New York City – Calvary Church

The first church to be built near the Park was Calvary Church, at the northeast corner of Fourth Avenue and 21st Street which was erected in 1846, from the designs of James Renwick; and the rectory was built at the same time. The Church had previously occupied a site on Fourth Avenue near 30th Street, […]

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 – The Players

The first of the numerous Clubs which have now centered about the Park was “The Players,” founded in 1888 by Edwin Booth to promote “social intercourse between the representative members of the Dramatic profession, and of the kindred professions of Literature, Painting, Sculpture and Music, and the Patrons of the Arts.” Mr. Booth presented No. […]

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 – The Tilden Mansion – National Arts Club

The next club to recognize the advantages of the Park as a site was the National Arts Club which acquired the Tilden Mansion, Nos. 14 and 15, with its garden extending to 19th Street, upon which has since been erected an apartment house for the use of members of the Club. During its occupancy, the […]

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 – A Voyage On A Clipper Shipp In The Seventies

I was invited in the Spring of 1872 to go on the famous yacht “America” to the thousandth anniversary of the Island of Iceland. My parents could not bring their minds to my being many months away with no possibility of hearing from me. So I re-fused an invitation, which, to a young man of […]

New York City – Celebration Of The Birth Of Joan Of Arc

At a time when the soldiers of France and America were fighting side by side in a great cause it seems eminently appropriate that the birth of that saintly and inspiring warrior, Joan of Arc, should be celebrated as an event of appealing interest. Of all the nations that have warred in Europe and have […]

New York City – Gramercy Park And The Draft Riots, 1863

While Dr. Bellows and the Sanitary Commission were supplying the needs of our troops at the front the quiet of the Park was shattered by something very like the din of war, for during the Draft Riots of July, 1863; when negroes were strung up to lamp-posts and the negro Orphan Asylum was burned, Gramercy […]

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, […]