My research project for the summer is on the painting of The Great Fire of 1835 by Nicolino Calyo.
As a rising junior in high school I have yet to take U.S History. Therefore, I had never really learned about The Great Fire. Actually, I didn’t even know this disaster even happened right in New York City. For that exact reason, as I walked through the ‘Portraits of the City’ hall in the Luce Center at the N-YHS, this painting immediately grabbed my attention. While I was analyzing the details of the painting, I looked over to my side and I saw The Great Fire of 1835. As I read the description, I felt intrigued and wanted to know more. As I began doing my research, I found out what led to this disastrous event; in other words, what caused the fire. I also discovered what ideas the firefighters and the volunteers on the scene had to do to stop the fire from spreading even more than it already had. The fire is known as The Great Fire for the fact that it destroyed over 700 buildings and badly damaged many others. The fire was seen from as far as Philadelphia and New Haven. Although the fire was one of the most disastrous events in New York City’s early history, it was definitely a turn of events. The fire brought the city closer together, and as time went by New York City rose right back to the top economically and socially. The Great Fire of 1835 is definitely an important event in New York City’s history, and thanks to Nicolino Calyo and his amazing paintings we are able to actually see what the rest of the city saw, how big the blaze was, and the effect it had on New York City as a society.