Race, Riots, and the Right to Learn: Black Education in Antebellum New York | Episode 227

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The formal education of Black New Yorkers began with the Manumission Society’s African Free Schools, which first opened in 1787. Though the city was at the forefront of Black education, it would take decades to break down barriers to higher education, and schools, students, teachers, and benefactors were under threat of racial violence. This virtual program will examine the early history of Black schools in the city and neighboring Brooklyn, and the impact the evolving political discourse – and violence – around slavery had on them. This discussion will be hosted not in New York, but near the small town of Canaan, New Hampshire, which was the site of a horrific act of racial violence in 1835: the destruction of the Noyes Academy, the first racially-integrated college preparatory school in the country.

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Hockey History of New York City | Episode 179

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With the National Hockey League scheduled to resume play soon (pandemic permitting), we are looking at the history of hockey in the New York metro area with our resident hockey historian Andrew Gustafson. We will look at high, low, and curious moments in the histories of the Rangers, Islanders, and Devils, but also look the forgotten clubs like the Raiders, Wanderers, and Americans (and how the latter almost moved to Brooklyn), and the many amateur, minor-league, and college clubs that have competed in the region over the past 125 years.

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Turnstile’s Hockey Guide to NYC: Watching

Yesterday marked the beginning of the new NHL season, so we have put together a season preview that not only gives you a short run-down on the local top-tier teams (Rangers, Islanders, Devils), but also the many opportunities to watch minor league and college hockey within a short distance of the city, tips on how to get there and have a great time, and a bit of background information on the different teams and leagues.

So the next time Canadian major junior hockey eligibility rules come up at a cocktail party, or a work colleague asks you for your opinion on ECHL realignment, this cheat sheet has you covered. Later this month, we will also be sharing information on ice skating and pick-up hockey at rinks around the city, and where you can learn a bit of Brooklyn’s hockey history at a new exhibit at the Brooklyn Historical Society. Click the links below to navigate to specific leagues and teams, or find a hockey arena on our map. Now drop that puck!>> Continue reading