Wednesday, July 29, 2015

MANHATTAN - 1260-1266 Broadway: The Radison Hotel Martinique

Hotel Deaths


The lifeless body of 35-year-old Mrs. Elsie Lee Hilair was found in Room 726 of the Hotel Martinique on the morning of March 16, 1917.  She had been strangled, possibly poisoned, and robbed of $2,500 worth of jewelry.  

Mrs. Hilair's niece, Irene Murray, reported that her aunt told her that she was going to meet "Benny" at Borough Hall just before she left home for the last time. 


"His alibi demolished by his own admission that he was with Mrs. Elsie Lee Hilair on Thursday last up to within two hours or so before she was strangled to death in the Hotel Martinique, Benjamin Sternberg, known also as Benny Sutton, was placed under arrest at noon today and accused by the police of the murder of Mrs. Hilair....Israel Sternberg, the 60-year-old father of Benny, made a violent effort to rescue his son from the detectives...Armed with his cane, the elder Sternberg struck right and left and made a rush for Benny, hanging to his coat...His cane, which had battered several heads and hurt a few noses belonging to detectives, was finally taken away from him and he was pushed to the ground...'I'm no tango pirate,' said Benny, with much emphasis.  'You have to be a dancer to be one of those, and I'm no dancer.  I can only waltz, and the twostep gets my feet into trouble every time I try it.'" (Not a very convincing argument, says I.)
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, March 21, 1917.

The Sun, March 22, 1917.
"Since a detective was requested by Sternberg to get him a new tie yesterday morning the police have been taking a new interest in the green, flowered one which he wore when he gave himself up.  The green tie, mutilated and torn into seven strips, was found in "Benny's" inside vest pocket.  It will be reconstructed or duplicated,
and shown to persons who come forward to try to identify Sternberg."
The NewYork Tribune March 23, 1917.

Sternberg was indicted for murder in the first degree on March 29, 1917 and plead not guilty.
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle March 29 and 30, 1917.
He was freed of the murder charge, the reason: evidence lacking. (Eleven jurors found that Mrs. Hilair "came to her death from strangulation at the hands of a person or persons unknown," while one feeble minded person decided that "death was from natural causes," which I suppose means she strangled herself.  At any rate, this Sternberg was a schmuck and he probably did do it.)
The Sun, March 31, 1917.
The Evening World, June 29, 1917.

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, August 11, 1921. 
The New York Times, January 28, 1920 

George Barr McCutcheon
A Selection of Other Hotel Deaths 
Edwin S. Lemoine, a broker from St. Louis, died at the hotel December 4, 1906.

January 2, 1919, Henry O. Wooten, 45, the head of a wholesale and retail liquor firm in Canada, blew part of his head off with both barrels of a shotgun that he bought just the day before.
The Evening World, January 3, 1919.

"Human fly," Harry F Young, who was climbing the Hotel Martinique to promote the silent movie "Safety Last", lost his grip and fell nine stories to his death on March 5, 1923.

George Barr McCutcheon (July 26, 1866-October 23, 1928), novelist, died suddenly at a luncheon of the Dutch Treat Club. 

Jesse B. Byrne, 45, a retail shoe merchant of Kansas City, Missouri, was found dead in his bed from alcoholism (bad liquor). February 22, 1929.

Maj. Gen. Thomas J. Gent, Jr.

Major General Gent's wife Martha Louise had been dead of natural causes for about a week by the time he was discovered sitting on the floor beside her body.  Police found two bottles of sedatives, one empty, in the room.  "The general's undernourished, dehydrated condition was inconsistent with ample supply of food and beverages in the housekeeping suite," reported the Troy Record, February 19, 1964.  The general was described in the Times Record (Troy), February 18, 1964 as "mumbling incoherently and suffering from malnutrition."  Major General Gent was the victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head in June 1963, which seems to have hastened his retirement from the Air Force.  In a fragile state of mental health, his wife's death seems to have caused him to go into shock.


"From 1973 until the end of 1988, the Martinique was a  
         welfare hotel
It housed over 1,400 children in December 1985 within 389 families; eighteen months later, there were 438 families. In 1986, the average length of stay at the Martinique by a resident was sixteen months. The Koch administration sought to empty the hotel by the end of 1988. Kozol's 1980's study of the homeless, Rachel and Her Children, was set at the Martinique."

MIlly Says:
November 18, 2011 at 7:59 pm
"I too lived there from 85 -87 I was 12-13 years old. we lived on the 11th floor apt 1101-1102.what horrible memories for me but it made me the person I am today. I remember one of the security guards got muredered on the 11 th floor, blood all over the place, not something a young girl should see…" (I have not verified this statement.)

83-year-old indigent Samuel Steinhart was beaten and stabbed to death by an 18-year-old robber.
The New York Times, June 3, 1974. 

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Social Commentary

Yvonne McCain

  • I can not recommend Jonathan Kozol's book "Rachel and Her Children" as it does not present a balanced presentation on homelessness.    
  • Yvonne McCain ended up in the Hotel Martinique because she "had been evicted from her apartment in 1982 after refusing to pay rent because her landlord refused to make repairs."  I think she'd have been better off to pay her rent.  Living in a bad apartment surely would have been preferable to living in a crack infested flophouse for four years.  Of course I am speaking from the perspective of one who honors the agreements I make, does not live in a city I can't afford, does not take risks with my credit rating, would never choose for other people to support me and my family.   
  • Dumping thousands of homeless and poor into nice neighborhoods where the residents have earned their place is plain wrong.

I think most people feel like Mr. Berger did when he was interviewed for the the October 19, 1989 edition of the New York Times:

''I consider Kew Gardens to have been a goal and an achievement and a reward,'' Mr. Berger said. ''To have what is a middle-class area become a common all-purpose area negates the incentive of moving ahead. If we wanted to live with the Hotel Martinique, we would have moved to Manhattan.'' 

MANHATTAN - 419 East 57th Street: Ralph Barton

Ralph Barton
(August 14, 1891 – May 19, 1931)

Artist of the jazz age.  Shot himself in the head in his 419 East 57th Street penthouse apartment.

His suicide note reads:
Everyone who has known me and who hears of this will have a different hypothesis to offer to explain why I did it. Practically all of these hypothesis will be dramatic–and completely wrong. Any sane doctor knows that the reasons for suicide are invariably psychopathological. Difficulties in life merely precipitate the event–and the true suicide type manufactures his own difficulties. I have had few real difficulties. I have had, on the contrary, and exceptionally glamorous life–as lives go. And I have had more than my share of affection and appreciation. The most charming, intelligent, and important people I have known have liked me–and the list of my enemies is very flattering to me. I have always had excellent health. But, since my childhood, I have suffered with a melancholia which, in the past 5 years, has begun to show definite symptoms of manic-depressive insanity. It has prevented my getting anything like the full value out of my talents, and, for the past three years, has made work a torture to do at all. It has made it impossible for me to enjoy the simple pleasures of life that seem to get other people through. I have run from wife to wife, from house to house, and from country to country, in a ridiculous effort to escape from myself. In doing so, I am very much afraid that I have spread a good deal of unhappiness among the people who have loved me.”

419 East 57th Street Today

A case of Melancholia by John Updike 

MANHATTAN - 272 Bleecker Street pde_0090

272 Bleecker Street

I've not been able to find any information in the newspapers of the time about this case.

All I know is that in 1915, this saloon was owned by John Straining and Louis Bricca.
R. L. Polk & Co.'s 1915 Trow New York Copartnership and Corporation Directory
Who was Samuele Razzuoli?  Is he the Samuel Razzuoli who was awarded the Silver Star for actions during World War I? See link.  The same one with a New York Social Security number, born December 26, 1888 in Italy and died December 1972 in New Jersey? See link #1 and link #2.

Located at 272 Bleecker Street since 1998 is Cones Ice Cream Artisans.

NYCityMap says this building dates to 1900, so the stabbing took place in here.
Also pertaining to this address:
Dearborn Piper's liquor store was located at 272 Bleecker Street previous to the current building.
Mrs. Mechi Marciano, 25 years old and of 272 Bleecker Street, died in the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire.  The New York Times, March 27, 1911, page 4.  

Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Victims Near Me (blog)

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Friday, July 24, 2015

MANHATTAN - 301 Park Avenue and 13 East 38th Street: The Waldorf Astoria

Hotel Deaths: The Waldorf Astoria @ #301 Park Avenue

The Dunkirk Evening Observer, July 7, 1915*
The Waldorf Astoria was the location of the U.S. inquiries into the April 14, 1912 sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic. Coincidentally or otherwise, John Jacob Astor IV, builder of the Astoria, was among the Titanic dead.    

The New York Times, March 14, 1999
"A 56-year-old man staying at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel was found dead in his room last night, the victim of a homicide, the police said...In 1986, a 27-year-old Houston hotel executive was found shot to death in his room at the hotel. Four years earlier, a 30-year-old Chase Manhattan vice president was stabbed to death in a hotel stairwell, the victim of a botched robbery. The other slaying occurred in 1948, when a 56-year-old Canadian textile company executive was found bludgeoned to death in his room." 

*Until 1931, The Waldorf Astoria was located where the Empire State Building is now.


At Mrs. Pennypacker's Boarding House
"...alive with simple
optimism and the love of humanity."
Jean Edgerton Hovey, 43 years old, author of "John O'Partletts, a Tale of Strife and Courage, "took gas in her rooms at 13 East 38th Street on November 27, 1915. Her estranged husband, Metropolitan magazine editor, Carl Hovey told the coroner that she suffered from acute neurasthenia and must have committed suicide in a fit of depression.  Her two children were in boarding school at the time.  Carl Hovey went on to marry writer Sonya Levien, who he had met through work.   

The Evening World, November 27, 1915, p. 3.
The New York Times November 28, 1915, p. 19.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

MANHATTAN - 207 Avenue A: Obscura Antiques & Oddities

207 Avenue A
It's well known that this address once belonged to the Sparacio & De Marco Funeral Home, but it's likely that no one remembers the suicide of a young wife here.  And why should they?  It's been years ago.  I visited Obscura on the 11th and again on the 17th.  I'm not saying it's haunted, but here is what I dug up.  (By the way, in my opinion, it's haunted.) 

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, August 7, 1907
Mrs. Rozsa's death certificate shows her death as happening on August 7, 1907.

New York, as big and populous as it is, must possess a suicide for every address.  A murder for every block.  Deaths upon deaths.  This city is haunted.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

MANHATTAN - 230 West 97th Street: Wilmington Apartments

John and Mary C. Boyle
230 West 97th Street
He Had Taken to Stalking the Halls in His Pajamas
On the morning of March 13, 1916, John Boyle, a 35-year-old unemployed man suffering a nervous breakdown of sorts, shot his 25-year-old sleeping wife, Mary, in the head and then shot himself in their apartment on the top (seventh) floor of the Wilmington, 230 West 97th Street.
The Evening World, March 13, 1916. 
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, March 13, 1916.
The New York Sun, March 1, 1917.

Mary L. may have been the mother?  The New York Sun, March 1, 1917.
Walkers and Bateses

The Pittsburgh Press, February 18, 1900
Julian Walker, a once well known baritone, died at his home 230 West 97th Street on September 18, 1922.  He was born September 26, 1867 in Birmingham, Alabama according to his obituary, but his death certificate says England, and came to the City in 1897.  An injury left him wheelchair-bound in the last years of his life.  (It's probably impossible to determine which apartment he lived in, unless his mustachioed ghost has presented itself there.)  He was buried at Hackensack Cemetery.  His wife Alice survived him.
The New York Times, September 20, 1922.

Alice (b. November 16, 1873 in Savannah, Georgia), was still living at 230 in 1940.  She most likely died there and is probably buried beside her husband.

Mrs. Helen Amanda (née Walter) Bates (b. March 7, 1848 at Palatine Ridge, New York), Alice's mother, died at 230 on April 5, 1931.  She was buried at Hackensack Cemetery.
The Middletown Times Herald, April 6, 1931.

Col. Julius Austin Bates (b. May 1, 1842 in Brockport, New York), Alice's father, died there July 5, 1940 (his birth date is transcribed incorrectly on  Bates wasn't really a colonel although he did serve as a private during the Civil War.  The title of colonel was given to him as "an acquirement of age, honor and respect."  Col. Bates was what's known as a "character," as well as being a music dealer.  He died at 230 on July 6, 1940 and is buried at Hackensack Cemetery.
The Middletown Times Herald, April 30, 1938.
The Middletown Times Herald, July 9, 1940.

Some Others

Claire Le Franc Wright died there December 28, 1900.   She was only 31.  Ten years later, her son Kenneth died on March 1, 1910 at the age of 16.

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

MANHATTAN & BROOKLYN More death, death, death.

Location of French's Hotel
A Fatal Bath
Isaac Seaman, 40 years old, native New Yorker, died January 9, 1850 when "bathing at French's Hotel, [he] fainted, and, before he was discovered, was...severely scalded."  Coroner's inquest was at 58 (or 53 according to death certificate) Beach Street.
The New York Tribune, January 10, 1850.


Death of a '49er
French's Hotel c. 1875
John Hervey returned from California on the steamship Brother Jonathan on November 29, 1851 and by December 2nd was dead from "the Southern fever," or malaria.  He was born 1818 in Ohio and left this world and $1,200.00 worth of gold dust from French's Hotel.  His burial site is unknown, his remains being "Remo. from City." 
The New York Times, December 4, 1851.
This address is gone.

A Simple Case of Suicide
Conrad Stevens committed suicide at 212 3rd Street on April 2, 1852.
The New York Times, April 3, 1852. 
This address is now the  Kenkeleba House Garden.

German George Kreps committed suicide with arsenic at 17 2nd Street.
The New York Times, October 23, 1851. 
The building currently at 17 2nd Street was built in 2001. 

Police Patrolman David Mackrell committed suicide in his bathroom at 746 St. Nicholas Avenue.
The New York Times, December 21, 1915. 
The building currently at 746 St. Nicholas Avenue was built in 1902.

Staircase in New York's Tenement Museum at 97 Orchard Street
Took a Fall
A man fell down a long flight of stairs at 223 Stanton Street, crushed his skull and died. January 7, 1852. 
The New York Times, January 8, 1852. 
This address is gone.  It stood on the corner of Stanton and Pitt Streets near where the NYCHA Gompers Community Center is today.

Death Stalked the Five Points Lad
A floor at 11 Park Row gave way and a 13-year-old boy named John Laine (of 142 Anthony Street in the Five Points) fell to the basement.  He was killed instantly.  January 15, 1852.
The New York Times, January 16, 1852.
The building currently at 11 Park Row was built in 2001.

Why the rope, Antoine?
A German, Antoine Shultz, aged about 52 years, hung himself in the rear yard of 69 Greenwich Street.  His death certificate says that he lived at #66.  January 4, 1852.
The New York Times, January 6, 1852. 
The buildings currently at 66 and 69 Greenwich Street were built in the 30s and 40s.

In the Days Before Public Service Announcements, or, How the Other Half Dies
Philip and Ellen Brady had just moved into the basement of 174 East 24th Street (near 1st Avenue) with their two sons just days before they were all found dead in their beds.  They had left a charcoal fire going in the night, and without proper ventilation were asphyxiated by smoke and carbonic acid fumes.
The New York Times, January 5, 1852. 
This address is gone.

Violence Begins in the Home
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, February 25, 1912
Cecilia Mallen gave her husband Daniel a blow to the head on November 15, 1851 during a quarrel over his coming home drunk.  He died.  609 Greenwich Street.
The New York Times, November 17, 1851.
The building currently at #609 Greenwich Street was built in 1920. 

Two In Flatbush 
Walter Meseritz was shot to death in his haberdashery at 779 Flatbush Avenue on February 24, 1912.  The murderer/s took $16.00 from the cash till.   
The Evening World, February 24, 1912.
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The building currently at 779 Flatbush Avenue was built in 1925.  

Gerhard Meister, shoe dealer, was shot to death in his shop at 1096 Flatbush Avenue on  June 3, 1915.
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, June 4, 1915.
The building currently at 1096 Flatbush Avenue was built c. 1930.

Friday, July 10, 2015

MANHATTAN - 234 East 115th Street pde_0160

This is not a homicide.  Joseph Imperati.

Mr. Imperati died from the "rupture of aneurysm of the aorta.

For the original images please view

NYC Department of Records #1
NYC Department of Records #2
NYC Department of Records #3 

Where the tenement at #234 East 115th Street was.



Wednesday, July 8, 2015

MANHATTAN - 35 Cooper Square

Gone. 35 Cooper Square.  Was one of the oldest Federal-style houses on the Bowery.

In its day, the house, now known as 35 Cooper Square, was nestled among three similar dormer-roof structures. Today it resembles a pink mushroom, propped up against the towering glass and steel sequoia that is the Cooper Square Hotel.
                                                                               The New York Times

Link - #35 Cooper Square

I didn't get lazy.  I just discovered that someone had a better blog entry than the one I was working on.  :)  In Mr. Moss' blog, a man is said to have hanged himself in the attic, however I can find only anecdotal information about this "man."  Could he be the unknown man who died at this address in 1903 with $0.42 to his name?

#35 (AKA #391 Bowery) is no longer standing, but the energy may well be there.

35 Cooper Square is now a 13-story dormitory building.
Known Residents
1815 -- Samuel WIGTON
Longworth's American Almanack, New-York Register, and City Directory, 1815.

1825-1827 -- Built by Nicholas William STUYVESANT, great-grandson of Peter Stuyvesant. 

c. 1825 -- John and Mary WOOD. 

1837 -- William D. DISBROW, sexton of St. Mark's Church in the Bowery, 1825-1848.  Undertaker.  Offered horses and coaches to let.  Lived at #386, worked at #391 Bowery.
Longworth's American Almanac, New-York Register, and City Directory, 1837, p. 206.
Documents of the Board of Aldermen of the City of New York, Volume IV, 1838, p. 478.
Memorial of St. Mark's Church in the Bowery, Vestry, 1899. 

1839-1847 -- James M. SWEENY, prominent teacher in the New York Public School system, professor of Latin and Greek languages; born 1796 in Ireland, died June 23, 1879 at his residence #264 Jay Street, Brooklyn.  At the time of his death, he was the principal of Primary School No. 24 on Elm Street. 
Longworth's American Almanac, New-York Register, and City Directory, 1839, p. 632 
Doggett's New-York City Directory For 1846 and 1847, p. 379. 
The Evening Post, July 21, 1848, p. 2.
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, June 26, 1879, p. 4. 

1846-1847 -- George S. DREW, plumber.
Doggett's New-York City Directory For 1846 and 1847, p. 121. 

1850-1867 -- Henry MARSHALL, liquors.  "Porterhouse."  Clerk of Tompkins' Market.
The New York Mercantile Union Business Directory, 1850-1851, p. 327.  
Manual of the Corporation of the City of New York, 1861, p. 111. 
The New York State Business Directory and Gazetteer, 1867, p. 206. 

1877 -- Charles BURGHART, beer. 
Goulding's New York City Directory, 1877 to 1878, p. 182. 

1889 -- Henry KOHLMEYER. 
Phillips' Business Directory of New York City, Volume 19, p. 936. 

1898 -- (Herman) Georg(e) SIEGEL, liquor.
New York State Department of Excise Directory of liquor tax certificate holders, p. 328. 

c. 1940-1957 -- J. Forest VEY (art student at Cooper Union) and wife Marguerite.  Actor Joel GREY rented from them, and Claude BROWN, author of “Manchild in the Promised Land,” lived there during that time as well. 
c. 1962 -- Diane DI PRIMA and her husband Alan MARLOWE. 
c. 1970 -- Stanley SOBOSSEK, artist, opened bar in building.
Last Resident -- Hisae VILCA, restaurant owner.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

BROOKLYN The Kings County Farm Potter's Field

Jacob "Jake" Bunce, "colored", froze to death in an outhouse in the vicinity of Wallabout on December 20, 1851 and was buried in "Flatbush." 
The New York Daily Times, December 20, 1851

"Flatbush" probably referred to the long-forgotten Kings County potter's field at the Kings County (Poor) Farm. 

The Potter's Field of Brooklyn is located in the town of Flatbush, near the County Buildings, and is nearly five miles from the Brooklyn Bridge. The unclaimed and pauper dead of Kings County are buried in it, and it is believed that there are several thousand bodies already interred in its graves. It is reached by way of Flatbush Avenue from Fulton Ferry, and Nostrand Avenue from Grand and Roosevelt Street ferries. New York.
-- Leonard, John Henry.  The Leonard Manual of the Cemeteries of New York and Vicinity. New York: J. H. Leonard, 1895, 1901.


There were thousands of people buried here and no record of any bodies
being re-interred elsewhere.  Is this location haunted?  Please contact
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Monday, July 6, 2015

MANHATTAN - 38 Greenwich Avenue: P. S. No. 26

38 Greenwich Avenue Today. 

When school principal Miss Harrison suffered a paralytic stroke during class on November 20, 1851, it frightened her students so badly that they went rushing down a circular staircase of P. S. No. 26.  Other students became alarmed, followed suit and erroneously called out, "Fire!"  The unsecured bannister gave way, causing over forty children to fall onto the stone flags, and in some accounts, into a well, below.  About forty-three died outright, with a total of forty-nine dying total.


1. VIRGINIA MINGAY, 19 Christopher Street, aged 10 years,  3 days--born in New York.
2. JOHN L. WOOLEY, 30 Greenwich Avenue, aged 9 years 2 months and 20 days--born in New York.
3. DEBORAH ANN WOOLEY, 30 Greenwich Avenue, aged 7 years 1 month and 15 days.
4. ANN ELIZA SLEIGHT, 34 Factory Street, aged 11 years,  6 months.
5. SARAH ANN BOGART, 30 Charles Street, aged 8 years,  3 months.
6. CORNELIA ANN CADMUS, 43 Charles Street, aged 7 years,  5 months.
7. ELEANOR MATILDA DOWNS, 105 4th Street, aged 8 years,  8 months.
8. JANE A. YOUNG, 152 4th Street, aged 12 years.
9. MARY C. BAXTER, 61 West Washington Place, aged 11 years,  10 months.
10. CHARLES E. MOORE, 21 Jones Street, aged 8 years.
11. HENRY STEIMEN, (born in Germany), 5 Jackson Place (Downing Street), aged 6 years,  3 months; neck broken.
12. EMMA LOUISA LENO-GILDERSLIEVE, 96 Clarkson Street, aged 8 years,  9 months.
13. ELIZABETH VAN TASSEL, 678 Washington Street, aged 11 years,  5 months.
14. GEORGE WARREN QUACKENBUSH, 703 Greenwich Street, aged 9 years,  6 months.
15. JULIA DELANO, 659 Greenwich Street, aged 14 years,  11 months.
16. AMELIA T. BROWNELL, 21 Grove Street, aged 13 years,  7 months.
17. AMANDA MELVINA HOFF, 115 Barrow Street, aged 10 years,  11 months.
18. JOHN McMAHON, 68 Grove Street, aged 10 years,  7 months.
19. JOHN TOWNSEND KNAPP, 2 Cottage Row (11th Street), aged 12 years,  2 months.
20. HARRIET ELIZABETH HOWELL, 55 West 29th Street, aged 7 years,  7 months.
21. MATTHEW W. WOOD, 175 West 20th Street, aged 9 years.
22. ANTOINETTE BROWN, 207 West 19th Street, aged 10 years,  6 months.
23. MARY ANN PENCHARD, 246 West 17th Street, aged 9 years,  5 months.
24. JANE MARIA DEVOE, 147 West 17th Street, aged 10 years,  3 months.
25. CATHARINE B. DOWNEY, 117 West 17th Street, aged 10 years, 6 months--born in Liverpool.
26. MARY CECILIA JACACKS, 177 West 17th Street, aged 10 years, 4 months.
27. LOUISA COOPER, 123 8th Avenue, 11 years, 2 months.
28. ABBY ANTOINETTE JACOBUS, 109 8th Avenue, aged 6 years, 10 months.
29. MARGARET HARPER, 135 West 13th Street, aged 10 years--born in Scotland.
30. MORRIS THOMAS WALDRON, 58 Hammond Street, aged 9 years, 9 months.
31. ANN ELIZA THORP, 104 Hammond Street, aged 9 years, 10 months.
32. ANNA JANE VAN GEISEN, 127 Hammond Street, age 8 years--born in New Jersey.
33. ELIZA ANN O’NEIL, 123 Perry (rear), aged 8 years, 7 months.
34. TIMOTHY HENRY ABBOTT, 745 Washington, aged 7 years, 8 months.
35. ANNA MARY HILL, 747 Washington Street, aged 10 years.
36. LUCY G. CARLOUGH, 746 Washington Street, aged 8 years, 2 months.
37. JACOB J. SPRINGSTIEN, 75 Horatio Street, aged 9 years, 3 months.
38. EDWARD STANLEY GLENLEY, 24 Jane Street, aged 7 years, 6 months.
39. SARAH BOGARDUS, 49 Bank Street, aged 10 years, 4 months.
40. CATHARINE REYNOLDS, 49 Bank Street (rear), aged 11 years, 7 months.
41. SOLOMON LEVY, 13 Charles Street.
42. ALFRED PIKE, 16 Jones Street.
43. _______ RIKER, (girl) 123 Perry Street.

  • Chamber's Edinburgh Journal, Volume 17, by William and Robert Chamber's, Edinburgh, 1852
  • The New York Daily Times, November 21 and 22, 1851

MANHATTAN Death, death, death.

"Old January," Veteran Gambler, Died Destitute

By the way....Why are gambling dens called "tiger's lairs"?

Ira Jenree, aged about seventy, died of "general debility" in his room at the Gedney House, which was located at 143 West 40th Street and the corner of 40th and Broadway.  Old January began his gambling career in 1854 after having worked as a card-writer at the Saint Nicholas Hotel.  Jenree was for a time proprietor of various gambling houses, including one at the corner of Broadway and Fulton Street and another at 5 Barclay Street, having also been "interested in" a tiger's lair at 28th Street near 6th Avenue.  Once a high roller, his Masonic lodge had to pay for his funeral.
The Evening World, November 15, 1887, p. 1.
The buildings currently at this address were built c. 1924 and after.


He Cursed Hard Times Then Killed Himself
Rudolph Theodore Gottlob Buck, Hamburg native, aged about thirty-six, shot himself through the heart in his fourth floor room at Schmidt's Hotel, 9 Battery Place on November 3, 1887.  He was a member of the Bricklayer's Union No. 27, and died with $0.20 in his pocket. (His death certificate says he was 45.)
The Evening World, November 4, 1887, p. 2.
This address is gone.

Melancholy Suicide in the Bowery
David Bell, born about 1817, poisoned self with laudanum at his home, 315 Bowery on September 19, 1851.  He worked from home as a "segar" (cigar) maker.  Where lies the body of David Bell?  It was removed from the city.
The New York Daily Times, October 20, 1851, p. 1.
The building currently at 315 Bowery was built c. 1920.

Too Late For an Emetic
George Baldwin of 24 East 14th Street died in the drug store of Mr. Milhau, 183 Broadway,
from a morphine overdose.  (What was he doing so far from home?)
The New York Daily Times, October 9, 1851. 
The building currently at 183 Broadway was built c. 1920. 

John J. Breslin, Irish Nationalist
Died at his residence, 451 Canal Street of liver disease.  With John Devoy established the Irish Nation.  Inspector in the Street-Cleaning Department since 1885.
The Evening World News, November 18, 1887, p. 1.
This address now belongs to a large modern building.

The Mysterious Death of Low He Yong
Low He Yong, of 62 Delancey Street, came from China in 1879 with two associates, Yee Sing and Ah Dock.  The three kept a laundry at Mott Street for a while before parting business ways.  On October 25, 1887 police found Yong’s corpse on a cot in the rear room of 62.  The throat was gashed and the suspected murder weapon was a razor belonging to Yee Sing, who had left for parts unknown.
The Evening World, October 26, 1887, p. 1.
The building currently at 62 Delancey Street was built c. 1996.

"Ignorant German Woman" Kills Baby
Barbara Hanssler, second floor of 91 Leonard Street, must have been suffering some stress from a "restless" baby.  The uneducated woman took some morphine (to calm her nerves?) and dosed her baby with enough opium to kill it.
The New York Daily Times, September 19 and 20, 1851.
The building currently at 91 Leonard Street was built c. 1915.

Michael Kelly, Jumped From Window
Michael Kelly, born 1814 in Ireland, jumped from the third floor window of his
his (tenement) building at 141 Leroy Street.  Alcoholic intoxication was the probably cause.
His body was removed from the city to a final resting place unknown.
The New York Daily Times, October (7), 1851.
This address is gone.

Insane After Returning From Mexican-American War
Joseph A. Diver, 224 Varick Street, once alderman of the Fourth Ward and member of the 10th Regiment during the war with Mexico, was found in his bed dead from the effects of having taken prussic acid (hydrogen cyanide).
The New York Daily Times, October 18, 1851.
The building at 224 Varrick Street was built c. 1910.

Miss Mary Bishop, Age 19, Laudanum Suicide
She died in ignominy at 337 Water Street and was buried in a potter's field.
The New York Daily Times, October 7, 1851.
This address is buried underneath the Alfred E. Smith Houses, which carries on the habitation of the down-and-out and attracts the criminal classes into the neighborhood.  Gunshots are often heard  and many inhabitants come from a culture that praises violence and crime.  

Smothered by Gas.
Max Henn, aged twenty, registered at Robert Ernest’s Hotel, 127 West street, on Sunday (October 9, 1887) evening.  This morning he was found lying in his bed dead, with the gas turned on.  The boy warned him last night to turn the gas off.  Coroner Nugent took his effects--two pairs of trousers, an alarm clock set for 5.30, a razor, a pistol, and $3.11 in cash.
The Evening World, October 10, 1887, p. 1.

This address is gone.  It has become a part of the World Trade Center area.