New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
From Baseball to Houdini
— 298 Bowery —
From 1879 to 1898, this current 4-story structure was a popular “dime museum.” With cheaply priced exhibits and stage shows typical of such venues, the Globe Dime Museum featured giant snakes, magicians and curiosities like “Trimuta, the Three-Headed Songstress.”
It hosted future film comedian W.C. Fields’ first NYC appearances and the premiere of vaudeville comic due Weber & Fields’ famous “Dutch” routine as German immigrants.
In 1894, the Globe also saw the first solo performance
-David Freeland (author Automats, Taxi Dances & Vaudeville and David Mulkins (Historian/Educator)
Erected 2016 by Bowery Alliance of Neighbors.
Location. 40° 43.474′ N, 73° 59.56′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Bowery near E Houston Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 298 Bowery, New York NY 10012, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. NYC’s Oldest Thoroughfare (a few steps from this marker); 21st Century Fashion In A 21st Century House (within shouting distance of this marker); Liz Christie Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); McGurk’s Suicide Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Hats, Hardware & Horses (within shouting distance of this marker); CBGB (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Alexander’s Musee (about 300 feet away); World’s Smallest Opera House (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
Regarding From Baseball to Houdini. One of more than sixty entries in the “Windows on the Bowery” series.
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 30, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 10, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 53 times since then. Last updated on July 16, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 10, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. 7, 8, 9. submitted on July 11, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.