Secrets of New York – Ancient New York

       The second chapter of the show that was aired on NYCTV called Secrets of New York is called Ancient New York, is about things in New York City’s past, and a search to find the oldest piece of history, and includes:   

  • The New York Life Building, built in 1897 and holding the oldest working mechanical clock in New York City.  A 33-foot high statue atop the building disappeared in the 1940s, and is still a mystery.
  • The High Bridge over the Harlem River, connecting Manhattan and the Bronx.  Built in 1848, it also includes an aqueduct that carried the first water supply into Manhattan.
  • The New York Philharmonic, started in 1842 and is the nation’s oldest symphony orchestra.
  • Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn was the first landscaped cemetery in New York when it was created in 1838, and is the final resting place for more than 600,000 people.
  • The New York Historical Society is New York’s oldest museum, established in 1804, and contains more than $1 billion of extraordinary art.
  • The Morris-Jumel Mansion is New York’s oldest building, dating back to 1765 and serving as General George Washington’s headquarters in 1776.

       A lot of interesting historical facts in this second chapter; I’ll share the others with you later…

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RandolphMase, Fiction Writer 

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death in The Cloisters (under construction)

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