday for the past eight years, rain or shine, with no vacations, a jazz concert takes place in the parlor of Marjorie Eliot's home on what she calls the northern tip of Harlem.

  • Memories of Mean Streets

  • Donald Semenza, born in 1935, tells stories about growing up in and around the "wiseguy" social clubs in the West Village from around 1952 through 1971.

  • Mermaid Parade

  • The Mermaid Parade is the nation's largest art parade and one of New York City's greatest summer events. It celebrates the sand, the sea, the salt air and the beginning of summer, as well as the history and mythology of Coney Island, Coney Island pride, and artistic self-expression.

  • Miguel Algarin's Poetry Salon

  • In 1972 many poets such as Miguel Pinero, Lucky Cienfuegos, and Bimbo Rivas would meet in Miguel Algarin's living room to recite their poetry. In September of 1974, they bought what was the Sunshine Cafe, an Irish bar, and opened the original Nuyorican Poets Cafe.

  • Miguel Pinero Home

  • This is where poet Miguel Pinero at one time resided. It is now the store, Love Shrines.

  • The Most Diverse Zip Code

  • Some would argue that all of New York City converges on Times Square, but as Dr. Madhulika Khandelwal explains, it's on the streets surrounding this intersection in Queens near 74th St., the hub of the most diverse zip code in the United States, where people from almost every part of the world have made a home, and where many have set up shop.

  • Nuyorican Poet's Cafe

  • Miguel Algarin, the owner of the famed Nuyorican Poets Cafe, gives a tour of the neighborhood and the places that were part of the Cafe's history. These sites are linked by Miguel Pinero's poem.

  • Papa Manteo's Marionettes

  • In 1983, Mike Manteo won a National Heritage award from the National Endowment for the Arts for his work with the Manteo Marionettes.

  • Park Plaza/Park Palace Jazz

  • Percussionist Benny Bonilla has played with many musicians in the Latin music and jazz fields, but he is most known for his role as timbalero in Pete Rodriguez's Latin bugalu band with its major hit, "I Like It Like That." Here he relates his first time attending a concert at the Park Plaza as a young man of 15 years of age.

  • Patel Brothers Grocery

  • Professor Madhulika Khandelwal of Queens College takes us on a tour of Patel Brothers Grocery, the largest South Asian grocery chain in New York City. She introduces us to some of the most common food items in the South Asia diet, as well as their preparations, cultural and religious uses.

  • Pelham Parkway Christmas House

  • Every year, for the past 30 years, from Thanksgiving to New Year's Day, the Garabedian family has decorated their home and property into a Winter Wonderland spectacle. Nearly one hundred figures make up the annual display, which is a combination of religious figures, Disney characters, Victorian-era characters, Christmas figures, ballroom dancers, and pop-culture icons.

  • Perico Ripiao

  • Interview with merengue musician Jos Mat‰as and his wife Ana. The interview was recorded in the cellar of a bodega owned by their friend Felo, where they go to have parties and rehearse his band, Jos Mat‰as y su Banda T‰pica. Jos plays a type of merengue music called perico ripiao, which is a more traditional form than what is heard on the radio. This style of music comes from the Dominican Republic. Jos and Ana tell a story about the meaning of "perico ripiao" and how it relates to them. The song Jos plays at the end of the piece is about the former leader of the island, Rafael Trujillo. It is entitled "Padre San Cristobal" after the town where Trujillo was born.

  • Pier Glass in Red Hook

  • Mary-Ellen Buxton & Kevin Kuch talk about their business, Pier Glass, in Red Hook.

  • Piragua Stand: A Nuyorican Tour

  • In Puerto Rican and other Latino neighborhoods, the piraguero scrapes ice and flavors it with a variety of tropical flavors from coconut to tamarind.

  • Puerto Rican Day Parade

  • This clip contains interviews with various participants at the NYC Puerto Rican Day Parade, some of them singing the well-known song, "Que bonita bandera!" (What a Pretty Flag!). The parade turned 50 years old in 2007 and is one of the largest parades in the City.

  • Queens Community Garden

  • On May 15th, 2004 ground was broken for some garden beds on an acre of land owned and adjacent to the First Presbyterian Church of Newton. The garden beds grow strawberries, raspberries, beans, cucumbers, squash, peppers, tomatoes, eggplants, herbs, and other greens which are donated to local food banks and homeless shelters. This project, called Greens for Queens Urban Farm Project, was started by Mary Sutak-Jenkins, the wife of Reverend Stanley Jenkins, and is a collaboration between the church, Green Guerrillas, and the South Asian Youth Action, a non-profit after-school program which operates out of the church's basement. The church (the oldest in Queens, dating back to 1652) donated more than 1,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables in its first year.

  • Quisqueya Park

  • Ivan Dominguez, music and cultural director at Alianza Dominicana, explains the significance of this park as well as the importance of the social service organzation Alianza Dominicana, which is right across the street. Quisqueya Park in Washington Heights is central to the Dominican community of that neighborhood.

  • Religious Shop: Mexico in the Boroughs

  • Religious shop owner, Jose Horiunchi, discusses the legend of Juan Diego associated with the Virgin of Guadalupe.

  • Rivington Park

  • When Margarita Larios lived at 42 Rivington St., local Mexican families would gather at Rivington Park on the weekends to play ball, eat, and relax.

  • Rudy King and the Steel Drum

  • Rudy was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, and took part in carnival and steel band music as a youngster. He moved to New York in 1949, anxious to pursue his music and teach New Yorkers about this new instrument.

  • Russian Purim Play

  • In March, 2008 the Russian Jewish community in Brighton Beach organized a performance at the Millennium Theater in celebration of Purim. Each year, the Jews enact the story of Purim to commemorate the heroism of Queen Esther in saving the Persian Jews from Hamen over three thousand years ago.

  • Saigon Bakery/Jewelry Store

  • Manhattan's Chinatown is teeming with small business entrepreneurs. The small, crowded spaces are often used for a multiplicity of purposes. The Saigon Bakery and Jewelry store is just one of the odd retail pairings that also include the travel agency and candy store on Mott Street.

  • Shaheen Sweets and Cuisine

  • Madhulika Khandelwal gets us inside the kitchen of one of the best Indian sweet shops in New York City! Follow her in Shaheen Sweets and Cuisine and meet the owner, Tariq Hamid, as he shows you how they make jalabee, burfee, and many of the other goods you see behind their counter.

  • The Slave Gallery at St. Augustine's

  • If walls could speak...

  • Something Fishy in the State of Brooklyn

  • "I can't show them the fish - it's in the bathtub."

  • The Statue of Juan Luis Guerra

  • Ivan Dominguez, the director of music and cultural programs at Alianza Dominicana discusses the significance of singer Juan Luis Guerra and one of his most famous songs, "Ojala que llueva caf!"

  • Steamship Migration #1

  • For close to 50 years beginning in 1896 Puerto Ricans migrated to the mainland, and in particular, New York City, by steamship.

  • Steamship Migration #2

  • For close to 50 years beginning in 1896 Puerto Ricans migrated to the mainland, and in particular, New York City, by steamship.

  • Steamship Stories

  • Collector and steamship historian Ralph Mendez relates the stories of two ships that were part of the steamship migration of Puerto Ricans to the mainland.

  • Stickball Blvd in the Bronx

  • Stickball Blvd. in the Soundview section of the Bronx brings stickball teams together all spring and summer long every year. Many Latin music musicians and dancers attend the events and remember how stickball and music were intertwined for them as they were growing up.

  • Tattoo Shop: Mexico in the Boroughs

    A tattoo shop where you can choose from standard flash as well as designs by artists from Mexico
  • Togati Bakery

  • Brooklyn baker Ben Togati philosophizes on the meaning of bread. In this excerpt from the 1977 documentary "Part of Your Loving," we watch Ben Togati, an Italian-American baker, make his dough, bake the many and varied loaves he loves, and philosophize about why bread is "part of your loving."

  • TWOSEVEN INC. in Greenpoint

  • Martina Salisbury and Franco Gotte discuss their window display business, TWOSEVEN INC, situated in Greenpoint, and share their concerns about looming developments.

  • The Village Vanguard Jazz

  • This jazz club has literally been in the "vanguard" of jazz music and entertaining audiences for seventy years. Here current owner, Lorraine Gordon, remembers how she met her husband, Max Gordon, the club's founder, and how she booked pianist Thelonius Monk's first gig there.

  • Wedding Palace in Chinatown

  • Chinatown's stores serve the needs of its diverse communities. Numerous wedding palaces thrive in Chinatown.

  • West Indian Carnival

  • On Labor Day weekend, the annual West Indian Carnival fills the streets of Brooklyn with an explosion of color, music and performing arts.


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