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Monthly Archives: June, 2014

Quotable NYC

“I’d rather be a lamppost in New York than the mayor of Chicago.” — Jimmy Walker Advertisements

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First Day of Ramadan

The holiest month in the Muslim calendar, a month of fasting from sunrise to sunset, begins today. New York’s Islamic community of over half a million features Muslims from Albania, Bangladesh, Bosnia, Ghana, India, Kurdistan, Pakistan, Senegal, Turkey, and many other places. And many, of course, are native-born Americans. To find a community with whom …

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Top 10 Greatest Gardens in NYC — #1

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Of the many green spaces in New York that feature “gardens within the garden”, none is half so perfectly or expertly laid out as the stunning Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Famous for its annual Cherry Blossom Festival every spring along Cherry Esplenade, it is also home to a rock garden, children’s garden, rose …

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Top 10 Greatest Gardens in NYC — #2

New York Botanical Garden Sprawling across 250 acres of the Bronx, the New York Botanical Garden is a National Historic Landmark, inspired by – and modeled after – London’s Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. Boasting original New York Forest, a formal rose garden, and a children’s garden, the NYBG’s centerpiece is the architectural jewel now …

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Top 10 Greatest Gardens in NYC — #3

Conservatory Garden Though Central Park was designed to appear mostly rustic and foresty, the Conservatory Garden is the single nod to European-style formality. Essentially three gardens in one, the central Italian Garden is separated from its French and British neighbors on either side by rows of stunning crabapple trees that bloom in the spring. The …

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ANSWER:

John V. Lindsay Congratulations to adhoccom for getting the correct answer first!

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QUESTION:

In 1966, New York City established the Mayor’s Office for Film, Theatre, and Broadcasting, making it cheaper and easier for movie companies to produce on location in New York. What mayor established the office?

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Top 10 Greatest Gardens in NYC — #4

Wave Hill Far up in the northwest regions of the Bronx, facing the New Jersey Palisades on the Hudson River, stands Wave Hill. This grand 19th century estate boasted some of the most beautiful private gardens in the U.S. and hosted such luminaries as Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and Arturo Toscanini, all of whom could …

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Top 10 Greatest Gardens in NYC — #5

Heather Garden If the very name “Heather Garden” conjures up images of the Scottish Highlands, it is appropriate that this gem is located on the rocky, craggy slopes of Fort Tryon Park in the northern reaches of Manhattan. Designed by the Olmsted Brothers, sons of the legendary Frederick Law Olmsted, the garden’s blooms include not …

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Top 10 Greatest Gardens in NYC — #6

Shakespeare Garden Featuring only plants that are mentioned in the plays and poetry of William Shakespeare, the Shakespeare Garden occupies four acres of hillside in the middle of Central Park. Dedicated in 1916, in honor of the 300th anniversary of the Bard’s death, the garden exhibits quotes on little brass plaques along its winding pathways. …

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