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Abuzz Around New York, Inc. updated their address. 07/19/2021

Abuzz Around New York, Inc. updated their address.

Abuzz Around New York, Inc. updated their address.

09/10/2020

T-Back Thursday: NYC 1929 Broadway.
(hand-colored old b&w pics from Brooklyn PIX)
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[06/30/19]   Today's NYC Gay Pride Parade/March celebrates the 50th Anniversary of STONEWALL! And the weather is picture perfect.

02/08/2019

Rich & Famous Celeb Tour

From my Rich & Famous tour this morning:
The house of murdered celebrity columnist Dorothy Kilgallen. Her body was found by her hairdresser Nov. 8, 1965–fully dressed from her appearance on What's My Line the night before and artificially propped up in a bed— not her own bed, but a rarely used guest room. The NYPD declared her a suicide but new evidence points to foul play. Apparently she had finished taping What’s My Line at Rockefeller Center, gone to dinner and drinks and then went home.
Her hairdresser found her dressed and still wearing her wig and tv makeup which she never would do, he claims. She confided to friends that she was working on an explosive new report about the JFK murder but no papers were ever found! Toxicology reports said she had enough drugs in her body to kill a large animal. Friends interviewed said while Dorothy enjoyed a martini or two, she was NOT a drunk or a drug user.
The current owner has divided the large mansion into apartments.

01/31/2019

T-Back Thursday from a few years ago:
Me Jim Dykes with former Broadway/vaudeville/radio/movie star Sylvia Froos-- one of the many interesting & fascinating people I've had the pleasure of meeting and knowing in New York City.

cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com 10/31/2018

Witchcraft on the West Side

For Halloween, here's my NY Times Witchcraft article:
https://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/04/11/witchcraft-on-the-west-side/?fbclid=IwAR2ZumjbB8tllrijOashWYKablqqx_YBmvTjiDktl5TeojJmfbNgLlQZWqY

cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com Metropolitan Diary: Harry Potter would have been right at home with a witchcraft shop that appeared when needed, and then seemingly disappeared.

cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com 09/06/2018

Witchcraft on the West Side

T-Back Thursday
My piece in the NY Times:
https://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/04/11/witchcraft-on-the-west-side/

cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com Metropolitan Diary: Harry Potter would have been right at home with a witchcraft shop that appeared when needed, and then seemingly disappeared.

08/19/2018

From my Rich & Famous tour this morning:
The house of murdered celebrity columnist Dorothy Kilgallen. Her body was found by her hairdresser Nov. 8, 1965–fully dressed from her appearance on What's My Line the night before and artificially propped up in a bed— not her own bed, but a rarely used guest room. The NYPD declared her a suicide but new evidence points to foul play. Apparently she had finished taping What’s My Line at Rockefeller Center, gone to dinner and drinks and then went home.
Her hairdresser found her dressed and still wearing her wig and tv makeup which she never would do, he claims. She confided to friends that she was working on an explosive new report about the JFK murder but no papers were ever found! Toxicology reports said she had enough drugs in her body to kill a large animal. Friends interviewed said while Dorothy enjoyed a martini or two, she was NOT a drunk or a drug user.
The current owner has divided the large mansion into apartments.

02/22/2018

T-Back Thursday- Take a private tour of NYC with NY Tourguide Jim Dykes.

02/15/2018

T-Back Thursday:
Central Park winter in the 1800s!

11/13/2017
11/09/2017

T-Back Thursday
NYC Taxis:
1925 and 1955 models.

11/02/2017

T-Back Thursday:
The Bustling corner of Broadway & Canal Street (today this is part of Chinatown) courtesy of Currier & Ives.

08/31/2017

T-Back Thursday from Jim Dykes, NYC tour guide.
Here's a view of NYC in 1840 painted from the steeple of St. Paul's Chapel looking southeast.

07/11/2017

Timeline Photos

07/07/2017

WOW- great article on me in Bus Tours Magazine July/August issue.

jimdykesnyc.com 06/03/2017

Private & Custom Tours of NYC - Jim Dykes New York City Tours

If you're coming to NYC soon, invest in a personal/private tour with me JIM DYKES. See more with me in a few hours than you'll see by yourself all week. History, Gossip, Legends, Ghosts, Celebrity info including Trump, etc.
FIRST TIMERS: Let Jim give you a gentle "intro" to the Big Apple.
REPEAT VISITORS: Let Jim give you a specialized neighborhood walk...see Gramercy Park, Upper Eastside Rich & Famous, Broadway history & legends, Greenwich Village, Harlem, SoHo, Brooklyn Heights, much more!
www.JimDykesNYC.com

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06/01/2017
05/25/2017

T-Back Thursday:
The Brooklyn Bridge
Opened May 24, 1883

05/04/2017

Turn-back Thursday: New York City in 1840 when the population was 312,000 and there were NO skyscrapers. This view is looking south down Broadway toward the harbor.

jimdykes.blogspot.com 05/03/2017

Jim Dykes-- New York Stories & Memories

Check my blog at JimDykesNYC.com- Stories and legends of New York City!
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[05/03/17]   Check my website for private NYC tours with a private guide Jim Dykes. www.JimDykesNYC.com

jimdykesnyc.com 04/29/2017

Jim Dykes New York City Tours

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jimdykesnyc.com Road & Track presents Duff McDonald on the streets of New York City in a 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-350 with Jim Dykes as his guide.

03/21/2017

Take a Spring walking tour or Urban Safari with Jim Dykes. Joan Rivers called Jim "the celebrity tourguide" of NYC. New email: [email protected]

[03/21/17]   Take a Spring NYC walking tour or Urban Safari with Jim Dykes, guide.

03/07/2017

Me with Sheila and the Swedish ladies on the steps of "Carrie Bradshaw's" house from SEX AND THE CITY.

11/01/2016

Congratulations to Tippi Hedren on the release of her fabulous memoir #Tippi today November 1!

tripadvisor.com 10/31/2016

BMW long weekend - Jim is the man. - Review of Jim Dykes New York Tours, New York City, NY - TripAdvisor

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g60763-d6224473-r432698724-Jim_Dykes_New_York_Tours-New_York_City_New_York.html

tripadvisor.com Review of Jim Dykes New York Tours, New York City: BMW long weekend - Jim is the man.

10/27/2016

T-Back Thursday-- Bickford's Cafeterias!
Apparently, back in the day (before fast-food), New York City was full of cafeterias and automats so people could grab a quick meal! Here's a great pic of Bickford's Cafeteria (this branch stood at 34th St. & Eighth Ave. and the building is still there but much changed).

10/06/2016

T-Back Thursday
Old map of Central Park during construction (1858)

09/22/2016

T-Back Thursday
Classic New York skyscrapers in an antique hand-colored postcard as: MONARCHS of New York City!

09/15/2016

T-Back Thursday:
Wonderful hand-colored street scene photo from 1915 of the old CASINO THEATRE on Broadway & 39th St.....long gone. The show on the marquee is Sigmond Romberg's operetta THE BLUE PARADISE. Check out the people in the street and the sign that says "Carriage Entrance."
courtesy of Brooklyn Pix

08/11/2016

Upper Manhattan (before the construction of the George Washington Bridge) was country estates, farms and villages.

08/04/2016

T-Back Thursday: the old C.K.G. Billings estate on the site of The Cloisters Museum in Fort Tryon Park in Upper Manhattan's Washington Heights.
The house is long gone (burned in 1926) but the ivy-covered colonnaded stone archway entrance is still there, visible from the highway.
Upper Manhattan and the Bronx were covered with farms, orchards, great "country" estates and villages before it was all covered with development and parks.

07/17/2016

FLATIRON BUILDING--The iconic NYC skyscraper at 23rd Street where Fifth Ave. meets Broadway. Before it was built, it was a hodge-podge of structures referred to by New Yorkers as "the Flatiron" and after Chicago builder Charles Black built the Fuller Building with it's shape to fit the block, it became nick-named as The Flatiron Building.
Designed by the famed architect Daniel Burnham and built by Charles Black (Chicago's Donald Trump-like character) and the Fuller Construction company.

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