NYC’s Slave Market was located at what is now Wall Street and Pearl Street. Image via Flickr by bradhoc
Before stocks were traded on Wall Street, and not long after Wall Street was an actual wall to keep out British and Native American marauders, there was a slave market at the intersection of Pearl Street. As reported yesterday by WNYC, New York City government will acknowledge for the first time in history that the slave market existed, and add a historical marker to join the other 38 important sites downtown. The slave market was active between the years of 1711 and 1762 at the corner of Wall Street and Pearl Street.
At the second annual Designer Showhouse for Sotheby’s, in anticipation of their auction scheduled for April 20th, thirteen design firms each decorated a room in the auction house’s Manhattan headquarters, transforming what are normally glass atriums and galleries into the feel of a cozy, eclectic, upscale house. There are approximately 300 objects in all, ranging from American paintings, silver, photography, furniture and carpets. Above is the spectacular entrance to this year’s showhouse, which is held on the fifth floor.
Tearing down the sculpture of King George in Bowling Green (though many details of the scene are off)
Revolution was coming. The American Continental Congress, sensing the inevitability of a break from the British Empire and the ensuing war, had called George Washington, the head of the Continental Army, to come down to New York from Boston. Even though New York’s population of 20,000 was only the seventh largest in the colonies, Washington considered the city of “infinite importance,” as British control of its ports and waterways would “stop the intercourse between the northern and southern colonies, upon which depends the safety of America.” On April 13, 1776, Washington and his revolutionary army rolled into town.
Last Sunday brought us a momentous event: the return of Mad Men. Much fuss has been made over Mad Men being the most stylish show on television—there are style blogs devoted to it, recaps focusing on the symbolism of each character’s costumes, and tie-in ad campaigns from Banana Republic. Mad Men’s crown remains intact this season, even as its characters step into the seventies and experiment with some of the decade’s more questionable trends.
New York World’s Fair Corporation President Grover Whalen and administrators examining Westinghouse Time Capsule I
On September 23, 1939, an 800-pound tube made of an alloy of copper and chromium called Cupaloy was lowered 50 feet into the ground at the site of the Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company exhibit of the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair. The tube’s contents comprised 35 items one might find in any run-of-the-mill Smith family household, including copies of Life magazine, a Sears Roebuck catalog, cigarettes and seeds of wheat, corn, alfalfa and soy, each examined and preserved in inert argon and nitrogen gas to remain intact for the next five thousand years–until the year 6939 to be exact.
The device was an engineering feat, a “time capsule” as notable New York public relations counselor George Edward Pendray called it for the very first time in 1939.
From the opening of the Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan Museum, to the return of Tribeca Film Festival, and events surrounding the 50 Year Anniversary of the Landmarks Law in NYC, there’s a lot to do in New York City this week.
Monday, April 13th
Columbia University GSAPP lecture “Re-Purposing the Purpose Built” will look at the gravity-fed, 41-mile long Croton Aqueduct, one of the most ambitious municipal public works projects ever undertaken in the United States. Speakers Andrew Burdick, Associate Partner at Ennead Architects, and Meisha Hunter Burkett, Senior Preservationist at Li/Saltzman Architects (LSA), will discuss re-purposing of the Croton Aqueduct’s underutilized buildings and spaces with new public uses.