When his horses bolt unexpectedly while he's plowing his mid-western Manhattan farm the owner, Theunis Idens Van Huyse, becomes positive he’s cursed and he tries to hang himself. Passing missionaries convince him he’s in error, preventing a tragedy. He will live until about 1720.
A New York City jury, considering the legality of East Jersey governor Philip Carteret's title, approves his right to rule.
Colonial governor Edmund Andros attends a session of the East Jersey assembly, then dissolves it.
New Amsterdam minister Olave Stevens convenes church and local officials at his home to determine methods of raising money to build the new Dutch church recommended by Governor Andros.
John King, captain of the trading vessel Deliverance, is found dead aboard ship in New York City, his head bashed in. The case is never solved.
An inventory is made of the materials on board the Deliverance.
William Dyre is appointed mayor for the year. ** Colonial governor Edmund Andros claims that a quarter of the city's houses serve as taverns and tobacco shops. ** West Indian free black Swan Jansen Van Luane purchases a farm in New Utrecht, Brooklyn's future Owl's Head Park. ** The approximate date land-owning Dutch immigrant Egbert Woutersen dies (birth date unknown).
Additions are made to John Bowne’s 1661 house, a Quaker place of worship.
Five-year-old Dutch boy Richard Churcher dies in Manhattan, is buried on what will later become the site of Trinity Church; its oldest tombstone will mark the grave.
The Duke of York's charter for the colony is granted. ** William Dyre is appointed mayor for the second year in a row. ** The flour trade revenue over the past three years totals £2,000. ** A site for a Jewish graveyard, Beth Haim (Place of Rest), is purchased near Chatham Square.
Former mayor Cornelius Van Steenwyck is appointed mayor again. He will be reappointed next year as well. ** The city's second Jewish burial ground is established, south of Chatham Square.
New York City petitions the Crown to have East Jersey re-annexed, to fend off a competing colony across the Hudson.
New York holds its first English representative assembly and adopts a charter of liberties.
New York City's first Roman Catholic services are held.
New York's Queens (including Hempstead and Oyster Bay), and Richmond (Staten Island, including Shooter's Island) counties are chartered by Royal Governor Thomas Dongan (Richmond named for the Earl of Richmond). ** Kings County (Brooklyn) is formed, with the towns of Brooklyn, Bushwick, Flatbush, Flatlands, Gravesend and New Utrecht.
Dongan confirms the 1666 letters patent granted for the Queens village of Flushing.
The city begins producing commercial grade flour, and is granted a monopoly. ** The city is divided into six wards - Dock, East, North, South, and West, and the Out Ward (north of the wall).
James II names the Reverend Josias Clarke chaplain to the garrison at New York.
The New York governor and council grant a requested tax exemption for Lutheran Church premises, as is done with other congregations.
New and Beaver Streets are paved. The first watch is appointed. A Latin school is opened under the management of a Jesuit priest. ** Gabriel Minvielle is appointed mayor for the year. ** Area Indians sell the last of their Brooklyn lands to the British. ** French Huguenot settler Pieter Praa marries Maria Hay, daughter of the owner of the land in the future Greenpoint area of Brooklyn formerly belonging to Dirck (the Norman) Volckersten.
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