New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Astor Place Riot!
“Shall Americans or English rule in this city/” read leaflets, challenging nativist Bowery Boys and Irish anger over the Famine. On May 7th, hundreds attended and shut down Macready’s performance by hurling insults, eggs and chairs. Three nights later, thousands converged on the Opera House. Refusing to disperse, rocks were thrown through windows and at the State Militia, who fired into the crowd, killing some 30 people, many just bystanders.
-Eric Ferrara, author of The Bowery and founder of Lower East Side History Project (leshp.org)
Erected 2016 by Bowery Alliance of Neighbors.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Disasters. A significant historical date for this entry is May 10, 1849.
Location. 40° 43.801′ N, 73° 59.49′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is at the intersection of Lafayette Street and Astor Place, on the left when traveling north on Lafayette Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10003, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Cooper Union (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Cooper Union (about 300 feet away); A Tower Of Music (about 300 feet away); Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (about 300 feet away); Astor Library (about 400 feet away); Colonnade Row (about 400 feet away); Peter Cooper Park (about 500 feet away); Paresis Hall (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
More about this marker. One of more than sixty entries in the “Windows on the Bowery” series.
Also see . . . The Lost Astor Place Opera House -- No. 13 Astor Place(Submitted on March 20, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 22, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 14, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 621 times since then and 69 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 14, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.