West Paterson, NJ (PRWEB) September 27, 2007
Historian, teacher, and New York City tour guide Peter Laskowich has enlarged his passion for New York City's and its baseball teams' histories through the publication of his new website, http://www.newyorkdynamic.com. A product of a Brooklyn Dodger family, not only has his course "Understanding New York City" been provided to the American Museum of Natural History, the Municipal Art Society, and the Brooklyn Historical Society, it has proven especially popular at the Osher Center of New York University.
"The bend in a road, shape of a building or site of a church can tell something of what we once were, and have become," Peter Laskowich says. "These ties between past and present represent the most obvious parts of that common wealth known as 'culture.' I seek to connect one's ordinary experience of New York -- what you can see, hear, feel -- with the history and culture of the city and the nation."
Tours, talks, and classes embrace New York City's relationship to the world, but also the various eras as far back as the 1600's, the Dutch settlements, the American Revolution, New York's harbors stemming from the Age of Sail, Immigrant history, and much more. Unique among his presentations is the connection between New York City and baseball, from its 19th century origins at Madison Square Park in New York through the famous NY Giants at the Polo Grounds, Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field, NY Yankees at Yankee Stadium, and NY Mets (the spiritual heirs to the departed Giants and Dodgers) at Shea Stadium. Other presentations include the media (newspapers and radio) and baseball, and why Brooklyn was ready for Jackie Robinson to succeed.
"The game of baseball is intimately connected with this great city. Some familiarity with New York history and culture opens us up to a real understanding of baseball," Peter explains. His groundbreaking course, "Baseball is New York," has been taught at both Hunter College and the New School for Social Research. Presently the material for this course is being compiled for the publication of his book, New York is Baseball.
Peter further explained, "My schedule is still too light for me to plug people into classes-lectures-tours on demand, although I am able to do so on occasion. These presentations may take place at any time of day, on any day of the week. There is no minimum number of participants as long as people can satisfy the required fee."
His long-term goals reflect his zeal for his vocation. "Over the next decade I will offer an almost-full schedule of classes, lectures and tours on both New York history and that of baseball. I will also complete my book and write occasional articles for various history and baseball related publications. At some point, if I can find people with the necessary background and passion, I may expand by training others to offer such presentations."
Peter Laskowich summed up his enthusiasm. "Again, a basic understanding of New York City enables one to fully enjoy the traditions and culture of baseball. I prefer to focus on tours and talks of baseball as a way of presenting the rich history of both. Good speakers do more than just fill the bucket. Good speakers compel an absorbing interest, they light the fire. The great pleasure of this work is in lighting that fire." He added, "It is information you won't get anywhere else."
For more information, contact Peter Laskowich by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 862-226-1244.
New York Dynamic
14 Old Rifle Camp Road
West Paterson, NJ 07424