Provisions for security in New York City are made and trade regulations are drawn up.
A Court of Sessions is established, passes legislation forbidding the sale of liquor to the Indians, regulating weights and measures, and limiting the number of breeding mares allowed to landowners on Long Island. A system for condemning property is set up and a slaughterhouse outside the city is ordered. ** William Dervall is appointed mayor for the year. ** James Cortelyou and others establish the settlement of Yellow Hook on Long Island, the earliest part of the future Brooklyn's Bay Ridge neighborhood.
The Heeren Gracht (Broad Street) is the first street to be paved, after filling in the waterway called the Ditch. ** Wheat prices are regulated. ** Nicholas De Meyer is appointed mayor for the year. ** The Common Council orders all slaughterhouses to relocate outside the city's walls. ** Six wine and four beer taverns are licensed. ** Mary Manningham, step-daughter of the disgraced Captain William Manning, marries Robert Blackwell. Captain Manning had owned Hog (later named Manning, Blackwell and Roosevelt) Island.
Many of New York City's leather buckets for fighting fires having been been pilfered, the city corporation orders them returned.
New York City's council begins taxing the construction of docks and bridges, and bars attorneys from pleading in the courts.
Stephanus Van Cortlandt is appointed mayor for the year. ** The common council orders a large public slaughterhouse to be built at Smit's Vly, north of the wall, to accommodate butchers ordered out of the city last year. ** The council orders a number of public wells be dug in the city. No money is appropriated and only one well is dug, at Broadway near Exchange Alley, named Mr. Rombouts's Well for former sheriff and mayor Francis Rombouts. ** Twelve cart-men go out on strike. The action is ended after participants are held in contempt of court - the first colonial prosecution for a labor action. ** Hendrick Hendrickson Bosch, a swrod-cutter from Leyden, arrives along with his third wife and several children to take title of land in upper Manhattan around the future King’s College (Columbua University).
Residents of the New Utrecht neighborhood organize their own Dutch Reformed Church congregation, meeting in parishioners' homes.
Willem and Mary (Marie, Maria) Gerritsen move from Gravesend, Brooklyn, to Sapochkanika (today's Greenwich Village), Manhattan.
Early New Amsterdam settler Gerrit Remmersen dies, in his mid-forties, He will be buried at Peter Stuyvesant's chapel (later St. Marks-in-the-Bouwerie.
Thomas Delavall is appointed mayor for the year.** The bolting (sifting and distribution) of flour begins. Three ships, seven boats and eight sloops are engaged in the trade. ** The city contains 384 houses. ** Edward Waters of the Bronx charges John Jennings with stealing his dugout canoe. Jennings, who used the canoe to transport hay, is fined by the Court of Sessions and ordered him to return the craft. He refuses to pay the fine and threatens violence to anyone attempting to collect.
Dutch travelers and missionaries Jasper Danckaerts and Pieter Sluyter cross the East River into Long Island’s Breuckelen (Brooklyn) village and visit Gouanes (Gowanus) where they stop at the farm of Mr. and Mrs Simon de Hart; Danckaerts comments on the hospitality they are shown, including a generous serving of Gowanus oysters
Edward Randolph arrives in New York City to take up his duties as customs collector for New England.
Francis Rombolt is appointed mayor for the year. ** A black slave is valued at £42 ten shillings. ** Thirteen people are licensed to sell wine. ** A smallpox epidemic strikes the city, lasts into next year. ** The law requires that a lantern with a lit candle must be hung from every seventh house except on moonlit lights. ** The approximate date Dr. John Nicoll [Nicol/Nicholl(s)], a founder of the First Presbyterian Church, is born in Livingston, Scotland.
Dutch visitor Jasper Danckaert writes in Journal of a Voyage to New York - of Indians on Gowanus Bay catching foot-long oysters. His Labadist (a religious sect) General View will show Manhattan. He and a co-religionist visit the Gowanus farm of Mr. and Mrs Simon de Hart; Danckaert comments on the generous hospitality they are shown, including a generous serving of Gowanus oysters.
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