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 […]

New York City – How Great Grandmother Took Her Outing In 1810

My home was in Maiden Lane. When the summer came I usually went to Jamaica to visit my relatives. Jamaica is twelve miles from Brooklyn and it took the whole afternoon to make the journey. I took my clothing in a round band box with a muslin cover that closed up with strings top and […]

New York City – Dr. Bellows And All Souls Church

The Unitarian Church of All Souls was built in 1855, and architecturally is of exceptional interest as it was modeled by Wray Mould, an English architect, after the Basilica of San Giovanni erected in the Fourteenth Century at Monza, in Northern Italy, which it closely resembles both in design and color, and in the contrast […]

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 […]