Foley Square History Lecture Planned For Feb 27

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Triumph of the Human Spirit at Foley Square in 2008A lecture on the history of Foley Square in New York City is set for February 27th, at 6:30 pm at the NYC Bar Association (42 W. 44th St. NYC).

“History of Foley Square: New York Legal Landmarks & Civic Reform” will feature speakers who will discuss how Foley Square came to be surrounded by State and Federal courthouses and other buildings.

The talk will examine the migration of these buildings — some of them among the city’s foremost civic structures — within the context of the national civic center movement that arose in the early 1900s. The evening’s exploration will include a look at the important role taken by George McAneny, city planner and preservation advocate, in Foley Square’s development.

Speakers include Hon. Albert M. Rosenblatt, Robert Pigott, Jon Ritter, Charles Starks, and Hon. Dennis Jacobs.

This event is hosted by The Historical Society of the New York Courts, and is free and open to the public.

Photo: Triumph of the Human Spirit at Foley Square in 2008.

2 thoughts on “Foley Square History Lecture Planned For Feb 27

    1. James S. Kaplan

      Big Tom Foley ran a saloon in what is now Foley Square around the turn of the 20th century and was the Democratic Party District leader who controlled the area . He was prominent in Tammany Hall and the patron of Al Smith, the great New York governor who ran for President in 1928. Smith lived on Oliver Street a few blocks away, and got his start as runner in Foley’s organization. Foley put him up for the New York State Assembly and later when he wanted to make more money as sherrif Foley convinced Smith that if he stuck it out in the Assembly he could be a much more important man in New York politics. Smith later became Majority Leader, Governor and the Democratic party’s Presidential candidate in 1928.
      James S. Kaplan
      President, Lower Manhattan Historical Association


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