The Green-Wood Historic Fund announced today that five prominent Americans from the fields of art, academia, music and film have been named to a special selection committee that will choose a new “Angel of Music” sculpture to grace the gravesite of legendary 19th century American composer and pianist Louis Moreau Gottschalk (1829 -1869) in Brooklyn’s … Read more
Today is the 70th anniversary of the premier of “The Wizard of Oz,” the legendary movie starring Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Margaret Hamilton, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, and Billie Burke. Frank Morgan, the Wizard himself, is interred at Green-Wood. For years, he has been the last stop on my Halloween tours of the … Read more
The 150th anniversary of John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry is just a few weeks away.
The Green-Wood Historic Fund, at its second annual benefit this past Thursday [09/17/09], presented the DeWitt Clinton Award for Excellence to Nancy and Otis Pearsall for their lifelong dedication to historic preservation. The event, which highlighted “The Artists of Green-Wood,” attracted more than 225 guests, with a special trolley tour, performance by Angels & Accordions … Read more
I happened to be reading New York Magazine yesterday and came across an interview with actor Alec Baldwin.
On Sunday morning, July 28, 1907, a great fire swept through Coney Island, destroying almost all of George C. Tilyou’s amusement park, Steeplechase Park.
I recently vacationed in Spring Lake, New Jersey, along the Jersey shore. A very nice little town. On a quiet morning, we walked over to the local historical society. And, there it was: an oar from the S.S. Morro Castle, the great luxury passenger ship that caught fire off Asbury Park on September 8, 1934, then ran aground just feet from the Asbury Park beach. In all, 135 of the 549 people aboard the ship were lost.