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In the early 1850s, a group of New York merchants decided to build an new opera hall to replace the old Astor House. Opened in 1854, it was the largest opera hall in the world containing 4,000 seats. Rather than promote exclusiveness, its creators… Read More

Established in 1828, Niblo's was the city's premiere "pleasure garden," suprassing all others in its exclusiveness, expensive entrance food, fancy food and cosmopolitan entertainment. Read More

Patterned after London's Crystal Palace and its Great Exhibition, New York's Crystal Palace opened in 1853. Its exhibits showcased the world's new industrial achievements of the world but also trumpeted U.S. national accomplishments. It was a… Read More