By Patrick Bunyan
The place in big apple did George Washington sleep? the place used to be Teddy Roosevelt born? the place did James Monroe die? the place is the birthplace of the Twist? the place was once Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff 's multi-million-dollar penthouse? the place is the positioning of the country's first site visitors fatality? those tidbits are one of the extra than2,000 interesting entries in everywhere in the city: remarkable long island evidence and Curiosities, the definitive advisor to old long island. everywhere in the city brings the city's background to existence, road by way of road, construction through development, in all its variety. The entries, equipped in an easy-to-use structure through road deal with, have been culled from a few sources-histories, biographies, newspapers, guidebooks, and maps. they vary from fun anecdotes to general and not-so widespread ancient occasions, from the Dutch New Amsterdam interval to the current day. it's a really particular guidebook for its ancient standpoint and should pride these searching for a glimpse of latest York urban past Madison street and Broadway. the second one version has been revised and up to date for a brand new millennium, reflecting a continuously altering urban, and is supplemented with extra anecdotes and greater than 100 new photos and illustrations. it's even more uncomplicated to exploit, with cross-street details, a extra moveable trim measurement, and three hundred new and up to date areas of curiosity.
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Hewas living in a boardinghouse on DuaneStreet. CORTLANDT STREET Cortlandt Street and West Street This spot-now covered by the World Trade Center-was the landing dockof the world’s first steam ferryboat. On July 2, 1812, the Jersey carried the first passengers from here to New Jersey just south of Hoboken. Designed and operated by Robert Fulton, the innovativeall-wooden ship was 118 tons, 30 feet wide, and 80 feet long. The open double-endeddesign made it unnecessary to come around180 degrees before or after each landing, enablingwagons to disembark from the same direction inwhich they had boarded.
The future authorof Moby Dick lived here until 1824. Pearl Street and Whitehall Street This was the site of the first market in the city for the townspeopleto buy country produce. Governor Peter Stuyvesant and the city council established the weekly Saturday marketon September 12,1656. 39 Pearl Street Under the director-general of New Netherland, Wouter VanTwiller, the first building solely dedicated to religiouspurposes was built here in 1633. This wooden structure was abandoned in 1642 when a church was built inside Fort Amsterdam.
B. Morse, and Asher Durand were exhibited along with Vanderlyn’s own panorama of the Gardens of Versailles. The space beneath the dome served as a viewing room for the elaborate painted panorama. Guests, who stood in the center on an elevated platform, were surrounded by the painted garden. The venture was a financial failure. The city took over the building, and it housed government offices until it was demolished in 1870. n ~ o ~~ e~s e ~ ~ n~ ~ancient yr - A nEgyptian-style reservoir topped with a reclining statue of Aquarius, the water-bearer, stood at this spot.
All Around the Town: Amazing Manhattan Facts and Curiosities by Patrick Bunyan