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Morgan L. Phillips was an old circus man who lived in a tent at 40 Cherry Street in New York City with his wife, their grandson, a horse, and some dogs. Discover his story, and explore the history of 40 Cherry Street.

Morgan L. Phillips was an old circus man who lived with his wife, a horse, and a few dogs in a canvas tent in an empty lot at 40 Cherry Street in New York City in 1893-94.

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“It is believed there is no track in the country so popular as that of the Coney Island Jockey Club, which lies almost in hearing distance of the ever-sounding seas…The drive to the track through Prospect Park and Ocean Parkway in itself is sufficient to put any one in good humor with himself and the […]

Billed as the amazing high diving horses, King and Queen were two pure white Arabian horses who had a knack for diving on their own from great heights into almost any body of water.

Part II of the Fire Horse Heroes “These old hero-horses, as I think they should be called, deserve a better fate than city pavements until they die of exhaustion. On the farm in Warwick we have 800 acres of wonderful rolling country. We have a lake over a mile long. We have hills and streams. […]

Part I: The Last Run “Once more, the picturesque is to yield to the utilitarian. That thrilling sight – three plunging horses drawing engine or hook and ladder – one of the few thrilling sights to be seen in our prosaic streets, is soon to become a thing of the past. Within the next five […]

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On April 26, 1915, the Mounted Policemen’s Association hosted a dinner at the Hotel Majestic in Manhattan. Two of the many honored guests were Patrick J. Doody and Edward T. Cody, both mounted policemen with the 168th Police Precinct in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. At the dinner, Mayor John Purroy Mitchel, “The Boy Mayor of New […]

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On April 26, 1915, the Mounted Policemen’s Association hosted a dinner at the Hotel Majestic in Manhattan. Two of the many honored guests were Patrick J. Doody and Edward T. Cody, both mounted policemen with the 168th Police Precinct in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. At the dinner, Mayor John Purroy Mitchel, “The Boy Mayor of New […]

“Horses galloping from nowhere to nowhere on sliding platforms in front of a quickly rolling panorama; Ben-Hur on the stage is panoramic, pictorial, musical, terpsichorean, religious.” — Edward A. Dithmar, The New York Times, Dec. 3, 1899. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, when the use of live horses and other animals in grand […]

In my last post, I wrote about four reindeer on display at the iconic Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center, which made its debut in 1931. Although the Rockefeller Center tree in New York always gets all of the media’s attention, the “Tree of Light” at Madison Square Park was in fact America’s first community Christmas […]