Everyone knows how hard it is to find housing in New York. However, locating safe housing for young women in New York City in the mid-nineteenth century was particularly difficult.
In 1858, a prayer group known as the “Ladies’ Christian Association” recognized this as a common problem and decided to provide housing for young women who were “dependent upon their own exertions for support.” Led by Mrs. Marshall O. Roberts, the group, now known as the...Read More
Central and Prospect Park parks dominate New York City park history. While that's somewhat understandable, it's time smaller parks got some attention of their own.
Despite New York's long history, small, city-owned public parks didn't really become a common feature until the waning years of the nineteenth century. It was then that waves of immigration and detrimental effects of the growing city spurred reformers like Jacob Riis to action. One of their remedies was the building of smaller,...Read More
This blog was written by Alice Browne
Nowadays we are more likely to associate electricity with execution than with healing. But in nineteenth-century New York, sellers of electric belts and proprietors of electric baths promised relief from many diseases, especially those that were chronic, embarrassing, or neglected by conventional medicine. Both claimed to relieve symptoms by passing electric or magnetic currents through the patient's body. They operated in the same uncertain area as the sellers of...Read More
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