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Cooper Union, established in 1859, is a historic place for meetings of the minds. The internationally renowned venue hosts a wide assortment of cultural, artistic and intellectual events, mostly for NYU, but other institutions also play a large role. Some of the historic speeches given here have included those by Presidents Lincoln, Grant, Cleveland, Taft and Teddy Roosevelt. In fact, Abraham Lincoln gave his "Right Makes Might" speech from the Great Hall podium. Cooper Union is also the place where inventor Thomas Edison and Supreme Court justice Felix Frankfurter attended classes.
Brown Building was originally the Asch building which was the site of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. A fire in 1911 in this factory killed 145 workers all of whom were women or girls, mostly Jewish or Italian. After the fire the investigation revealed that the factory doors had been locked during the fire not allowing the workers to escape. This building is now a part of the campus of New York University. It is the place for the science faculty.
Before the massive Fifth Avenue St. Patrick's was completed, New York's Catholic community was centered at this small, dignified cathedral in Little Italy. Completed in 1815, the landmark building houses a beautiful marble altar surrounded by ornate hand-carved reredos. Historically significant, Old St. Patrick's weathered early American anti-Catholic and anti-immigrant sentiment and organized its congregation against their attackers. Still active, Old Saint Patrick's celebrates masses in English, Spanish and Chinese.
The zigzagging streets and charming brownstones of Greenwich Village have a far more laid back atmosphere than most neighborhoods in the city. The center of New York's gay and student communities lies here, with a variety of funky shopping and nightlife including jazz, rock and dance clubs, restaurants, bars and cafés. By the early 1900s, the Village had fully established itself as the center of radical thinking in the United States. Famous reformers, artists and intellectuals all gathered here and many still do. Do not miss a visit to Washington Square Park, where you will experience the nexus of it all!
This hidden lane between 5th Avenue and University Place in the Village was once a trail used by the Lenape Indians on their way across the island. As the centuries passed, the land came into the hands of philanthropist, sea-captian Robert Randall. At the end of 18th Century, he leased the land and moved to nearby Staten Island, thereby allowing prominent New Yorkers to develop the area. In the mid-1820's, construction began on the townhouses as well as the stables and they all were finished by the 1860's. Today, the horses have long moved out and New York University purchased most of the properties in the 1950's. However, the architectural highlights are still the buildings themselves and at the 5th Avenue entrance, in 'Willy's Garden, there is a statue of Spanish writer, Cervantes.
Washington Square Arch stands at a height of 77 feet (23.47 meters), at the point where the Fifth Avenue meets the Washington Square Park. This marble arch is the park's most well-known monument, however this one isn't the original. The original was constructed of plaster and wood in 1889 and it was one of four arches built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of George Washington's inauguration as the President of the United States. The famed architect Stanford White designed this one three years later in 1892, however the statues of Washington on its piers were not added until 20 years later. The arch is made of Westchester marble and it is a must-visit attraction when strolling between the West and East Village or exploring around NYU.
St. Mark's Place, named after St Mark's Church in-the-Bowery, is a storied street in New York's East Village. The place is officially an extension of 8th Street, and the adjacent street that leads to the church (Stuyvesant) is one of the oldest colonial thoroughfares in the city. Along St. Mark's, there are eclectic shops and restaurants from Third Avenue all the way to Tompkins Square Park. Try Kenka for Japanese, Xi'An for Chinese, Mamoun's for Falafel, Gem Spa for a Egg Cream, the list of establishments goes on-and-on. Since the expansion of the neighborhood in the early 19th Century, the street has seen all types of characters, from Leon Trotsky and Eliza Hamilton to James Fenimore Cooper and Bob Dylan.
This cozy Greenwich Village park is always filled with students, residents and tourists alike. It is one of the few green spots in the area and has undergone many incarnations since it was the site of Minetta Creek in the 1600's. In that century it was farmland, then a burial ground in the next one, thereafter the city acquired the land and created the park in 1826. At the northern end stands the famous arch, built in 1889 to commemorate the centennial of Washington's inauguration when New York was the nation's first capital under the constitution. The arch was designed by the iconic Stanford White and throughout the park you can find many interesting historical features and facets, some are hidden and others are in plain sight. The area was also the neighborhood for many famous artists and writers, including Henry James, Edith Wharton and Edward Hopper; many lived in the Greek Revival style row houses at the northern end of the park. Today, most of the buildings in the neighborhood are owned by New York University.