Torch Of Suffrage

July 22, 2008 by
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

This is 619 Manhattan Avenue. It is currently the home of the Brooklyn Slavic American Citizen Club. On any given weekend when I walk by it is teeming with men socializing and watching television. Therefore, I found it very interesting to learn it was not the first social organization to grace this building. Just under 100 years ago it was the home of the Woman’s Suffrage Party, as you will learn from this great old story from the December 20, 1909 edition of the New York Times. Enjoy!

Feminists and Socialists in Greenpoint?!? Believe it or not, this is not as far-fetched as it seems. Greenpoint has a very long history of being a progressive burgh. Take day care for working mothers, for example. Our humble neighborhood had it long before it became “mainstream”. The Garden Spot of the Universe keeps getting more —not less— interesting the more I research it!

Miss Heather


2 Comments on Torch Of Suffrage

  1. Bodmin on Tue, 22nd Jul 2008 2:20 pm
  2. The Socialists had quite a rocky history there. Ten years later one of Anne’s predecessors at the Reformed Church was driven out of the church and Greenpoint for preaching socialist doctrines when he opposed child labor. Ask Anne for a copy of the church and community history another of her predecessors did in 1983. There’s a lot more interesting info in it. They’ve got to have some copies left.

  3. dc108 on Wed, 23rd Jul 2008 3:31 pm
  4. And to think, I just thought that was a place my paternal family went to drink! I seriously had no idea there was any history behind that place, which taking three steps inside of that smoky hole will always back up. Good read.

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