Monthly Archives: November 2012

Audubon Terrace: Once Among Manhattan’s Premiere Cultural Centers, Now Largely Abandoned in Washington Heights

After a long and tumultuous career, naturalist John James Audubon sought a placid retreat in which to live out his final days. So it was that, in 1840, he purchased a large and heavily-wooded tract of land along the Hudson … Continue reading

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The Collect Pond: New York’s First Source of Water was Filled in to Become “Five Points,” the Worst Slum in American History

18th-century Manhattan was a decidedly beautiful and peaceful place. Home to roughly 30,000 people in the years just after the Revolutionary War, New York was a far cry from the glass-and-cement jungle of 8 million it has become today. It … Continue reading

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The Prison Ship Martyrs’ Monument: More Americans Died Emprisoned in New York Harbor than in All Revolutionary War Battles Combined

Looming over the trees atop one of the tallest hills in New York City stands a 149-foot-tall Doric column topped by an immense green copper lantern. At its base reads the inscription: “1776 THE PRISON SHIP MARTYRS MONUMENT 1908.” Who … Continue reading

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“The Great White Blizzard”: New York Ground to a Halt in March 1888

With the clean-up from Hurricane Sandy expected to drag on for many weeks, if not months, it’s humbling to realize how much we remain at the mercy of nature, despite our technological advances. The New York Stock Exchange was shuttered … Continue reading

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