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Monthly Archives: July, 2014

Quotable NYC

“In the summer in New York, the streets turn into rivers of molten tar, like a Venice from hell, with crazed cabdrivers careening like possessed gondoliers.” — David McGlynn

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ANSWER:

LaGuardia Airport Congratulations to Megan for getting the correct answer first! (And double congratulations for knowing, not just the airport, but the actual building: Marine Air Terminal.)

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QUESTION:

This room is the art deco crown jewel of what airport?

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It Happened Today in New York City

On July 28, 1939, Manhattan District Attorney Thomas Dewey publicly announced that he would ask the city to offer a $25,000 reward for the apprehension of Louis “Lepke” Buchalter, dead or alive. Lepke, head of Murder Inc. would later become the only major mob boss to be given the death penalty upon a conviction for …

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Quotable NYC

“The city sounds like jazz.” — Shakira

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It Happened Today in New York City

On July 26, 1999, the last Checker Cab in New York was taken out of service after failing to meet inspection. The grand, symbolic taxis, with their distinctive markings, had cruised the streets of Gotham for well over half a century. By the 1970’s, nearly half the cabs in the city were Checkers. The corporation …

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It Happened Today in New York City

On July 25, 1989, Steve Rubell, entrepreneur and discotheque king, died of complications from AIDS at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. Rubell ran the door at his legendary nightclub, Studio 54, where he carefully handpicked who would and would not get past the velvet rope, making the disco the most exclusive and …

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Quotable NYC

  “It was the towers of Manhattan one wanted to see suddenly garlanded with loveliness. One wanted life for them and for oneself together.” — Paul Rosenfeld

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ANSWER:

Coney Island Congratulations to Peter Brightbill for getting the correct answer first. Honorable mention to Andrea Coyle for stating the full name of the neighborhood.

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QUESTION:

The heavily tattooed entertainment producer (and graduate of Yale Drama School), Dick Zigun, is unofficially known as the Mayor of what Brooklyn neighborhood?

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