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    Does anybody know where GW lived in NY? Did he live here or just fight here?

    Although I guess he must have lived here, at least during his early days as president.

    "The first Inauguration of George Washington occurred on April 30, 1789, in front of New York's Federal Hall. Our nation's first President took the oath of office on a balcony overlooking Wall Street. With the ceremony complete, the crowd below let out three big cheers and President Washington returned to the Senate chamber to deliver his brief Inaugural address. He called upon "That Almighty Being who rules over the universe" to assist the American people in finding "liberties and happiness" under "a government instituted by themselves."

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    Yes, he lived in a house on Broadway during his presidency. I believe it was at (or near) the old Cunard Headquarters. A walk within a block or two up from Bowling Green and you'll see an historic marker on one of the buildings. I am 98.9897654% sure this is right. So, I can be wrong. But, I'm pretty sure.

    The interesting question it raises is: why did he attend St. Paul's Chapel rather than Trinity Church, which was much closer?

    Also, if he had a residence in New York, why do repors on his inaugural procession indicate he crossed over on a grandly festooned ferry from New Jersey to old New York City Hall (where he was sworn in) - which, of course, is now occupied by the circa 1841 Federal Hall.

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    Washington spent considerable time in Lower Manhattan, notably when he led the defense of the City against the British in 1776. His headquarters was the Mortier House, at what is now Charlton Street between Varick and MacDougal Streets, just west of Soho. After the colonies' triumphant win against the British, Washington delivered his farewell address to his troops in 1783 at Fraunces Tavern, which still stands in the Financial District today. He was famously inaugurated the nation's first president at Bowling Green's Federal Hall in 1789, and, before the nation's capital moved to Philadelphia, he lived at 39 Broadway for seven months.

    Please pardon my cut and paste! Brooklyn, from my reading I discovered that Washington came to N.Y. for the swearing in from Mount Vernon "with much trepidation". He made stops in Baltimore, Philly, Trenton etc. on the way.

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    Also, the escape route of the Continental Army from slaughter by the Red Coats of the British Army is preserved forever. The Brooklyn Bridge was built over the route of escape his army took.

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    George Washington lived at 3 Cherry Street.

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    thanks guys. Very cool. That article was good NYatKNIGHT. A somewhat auspicious beginning for a bridge pylon site!

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    Between September 14 and October 20, 1776, General George Washington used the mansion as his temporary headquarters after he and his army were forced to evacuate Brooklyn Heights following their loss to the British Army under the command of General William Howe in the Battle of Long Island.

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    George Washinton spent time in Westchester County en route to the Battle of White Plains. Here is a house in which he spent time:

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    A House With a Role in the Revolution Is Now Left Unprotected

    Suzanne DeChillo/The New York Times
    The Westchester County executive has vetoed funding to save a a farmhouse dating to 1738 where George Washington slept and plotted strategy during the Battle of White Plains in 1776.

    Published: July 4, 2010

    There’s always been a forlorn tale about history slipping away in the Miller House, a farmhouse where George Washington slept and plotted strategy during the Battle of White Plains in 1776.

    It has been hanging on by a thread for many years, almost forgotten in an industrial area opposite a cement plant: roof near collapse, ceiling beginning to crack, porch sagging, barely (if at all) open to the public.

    So maybe it was just more of the same last week when the Westchester County executive, Rob Astorino, kicked off the Fourth of July weekend by vetoing a $1.2 million bond issue passed by the county Legislature to save and restore the house.

    Or maybe in this summer of oil, war, recession and gridlock, this was the perfect Fourth of July snapshot for the pinched era of Tea Party 2.0, the summer of “No we can’t.”

    The project should be done with private contributions, Mr. Astorino, a Republican, said in his veto message Thursday, days after the county Legislature, dominated by Democrats, voted 14 to 1 in favor. “It is a worthwhile cause,” he said, “but it is neither an essential service nor a priority for the county at a time when we are facing a $166 million deficit next year and large numbers of potential layoffs.”

    No matter that Mr. Astorino, when he was in the Legislature in 2005, wrote a letter calling the house, which has been designated a National Historic Landmark, a “precious facility” and seeking assurances from the county that it would be protected and preserved. That was before the bottom fell out.

    Advocates for the house say that even in tough times, we should be better than this.

    The Miller House was built in 1738 by Elijah and Anne Miller, yeoman farmers, on 600 acres. It had two rooms until a parlor, bedroom and bake room were added in 1770, and was remodeled again in the 1850s. Towering above is a spectacular sycamore that surely existed in 1776. Inside are paintings and artifacts — musket balls, bayonets, hand-wrought horseshoes, a spinning wheel, etc. There’s a table where Washington worked, and the bed he slept in.

    It surely would have disappeared long ago had not colonial and British troops clashed in October and November 1776. The British won the main battle in White Plains on Oct. 28 and followed as Washington retreated to the hills to the north. He stayed at the Miller farm from Oct. 31 to Nov. 1, deploying troops on Miller Hill overlooking the farmhouse. There was a brief encounter between troops at Miller Hill, but then the British retreated south and Washington and his army escaped across the Hudson. Perhaps slightly overstated, a historical marker at the hill states that shots fired there “by Col. John Glover’s troops ended Battle of White Plains and turned Tide of Revolution.”

    Elijah Miller and two of his sons died in the war. Anne Miller died in 1819. The house was restored and opened to the public in 1918. But over the years, interest and oversight have waned. For a while it was closed. Maintenance has been hit or miss. The roof in back is totally encrusted with moss. The county’s plan was to raise $1.2 million to fix and restore the building and $600,000 or so more in private money to move it to a more accessible spot on county parkland near the Kensico Dam.

    It’s not a great time, of course, to spend money on historical preservation projects, especially in a county with the nation’s highest property taxes. Mr. Astorino’s statement said the county would carry out its responsibility to keep the structure “viable.” His spokesman, Ned McCormack, said the county’s position was much like Washington’s in 1776.

    “The whole significance of the Battle of White Plains is that Washington and his troops were able to stop the British so the Continental Army could regroup over the winter and fight another day,” he said. “Financially, Westchester is at a point where we must retrench and regroup, so we can deliver the most essential services to our constituents. I think General Washington would appreciate what we’re doing.”

    But John Nonna, a county legislator, said the county has already allocated the $1.2 million in its capital plan, with the cost spread out over 15 years. And some could be paid back by the sale of the land it’s now on. “It has been said that ‘a generation which ignores history has no past — and no future,’ ” he said. “Do we sacrifice our historical legacy to save a few dollars today? How shortsighted and disrespectful to those patriots to whom we owe our liberty and freedom.”

    Maybe the Legislature will override the veto. Maybe we really are too poor to restore it. Maybe the Tea Party types will come up with the money. Independence Day 2010.

    Happy birthday to us.


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    GW also spent time in this house in Scarsdale en route to White Plains. Sadly, it has been enlarged recently and thus, has lost some of its colonial character.

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    Another great patriot, Thomas Paine, lived in this house down the road in New Rochelle:

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    What can a piano bar named Marie's Crisis on Grove Street in Greenwich Village possibly have to do with Thomas Paine, the revolutionary rabble-rousing pamphleteer? Plenty, as it turns out.
    Marie's Crisis is named for Thomas Paine's 1776 pamphlet, "The Crisis", which followed up on the themes of his earler "Common Sense" which laid out, in logical terms, why America had to break from England.
    But why is Paine honored here? See below...

    Paine died here in 1809. No, he didn't die in Marie's hasn't been around quite that long...but in a small wood framed house that had been on this site before the brick building that presently occupies the site was constructed.

    In 1923, the Greenwich Village Historical Society installed this plaque commemorating the revolutionary.

    The plaque reads:

    The world is my country
    All mankind are my brethren
    To do good is my religion
    I believe in one God and no more

    Some say that the original name of neighhboring Barrow Street was Reason Street, after 'The Age Of Reason" but I haven't been able to find any documentation about that.

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