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Orchard Beach, Pelham Bay Park, The Bronx

Orchard Beach is one of the great 1930s public works projects in New York City. It’s early history as a campsite is a window into leisure patterns in New York City’s coastal hinterlands in the 19th century, while the beach’s redevelopment in the 1930s speaks to the career of the city’s infamous power broker and master builder, Robert Moses.

George Ehret’s Hell Gate Brewery

Learn about New York City’s “King of Beer Corners” George Ehret, his German American community in Yorkville, on the Upper East Side, and his role in New York City’s flourishing brewery industry in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

North Beach

Learn more about two German Americans, George Ehret and William Steinway, who built a coastal amusement park in northern Queens in the late 19th century. Originally called Bowery Bay Beach, North Beach was one of a number of resort destinations in the outer boroughs of New York City at the turn of the 20th century.

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The Creation of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA)

The United Nations started with the UNRRA. Created in 1943, driven my Anglo-American interests, UNRRA was a champion of post-war peace, stability, and safety. Although largely forgotten today, UNRRA was a revolutionary organisation that aimed to not only relieve hunger and prevent disease, but to rehabiltate people and land to prevent conditions similar to post-1918 from recurring. The first state-driven international humanitarian organisation, and the blueprint for future world peace.