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The Collyer Brothers of Harlem

Written by William Bryk on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Two years after the Collyers’ arrival, African-Americans began settling in Harlem in large numbers. By 1925, Harlem had been transformed from an upper-middle-class white suburb into the center of African-American life. But while nearly all the other white folks left, the Collyers did not. Dr. Collyer died in 1923; Mrs. Collyer in 1929. Their sons [&hellip
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Mr. Dana of The Sun

Written by William Bryk on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

The Sun was founded in 1833 by Benjamin Day, a 23-year-old printer. He produced a racy, sensational paper, focusing on "fires, theatrical performances, elephants escaping from the circus, women trampled by hogs." In August 1835 (as recounted in a recent issue of McSweeney’s), Day began a series of bogus articles recounting life on the moon [&hellip
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The Battle of Brooklyn

Written by William Bryk on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

It was June 19, 1776, and the British had come. McCurtin, a private in the Continental army, later wrote that the “whole Bay was full of shipping as it ever could be” and the masts of the ships moored by Staten Island “resembled a forest of pine trees with their branches trimmed.” Gen. Sir William Howe, commanding His Majesty’s forces [&hellip
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