Historic, but not famous

Lillian Wald, founder Visiting Nurse Service in NYC

Lillian D. Wald (1867 – 1940) was an American nurse, humanitarian and author. She was known for contributions to human rights and was the founder of American community nursing. She founded the Henry Street Settlement on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and the Visiting Nurse Service in the city.  After founding the Henry Street Settlement, she became an activist for the rights of women and minorities. She campaigned for suffrage and was a supporter of racial integration. She was involved in the founding of the NAACP.

Ms. Wald was born in Ohio, but moved to Rochester NY with her family while she was young. She studied hard and applied to Vassar at the age of 16, which they thought was too young to attend. She began to study nursing at New York Hospital’s School of Nursing. She graduated from the New York Hospital Training School for Nurses in 1891, then took courses at the Woman’s Medical College.

After graduation, she worked at an orphanage and began teaching nursing skills to poor girls on the Lower East Side and was inspired to move into the community and start the visiting nurse association for the community. She was the first president of the National Organization for Public Health Nursing. Wald established a nursing insurance partnership with Metropolitan Life Insurance Company that became a model for many other corporate projects. She suggested a national health insurance plan and helped to found the Columbia University School of Nursing. Wald founded the Henry Street Settlement to assist the aging and poor Jewish population on the Lower East Side with the help of Jacob Schiff.

The New York Times named Wald as one of the 12 greatest living American women in 1922 and she later received the Lincoln Medallion for her work as an “Outstanding Citizen of New York.” In 1937 a radio broadcast celebrated Wald’s 70th birthday, Sara Delano Roosevelt read a letter from her son, President Franklin Roosevelt, in which he praised Wald for her “unselfish labor to promote the happiness and well being of others.” Wald was elected to the Hall of Fame for Great Americans in 1970.The Lillian Wald Houses on Avenue D in Manhattan were named for her.

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Relax and enjoy South Street Seaport day and night

South Street Seaport is a historic district of Manhattan. The Dutch, who founded New Amsterdam (eventually New York), established their first port here.

In 1982 the area was turned into a delightful oasis, just below the Financial District and very close to the Brooklyn Bridge. It’s full of restaurants, pubs and shops along its pedestrian streets. An excellent area to visit for fine dining, drinking and music at night, with unique views of the BMW (the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges).

Do not miss it on your visit to the city. We can tour that day and night!

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Mmammamia! The Mmuseumm!

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The smallest, but most precious, museum in New York City is uniquely called the Mmuseumm.

It is located inside a freight elevator/lift.

The exhibits are constantly changing and can be seen 24/7 through glass when the doors are not open.

The Mmuseumm is located at 4 Cortlandt Street in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood. Please leave a donation when visiting as this allows the museum to stay open.

Ready to check out this one of a kind museum and the Tribeca neighborhood? We Can Tour That! wecantourthat.com

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What was a skyscraper in 1899?

15 Park RowSo many buildings, so little time! Walking around the Financial District in Lower Manhattan anyone can be mesmerized by the old and new tall buildings and skyscrapers.

In 1899, 15 Park Row, 29 stories tall, was considered a skyscraper. Nowadays it is one of so many tall buildings in the area, but it’s one of the oldest “skyscrapers”. Newspapers at the time detested it. Many architectural critics and journalists make a living by detesting new buildings. When the Twin Towers were finished, a reputable newspaper called them the boxes in which the Empire State and Chrysler Buildings were shipped in. Now that they’re gone, the architecture of the Twin Towers is praised. As New Yorkers, we’re used to that cycle by now.

New York City has 266 skyscrapers. We can’t promise to show them all to you but if you want to see some of them, We Can Tour That! wecantourthat.com

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