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Sunday, March 1, 2015

NEW YORK CITY: 1804-1808


Aaron Burr departs from Manhattan, travels to Albany. He will soon move on to Amboy, New Jersey, and then further south.

Jul 12
Alexander Hamilton, mortally wounded yesterday in his duel with Aaron Burr in Weehawken, New Jersey, is brought to Manhattan where he dies at the home of his banker friend Robert Bayard near today's Greenwich Village.

Oct 18
Future lawyer Eugene Kateltas is born to a wealthy and respected family in Manhattan.

New York City
Wealthy merchant Jonas Wood builds a house at 314 Washington Street.    **    John Jacob Astor purchases a plot of land at 133 LaGrange Terrace (Colonade Row).    **    Young ship's mate Dennison Wood, working on a vessel bringing sugar to the city, marries 17-year-old Lydia McKildo.    **    The approximate date Connecticut shoemaker Benjamin de Forest comes to Manhattan and opens a shop - Benjamin de Forest and Company - in the harbor area at 31 Peck Slip.


New York City
Construction begins on the Commandant's House at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on the East River, in the Vinegar Hill neighborhood. It will be completed next year.


New York City
Population: 60,000.


Apr 3
A New York City act is issued under the title Remarks of the Commissioners for Laying Out Street and Roads in the City of New York.

New York City
The Orphan Asylum Society of New-York is founded by Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton (wife of Alexander), the city's first private orphanage, at West End Avenue and 73rd and 74th streets.    


Apr 25
Brooklyn municipal official and U.S. Representative James Samuel Thomas (S.T.) Stranahan is born in Peterboro, New York, to Samuel Stranahan and his wife Lynda Josselyn Stranahan.    

May 28
Minstrel show producer Thomas Dartmouth "Daddy" Rice is born in Manhattan's Lower East Side.

Aug 8
Merchant and real estate operator Henry Evelyn "E." Pierrepont is born in Brooklyn to Hezekiah B. Pierrepont and his wife Anna M. Constable Pierrepont.

New York City
Grace Church is organized at Broadway and Rector Street.    **    Visiting free Ethiopian seamen and African-American parishioners, protesting racially restricted seating, leave the First Baptist Church at Broadway and West 79th Street. Next year they will found the Abyssinian Baptist Church, the third oldest Baptist Church in America.

©  2015 David Minor Eagles Byte

Tuesday, January 13, 2015



The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Warmth of Other Suns
speaks about the story of the Great Migration. Isablel Wilkerson
devoted 15 years to the research and writing of this book and
interviewed more than 1,200 to tell the story of this watershed
moment in American history.  The Warmth of Other Suns was
named to more than 30 Best of the Year lists and won the
National Book Critics Circle Award.

To learn more about the Great Migration join the Brooklyn
Historical Society tomorrow night (14th) at 6:30 PM.
for a screening of an episode of The African-Americans: 
Many Rivers to Cross about the Jim Crow Era and the
Great Migration.

$20/ $15 for Society members

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

NYC / E NYS - 1803


Feb 26
Guilderland is formed from the Albany County town of Watervvliet.
Utica stage line operator Jason Parker petitions the State legislature  for exclusive rights to the Utica to Canandaigua line for ten years. Next year they will grant him and partner Levi Stephens a seven-year monopoly for transporting passengers over the route at least twice a week.

Sep 13
U.S. naval Commodore John Barry, 58, dies of asthma in Philadelphia. He will be buried at the graveyard of Old St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Philadelphia's Center City.     
Sep 26
The foundation stone for New York City's third (and current) City Hall is laid.
Oct 12
New York City dry goods merchant Alexander Tunney (A.T.) Stewart is born in Lisburn, Ireland, to Scottish Protestant parents.

New York City
De Witt Clinton resigns from the U. S. Senate, to become Mayor of New York City. He will be reappointed annually through 1815, except for 1807 and 1810.    **    The three-story (including attic) Federal-stye, red brick, Flemish-bond house on Stuyvesant Street (later # 21 Stuyvesant) built by Petrus Stuyvesant, great-grandson of Peter, for his son-in-law Nicholas Fish - A Revolutionary War officer - and his new wife Elizabeth Stuyvesant, is completed.    **    Mayor Edward Livingston pledges his fortune to cover the theft of house bonds by a subordinate.    **    Merchant John Jacob Astor begins buying Manhattan real estate with his China trade profits. He purchases a diagonal piece of land in today's midtown area - known as the Eden Farm, from a little-known Englishman Medcef Eden - for today's equivalent of $25,000. He also buys a plot further south that later will compromise Astor Place and much of Lafayette Street.
New York State
The First Presbyterian Society of Utica is formed, lead by Rev. Mr. Dodd.    
**    Martin Van Buren is named to the New York State Bar. ** Land agent Appleton Foote first settles the Franklin County town of Moira.

Construction begins on the State House, jointly financed by the city, the county and the state.    **    The Albany Presbyterian Synod is established with congregations at Albany, Mohawk and Troy.

© 2014  David Minor / Eagles Byte

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