NEW DATE: The Civil War, Union Square to Bleecker Street!
sam. 28 juillet à 22:45
Come with us on this tour devoted exclusively to events and personages of the Civil War era in the Union Square/Astor Place area. Hear tales of the exiled Irish patriots that formed the famous “Fighting 69th”; the luxurious salon of photography pioneer Mathew Brady; the out-of-control spending of Mary Todd Lincoln in the metropolis’s biggest store; the ugly Draft Riots and their threat to this neighborhood; the wartime division within the thespian Booth family with tragic consequences for the entire nation; the “Fairy Wedding” that brought a sorely-needed bit of levity to town, courtesy of none other than PT Barnum; and the fateful night that Abraham Lincoln made his bid for the Presidency at the Great Hall of a relatively new venue called The Cooper Union. All this and more, as we discover New York City’s Civil War past. Where to meet: Meet outside the Barnes & Noble book store, East 17 St between Broadway and Park Avenue South. When to meet: 4:45 for a 5 pm start. I will be holding a sign that reads, "Civil War Union Square". Train: Take the 4,5,6,L, N,R to "Union Square/14 Street" and you're right there; all other trains to their respective "14 Street" stations will leave you some avenue blocks away. Check MTA Weekender for any updates before heading out: http://web.mta.info/weekender.html Fee: $20 cash, $15 for seniors 65 + with proof of age; exact change appreciated! Please bring bills, not coins. Sorry, please do not bring dogs or minor children age 17 or below on the tours. No audio taping or video taping allowed. The tour will be approximately 2.5 hours long. For sunny days, be sure to bring a hat and a bottle of water. Check the weather reports on the day of the tour; if there is a chance of rain, please bring your own umbrella. While Friendly Native tours usually do take place on the date and at the time they are scheduled, on occasion they will be postponed in cases of high temperatures or high probability of rain, and an email sent out to that effect to all who have registered for the event. The nearest restrooms to this location are inside Barnes & Noble. Please be sure to "take care of things" before the start of the tour!
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