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Lower East Side – 1767

 
 
Lower East Side – 1767 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, April 19, 2019
1. Lower East Side – 1767 Marker
Inscription.  This reach of the East River, from here to Rutgers Slip (1) is rich in maritime history. Peck Slip was one of the last and most important of New York harbor’s slips. The burgeoning population of European immigrants reclaimed new land from the East River to expand their thriving harbor community in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The shoreline was extended east from Pearl Street.

The Dutch were the first settlers in this waterfront district. Later Irish, German and English immigrants worked in the maritime industry that dominated this area - shipyards, ironworks, (2) docks and ferries. These would be found along the shoreline and the nearby slips and piers.

More recently, many Italians and European Jews also settled on the “Lower East Side”, creating one of the first “melting pot” communities in the city.

Walton House (3) was built in 1752 at 326-328 Pearl Street, next to Peck Slip, by William Walton. For 30 years it was New York’s most handsome residence and his lavish entertainment prior to the revolution encouraged the British government to raise taxes.
Lower East Side – 1767 Marker site image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, April 19, 2019
2. Lower East Side – 1767 Marker site
The Fulton Fish market "Tin Building" is in the background.

 
Location. 40° 42.431′ N, 74° 0.048′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on South Street near Peck Slip, on the left when traveling south. This marker is on the reverse side of "Lower East Side – Peck Slip". Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: East River Esplanade/Bikeway, New York NY 10038, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lower East Side - Peck Slip (here, next to this marker); Peck Slip (a few steps from this marker); The East River Bikeway and Esplanade (a few steps from this marker); Jerry Driscoll Walk (within shouting distance of this marker); Fulton Fish Market and Pier 17 (was about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line but has been reported missing. ); Fulton Fish Waist - 142 Beekman Street (about 600 feet away); Seaman’s Church Institute (about 600 feet away); 206 Front Street (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
Also see . . .  The Lost Walton Mansion. (Submitted on May 29, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
 
Categories. Colonial EraIndustry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
Swimming at Rutgers Slip image. Click for full size.
3. Swimming at Rutgers Slip
The Walton House image. Click for full size.
4. The Walton House
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on May 29, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 29, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 39 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 29, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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