Nicolino Calyo (1799-1884)
The Great Fire of 1835: View of New York City Taken from Brooklyn Heights on the Same Evening of the Fire, ca. 1835
View of the Ruins after the Great Fire of New York, 16 and 17 December 1835, as Seen from Exchange Place, New York City, 1836
The Great Fire of 1835 broke out on the night of 16 December and raged for more than fifteen hours. On what was reportedly the coldest day in New York City in thirty-six years, the temperature dropped to seventeen degrees below zero. Not only the river but also most of the hydrants, cisterns, and wells in the city were frozen, making efforts to combat the fire almost useless. Starting in a dry goods and hardware store, the Great Fire was one of the most disastrous in the history of the city. By the time the fire was brought under control, nearly seven hundred buildings had been destroyed in the area bounded by Wall Street, South Street, Coenties Slip, and Broad Street. The inferno razed all that remained of the old colonial city, which had survived earlier catastrophic conflagrations in 1776 and 1778. In all, nearly $20,000,000 worth of choice business property was destroyed within a fifty-two acre area, most of the downtown business district.
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