January 6: Edward Stokes

Click image to expand January 6 In the culmination of a lovers’ quarrel over the affections of Josie Mansfield, Edward Stokes guns down Colonel Jim Fisk on the steps of Broadway’s Grand Central Hotel on this date in 1872.

January 5: Peter F. Dailey

January 5: Peter F. Dailey, burlesque comedian whose epitaph reads, “He Laughed And The World Laughed With Him” (what more could any comedian want?), was born on this date in 1861.

January 4: James Brown

January 4: Co-founder with his brothers of what would become one of the largest private banks in America, now Brown Brothers Harriman, James Brown was born on this date in 1794.

A Poem to New Year’s Eve, 100 Years Ago

Sue and Ed Ramsey were both fighting bad colds on the last day of 2012–“sick as dogs”– just a few days ago. So they decided that there would be no New Year’s Eve party that night for them–just a quiet night at home. Sue, who has been a researcher for Green-Wood’s Civil War Project for … Read more

January 2: Orlando Bronson Potter

January 2: Elected to Congress and the developer of the Potter Building at 38 Park Row in Manhattan 1882-1886, the latest in fireproof construction (and now a New York City Landmark), Orlando Bronson Potter also co-founded the New York Architectural Terra Cotta Company to build other fireproof buildings. He died on this date in 1894.

2013: Celebrating Green-Wood’s 175th!

On April 18 of this year, The Green-Wood Cemetery will celebrate the 175th anniversary of its founding. In honor of this historic anniversary, we will be celebrating in many ways, including a gallery exhibition devoted to Green-Wood, “A Beautiful Way To Go,”opening at the Museum of the City of New York in May. We also … Read more

January 1: Tom Hyer

January 1: Tom Hyer was born on this date in 1819; he would win the bare-knuckle boxing championship of America in 1841, triumphing in 101 rounds.