New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
33rd Street Between Fifth Avenue and Broadway
— 34th Street district —
I am nicknamed”Gentleman Jim” Corbett for my style in and out of the boxing ring. In 1892, I won the heavyweight championship, helping to popularize and legitimize the sport, which was legalized in New York State in 1896. After boxing, I made a name as a stage actor and for a time, owned a barroom on Broadway north of 33rd Street.
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In the late 1800s, 33rd Street was lined with bars and illegal casinos. Steps away from Broadway’s famous cabarets, elite Fifth Avenue residents gambled alongside members of the Tammany Society, a corrupt political organization.
“While we fight iniquity, they [Tammany] shield and patronize it; while we try to convert criminals, they manufacture them…”
- C. Parkhurst sermon, given at Madison Park Presbyterian Church, February 14, 1892
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Sports. A significant historical date for this entry is February 14, 1892.
Location. 40° 44.896′ N, 73° 59.176′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on West 33rd StreetTouch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: near 18 West 33rd St, New York NY 10001, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Former Aberdeen Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Glory Atop The Empire State Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 7 West 34th Street (about 300 feet away); Empire State Building (about 400 feet away); Martinique and McAlpin Hotels (about 600 feet away); Jackie Robinson (about 600 feet away); New York Tribune (about 600 feet away); Broadway Tabernacle Church (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
Also see . . .
1. James J. Corbett. Wikipedia biography. (Submitted on August 21, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
2. Charles Henry Parkhurst. Wikipedia biography. (Submitted on August 21, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
3. Tenderloin (musical). A 1960 Broadway musical, roughly based on Rev. Parkhurst and his crusade. (Submitted on August 21, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 21, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 61 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on August 21, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.