The Rabbit Hole
There was a severe shortage of able night-watchmen, constables, sheriffs, jail-keepers, and justices of the peace in 18th century New York.
The pleasure gardens of early New York were escapes from the bustle of the growing town.
Maiden Lane, in New York’s financial district, stretches from the South Street Seaport to the World Trade Center Site. Over three hundred years ago, when New York was New Amsterdam, a rippling brook wended the same path as the lane. Known as Maagde Paatje, it was named for the women who washed their clothes there. It was also a place where lovers met and gadded about the pebbly brook.
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