Possibly the oldest surviving building in Manhattan, 54 Pearl Street was constructed in 1719 as the home of Stephen Delancey (Delancey Street was named after his son James), converted to the Queen’s Head Tavern in 1762, and later renamed Fraunces Tavern.
The Tavern is inextricably tied up in New York’s history; besides the connection to the Delanceys, it was the site of George Washington’s farewell dinner for his troops, and briefly housed government offices, before the capital of the United States moved to Philadelphia.
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I have vague memories of watching the fall of the Berlin Wall on TV as a kid and not really knowing what was happening; it all seemed pretty distant. Unsurprisingly, that distance feels much shorter when you stand in front of the Wall.
What, you didn’t know there’s a preserved section of the Berlin Wall in New York? Neither did I, until recently. Actually, there are apparently four sections in Manhattan — the other three in Battery Park, at the United Nations, and in Ripley’s Believe It Or Not (I guess this is one thing there you can believe).
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