New York City – The Friends Meeting House

The land for the Friends Meeting House, with a front-age of 106 feet on the Park was purchased in 1855 for $24,000 and the edifice, which was completed in 1857, has a long record of social as well as religious usefulness to its credit. During the Civil War the members of the Society took an […]

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 – 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 – 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 – 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 […]