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 – 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 – Mount Roosevelt – A Memorial

Within sight of the country over which Theodore Roosevelt as a young man ranged his cattle and hunted wild game and just above the trails he followed while a visitor in this district, a mountain—one of the most lofty peaks in the Black Hills—became Mount Theodore Roosevelt, on July 4, in honor of the former […]

New York City – Edwin Booth Memorial

The memorial of Edwin Booth erected in Gramercy Park is the first of its kind, to an actor in this country. It is a product of the genius of one of the members of The Players—the club founded by Mr. Booth in 1888. Mr. Booth conceived the idea that the intermingling of players with men […]

New York City – Some Famous American Naval Prints

In the pages of that delightful repository of antiquarian lore concerning New York of an older period—Valentine’s Manual—one may see an old-time print or two of exceeding interest, not so much for what they are as for the tremendous developments which they foreshadowed. One is dated October 14, 1814 others a little later ; and […]

New York City – Ambrose Channel

When the weary transatlantic traveler hears the lynx-eyed lookout cry, “Ambrose Light abeam, sir!” he begins to realize that he is near his journey’s end. “Ambrose Light” marks the entrance to the great Channel leading from the trackless deep of the Atlantic Ocean to the harbor of New York City. While “Ambrose Light” and “Ambrose […]

New York City – Gramercy Park 1831-1919

GRAMERCY Park can hardly boast antiquity as one of its charms, but it is interesting to know that its name dates back to the days of Dutch occupation, when the “little crooked knife” brook which meandered from Madison Square to the East River near 18th Street acquired the designation of “Crommessie,” which has been modernized […]

New York City – Hunter College – 1870-1920

HUNTER COLLEGE celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of its founding February 14th, 1920, and continued the celebration for four days. It was founded as a school for the higher education of girls, and when opened as Normal College in 1870 was the only public high school for girls in the city. Nothing illustrates the wonderfully rapid […]

New York City – James & Issac Roosevelt – J&J Harper-Mercantile Library

Within my recollection, James Roosevelt kept at No. 8 Jacob Street. It was before Cliff Street was opened through. It was in previous years the alley-way to the old Roosevelt sugar house. That property ran back from Jacob Street to Franklin Square, and was thirty or forty feet wide. In the middle was a large […]

New York City – The Queerest House In This Country

New York for a period of thirty-two years boasted the queerest house in this country, if not in the entire world. This was the famous Richardson “Spite House,” at Lexington Avenue and 83rd Street. The house extended north 104 feet on the avenue, but was only five feet wide. In general appearance it was not […]