The 39th day after Easter Sunday is Ascension Day, the day on which the Christian religion states Christ ascended into Heaven from the Mount of Olives. It officially closes the Easter season which opened with the grand promenade on Fifth Avenue over five weeks earlier, decked in bonnets and finery. The more solemn Ascension Day is often observed with “church crawls” hopping from one church to another to enjoy and observe different prayer services. Naturally, we recommend one of the city’s two houses of worship called The Church of the Ascension, whether Episcopal (in the most fashionable heart of Greenwich Village) or Catholic (in the Upper West Side neighborhood of Manhattan Valley).
As scavenger hunts have enhanced in popularity from a weekend party game to a way to promote corporate team building and bonding, May 24 has been named National Scavenger Hunt Day. In a complex city like New York, there are many ways to engage in a scavenger hunt and many companies that sponsor hunts. Watson Adventures is probably the most famous. But there is also Secret City, Smart Hunts, Strayboots, and The Go Game, just to name a few. So come with your friends or colleagues (or both) and experience New York City with a detective’s eye. Happy National Scavenger Hunt Day!
The 3rd Saturday of May was declared Armed Forces Day by Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson in 1949. The first time the day was observed, 33,000 participants joined the parade in New York City. In 1952, the New York Times wrote “It is our most earnest hope that those who are in positions of peril, that those who have made exceptional sacrifices, yes, and those who are afflicted with plain drudgery and boredom, may somehow know that we hold them in exceptional esteem. Perhaps if we are a little more conscious of our debt of honored affection they may be a little more aware of how much we think of them.” So, to all who serve or have served, Happy Armed Forces Day!
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On May 17, 1792, under a buttonwood tree at 68 Wall Street, 24 stockbrokers drafted and signed an agreement establishing themselves as “the New York Stock & Exchange Board”. They would ultimately shorten this title to The New York Stock Exchange. The signatories included names that would remain on New York City streets to this day, such as Andrew Barclay and Leonard Bleecker. Today, the Buttonwood Agreement can be seen at the Museum of American Finance.