Activist Wong Chin Foo published this newspaper, entitled Chinese American, in New York in 1883—possibly the first public use of the term “Chinese American.” In the wake of the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act, Wong intended the title as an assertion of identity and a challenge to anti-Chinese sentiment. [Chinese American, 1883. New-York Historical Society Library]
July 21, 1853: The New York state legislature sets aside the irregular and rather undesirable land bounded by 59th and 106th Streets and Fifth and Eighth Avenues for public use, which, after much planning and transformation, will become Central Park.
Andreas Feininger, Central Park Lake, 1940. Gelatin silver photograph. New-York Historical Society # 82888d
July 9, 1776: On Washington’s orders the Declaration of Independence is read to the American troops stationed in New York. At the Bowling Green a mob pulls down an equestrian statue of King George III.
Pulling Down the Statue of King George III at Bowling Green, N.Y. Engraving. New-York Historical Society # 83909d