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East, In Eden: William Niblo and His Pleasure Garden of Yore
Brooklyn Brainery 190 Underhill Avenue Brooklyn NY

100+ years before Soho was Soho, feral pigs rested for the day in the vacant lots along Broadway, returning home in the evenings to Wall Street where the pickings were greater and a pig could be a hawg. Close by, though at the corner of Prince and Broadway, stretching almost the entire block stood Niblo's Garden. From 1828 until 1894 this temple to genteel entertainment ruled the block in its many incarnations, as an outdoor pleasure garden, saloon, a concert hall, and opera house and more. But shenanigans belonged elsewhere: no unaccompanied women were admitted to the Garden, as Niblo was a churchman. Anyone who was anyone performed on his stages, stars and wannabes alike. Come hear the Brainery's History Hero Benjamin Feldman regale you with an illustrated trip to Niblo's, back in the day...

Date: June 20-30, 2013
Time: 6:30 PM-8:00 PM
Fees: $10

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