5 kid-friendly NYC historic outings

Kids can explore the DiMenna Children’s History Museum at the New-York Historical Society.

1. Tenement Museum
103 Orchard St.
This amazing museum is located on the Lower East Side, in what was once an actual tenement building. Kids will get a clear idea of what life was like for hundreds of thousands of immigrants not only by touring restored and furnished tenement apartments, but also from talking to one of the “residents,” a costumed interpreter who describes the challenges of early 20th century tenement life. There is also a huge Visitor Center.

2. City Hall Park

Broadway, Park Row and Chambers Sts.
Because it is one of the most history-rich spots in the city, a stroll through the park and around its perimeter offers a terrific do-it-yourself glimpse of New York’s past. City Hall Park has several historical markers denoting the sites of Revolutionary-era events and buildings. The gorgeous City Hall (built 1811) and a circa 1872 fountain lie within the park, the famous Tweed Courthouse (1872) is on the northern edge and, just to the north is the African Burial Ground National Monument (also worth a visit). To the east on Park Row are a couple of the city’s earliest skyscrapers, and on the west side is the towering Woolworth Building (1913), once the tallest building in the world.

3. Morris-Jumel Mansion
65 Jumel Terr.
George Washington used it as his Revolutionary War headquarters, Aaron Burr lived here and famous visitors included Alexander Hamilton, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.  Built in 1765, the Morris-Jumel Mansion is the oldest home still standing in Manhattan. The stately house features rooms with period furnishings, including an octagonal parlor and a colonial kitchen, and offers an incredible glimpse of the city’s 18th and 19th century past. The home is surrounded by landscaped gardens.

4. Historic Richmond Town
441 Clarke Ave., Staten Island,
This quaint village is comprised of 27 historic buildings dating from the late 17th to early 20th centuries. They were rescued from various parts of Staten Island, and many have been restored and decorated with period  furnishings. It offers a fun glimpse at many aspects of Staten Island life over the years.


Bloomberg launches $50 million anti-gun violence effort

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to spend $50 million on a grassroots anti-gun violence network to challenge the National Rifle Association.


East Village woman fights off rape attempt from…

An East Village woman fought off an attempted rapist that she woke to find standing on her bed over the weekend, police said.


Nearly 300 missing after South Korean ferry capsizes

Almost 300 people were missing after a ferry capsized off South Korea Wednesday, in what could be the country's biggest maritime disaster in over 20 years.


Police look for man suspected of threatening Muslim…

Police seek man suspected of calling a teen Muslim girl a "terrorist" and spitting on her multiple times while on a Queens bus.

The Word

Paul Walker's brothers will replace him in 'Fast…

Ever since a car crash took Paul Walker's life, fans have wondered what the "Fast & Furious" franchise would do without one of its most beloved stars.


'Orphan Black's' Jordan Gavaris talks Felix's Season 2…

Jordan Gavaris plays heroically helpful foster sibling Felix to main clone Sarah on "Orphan Black." We talked to him about what’s ahead for him in…

Going Out

Accomplice Tour: New York (Spoiler Alert)

When I signed up for the Accomplice show tour, I had no idea what I was in for. But every grimy job comes with a great reward.


TV watch list, Tuesday, April 15: 'New Girl,'…

'New Girl' Nick and Jess are hiding their breakup from the other loft residents. And Winston passes the police academy exam! That guy needed some…


Jets confident despite Chris Johnson leaving with no…

Jets fans clamored for a playmaker on offense all offseason. It looked like they were going to land that player on Tuesday when Chris Johnson…


Knicks, Nets rivalry never materialized despite national attention

When the NBA schedule was released, the league anticipated an intense rivalry between the Nets and Knicks with all four games slated for national TV.


NBA Power Rankings: Are the Spurs frauds? Could…

NBA Power Rankings: Are the Spurs frauds? Could the Mavericks surprise?


Top 5 New York storylines for Rangers-Flyers playoff…

The Rangers and Flyers have a long history of animosity toward each other. Now they get to rekindle that rivalry in the Stanley Cup playoffs.


Steal home decorating tips from Nattystyle blogger Natalie…

Despite the towering ceilings and enviable exposed brick, it’s easy to see how Natalie Decleve’s apartment could be considered a challenge. Perched above the streets…


How to plant a garden in the city

Small on space but big on gardening? You can still have that welcoming oasis of fresh air with an urban garden. Peter Smith, owner of…


Personalize your massage at a private practice

CityTouch customizes spa treatments to meet client's needs.


Victoria's Secret Fashion Show moving to England

It will still broadcast on CBS this fall.