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Famed architect Stanford White was shot to death by Harry Kendall Thaw. Thaw sought revenge after he learned that White was having an affair with his wife, actress Evelyn Nesbit. The subsequent court cause was known by many as “The Trail of the Century”. White was slain on the roof of Madison Square Garden (which he designed).

White designed well-known NY landmarks as The Cable Building, Madison Square Presbyterian Church, Bowery Savings Bank, and the Washington Square Arch. The story of his life and murder inspired the novel, musical, and film Ragtime.

-Justine Ashley

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Walking Tour: Public Art and Architecture

This is the third in our series of NYC walking tours.

You don’t have to visit Museum Mile or go gallery-hopping to see art in NYC—architectural gems, historical monuments, and eye-popping sculptures are on every block. While each neighborhood has its own collection of significant artistic sites, Brooklyn Heights and Lower Manhattan are the perfect places to begin your exploration—from the iconic Brooklyn Bridge to the palatial City Hall, from 1760s tombstones to 20th-century sculptures, here you’ll find art from any era in practically any style. And best of all, it’s completely free.

Art and Architecture Walking Tour MapTake the 2 or 3 to Clark St and exit on Henry St. This is Brooklyn Heights, a quiet neighborhood full of 19th-century houses that sit on flower-lined, cobblestone streets. It was declared a historic district by the city in 1965. Stroll down Henry St to see three red-brick Federal-style townhouses in a row between Clark and Love St that date back to 1843. Read the complete post »

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NYC Walking Tour: Literary Landmarks

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This is the first in a series of NYC walking tours from Inside New York.

You’ll notice a trend at New York City parties: a good third of the young people “want to write.” This is a city steeped in stories—a walk through New York is a walk through the stomping grounds both of beloved wordsmiths and the characters they penned. With a good pair of shoes, an MTA day pass, and a Moleskin notebook, you can explore the sites that have inspired the likes of Jack Kerouac, Dorothy Parker, and Walt Whitman… and perhaps be inspired yourself.

Begin by taking the 1 train to 150th St and Riverside Drive. Standing across the street from the apartment of the Invisible Man author, the Ralph Ellison Memorial is an austere six-inch sheet of metal sporting a man-shaped cutout. Come back another time and frame the sunset through it.

Walk south and a bit east to get back on the 1 at 145th St, and ride it down to 116th and Broadway. Columbia University (2960 Broadway & 116th St) brims with literary history, but many of the prominent writers who studied there scorned i t. Spanish poet and playwright Federico Garcia Lorca lived in John Jay Hall (corner of 114th St & Amsterdam Ave) and Furnald Hall (corner of 115th St & Broadway). He was enrolled in Columbia’s School of General Studies, but spent most of his time romping through the city, intoxicated by “its extrahuman architecture, its furious rhythm, its geometry and anguish.” Likewise, Langston Hughes spent most of his truncated undergraduate career off campus exploring Harlem.

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