Young Voices of New York

Famous New Yorker: William Van Alen

Crysler Building
January 6, 2021

For a brief time, William Van Alen could claim to have designed the world’s tallest building. Today, he gets credit for creating a towering icon of New York City. William Van Alen was born in Brooklyn...

Famous New Yorker: Blanche Stuart Scott

Blanche Stuart Scott
December 23, 2020

In the early 20th century, Blanche Stuart Scott wanted fame and adventure. An automobile manufacturer and an airplane manufacturer wanted publicity. Everyone got what they wanted – and Scott made history...

Famous New Yorker: Sybil Ludington

Sybil Lundington
December 9, 2020

Many acts of heroism by ordinary Americans during the Revolutionary War have been forgotten over time. In some cases, a deed long forgotten has been rediscovered and a hero reborn. Sybil Ludington is a...

Famous New Yorker: Ernie Davis

Ernie Davis
November 24, 2020

If Ernie Davis’s life seems like a tragedy of promise unfulfilled, it’s because the “Elmira Express” had already done so much to fulfill his potential and break down barriers as an athlete and...

Famous New Yorker: George Crum

George Crum
November 12, 2020

In his lifetime, George Crum was renowned as a skilled hunter, a successful businessman and a master chef to the nation’s elite. He probably never imagined that he would be remembered as the inventor...

You could win $100 – and a bonus $100 for your school!!

You could win $100 - and a bonus $100 for your school!!
May 9, 2017

There's still time to read this year's serial story, The Path to Freedom, written by the YVNY editor, Mike Peterson and illustrated by Christopher Baldwin and then enter the quiz/essay contest for a chance...

The Path to Freedom – Chapter Eight, The Final Meeting

The Path to Freedom - Chapter Eight, The Final Meeting
A Statewide Serial Story made possible with funding from the New York State United Teachers
April 4, 2017

When the British attacked again, they were desperate and fierce. As more patriots joined the Americans, Burgoyne found himself outnumbered and nearly out of supplies. He refused to retreat to Ticonderoga,...

The Path to Freedom – Chapter Seven, The First Battle

The Path to Freedom - Chapter Seven, The First Battle
A Statewide Serial Story made possible with funding from the New York State United Teachers
March 28, 2017

“I filed the edges of his hoof and put some grease on it, to keep it from splitting,” the young rifleman said, as he came into the circle, sat on a log and took a dish of peas and salt pork from Sylvie. “Thank...

Path to Freedom – Chapter Six, Building Up to the Battle

Path to Freedom - Chapter Six, Building Up to the Battle
A Statewide Serial Story made possible with funding from the New York State United Teachers
March 21, 2017

Some weeks passed, and the Americans’ Northern Army grew as the Congress let General Washington send more troops. The patriots were now camped where the Mohawk and Hudson rivers met. There were small...

The Path to Freedom – Chapter Five, At the Campsite

The Path to Freedom - Chapter Five, At the Campsite
A Statewide Serial Story made possible with funding from the New York State United Teachers
March 14, 2017

Sylvie felt sick to her stomach. She didn’t want to talk about Jane McCrea. She didn’t want to think about Jane McCrea. But that was all anyone was talking about. And there was no way to get...

The Path to Freedom – Chapter Four, Blocking the Path

The Path to Freedom - Chapter Four, Blocking the Path
A Statewide Serial Story made possible with funding from the New York State United Teachers
March 7, 2017

“You know,” Luke’s father said, “every time I’ve gone to Fort Ann, I’ve seen this tree and thought how glad I was that it never showed up at our sawmill.” Luke laughed. The tree was, indeed,...

The Path to Freedom – Chapter Three, To Follow the Gun

The Path to Freedom - Chapter Three, To Follow the Gun
A Statewide Serial Story made possible with funding from the New York State United Teachers
February 28, 2017

“Start filling tote sacks with oats and put them in the wagon,” Father said, as the militiamen left the clearing and headed for the next cabin. “Start with half a dozen. That’ll leave plenty for...

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