Today in 1835: A great fire, lasting through the December 18th, consumes more than twenty square blocks of lower Manhattan; efforts to quench the blaze are impeded by lack of water and freezing temperatures.
Nicolino Calyo (1799–1884), The Great Fire of 1835: View of New York City Taken from Brooklyn Heights on the Same Evening of the Fire, ca. 1835 . Gouache on heavy paper. New-York Historical Society, 1935.167