11. Brubacher’s Wine Garden
Moore, Sarah Howard, and the two Detective Sargeants Marcus and Lucius Isaacson gather at Brubacher’s Wine Garden, all believing that Kreizler has summoned them. Kreizler arrives believing he has been summoned by Moore. Sarah brings the letter written by the killer to the family of the murdered boy, the Santorellis. They realize they have been manipulated by the killer to gather them together and observe them.
Brubacher’s Wine Garden was a real location, which was at 14th Street on the east side of Union Square. According to the book On the Town in New York: The Landmark History of Eating, Drinking, and Entertainments from the American Revolution to the Food Revolution, the revelers from Brubacher’s “could lay odds on the next victim of Dead Man’s Curve, one of the most blood curdling traffic hazards in the country. It was said that an early streetcar conductor had arrived at the conclusion, no one seemed to no why, that the curve from Broadway onto [Union] Square should always be taken at full speed, else the cable will be lost. This deadly theory was adopted by the rest of the city’s carmen. A ghoulish new spectator sport arose as the money was placed on a daring pedestrian’s chances and Brubacher’s became known as the ‘Monument House.’ Papa Brubacher attracted the best German society with his formidable cellar, and the king of connoisseurs, Baron August Hartmann, was a frequent patron.
12. The Harvard Club
Kreizler meets his former Harvard professor, Professor Cavanaugh at the Harvard Club. The club did not have a permanent location until 1894, although it was founded in 1865. According to the Harvard Club, “rooms were rented in a variety of locations for meetings, the annual dinner was held at a restaurant, often Delmonico’s.” At the time The Alienist is set, the Harvard Club would have moved into its new locations, which opened up in 1894 at 44th Street near Grand Central, a location “lined with horse stables,” according to the club history. Today, this street is lined with private clubs, both of the university type and others, like the New York Yacht Club. Architect Charles F. McKim, himself a Harvard graduate of 1867, and a members of the famous firm McKim, Mead & White, designed the building at no cost.
You can see the interiors of the Harvard Club today here.
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