February 11: De Witt Clinton, mayor, governor, senator, and presidential candidate, as well as the promoter of the Erie Canal, which made New York City the world’s financial center, died on this date in 1828.
February 10: The Bradley Martin Ball, intended to be “the greatest party in the history of the city,” was held on this date in 1897. The police were called out to prevent demonstrators, angry at the money spent, from storming the Waldorf Hotel.
February 8: Painter John George Brown, who specialized in paintings of New York City’s street urchins, died on this date in 1913.
February 7: On this date in 1983, Eubie Blake celebrated his 100th birthday; he died five days later and was cremated at Green-Wood.
February 6: “Wizard of the Strings” Roy Smeck, who was widely acclaimed for his work on the banjo, ukelele, and guitar, was born on this date in 1900.
February 5: Andrew H. Mickle, born on this date in 1805, grew wealthy as a tobacco dealer and was elected mayor of New York City in 1845; he served one two-year term.
Soon after Hurricane Sandy hit, I blogged “Sandy Hammers Green-Wood.” David Dunlap of The New York Times reported soon thereafter, “Many Cemeteries Damaged, But Green-Wood Bore The Brunt of the Storm.” On December 13, I reported that, in the wake of the massive damage Hurricane Sandy had caused to Green-Wood (300 trees destroyed, several hundred … Read more
February 4: Louis Michel Eilshemius, eccentric 20th century painter of landscapes and nudes, was born on this date in 1864.
February 3: Charlotte Canda, on this date in 1845, celebrated her 17th birthday; she died later that day in a carriage accident.