Tammany Hall

A bold dream to connect the Hudson to the Great Lakes by canal created a transportation revolution

AMERICAN CHARACTERS

Lincoln Steffens was a young reporter for the Commercial Advertiser during the late 1890’s, and he always remembered it as a grand time for a New York City newspaperman: “There was the Cuban war, the Boer war, and best of all—T Read more >>
In the dead center of the long, rectangular island of Manhattan—New York to most people—sits a long rectangle of parkland known appropriately enough as Central Park. Read more >>

Thus Boss Richard Croker breezily dismissed charges of corruption. But the fortune he made from “honest graft” was not enough to buy him what he most wanted

The most glamorous and the most powerful —of the Tammany bosses who ran New York City for much of the century between Boss Tweed and Carmine DeSapio was Richard Croker. Read more >>

The 1910 race for the mayoralty of New York looked like a tough one.

Once upon a time an honest man ran for mayor of New York City — and, naturally, lost

Part hero, part rogue, Boston’s Jim Curley triumphed over the Brahmins in his heyday, but became in the end a figure of pity.

In a day of rampant money-making, gentle Peter Cooper was not only a reformer but successful, widely loved, and rich.