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May 27th a NYC History walk

Posted: May 27, 2013 | 12:22 AM

1647:  Peter Stuyvesant takes office as Director General (CEO, Governor, Mayor) of New Netherland
and New Amsterdam.  He will hold this office through tremendous changes for nearly 20 years and survive the change to New York City and the colony of New York.  Pegleg closed taverns earlier, raised taxes, and instituted Blue Laws banning drinking on Sundays.  He also attempts to limit the colony's diversity.

We learn of Stuyvesant's life on Downtown walking tours, Colonial NYC walking tours, New Amsterdam private walking tours, and Nieuw Amsterdam private walking tours.  We also experience Stuyvesant on East Village tours, and Flushing, Queens tours.

1794: Sea shipping and railroad Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt born in Staten Island.

His story is recounted on Harbor tours, especially my Staten Island Ferry tours, and my Grand Central tours.

1819:  Julia Ward Howe, author, reformer and songwriter of "Battle Hymn of the Republic" born in NYC.

1836:  Jay Gould, Railroad and Financial mogul, born.  He died 1892.

1894:  Dashiell Hammett, author of hard-boiled detective novels turned into popular films, including the Maltese Falcon, born in Maryland.  He died in 1961 in New York City.

1923:  Sumner Redstone, Chairman of Viacom Inc
. born.

1923Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger born in Germany.  
After escaping the Nazis he settled in Washington Heights


The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan released, including   Blowin' In the Wind and A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall.

On Greenwich Village private walking tours we can get you in the picture.



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