Week 15 final post

The one that I decided to pick is taking the tour at Union Square. The one thing that I learned from watching the video tour was when Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux were able to redesign union square park to make the space more available. Specifically to have more gatherings available for the people. It also served as a theatre district from the 1860s to the 1880s. Steinway hall was an auditorium that was built in 1866. It was considered as the largest concert hall in the United States at the time. The reason why is because Steinway Hall can fit 2500 people. The Mora Portrait Studio was opened in 1870 by Jose Maria Mora. Jose Maria Mora was a young Cuban refugee and the photos served the stars of the opera on stage. The photos were so popular that he was making $100,000 a year in 1878. The labor activism and the other progressive causes lead to Emma Goldman’s Mother Earth which was published in 210 East 13th street in June 1907. Going on to 66 Irving place there was a place called Pete’s Tavern. It was a favorite watering place called O’Henry. The bow arch structure in Madison Square Garden served as an indoor arena. This was designed by Stanford White in 1890. Stanford White was murdered in a rooftop garden restaurant by millionaire Harry Thaw. He killed him because of an affair White had with Thaw’s wife, she was an actress called Evelyn Nesbit, which became known as the trial of the century. A journalism project that I would like to do in the future that deals with social media is to try exploring other countries. 

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  1. Mark Noonan

    Excellent review of the Union Square Tour, Steven. Your work this semester (and future work) has been superb. Thanks for your overall excellent participation.

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