New York Unearthed / The Shrine of Elizabeth Ann Seton

New York Unearthed / The Shrine of Elizabeth Ann Seton (HMCZ5)

Location: New York, NY 10004 New York County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 42.152', W 74° 0.83'

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New York Unearthed
The underground chambers of "New York Unearthed," a museum operated by the South Street Seaport Museum, display the remarkable extent of archaeological finds in New York. These range from the surprisingly old-3,000-year-old pottery shards-to the rather new-1950s lunch counter artifacts. In between sit the castoffs of three centuries of city dwellers: Delft tiles and clay pipes from the Dutch, tenement medicine bottles from 19th-century immigrants, and children's dolls from the early 20th-century African-American community of Weeksville in Brooklyn.

Exhibits on the museum's lower levels graphically depict the potential finds, layer by layer, beneath a typical Wall Street building. The "Unearthing New York Systems Elevator" simulates a ride from street level down to the lowest levels of a typical "dig." And visitors can watch archaeologists work behind glass walls, cataloguing and conserving real finds.

The Shrine of Elizabeth Ann Seton
New York is a city of straight lines - it's the very rare building that curves. The rectory of the Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton occupies one of them: the elegant house built in 1793 for one James Watson, with an 1806 addition whose portico curves along State Street.

At the time, the entire area was a posh residential district lined with fine brick town houses; today the Watson House is the sole survivor, one of the few Downtown buildings that survived the Great Fire of 1835. The double-story wooden columns of the extension's upper floors are said to be made from old shipmasts.
HM NumberHMCZ5
Placed ByThe Alliance for Downtown New York, Inc
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Date Added Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 11:05pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 583310 N 4506203
Decimal Degrees40.70253333, -74.01383333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 42.152', W 74° 0.83'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 42' 9.12" N, 74° 0' 49.80" W
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Area Code(s)212, 917, 646, 516, 347,
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 17-23 State St, New York NY 10004, US
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