Monthly Archives: April 2011

Kingsbridge Road, the Forts, McGowan House in 1814

A drawing c. 1855 from Valentine’s Manual, supposedly an 1814 view of Fort Fish and Nutter’s Battery (Nutting Battery?).  There is also Fort Clinton, the teepee-like rock in the left distance. And finally the McGowan house at the top of … Continue reading

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A Very Respectable Place Indeed!

Patrick H. McCann, who held the lease for the rebuilt Mount St. Vincent’s Hotel, 1885-1890, did not get his lease renewed in 1890. When called to testify before the investigating committee of State Sen. Jay Fassett, he explained why. Mayor … Continue reading

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The New Mount St. Vincent Hotel, 1886

(Snippets from the New York Times, 27 January 1886) The Mount St. Vincent is two stories high, and heated throughout by steam and lighted by Edison’s incandescent light… The building, which is owned by the city, was completed by the … Continue reading

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U.S. General Hospital, Central Park, 1863

It’s the Civil War era, and Mount St. Vincent’s is a military hospital in Central Park! Note the American flag flying there on the left, atop one of the rambling frame wings that Elizabeth Boyle and the Sisters of Charity … Continue reading

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An Impossible View, from 1869

View, Looking North, Near Museum is the frontispiece of a privately published 1869 volume entitled A Description of the New York Central Park, by one Clarence Cook, and published by F. J. Huntington of 459 Broome Street. The Museum is … Continue reading

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