Weekend Explorer is a feature that appears occasionally in the Weekend section. A series of walking tours through areas of New York, in which a reporter, John Strausbaugh, seeks out still-visible traces of the city's layers of history.
Paths of Resistance in the East Village
For a long time the East Village was an urban frontier. It was a toehold in America for generations of new immigrants, but it was also an area of intense cultural activity that changed the world. Published: September 14, 2007
Turf of Gangs and Gangsters
Hell's Kitchen has a history that's rich with gangsters and ghosts, streetwalkers and speakeasies, mysterious disappearances and gruesome murders. Published: August 17, 2007
The original photobooth may now be a relic of 20th century pop Americana but our love affair with it continues. And it began in New York City in Times Square. Published: March 14, 2008
When Barnum Took Manhattan
Today New Yorkers may think of Phineas Taylor Barnum only when the circus comes to town. But for almost 60 years he was one of the most celebrated figures in the city. Published: November 9, 2007
In the Mansion Land of the 'Fifth Avenoodles'
The Upper East Side (from 59th to 96th Streets and Fifth Avenue to the East River) contains the city's most exclusive residences, private schools and social clubs. Published: December 14, 2007
On the Trail of Brooklyn's Underground Railroad
The City of New York gave Duffield Street in downtown Brooklyn an alternate name: Abolitionist Place. It's an acknowledgment that long before Brooklyn was veined with subway lines, it was a hub of the Underground Railroad. Published: October 12, 2007