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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.

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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

    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

    • 24 min
    Turf of Gangs and Gangsters

    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

    • 15 min
    Manhattan's Photobooths

    Manhattan's Photobooths

    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

    • 2 hrs 2 min
    When Barnum Took Manhattan

    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

    • 18 min
    In the Mansion Land of the 'Fifth Avenoodles'

    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

    • 21 min
    On the Trail of Brooklyn's Underground Railroad

    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

    • 22 min

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