Category Archives: History

Old Stone House blends cooking and history in NYC


Italian pizza has me obsessed with brick ovens, but the first time I encountered the concept was when I was in the Middle East, where there are community brick ovens for everyone to come on certain days to make their bread. There is nothing better than fresh Arabic flat bread or pizza (although nearly every pizza is good of course!) from one. Needless to say, I was very happy to find one of these community ovens that is hardly ever used in the middle of New York City!

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Newly “discovered by me” trolley in Queens


As I was taking an adventure to Ridgewood, Queens today, I discovered a piece of New York City.
What is now the M train used to be a trolley that ran the same route. When the transportation authorities decided to elevate the M train, they left the trolley tracks. The trolley was fully functional until the 1940’s.

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Will the Real Cropsey Please Stand Up


On a walk around Bath Beach in South Brooklyn, I found it amusing that a main street in South Brooklyn is named Cropsey Avenue. Yes, it is near the Verrazano-Narrows bridge, which connects Brooklyn to Staten Island, but I originally thought that Cropsey Avenue is best suited to be on Staten Island due to the legend of Cropsey, who has haunted children’s dreams for decades. However, further research enlightened me in learning that there was not just one Cropsey in the history of New York City.

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