• Journey to Japan

    Journey to Japan

    New York City’s fascination with Japanese culture goes back to the 19th century. A number of museums boast substantial permanent collections that showcase Japanese art and a host of groups offer special events and changing exhibitions. In 2004, leading Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi gave the city a major work through his design of the new Museum of Modern Art.

  • Nuts for the Nutcracker

    Nuts for the Nutcracker

    The original Nutcracker, Marius Petipa's ballet based on Alexander Dumas Pere's revised vision of E.T.A. Hoffman's L'Histoire d'un Casse Noisette (The Story of a Hazelnut-cracker) with music by Tchaikovsky, first premiered on December 17, 1892 at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia. Since then, the Sugar Plum Fairy, the dancing rodents led by a mouse soldier, the young heroine Clara and Tchaikovsky's score have become a holiday favorite, drawing hundreds of thousands of people to the ballet, many of whom might never have gone otherwise. The popular ballet has even spawned spin-offs, including The Hard Nut (Mark Morris), The ...

  • Historic Houses in New York History

    Historic Houses in New York History

    From a 1772 Dutch farmhouse in Queens to the tiny Bronx cottage where Edgar Allan Poe wrote some of his best-known poems, New York has a plethora of homes of historic significance. The Historic House Trust, in partnership with the New York City Parks Department, preserves and promotes the 20 historic houses and other structures located inside city parks, all owned by the City of New York. It also offers educational resources for students and online lesson plans for teachers, as well as information about the historic structures on its Web site. For more information about specific exhibits, educational programs ...