Cancelled due to rain storms.
There’s no doubt that the Irish have made a big green impact on New York City, but contrary to popular belief, some of the children of Erin got here long before the Potato Famine of the 1840s. Visit the still-standing Marble Palace of pioneering retail entrepreneur AT Stewart, and the monuments of exiled Irish patriots Emmet and MacNeven, who channeled their thwarted energies into their new country. Hear stories too of tempestuous Archbishop “Dagger John” Hughes, the famine that spurred massive emigration to New York, the Irish contribution to the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, the terrible Draft Riots (still the worst rioting New York City has ever known), and the infamous Five Points slum, which shocked even Oliver Twist author Charles Dickens.
Where to meet: Meet outside St. Paul’s Chapel, Broadway and Fulton Street.
When to meet: 4:45pm for a 5 pm start. I will be holding a sign that reads, "Irish of Old New York".
Train: Take the A,C to "Broadway/ Nassau"; 2,3,4,5,J,M,Z to "Fulton Street". Check MTA Weekender for any updates before heading out: http://web.mta.info/weekender.html
Fee: $20 cash, $15 for seniors 65 + with proof of age; exact change appreciated! Please bring bills, not coins. Sorry, please do not bring dogs or minor children age 17 or below on the tours. No audio taping or video taping allowed.
The tour will be approximately 2.5 hours long. For sunny days, be sure to bring a hat and a bottle of water. Check the weather reports on the day of the tour; if there is a chance of rain, please bring your own umbrella. While Friendly Native tours usually do take place on the date and at the time they are scheduled, on occasion they will be postponed in cases of high temperatures or high probability of rain, and an email sent out to that effect to all who have registered for the event.
The nearest restrooms to this location are inside St. Paul's Chapel itself, all the way to the back. Please be sure to "take care of things" before the start of the tour!