1849On May 10, 1849, one of NYC's largest riots occurred on this square at the Astor Place Opera House. Blamed on long-standing trans-Atlantic rivalry between famous Shakespearean actors - American-born Edwin Forrest and Englishman Edward Macready - the event was also the culmination of years of ethnic and class resentments against the city's Anglophile elite. While the rich embraced Macready's refined style, the masses championed Forrest's muscular approach. Class war erupted with their rival productions of Macbeth - Forrest's at the Broadway Theatre below Canal, and Macready's at the fancy Astor Place Opera House which required kid gloves and clean shaves.
|Placed By||Bowery Alliance of Neighbors|
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|Date Added||Thursday, July 18th, 2019 at 2:04pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18T E 585162 N 4509276|
|Decimal Degrees||40.73001667, -73.99150000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 40° 43.801', W 73° 59.49'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||40° 43' 48.06" N, 73° 59' 29.4" W|
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