Off the Path from New York to Boston Follow reporter Davis Dunavin as he travels the road from New York to Boston, looking for unusual stories and fascinating histories.
Off the Path from New York to Boston

Off the Path from New York to Boston

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Follow reporter Davis Dunavin as he travels the road from New York to Boston, looking for unusual stories and fascinating histories.

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How 'The Little Prince' Landed On Long Island

"The Little Prince" is one of the best-selling books of all time. It was written by a Frenchman, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, and translated into 300 languages since its publication in 1943. But the author didn't write "Le Petit Prince" in his native France – he wrote it in New York. And there's a wonderful story about a statue of the Little Prince outside a library on Long Island's North Shore.

The World's Smelliest Fruit

The durian is said to be the world's smelliest fruit. It's a delicacy in Southeast Asia, but many also find the smell too disgusting – even unbearable. You have to search out places in the U.S. to find durian. On the East Coast, a good bet is New York City's Chinatown.

The Story Behind The Iconic American Viewing Machine

You've probably seen them – and maybe even dropped in a quarter to look through them at some scenic overlook. They're at the top of the Empire State Building, next to the Golden Gate Bridge and Niagara Falls. Essentially, they're binoculars on poles. The factory that's made them longer than anyone else is in Norwalk, Conn. And its employees crisscross the country to service the machines and collect those quarters. Subscribe to Off the Path from New York to Boston on Apple Podcasts or wherever

Lizzie Borden Took An Axe...

One of the most notorious crimes in American history was memorialized in a grisly playground chant — Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother forty whacks. And when she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one. The Borden family home, the scene of the crime in 1892, is now a bed and breakfast — not for the faint of heart — in Fall River, Massachusetts. Warning: This is the Halloween episode of Off the Path, and we're getting into some grisly and macabre American history. You

The Real-Life Love Shack

Kate Pierson spent decades on tour as one of the vocalists of the legendary rock group the B-52s. You know – the big hairdos? The surf guitars? Love Shack? Turns out, at the same time, Pierson also collected art, antiques and other decor. That collection is now part of her offbeat side project. A cute little roadside motel – a real-life "Love Shack" – just outside Woodstock, New York.

Everyone Shall Sit Under Their Own Vine And Fig Tree

The musical "Hamilton" has a lot of catchy music and memorable lyrics. Some of the most memorable come from President George Washington. They're taken almost verbatim from a letter Washington wrote to the oldest synagogue in America, in Newport, Rhode Island, in which he rebuked bigotry.

T.S. Eliot's Seaside Childhood

T.S. Eliot chose four places to write about in his poem "Four Quartets." Three of them are in England, but one is a nondescript cluster of rocks off the coast of Gloucester, Massachusetts. Eliot's childhood vacation home is now a retreat for writers. The T.S. Eliot Foundation says it hopes other writers can be inspired by the same idyllic seaside setting that inspired Eliot.

Westport Stakes Its Claim To 'The Great Gatsby'

F. Scott Fitzgerald set his novel The Great Gatsby on Long Island's North Shore – with its opulent mansions, beautiful gardens and decadent parties. But some people think Fitzgerald might have been inspired by another location – across Long Island Sound in Westport, Connecticut.

The Great Boombox Parade

There might be only one Fourth of July parade that has no live music accompaniment. That's not to say there isn't music though. And you can find this parade every Independence Day in Willimantic, a neighborhood in Windham, Connecticut.

Morbid Anatomy

Cemeteries are not places where you're likely to find a museum – except perhaps one that deals with death. This museum is the result of one woman's quest to change how we think and talk about the subject of death. And you'll find it – at least for now – in the Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York.

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