|Horatio Gates in 1782, looking quite|
composed two years after his famous ride.
|The circular fort housing the New York Aquarium, much beloved in its time by New Yorkers.|
|A map of Governors Island today. Castle Williams is at the very top.|
|Castle Williams today.|
|Johannes Adam Simon Oertel, Pulling Down the Statue of King george III, ca. 1859. A romanticized|
depiction of the event, with many errors. No women and children were present, and no Indians.
And the king was actually shown in Roman garb.
|Bowling Green fountain today.|
|An artist's rendering of the wall in the time of Peter Stuyvesant, who is shown in the foreground.|
|The Castello plan of New Amsterdam, 1660. The wall is indicated on the far right. On the left|
is the Dutch fort, at the foot of the broad road that became Broadway.
|The Broadway bridge over the canal, 1811.|
|Canal Street today.|
Bleecker Street, which runs right by the building I live in, gets its name from the Bleecker family, who owned a farm in the area and deeded land to the city in 1808. In the 1830s and 1840s the street was lined with handsome Greek Revival houses and rivaled Bond Street for elegance and affluence, until dentists’ offices and other evidence of neighborhood decline appeared, and the wealthy residents, fearing the taint of commerce and the lower orders, moved farther uptown. By the 1870s the old houses had become boarding houses, brothels, and cheap restaurants, and the low rents of the area began attracting bohemians.
|Washington Square Village. Some village!|
|Gramercy Park today, with the Edwin Booth statue looming nobly in the center.|
Coming soon: Landmarks: Saving the Old from the New. And after that, my belated discovery of architectural cast iron and terra cotta.
© 2015 Clifford Browder