In 1857, the state Legislature expanded its powers in the local administration of New York City, taking control of the construction of Central Park, overseeing the maritime operations and traffic of the harbor, and alienating the clout, muscle, and influence of Tammany Hall. Riots erupted in Manhattan, where for some months there were two opposing police forces, and whose mayor evaded an arrest warrant on the eve of a nationwide financial panic. Tensions inflamed between municipal and state politicians, labor and capital, and rich and poor. New York City was run by the party of slavery while King was the first Republican to lead the Excelsior State. Before the War Between the States, this was a war within the state.
Andy McCarthy is a reference librarian at the local history and genealogy division at NYPL; a former news researcher at ABC News; and for 8 years worked as an NYC doubledecker bus tour guide.
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