In the 2001 film, “Kate and Leopold,” Hugh Jackman plays a 19th-century aristocrat who is magically transported to modern day New York. Although time-bending wormholes under the East River don’t exist, many real-life New Yorkers incorporate 19th-century city life into their daily routines.
New Yorkers with a 19th-Century State of Mind George Bodarky, WFUV
In 1895, then-reformer Theodore Roosevelt — fearless and righteous and full of zeal — was appointed New York City police commissioner, assigned to clean up the Big Apple at what many said was its dirtiest, most rotten moment in history.
Teddy Roosevelt’s Battle With the Deeply Depraved New York of Yore Doubleday