The Diary of Philip Hone, 1828-1851 - Vol. 1

The Diary of Philip Hone, 1828-1851 - Vol. 1

The Diary of Philip Hone, 1828-1851 - Vol. 1

The Diary of Philip Hone, 1828-1851 - Vol. 1

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It is the corner of Broadway and Park Place on a bright spring day in 1828. The great main thoroughfare is busy with carts, carriages, omnibuses, and horsemen (a pig looking for garbage here and there), yet to the north it still wears the appearance of a dignified residential avenue.The invasion of shops has hardly marred it. Fine residences, with graceful wooden porticos and pillars, look out across the green lawns of City Hall Park, which with its painted wooden fence, flower beds, and fountain seems a spacious and restful enclosure.Looking west down Park Place, one catches a glimpse of a building and grounds which carry an academic air—it is Columbia College.Looking south, past the doors of the American Hotel, with the loafers and travelers on its stoop, we see the churchyard of old St.Paul's.Diagonally across the park is another and smaller church of the Presbyterian denomination, and not far from it is the neat building which every one knows as the Park Theater—the theater.This far uptown (for despite the whole streets of brick buildings which are springing up along the Bowery and in Greenwich Village, it is yet uptown), New York still has a green and quiet air.There are generous door‐ yards, fine elms and beeches wave above them, and from some vantage points we can catch the sparkle of the Hudson.

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