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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