Ludlow Street Jail

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Coordinates: 40°43′03″N 73°59′21″W / 40.7176°N 73.9893°W / 40.7176; -73.9893

The Ludlow Street Jail was New York City's Federal prison, located on Ludlow Street and Broome Street in Manhattan. Some prisoners, such as soldiers, were held there temporarily awaiting extradition to other jurisdictions, but most of the inmates were debtors imprisoned by their creditors. Seward Park Campus now sits on the site of the jail.

Famous inmates[edit]

The two most famous inmates of the Ludlow Street Jail were Victoria Woodhull and Boss Tweed.[citation needed] William "Boss" Tweed was a local politician and head of Tammany Hall, the name given to the Democratic Party political machine that played a major role in New York City politics from the 1790s to the 1860s. After being arrested for bilking the city out of millions of dollars, Tweed jumped bail and was later apprehended in Spain. He was subsequently delivered to authorities in New York City on November 23, 1876. He was imprisoned in the Ludlow Street Jail, occupying the warden's parlor for $75.00 a week. Two years after being imprisoned, he died at the age of 55.[citation needed]

On May 17, 1923, William McGee and Edward M. Fuller were indefinitely committed to the Ludlow Street Jail for contempt of the Federal court, when they failed to return certain papers connected to the Fuller case investigation.[1]


  • Sante, Luc (2003). Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. ISBN 0-374-52899-3.