History Hunt: Week 1 Answered

Posted on: July 13th, 2010 at 10:47 am by

The correct answer for last week’s History Hunt is the Seward Park High School.  Our Week 1 winner is Philip Huang, who will receive one ticket to a Tenement Museum tour. Philip, come on down!  Many thanks to the museum and to everyone who entered the contest.  We were glad to see how many readers participated.  We’ll see you in a few days for the next installment of History Hunt.

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The Seward Park High School was built in 1929 at 350 Grand Street, and currently hosts five separate high school programs.  Nearly 70 years before the hulking structure was erected, this spot was home to the Ludlow Street Jail, a debtors prison with 87 cells.  Tammany Hall’s hotshot Boss Tweed was its most well-known inmate; he died behind bars in 1878.  And now, in the new Lower East Side, you can throw a few back at Boss Tweed’s on Essex Street.

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[Photo Credit: Bowery Boys]

And for the record, these were the clues:

Clue #1: I’ve been standing in the neighborhood for over 80 years, and my view of bars is different from yours.

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Clue #2: For me, sitting in class was like being in jail.

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Clue #3: In a previous life, this famous New York City boss died in my custody.

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