Lower Manhattan

120th Egg Nog Party, December 14
We thought it was just cream, eggs, sugar, and rum, but, hey, what do we know. Chemists, apparently, know the secret to the lip-smacking-est eggnog, and they’re letting us nonscientists have a taste at their annual holiday party. The Chemists’ Club has been hosting this ode to the ’nog for more than a century now, so its secret recipe must be one for the record books (or at least a cookbook). New York Academy of Science, 250 Greenwich Street (between Vesey and Barclay Streets), Tribeca

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Lower Manhattan is where the Dutch settled, George Washington was inaugurated, and Alexander Hamilton has his final resting place. Learn about the history of the area on a Lower Manhattan History Walk on October 21…  To learn about the area’s seedier underbelly, catch the history of crime in NYC on October 21. A separate walking tour on October 28 will put Wall Street and great financial crashes at the forefront.…

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April 2017 marks fifty years since the
Museum received its charter from the New
York State Department of Education Board of
Regents. Over that fifty years the Museum has
grown dramatically, collecting artifacts and
works of art documenting the rise of New York
as a port city.; developing and implementing
innovative and award-winning programming;
mounting exhibitions; and preserving a fleet of
historic ships on the East River. Despite three
massive setbacks: the 9/11 attacks, the Great
Recession of 2008, and the floodwaters of hurri-
cane Sandy, the museum is growing once again.
With support from New York City and a dedi-
cated group of staff, volunteers, members and
friends, the Seaport Museum remains an edu-
cational and cultural gem in lower Manhattan.
The Seaport Museum’s 50th anniversary will
be marked throughout the year with the open-
ing of new exhibitions, including Millions:
Migrants and Millionaires aboard the Great
Liners, 1900-1914 (opening June 2017), artistic
and musical performances, lectures and book
talks, walking tours, and a formal 50th anni-
versary cocktail reception aboard the 1885 ship
Wavertree in September. #

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From Veranda Magazine:

Aaron Burr’s West Village Home Is for Sale

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from The New York Times: When Typewriters Were the Toast of (Lower) Broadway
By TAMMY La GORCE JAN. 12, 2017

“Typewriter Row was a New York destination from the 1880s until around 1930, said Michael A. Brown, a typewriter expert who self-published the book “Typewriter Row: A Walking Tour of Lower Broadway” in 2003….But Typewriter Row, which stretched for eight blocks, from Park Place past City Hall up to Leonard Street, was not known for actually making the machines. Models from companies like Hammond, Remington and L. C. Smith were just shown and sold there.

“These were mostly the sales and distribution offices,” said Mr. Brown, who lives in Philadelphia and is editor of the newsletter The Typewriter Exchange. “Customers would come in and see the new models and test them out, but the factories were in places like Pennsylvania or other parts of New York or Connecticut.”…Passages from the 1954 book “The Wonderful Writing Machine,” by Bruce Bliven Jr., look back on Typewriter Row’s glory days.

“At lunchtime on a sunny day the sidewalks were crowded with men and women talking about the latest sensation in the typewriter business,” one passage reads. And another: “How about the feats performed by Kittie Smith, who had learned to type better with her toes than many persons could with their fingers, and was getting big publicity in the newspapers and magazines?”

Other sections detail the buildings’ décor (“the prevailing style was expensive-solemn” with “potted palms galore”) and the salesmanship along the Row (“There were only a couple of L. C. Smiths in sight, on the theory that it was psychologically more sound to display two than 200, as if the product were a rare jewel”).…

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from the NY/Region section of The New York Times:

Final Departure for 111-Year-Old Hudson Ferryboat

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Where were you on September 11th, 2001?

New York Adventure Club would like to encourage a casual, open dialog around your stories, experiences, and reflections from the events that unfolded on 9/11 exactly 15 years ago. Participation is encouraged, but not required. No charge, but there is registration. Ticketing through eventbrite.com

Attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic blanket as we’ll be sitting on the lawn.

*In case of inclement weather, new location will be determined

Washington Market Park – Chambers Street, New York, NY 10007 – View Map

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from the New York Adventure Club e-newsletter:

The Secret History Of New Amsterdam, The Birthplace Of New York (Mon)
We’ll discover the life of pirates and prostitutes living in the scrappy Dutch colony of New Amsterdam, long before New York was New York.
$15-25. Castle Clinton National Monument, Battery Park.Ticketed event, electronic online ticketing through New York Adventure Club Big Maven website.…

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