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Old 07-08-2019, 06:50 PM
 
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Did you know that there are about 20,000 bodies buried under Washington Square Park? It was once a potter's field for the city's poor. It was also the site of the hanging of Rose Butler. She was a slave who tried to burn down the house of the family she worked for with them inside. Nobody died, but she was sentenced to death for arson.

NYC has enough history to keep you occupied for the rest of your life.
So when I was there, I spent a lot of time in Washington Square Park, and it was only when I returned and started researching did I find out about the non-stop drug activity (and my friend was going there late at night just to hang out and had no idea!) - to the BODIES BURIED UNDER THE PARK. From what I read, the area was considered "out there," back in the day, and first indigent people were buried there, then Yellow Fever victims (so the rest of the city wouldn't be contaminated).

I found out on what corner most of the drug dealing is - and that is where I was sitting! Had no clue!

And the hangings . . . I did admire the tree, but had no idea when I saw it that people had been hung there!

I am going to take some sage with me and amulets for sure. Can't wait to experience it again, now with the knowledge (and all of the history of the writers, poets and the demonstrations . . . ) Wow!
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Old 07-08-2019, 06:51 PM
 
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NB, when you are next visiting NYC look for a tv channel called "NY Life". Tons of shows about the historical and other aspects of the city and also free events current and upcoming. Here's the web site:

https://www1.nyc.gov/site/media/index.page

A list of all the regular programs on the channel; you can watch some of the episodes on the web page(s). Just click on the program within the list.

https://www1.nyc.gov/site/media/shows/shows.page

Here are the program carriers (cable/dish/over the air):

https://www1.nyc.gov/site/media/carriers/carriers.page
That is very cool! I hope I remember to check back here when I am there!
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Old Today, 05:42 PM
 
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So when I was there, I spent a lot of time in Washington Square Park, and it was only when I returned and started researching did I find out about the non-stop drug activity (and my friend was going there late at night just to hang out and had no idea!) - to the BODIES BURIED UNDER THE PARK. From what I read, the area was considered "out there," back in the day, and first indigent people were buried there, then Yellow Fever victims (so the rest of the city wouldn't be contaminated).

I found out on what corner most of the drug dealing is - and that is where I was sitting! Had no clue!

And the hangings . . . I did admire the tree, but had no idea when I saw it that people had been hung there!

I am going to take some sage with me and amulets for sure. Can't wait to experience it again, now with the knowledge (and all of the history of the writers, poets and the demonstrations . . . ) Wow!


Don't forget to read about the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of March 25, 1911. The International Ladies Garment Workers Union still has a memorial service in Washington Square Park every year for those who died.

https://www.amazon.com/Triangle-Fire.../dp/080214151X

I was there. Of course, I wasn't born in 1911, but then again...


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Old Today, 06:54 PM
 
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Don't forget to read about the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of March 25, 1911. The International Ladies Garment Workers Union still has a memorial service in Washington Square Park every year for those who died.

https://www.amazon.com/Triangle-Fire.../dp/080214151X

I was there. Of course, I wasn't born in 1911, but then again...


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Thank you. So much fascinating (and tragic) history.

Maybe it was a past life?
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