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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 locksmith.  He commenced a career in show business…

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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 highest ranking general ever after George Washington.  Although…

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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 agnostic father, born at 177 Sullivan Street in…

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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 public “the strength and esprit de corps of…

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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 find a northeast passage to India. After unsuccessfully…

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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 a northeast passage to India.  After unsuccessfully searching…

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The Amazing Bridge

It took thirteen years (1870-1883) to build instead of the promised three; compared to six years it took to build the Transcontinental Railroad (1863-1689). Or the nine years it took Keith Godard to put up the plaques. $15,000,000 instead of the estimated $7,000,000. In today’s money, the Brooklyn Bridge cost more than $1,500,000,000 to build….

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Frank Farrington and the First Cable across the Bridge

Once the towers were in place, cabling the bridge became a major event. All river traffic stopped. Huge crowds watched as the workers labored to connect the cables across the East River. On August 14, 1876, the first slender wire was strung from tower to tower. The headline in the Brooklyn Eagle proclaimed: “Wedded!” while…

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