To our dear, highly esteemed readers:
Yesterday marked the 5th anniversary of the Beautiful NY blog. We have posted here every single day without fail for five years. That makes 1,826 blog posts about our favorite city in the world. And the decision has been made to use that energy to pursue new horizons and explore other interests
We will continue to maintain this website for archival purposes but no new posts will be made on Beautiful NY. Thank you all so much for your loyal readership and your devotion to New York City. This has been a wonderful adventure of learning, laughing, sharing, pondering, and reveling in the greatest city in the world. Here’s wishing you all the very best!
On December 30, 1868, Andrew Haswell Green proposed the amalgamation of Greater New York. The visionary city planner had already served on the school board and the Central Park Commission and was active in the creation of the New York Public Library, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Central Park Zoo. But consolidating the city of New York with Brooklyn and the small towns that made up Staten Island, Queens, and the Bronx would become his crowning achievement. Nearly three decades later, on January 1, 1898, the vision he proposed on this day finally came to pass. Today’s metropolis would not resemble itself in the slightest without his vision and innovation.
On December 29, 1968, the New York Jets avenged their Heidi loss against the Oakland Raiders and won the AFL title at Shea Stadium. Less than six weeks after the most notorious snafu in the history of sports broadcasting, when Jets fans didn’t see their heroes snatch defeat from the jaws of victory against their most bitter rivals (due to the NBC decision to leave the game with a minute to go in favor of the scheduled broadcast of the movie Heidi), Gang Green was still in pain from their 43–32 loss. Facing Oakland again in the postseason championship game, the Jets came back with a 27–23. Head coach Weeb Ewbank, having led the Baltimore Colts to victory a decade earlier, became the only coach in history with championship wins in both the AFL and the NFL.
Congratulations to Marie France Lefebvre for getting the correct answer first!
This was the last Trivia Tuesday question of the year.
We have a new champion! Patrick Casey eight first correct answers, followed by 2014 champion Andrea Coyle with six. 3-time champion Marie France Lefebvre comes in third with five first correct answers.
Thanks for playing, everyone!
On December 26, 1968, legendary photographer Weegee died of a brain tumor. A major pioneer in street photography and crime photography, the Ukrainian immigrant who was born Arthur Fellig sold his photos to newspapers and other periodicals and competed with the police to be the first at the scene of a crime. He kept a police radio in his car to keep abreast of nocturnal activity and became so famous for early appearance on the scene, that he was dubbed “Ouija” which was spelled phonetically – Weegee. Today, his work hangs at the Jewish Museum, the Museum and Modern Art, and the International Center of Photography to which his entire archive was bestowed after his death at age 69.
On December 24, 1993, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale died of a stroke in a small village just north of the city. The pastor of Marble Collegiate Church for over 52 years, Dr. Peale was also the author of The Power of Positive Thinking, founder of the American Foundation of Religion and Psychiatry, and host of the radio show The Art of Living. He was also close to several Republican presidents, past, present, and future, officiating at the wedding of Richard Nixon’s daughter. Donald Trump was also a regular member of Peale’s church. And Ronald Reagan awarded Peale the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1984, nine years before the pastor’s death at the age of 94.