New York City – Free Travel 4: StoryCorps Oral History Booth

New York City is a microcosm of the whole world. So many people — so many stories to tell. A visitor adds to the wonderful mix, and if you are an American, then consider adding some of your family’s oral history to the national archive of stories and experiences. You can do so by using StoryCorps. Eventually, all stories will be at the Library of Congress, and be online, some day.

StoryCorps is a nonprofit organization dedicated to documenting and preserving the vast, colorful array of experiences and life stories of Americans – native born and immigrant. You will need to reserve the booth in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan to tell your story and record it. You can reserve at: 1-800-850-4406, toll-free.

Participants tell their story, usually through an interview with a family member or loved one, but you can also be prepared to tell your own story, too. Contributors will receive a free CD of their recording, while another copy is kept at the Library of Congress. Each CD adds to StoryCorps’ real, growing portrait of American life – past and present.

The StoryBooth is in the Tribeca neighborhood of Lower Manhattan, at Foley Square, on Centre Street (between Worth and Duane Strees), (1 block east of Broadway) Manhattan, NY 10007
Use the subway: 4, 5, 6 to Brooklyn Bridge–City Hall; R, W to City Hall; A, C to Chambers St.; 2, 3 to Park Pl.; E to World Trade Center.

You can also subscribe to podcasts or read stories on StoryCorps blog.

Also, check out their mobile stations’ trips. Maybe they will be headed close to your hometown so more of your family can get involved in sharing a more complete family history.

When you visit New York City, you can leave this treasure for the future. That will make your New York experience even more meaningful, as New York City was America’s first capital, so it’s appropriate to show how you and your family are able to live in your own American way.

Foley Square is also one end of the trail leading to the hauntingly beautiful African Burial Ground Memorial, nearby at 290 Broadway. It’s a powerful reminder of who built New York City, in colonial America.

Chinatown Ice Cream Factory:
The origins of ice cream are both mythical and abstract, including legends attributing the invention of ice cream to the Chinese during the Tang Dynasty, and the Indians have had it since ancient times, too.

So, when you are done at StoryCorps, head off to Chinatown Ice Cream Factory (CICF) for an unusual treat, and this is a great choice if you have kids tagging along. Get lunch at Hsin Wong for som bow fan, where you get 3 dishes over rice. 72 Bayard St, NYC, 212-925-6526. Then go across the street for the Chinese ice-cream!

CICF is family-run and stands today as one of Chinatown’s oldest businesses. It started in 1978, and has served authentic home made ice cream, with quality ingredients and traditional Chinese recipes since then.

Apart from regular flavors, unusual ones include: Coconut, Chocolate Pandan, Durian, Ginger, Green Tea, Lychee, Mango, Pandan, Red Bean (Dessert Bean), Taro, Zen Butter. Sorbets: Longan, Lychee and Mango-Papaya. See: New York City – chinatown ice cream factory.

Open: Sun-Sat: 11:00am – 10pm or 11pm (depending on weather) (212) 608-4170
Location: 65 Bayard Street, Manhattan Chinatown (south of Canal Street; Mott and Bayard). Canal Street Subway: J, M, Z trains.

The Chinese Museum is close by. If you are interested, ask for directions at CICF. So is the Children’s Museum of Art at 182 Lafayette. Enjoy your historical, ethnic New York day!

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