On this day in New York History, Abraham Lincoln arrived in New York at the Cortland Street ferry and made his way to the Astor House Hotel at Broadway and Vesey Streets just north of St. Paul’s Chapel. His journey from Springfield took three days. He changed trains four times and arrived from Jersey City by ferry.
The Astor House Hotel, arguably New York’s first luxury hotel when it opened in 1836. It had gaslights and bathrooms on every floor, then the height of comfort. Lincoln stayed here several times.