The Astor Place Riot erupted ontoÂ the streets outside the Astor Place Opera House on this date in 1849. Â (You can listen to the thrilling details in our podcast on the subject from 2014.) Â The opera house didn’t last much longer and was turned Clinton Hall, site of the New York Mercantile Library.
Here are a few images of old Clinton Hall:
And here’s a view from 1890:
In 1890 it was replaced the present building which sits there today, also called Clinton Hall. the blog Bedford and Bowery has a breathtaking round-up of its history, including a dramatic fire in 1926.
Below: The brand new building in 1893, as seen in King’s Handbook of New York
And now –Â some upcoming events and exhibitions you might want to check out this week:
— Just openedÂ at the New-York Historical Society — Anti-Semitism 1919-1939 — A terrifying look at attacks against Â hate in post-World War I Europe and the rise of Adolf Hitler. ” Included is Hitlerâ€™s original outline of a 1939 speech that he gave to the Reichstag about the â€œJewish Question,â€ announcements of mass meetings dictating the exclusion of Jews, anti-Semitic books and signs, as well as an original printing of the Nuremberg Laws, which laid the legal foundation for Hitlerâ€™s Holocaust.” Details here
— Opening today, May 10 and running until Sunday, May 15 –Â “In the Shadow of the Highway: Robert Moses Expressway and the Battle for Downtown,”Â a new pop-up exhibit about Moses’ potentially disastrous LOMEX plan and the efforts to stop it. Â At the Allen Street Storefront, 103 Allen Street. More details here.
— Thursday, May 12 at 6:30pm — A Book Talk with Joseph Alexiou, guest on theÂ recent Gowanus: Brooklyn’s Troubled WatersÂ podcast, at the Museum of the City of New York, where he discusses Gowanus history withÂ Hannah Frishberg fromÂ Brownstoner. Details and tickets here.
— Next weekend, May 21-22, Saturday and Sunday — It’s Sacred Sites Open House Weekend, Â an event sponored by the New York Landmarks Conservancy, your chance to visit that unique house of worship you’ve always wanted to see. Â Details here.
— Just opened at the Staten Island MuseumÂ — Home Games, a nostalgic look at sports history on Staten Island. Â The baseball exhibit featuresÂ “Bobby Thompson and Hank Majeski, Matty McIntyre, Sonny Logan and Glen Mosley of the New York Black Yankees, Gloria Elliott, and the 1964 Mid-Island Little League world champions.” Visit the museum then take in a Staten Island Yankees game afterwards. The field is right across the street from the museum! Details here.
AND A NEW MUSIC-FILLED PODCAST THIS FRIDAY!