By Molly Rosner
For the first four years of the 1960s, the Bronx was home to what the New York Times called “an animated history book in which cowboys will soon fret, stagecoaches will be robbed, and Chicago will burn—every twenty minutes.” Here, on what had previously been empty marshland from a birdseye view you would see an 85-acre amusement park shaped like a miniature continental United States – buffered by a 120-acre parking lot. This was the site of Freedomland, U.S.A., ostensibly an East Coast answer to California’s Disneyland.
By Jason M. Barr and Gerard Koeppel
The Manhattan street grid plan of 1811 -- both figuratively and literally -- defines the city. It has created its identity while prompting continuing debate about whether it’s the “greatest grid” or “one of the worst city plans.” Despite the endless fascination after 200 years and counting, the grid’s history and its effect on Gotham are still not fully understood. We aim to correct the record. Here, we introduce some key misconceptions and their corrections; in eight monthly installments, we will discuss each one in more detail.
By Stephen Petrus
New York City is again confronting a surge in heroin use and opioid addiction in general. According to the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, fatal drug overdoses increased in New York by 66% from 2010 to 2015. In 2015, 556 New Yorkers unintentionally overdosed on heroin. The Bronx and Staten Island were the hardest hit boroughs. Heroin use, once largely associated with African Americans and Latinos, affects white New Yorkers more than any other group. They had the highest death rate from heroin overdoses in New York in 2015.
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