The Abortionist’s Daughter – Facts

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The village where Melanie has lived her whole life is in the Adirondack Mountains. The Adirondack Mountains  form a massif in the northeast of Upstate New York in the United States. Its boundaries correspond to the boundaries of Adirondack Park.

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When Melanie flees with James, they take a train in Westport. Westport is a town in Essex County, New York overlooking Lake Champlain.

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They reach New York’s Grand Central Station. Grand Central Terminal, also referred to as Grand Central Station or simply as Grand Central is a commuter, rapid transit  railroad terminal at 42nd Street and Park Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, Built by and named for the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad in the heyday of American long-distance passenger rail travel, it  44 platforms, more than any other railroad station in the world.

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Melanie and James stay in Hotel McAlpin. The Hotel McAlpin is a historic hotel building on Herald Square, at the corner of Broadway and 34th Street in Manhattan. The Hotel McAlpin was constructed in 1912. When opened it was the largest hotel in the world.

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The first performance that Melanie sees in New York is Ziegfeld’s Follies. The Ziegfeld Follies was a series of elaborate theatrical revue productions on Broadway in New York City from 1907 through 1931, with renewals in 1934 and 1936. Inspired by the Folies Bergère of Paris, the Ziegfeld Follies were conceived and mounted by Florenz Ziegfeld, reportedly at the suggestion of his then-wife, the entertainer Anna Held. The Follies were a series of lavish revues, something between later Broadway shows and the more elaborate high class Vaudeville variety show.

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The New Amsterdam Theatre is where Ziegfeld’s Follies were performed.

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When Melanie returns to New York, she stays in the Martha Washington hotel for women for a few days. The Redbury New York, formerly known as the Martha Washington Hotel is a historic hotel. The hotel was designed by noted architect Robert W. Gibson, and opened on March 2, 1903 as the first hotel in the city exclusively for women, serving both transient guests and permanent residents.

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Melanie has a brief experience in a silent film. She is surprised by the make-up she has to wear. White makeup, darkened lips, heavy black eyeliner–these are some of the more blatantly old-fashioned elements of silent films.

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