Before Central Park and before Prospect Park, there was Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery. With its rolling hills, majestic views and beautiful monuments, the cemetery was once one of the nation's greatest tourist attractions – right up there with Niagara Falls. Green-Wood doesn't pack in as many tourists today, but it still remains a popular destination. The roster of those interred at Green-Wood Cemetery reads like a "Who's Who" of great New Yorkers. We recently dug into Green-Wood's history with a guy who knows quite a bit about it — the cemetery's historian, Jeff Richman.
What do Tootsie Rolls, Jujubes and Hot Tamales all have in common? They're candies that originated right here in New York City. On this week's Cityscape we're taking a bite into candy history. Our guest is Susan Benjamin. She's the author of Sweet as Sin: The Unwrapped Story of How Candy Became American's Favorite Pleasure.
It's taken Broadway and much of the nation by storm. The musical Hamilton has sparked renewed interest in the man whose face graces the $10 bill. And perhaps it was bound to happen, but we at Cityscape, have finally caught Hamilton fever. On this edition of Cityscape, we're diving into the life and legacy of Alexander Hamilton.
The arts can play an important role in the rehabilitation of those who've suffered both mental and physical trauma, from stroke sufferers to survivors of domestic violence. As part of WFUV's Strike a Chord campaign, we conducted a panel discussion at BronxNet Television. Our guests included: Suzanne Tribe, a music therapist who works with the Healing Arts program at Montefiore Health System. Lindsay Aaron, an art therapist at Montefiore. She works with adult patients within the oncology and palliative care departments. Ariel Edwards, Community Arts Director at the Clay Art Center in Port Chester, New York. The Clay Art Center has a workshop for people living with cancer. Dolores Anselmo, someone who benefits from the Clay Art Center.
When it comes to electronic dance music, Moby is a legend. He was the genre's first rock-star. Moby was born in Harlem. But, grew up as a poor kid in a rich town in Connecticut. In the late 1980's, Moby was drawn to what he calls "the dirty mecca" of New York City. The short ride on Metro North into Manhattan would provide him with a world of opportunity. As a DJ and electronic musician, he became a staple of the rave scene. But, Moby's ride to international fame wasn't always a smooth one. He recalls a decade of hardship in his new memoir, Porcelain, which is also the title of a song on Moby's wildly successful album Play. Cityscape Host George Bodarky recently talked with Moby about his road to success, as well as his name, which in case you didn't know, has a direct connection to Herman Melville.
From Coney Island to Green-Wood Cemetery to Prospect Park, Brooklyn has a whole lot to offer locals and tourists alike. The borough has a tremendously rich history with a variety of vibrant neighborhoods. Many of those neighborhoods have seen a great deal of change over the years. Freelance writer Ellen Freudenheim has witnessed that changed first hand. She's a long-time Brooklyn resident and recently completed her fourth guidebook to the borough. It's called The Brooklyn Experience: The Ultimate Guide to Neighborhoods and Noshes, Culture and the Cutting Edge. Ellen is our guest on this week's Cityscape.
New York's Central Park has longed provided respite from the bustling concrete jungle. The park was designed by landscape architect and writer Frederick Law Olmsted and the English architect Calvert Vaux in 1858 after winning a design competition. Central Park has a wide array of amenities from running and bike paths to a swimming pool to ice skating rinks, but it's the park's trees and landscapes that are the subject of a new book. It's called Central Park: Trees and Landscapes: A Guide to New York City's Masterpiece. The authors are long-time park enthusiast Edward Sibley Barnard and Neil Calvanese, the Central Park Conservancy's former Vice President for Operations and chief arborist. Barnard is also the author of another book called New York City Trees: A Field Guide for the Metropolitan Area. Cityscape host George Bodarky recently took a walk with Barnard to check out some of Central Park's magnificent trees.
For at least some people the word grandma still conjures up images of a little old lady sitting on a rocking chair and knitting. And while that may have been a largely accurate portrayal at one point in our history, you can't paint grandmothers today with such a broad brush. Veteran journalist Lesley Stahl is a grandmother of two, and examines the role of grandparents in society in a new book called Becoming Grandma: The Joys and Science of the New Grandparenting. Lesley joins us on this week's Cityscape to talk about her book. We also talk with another journalist whose working to shed new light on the role of grandparents in society. Her name is Olivia Gentile and she's the brains behind a website called The Grandparent Effect.
New York City is a frenetic, fast-paced and noisy place, but thankfully there are plenty of areas to find solace in the concrete jungle, including at the New York Botanical Garden. The 250-acre site in the Bronx is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. For more than a decade, Larry Lederman, photographer and member of the NYBG's Board of Advisors, has been observing and photographing the Garden in all seasons and at all times of day. We visited with Larry at the Garden to learn all about his work.
New York City's theatrical community has a rich and storied past. But, ask most people about Yiddish Theater and chances are they know only one show with a Yiddish connection — Fiddler on the Roof. But, the story of Yiddish Theater spans well beyond the mainstream stage. A new exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York dives deep into the history of Yiddish Theater. The exhibit is called New York's Yiddish Theater: From the Bowery to Broadway, and is accompanied by a book of the same name. The woman behind the project, Edna Nahshon, is our guest on this week's Cityscape.