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Webster Hall

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A popular concert and dance hall since 1886

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Borough : Manhattan
Neighborhood : East Village
Public Hall, Performance

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Since 1886, whatever New Yorkers have been doing in public, they've been doing at Webster Hall. Between its four stories, steep stairs, winding passageways, and rooms and ballrooms of every size and shape, it's hard to imagine a use to which the space could not be put -- and indeed has been. Webster Hall's diverse use over the years is a prime example of the ways public gathering spaces have been used in New York City.

Webster Hall's first proprietor was Charles Goldstein, who not only ran Webster Hall but lived there, too, on the ground floor with his family. His 1898 New York Times obituary reported: "He was forty-two years old, and was born in Poland. He came to this country with his parents when he was three years old, and was educated in the east side public schools. He learned the cigar-making trade, and in course of time...

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Webster Hall


Greg Sholette

Nominated through the History Happened Here conference and report.

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