October 19, 2004
Item number: 2277478418
Posted by dbrown at October 19, 2004 08:22 PM
Is it true that the NW corner of Washington Sq still contains a hangin tree? None of them look up to the job.
From a virtual-tour site: "Originally a marsh surrounding Minetta Brook, in the early years of New York [the washington square park area] was used as a graveyard for slaves and yellow fever victims, a dueling ground and a place of execution. Near the northwest corner can be found the Hanging Tree, perhaps the oldest tree in Manhattan. The Marquis de Lafayette is said to have witnessed the festive hanging of 20 highwaymen here in 1824."
But I think most hangings in NYC -- and there were probably many -- would have taken place closer to the prison, The Tombs, farther downtown.