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William Niblo was the pre-eminent coffee-house operator of New York City from 1813 to 1828 and then became world famous as the founder and operator of NIblo's Garden, a genteel indoor/outdoor pleasure garden modeled on London's famed Vauxhall Garden. In various incarnations on the same site, Niblo's Garden became the Radio City Music Hall of its days. Anyone who was or aspired to be famous on New York's stage appeared at Niblo's, be they opera singers, thespians, acrobats or more.
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At long last we have the full scoop on William Niblo, the premier impresario of antebellum New York. Ben Feldman has uncovered a wealth of detail about the experience that patrons of Niblo's Garden enjoyed. In addition, he has penetrated Niblo's personal reserve. Thanks to assiduous research, Feldman brings us the backstory of this Irish immigrant's rise to fame and fortune. Finally William Niblo gets his due.
Patricia Cline Cohen, Professor of History, UC Santa Barbara; author of The Murder of Helen Jewett: The Life and Death of a Prostitute in Nineteenth-Century NewYork
Ben Feldman has done it again! For his third book, as for his first two, Ben has selected one of Green-Wood Cemetery's most fascinating permanent residents, tenaciously run down every possible research lead, and woven it all into an incredible tale. Ben's work is what makes history so fascinating: no one could make up the larger-than-life story of William Niblo.
Jeffrey I. Richman, Green-Wood Cemetery Historian
Feldman's has written a lovely monograph of William Niblo and his famous 19th century Pleasure Garden, also covering his early career as a barkeep, restaurateur and coffee house owner. No "unaccompanied" women were admitted at Niblo's Garden, and the prices favored the upper middle class members enjoying an exurban delight! Clear and passionate language paints Niblo's Garden's scenes of entertainment, from lavish theater, music, circus acts, Italian opera - to delicious food!
Suzanne Wasserman, Ph.D., Director, Gotham Center for NYC History / CUNY Graduate Center
The wondrous life of William Niblo fill this brilliant account of entertainment in 19th century New York. Framed by two encounters with mortality, Feldman vividly paints Niblo's career as impresario and restaurauteur, including an encounter with P. T. Barnum, and Niblo's ties to the Astor Place Opera House riot of 1849. To have the details of this storied life filled in with such vivid detail is a joy.
Naomi J. Stubbs, Assistant Professor of English, LaGuardia Community College, CUNY; author of Cultivating National Identity through Performance: American Pleasure Gardens and Entertainment.
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