New York City – Skating In Old New York

When I read of the winter sports the inhabitants of New York enjoyed fifty or sixty years ago, I sometimes wish I had been of the former generation. The idea of a skating club privileged to have a hundred days of out-door skating in one season, and that on ponds located in the heart of […]

New York City – William Hamlin Childs’ Case

The case of William Hamlin Childs, head of the Fusion Committee that supported Mayor Mitchell, has become one of great importance as an instance—perhaps the only one in our history—in which an attempt has been made to drive out public spirited men from matters of municipal government, and we record it here as an item […]

New York City – Reveries Of A Bachelor And Lower Fifth Avenue

Ever since 1827 when the old Potter’s Field was converted into the Washington Parade Ground a unique and distinctly interesting character has attached to the neighborhood. Readers of Henry James will readily recall Dr. Soper who prescribed for the select members of the community that were afflicted with real or imaginary ailments. The Doctor had […]

New York City – The Metropolitan Museum

The Convention of the American Federation of Arts at the Metropolitan Museum Viewed in perspective and as an accomplished fact, the Tenth Annual Convention of the American Federation of Arts may be regarded as an unqualified success : as to attendance, as to choice of subjects taken up, as to importance of speakers, and as […]

New York City – Curious Items

New York, February 28, 6 O’Clock, P. M.—Just now we received the melancholy account, That this Morning the Wife of Capt. Hermanus Rutgers of this city, being in perfect Health, eat her Breakfast as usual, and about nine or ten o’Clock was taken with a Fit, and dyed about Four in the Afternoon, without speaking […]

New York City – Printers And Booksellers

It is a well-established fact that Ann Street has been a mart for members of the printing craft from the time that George Borkinbine and William Copp, at numbers 20 and 21 Ann Street respectively, started their modest printeries in 1789. No thoroughfare enjoyed a better reputation for the popular literature of the early 40’s, […]

New York City – Barnum’s Museum

Who can realize, that at the southeast corner of Broadway and Ann Street, where the St. Paul building (built 1897) rears its 307 feet of masonry skyward, once stood the celebrated Barnum’s Museum, where the famous showman got that auspicious start in “humbugging” the public. Before Barnum became proprietor it had gone through various ownerships. […]

New York City – Christ Church In Ann Street

There is a certain dignity attached to this street, a higher regard for its earlier history and traditions, when we are informed that it possessed the second Episcopal Church in the city. A reverence for the Almighty was never more ardently or fervently displayed than in the year 1793, when one William Post with 172 […]

New York City – Some Associations Of Old Ann Street, 1720-1920

Ann Street is one of those strange, irregularly laid-out thoroughfares commencing at both Broadway and Park Row, and then running in an easterly direction, crossing Nassau and William Streets, and terminating at Gold Street. It is a narrow, cavernous street, only three blocks in length, strongly remindful of the streets of old Boston or London, […]

New York City – First Events In Old New York

First Woman Suffrage Bill Fifty years ago the Legislature of the Territory of Wyoming passed a bill granting equal civil rights to women—the first legislation of the kind adopted in America. First White Men Land at Coney Island On September 3rd, 1609 the first white men to set foot on the soil of New York […]