December 17, 1835 in New York history

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186 years ago on December 17th, 1835

A burst gas pipe in a warehouse at 25 Merchant Street sparks the second Great Fire of New York that destroys hundreds of buildings over 17 city blocks

Extinguishing the fire was made difficult by sub-freezing temperatures that limited water supply and a firefighting force that was exhausted from fighting two large fires just three days earlier. It was during reconstruction of the area that Merchant Street was moved slightly south and extended to connect to and become part of Beaver Street.


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Record High: 62°F in 2000
Record Low: 1°F in 1919


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