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Monday, December 1, 2014

What’s Nu: Brooklyn’s Jewish Delis - BHS Program

If you're looking for a quintessential Brooklyn experience, look no further than the classic Jewish delicatessen. While they're no longer on virtually every Brooklyn street corner, some local icons continue to thrive. Deli historian Ted Merwin discusses the glories, challenges, and traditions of serving up corned beef with the owners of three delis: a populist (Alan Rosen of Junior’s), a traditionalist (Lloyd Lederman of Jay and Lloyd’s Kosher Deli) and a newcomer (Noah Bernamoff of Mile End).

What’s Nu: The State of Brooklyn’s Jewish Delis
Thursday, December 11, 6:30pm
$10/$5 for BHS Members

Monday, November 17, 2014


With only two days notice, it has been announced that the Howard Hughes Corporation will present its "mixed use project" to the Seaport Working Group THIS Wednesday, November 19th, 5pm.

As with all other SWG meetings, it is closed to the public.

As such, we are calling together an emergency meeting of Save Our Seaport to immediately follow. SOS will meet this Wednesday, November 19th, 7:30pm, at St. Margaret's House conference room (49 Fulton St).

This is where we need to come together. Please join us Wednesday to hear a report on the SWG Meeting and help decide our public reaction. We will attempt to have as many Seaport Working Group members on hand as we can, to discuss Howard Hughes Corp's presentation.

This is an "all-hands" call! We hope to see you THIS Wednesday!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

NYC Master Planner Andrew H. Green

(SATURDAY 11/8 AT 12:00 NOON)

Please join us as we raise a toast of apple cider to Andrew H. Green, the unsung 19th century master planner, reformer, and preservationist who transformed New York into a world-class city. The ceremony will take place at the Andrew H. Green Memorial Bench in Central Park on Saturday, November 8 at 12:00 noon. As of this writing the weather forecast calls for a lovely autumn day.

Manhattan Borough Historian Michael Miscione will preside over the festivities. Guest speakers will include New York City Councilmember Ben Kallos whose district contains the recently established Andrew H. Green Park, and Sami Naim, the Director of Strategy at the Municipal Art Society.

Prof. Kenneth T. Jackson, editor of The Encyclopedia of New York City, has called Green, "arguably the most important leader in Gotham's long history." During his fifty-year career, Green steered the creation of some of New York City's foremost parks, cultural institutions, and public works. He rescued the city from bankruptcy after the Tweed Ring scandals, and pioneered the historic preservation movement. Most importantly, he masterminded the 1898 consolidation of the five boroughs, a measure that expanded the city's size five-fold and earned him the nickname "the Father of Greater New York."

Light refreshments will be served.

Saturday, November 8, 2014
Free. No reservations required. Invite your friends!
Andrew H. Green Memorial Bench, inside Central Park at about 105 Street
For map and directions see:

Tuesday, November 4, 2014


Jonathan MahlerThe New York Times media
reporter and author of the critically
acclaimed Ladies and Gentlemen,
the Bronx is Burning, moderates this panel
exploring Bushwick’s 1970s nadir.
Photographer Meryl Meisler,
a tenant lawyer, an FDNY fire marshal, a
Community Board manager, and a displaced
resident will discuss their experiences on the
frontlines of urban neglect.

Part of a four-part thematic series on
Brooklyn and fire, presented with
Green-Wood Cemetery. 

Brooklyn’s On Fire: 
Bushwick is Burning
Monday, November 17, 6:30pm
$5 / Free for BHS Members

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Jun 1
The first book fair is held, in New York City.
Sep 13

The Board of Trinity, developing vacant property
known as the Church Farm, resolves to erect a


Manhattan's Hanover Square fire engine house

is moved to the Old Slip.

Nov 24 

George Colman the Younger's English romantic
comedy The Battle of Hexham is performed at
New York's Park Theatre. Washington Irving
will attend an early performance.

Burr is removed from the Manhattan Water
Company board, along with crony John 
Swartwout. Swartwout, believing De Witt
 Clinton to be behind the ouster, challenges
him to a duel, which is held in New Jersey.
After five rounds, in which Swartwout is
wounded in the thigh and ankle, and still
neither man will concede, Clinton leaves
the field.

New York City

Brooklyn-to-Manhattan ferry operator Richard

Woodhull hires Benjamin Franklin's 

grandnephew Jonathan Williams, an engineer,

to lay out streets in 13 acres in what will become

the Williamsburgh section of Brooklyn.    **

Washington Irving begins clerking in the office

of former state attorney general Josiah Hoffman.

In addition to his Jonathan Oldstyle letters for his

brother Peter's newspaper, he begins writing for

Peter's pro-Burr paper The Correction.    **    New

street commissioner Joseph Browne recommends

that Manhattan's Collect Pond be filled in, using 

dirt from nearby Bunker Hill. His proposal is 

rejected. He has retained his job as Manhattan

Water Company superintendent while also 

gaining his city position.    **    Robert McQueen's

factory begins replacing the Manhattan Water

Company's horse pumps with steam-driven

models. By year's end 21 miles of pipe have been

laid by the water company, at a cost of close to

$45,000. The bank has invested $132,000 in 

its waterworks, supplying 1,683 customers. 

Annual expenses are $11,500; revenues $12,000.

**    Burr's 1800 loan of $48,000 from the

Manhattan WaterCompany bank has grown to

$120,000 by mid-year. He is removed from the

bank's board  along with John Swartwout -

by year's end.    **    Alexander Hamilton's

18-room mansion in northern Manhattan,

named "Th Grange" for his Scottish ancestral

home, is completed.    **    A 2 1/2 

story wood-fronted building is erected on

Christopher Street and the future Bleecker Street.

**    Released from a Parisian prison, where he

had been incarcerated for anti-Christian

segments in his Age of Reason, Thomas Paine, in

poor health returns to New York and moves into

a 2 1/2 story home between Columbia - later

renamed Grove - Street and  Reason - later

named Raisin then Barrow - Street.    **    A

building committee is formed to make plans for

a new City Hall.

© 2014 David Minor / Eagles Byte

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


Save Our Seaport invites the public to its sixth Town Meeting
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 6:30-7:30PM
St. Margaret’s House Conference Room
49 Fulton Street
Guest Speakers include:
Roland Lewis, Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance
Victor Papa, Two Bridges Neighborhood Council
After the speakers there will be a brief question and answer period with open discussion, followed by a walk through the South Street Historic District.
Save Our Seaport is hosting a series of Town Meetings to talk and walk about New York’s South Street Seaport Historic District.
Developing and preserving the NY South Street Seaport Historic District is a two-fold challenge. It requires a responsible development plan which guarantees the economic viability of the District while also maintaining, preserving and celebrating the historic importance of this integral part of our city’s history.
SOS invites the public —New Yorkers and visitors to our city alike—to examine development that preserves the view of the iconic Brooklyn Bridge and the Tall Ships; re-establishes the vibrancy and color of the Seaport District; fully engages the educational work of the South Street Seaport Museum, maintains ties to an active waterfront, and locates a world class food mecca in the New Amsterdam Market.

Sunday, August 17, 2014


Mar 5
The Madison County  town of Brookfield is formed from the Oneida County town of Paris.    
Mar 17
The Albany County own of  Bern is formed out of Rensselaerville and named for the first settler and mill oner Jacob Weidman's birthplace in Switzerland.    **    The Columbia County town of Chatham is formed from Canaan and Kinderhook.

Apr 3
Connecticut native Elihu Phinney begins publishing Otsego County's first newspaper, the Herald and Western Advertiser, at Cooperstown.
Apr 6
Schoharie County is carved out of Albany and Otsego counties.
Apr 9
The New York State Legislature passes "An act for the encouragement of schools". $50,000 annually is appropriated for the next five years, to establish and support common schools.

May 24
Future governor Silas Wright is born to Samuel Silas and Eleanor Goodale Wright, in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Utica's Jason Parker begins advertising stage mail and passenger service, starting next month, between Whitestown and Canajoharie.    **    Lansingburgh Recorder publishers George Gardner and James Hill move to Troy.

Nov 2
The Holland Land Company purchases a Utica lot near the downtown Square and Whitesboro Street, future site of the York House hotel.

Dec 14
Engineer John Bloomfield Jarvis is born in Huntington, Long Island.

Dec 16
Schoharie County officials first meet at the village of Schoharie, decide to build the county courthouse two mile to the west.

New York State
Area pioneer Israel Stone dies and is believed to be buried in Washington County, N.Y. though the location is unconfirmed.    **    Schenectady's Union College is founded.    **   A portion of Schoharie County is formed from Albany County.    **    The Lansingburgh Recorder's publishers  Gardner and Hill leave the  state and the paper closes by the end of the year.    **    Natutralist Amos Eaton enters Williams College, in Massachusetts.    **    Suffolk County lawyer Silas Wood enters the State Legislature.    **    Judge William Cooper of Cooperstown is elected to Congress.    **    Former Oneida County  resident Benjamin Cleveland pioneers Chenango County's village of German.     **    $600 is added to the building fund for courthouse and jail near Ballston Spa.    **    Samuel Leis' state map is published.    **    Herkimer County's German Flats contains 40 homes and a Dutch Reformed Church.    

Utica, NY
Carpenter and builder Apollos Cooper settles at Utica. He will build a bridge across the Mohawk, just to the north of the future Bagg's Square.    **    The Western Sentinel newspaper begins publication in Whitesboro, near Utica.    **   Blacksmith Moses Bagg replaces his shop with a two-story wooden building, creating a tavern.

© 2014    David Minor / Eagles Byte