1. The Trinity Churchyard. The grave site of American capitalism’s founding father, Alexander Hamilton, who lost a duel across the river in 1804. 2. Former offices of Mudge, Rose, Guthrie and Alexander, Richard Nixon’s law firm. Founded in 1869; repped the Teamsters in their eighties mob trial; imploded in 1995. 180 Maiden Lane. 3. Wall Street Journal edit page. The most powerful right-wing daily opinion factory in the country. 200 Liberty St. 4. Teddy Roosevelt, top cop. In 1895, the future president became police commissioner (his HQ, at Centre and Grand, is now condos). Often disguised himself and patrolled the streets at night hoping to catch a cop sleeping or accepting bribes. 5. Brooks Brothers’ first store. Outfitters of Republicans—as well as Union soldiers. Catherine and Cherry Sts. 6. Rupert Murdoch’s Prince Street penthouse. Where the owner of the New York Post lives with his second wife. 7. Da Nico. Where Rudy and Judi like to eat. 164 Mulberry St. 8. After the impeachment, That Woman moved to Christopher St. 9. In February 1860, Abraham Lincoln gave his career-making “right makes might” speech at Cooper Union. 10. Steve Forbes’s magazine HQ and temple to the flat tax. 60 Fifth Ave. 11. Republican Fiorello La Guardia, mayor during the Depression, went on a Giuliani-like quality-of-life crusade to rid the city of dirty magazines, gambling, and dens of burlesque like the Irving Place Theater. 12. The National Review was founded at 211 E. 37th St. by William F. Buckley Jr. in 1955. 13. President Taft inaugurated the first meeting of the Young Republicans Club in 1911. It’s the nation’s oldest chapter. 283 Lexington Ave. 14. The Manhattan Institute helped undo liberal orthodoxy on how to manage cities. 52 Vanderbilt Ave. 15. After Lincoln freed the slaves and set up the draft, laborers stormed the draft office at Third Ave. and 46th St., smashing the selection wheel and setting the building on fire on July 13, 1863. The Civil War Draft Riots remain the bloodiest urban disturbance in U.S. history. 16. Kissinger Associates. Realpolitik, billable by the hour. 350 Park Ave. 17> The Carlyle Group. Where the House of Bush does business with the House of Saud. 520 Madison Ave. 18. Watch Shepard Smith speed-read the TelePrompTer at the Fox News street-level studio. 1211 Sixth Ave. 19. In 1962, at the old Madison Square Garden, at 50th St. and Eighth Ave., 18,500 Young Americans for Freedom gave Barry Goldwater a five-minute standing ovation, helping launch the modern conservative movement. 20. National Women’s Republican Club. Founded with the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment. Mesdames Bush (41), Ford, Reagan, and Quayle are all members. 3 W. 51st St. 21. On January 26, 1979, former governor and Gerald Ford veep Nelson Rockefeller died at 15 W. 54th St. of a heart attack while having sex with his 27-year-old mistress. She got the house next door in his will. 22. Metropolitan Club. Founded in 1891 by J. P. Morgan, offers lifetime memberships to all former Republican presidents. 1 E. 60th St. 23. The Weekly Standard was mapped out at the Utopia Restaurant, in the heart of the liberal Upper West Side. 72nd St. and Amsterdam Ave. 24. In 1981, the co-op board at 760 Park Ave. rejected Nixon’s application to buy an apartment. 25. Bloomberg’s townhouse. Any old non-billionaire mayor can live in Gracie Mansion. 17 E. 79th St. 26. Lucianne Goldberg’s command center. 255 W. 84th St. 27. Wendell Willkie, the last NYC GOPer to get the party’s presidential nomination, in 1940, lived at 1010 Fifth Ave. 28. After Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination in 1968, Republican mayor John Lindsay walked Harlem; there was little violence. Don’t forget to cross the street before passing Bill Clinton’s office, at 55 W. 125th St.
The George W. Bridge
To allow conventiongoers a quick (and New Yorkless) route between the old Farley Post Office and Madison Square Garden, the city has built a temporary enclosed bridge, paid for by the RNC. How does this new span stack up against its famous forebears? (July 19, 2004)
You ready to rock? cries the not-in-charge person. Twinkle, twinkle, the crowd roars.
To the anarcho-bureaucratic protest movement, the Republican convention is the opportunity of a lifetime. The only question is, to do what? (May 17, 2004)
It’s Their Party
And they’ll write checks if they want to. Young Republicans in New York – a besieged bunch – are feeling feisty. Emboldened by Bush, and undeterred by Bush-bashers, they’re even talking about turning the Upper West Side into (gasp) GOP country. (January 12, 2004)
The Republican National Convention comes to town in just nine months. Meet Bill Harris, the Alabama conservative, Civil War buff, and dove hunter in charge. (December 8, 2003)