The Saratoga Springs of New York

The flag of Saratoga Springs

East-central New York’s Saratoga Springs is a city and county. It is located 30 miles (48 km) north of Albany in the Hudson River valley to the west of the Hudson River. Its location was a former Mohawk Indian camping area with several natural mineral springs; the most common spelling and meaning … Read more

The Interesting History of the New York Rangers

In 1926, Tex Rickard, president of Madison Square Garden, was awarded the Rangers.

A professional ice hockey team called the New York Rangers is situated in New York City. They participate in the National Hockey League (NHL) as a part of the Eastern Conference’s Metropolitan Division. The squad shares Madison Square Garden with the National Basketball Association’s New York Knicks as its home venue in … Read more

The History of Fire Island New York

A panoramic view of Fire Island.

Long Island’s South Shore is typically 3.9 miles (6.2 km) away from Fire Island, yet it comes very close to touching it on the East End. The Great South Bay, which spans related bays on Long Island, including Patchogue Bay, Bellport Bay, Narrow Bay, and Moriches Bay, separates it from Long Island. … Read more

The Interesting History of the Harlem Globetrotters

1950 World Series Harlem Globetrotters with owner Abe Saperstein (right) and team secretary W. S. Welch (left)

This unique basketball exhibition team from the United States centers its brand of play by combining comedy, theater, and athleticism. The Harlem Globetrotters was founded by Tommy Brookins in Chicago, Illinois, in 1926. The team chose the name Harlem because it is associated with a significant African American neighborhood. They have played … Read more

The Interesting History of the New York Liberty

Madison Square Garden was home to the Liberty from 1997 until 2018, except for three years due to summer renovations

Smith College hosted the first women’s basketball game in the fall of 1892. Senda Berenson, a young “physical culture” director who was newly hired by Smith, taught basketball to her students in the hopes that it would enhance their physical fitness. Hockey, rowing, and volleyball soon followed as the first team sports … Read more

The Interesting History of the Buffalo Bills

The former home of the AAFC Bills and the current team's first home

A professional American football team, the Buffalo Bills is situated in the Buffalo metropolitan area. The American Football Conference (AFC) East division is where the Bills participate in the National Football League (NFL). In Orchard Park, New York, at Highmark Stadium, the team plays its home games. They were established in 1960 … Read more

The Amazing History of Finger Lake New York

A Satellite view of Finger Lakes featuring Lake Ontario at the top, Oneida Lake upper right, and Cazenovia Lake directly below Oneida

The Finger Lakes is a collection of eleven long, narrow, generally north-south lakes located in New York’s Finger Lakes region. This area lies on the border between the Ontario Lowlands ecoregion of the Great Lakes Lowlands and the Finger Lakes Uplands and Gorges ecoregion of the Northern Allegheny Plateau. While the official … Read more

The Interesting History of the New York Islanders

William Shea made New York Islanders happen

The first indoor game of ice hockey was played on March 3, 1875, in Montreal, which is the birthplace of the current game. The length of the ice rink and the use of a puck are two elements of the game that have persisted to this day. Professional ice hockey first appeared … Read more