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The Evolution of City Hall Park –Part II

Since the second city hall at the time was being used by Congress, between 1784 and 1790, the City built a new city hall, the third and present city hall. (Today, the site of the second City Hall is now the Federal Hall National Memorial.) John McComb Jr. and Joseph Francois Mangin designed City Hall…

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Evolution of City Hall Park – Part I

Just over two hundred years ago, there was a series of marshes in the areas that are now called City Hall Park and Foley Square. Foley Square was the site of a big pond that the early settlers called “The Collect” or “Collect Pond. In fact, the area was so low lying that during the…

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Harry Houdini in NYC

NYC Walks Blog 17 Harry Houdini in NYC © 2018 by Philip Ernest Schoenberg, Ph. D. Introduction When his father’s rabbi gig ended in Appleton, Wisconsin, the family returned to Lower East Side of Manhattan.  One of the many jobs that Harry did was working as a…

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Grant’s Tomb

NYC Walks Blog Grant’s Tomb © 2018 by Dr. Philip Ernest Schoenberg. Ghost with a Blog #ghosts Ulysses S. Grant, the leading Union General, was considered the greatest American on the Union side after Abraham Lincoln for preserving the Union through his generalship.  America made him the…

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Boss Bill Tweed

William “Boss” Tweed is a ghost that cannot go away. The Old New York County Courthouse at 52 Chambers Street renamed the Tweed Gallery and then renamed the Tweed Education Building, is his legacy. This building designed by John Kellum and Leopold Eidlitz (1861–81) was the first permanent government building erected by New York City…

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Mayor Fiorello La Guardia

NYC Walks Blog 14 Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, NYC’s Greatest of the Twentieth Century Mayor  © 2018 by Dr. Philip Ernest Schoenberg #ghost New York’s most famous mayor was Henry Enrico Farewell La Giardia (1882-1947). He was the son of an Austrian Jewish mother and an Italian…

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The Origins of Labor Day

NYC Walks Blog 13 The Origins of Labor Day © 2018 by Dr. Philip Ernest Schoenberg #ghost The concept that the observance and celebration of Labor Day should take place were outlined in the first proposal of the holiday — a street parade to exhibit to the…

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Henry Hudson Claimed New York Harbor for the Dutch

NYC Walks Blog 12 Henry Hudson Claimed New York Harbor for the Dutch © 2018 by Dr. Philip Ernest Schoenberg #ghost   In 1609, two years after English settlers established the colony of Jamestown in Virginia, the Dutch East India Company hired English sailor Henry Hudson to…

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Lincoln’s New York

When  Abraham Lincoln visited New York City for the first time in 1857, the new in New York City was really new.  Our city was on the cutting edge of technological innovation, cultural novelty, educational change, financial modernization, transportation leadership, communication pacesetting, commercial pioneering, and cultural trailblazing.  For Lincoln, New York was the future, where…

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Henry Hudson Claimed New York Harbor for the Dutch

NYC Blog 12 Henry Hudson Claimed New York Harbor for the Dutch © 2017 by Dr. Philip Ernest Schoenberg #ghost   In 1609, two years after English settlers established the colony of Jamestown in Virginia, the Dutch East India Company hired English sailor Henry Hudson to find…

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