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Monthly Archives: August, 2014

Eat Outside Day

The last day of August, as summer heat begins to give way to gentle breeze, Eat Outside Day is celebrated by… well… eating outside! And in New York, there are countless sidewalk cafés and courtyards that accommodate al fresco diners. Though you can choose from many, we recommend Stone Street, the old cobbled block in …

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It Happened Today in New York City

On August 30, 1989, the notorious “Queen of Mean”, Leona Helmsley, was convicted on 33 counts of income tax evasion and tax fraud. At various times, the co-owner of the Palace Hotel, the New York Helmsley Hotel, the Park Lane Hotel, the Tudor City apartment complex, and the Empire State Building, Helmsley was allegedly heard …

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New York Is… Kids

So many young urbanites leave New York city when they have kids, deciding they want to have a back yard. But there is no back yard in the world better than the Big Apple. Kids in New York grow up in gardens, museums, toy stores, swimming pools, and amusement parks. They have Central Park, Coney …

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Quotable NYC

“Mighty Manhattan with spires, and the sparkling and hurrying tides.” — Walt Whitman

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It Happened Today in New York City

On August 27, 1664, New Amsterdam was officially renamed New York. The English conquerors had taken over from the original settlers without a shot being fired, subsequently naming their new colony after James, Duke of York, brother of King Charles II (the king had promised the colony to his younger brother as a birthday present). …

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It Happened Today in New York City

On August 26, 1939, the very first televised major-league baseball game was broadcast live from Ebbets Field, Brooklyn. The double-header between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds was split down the middle with the Reds winning the first game and the Dodgers winning the second.

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Quotable NYC

“They say life’s what happens when you’re busy making other plans. But sometimes in New York, life is what happens when you’re waiting for a table.” — Carrie Bradshaw

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Quotable NYC

“The nighttime air at Coney Island smells like corn dogs and fried clams and a little bit like garbage. It’s a good smell once you get used to it, and a good place.” — Neal Pollack

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It Happened Today in New York City

On August 23, 1989, Yusef K. Hawkins, a black 16-year old, was shot dead in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. The predominantly white Italian neighborhood was rife with racial tension and Hawkins was attacked by a racist mob. It is believed that public response to the crime may have contributed to David Dinkins’ victory over Ed Koch in …

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It Happened Today in New York City

On August 22, 1989, influential fashion columnist, editor, and champion of iconoclasm, Diana Vreeland, died of a heart attack at Lenox Hill Hospital. She was 88 years old. She had made great strides at Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue magazines, and served as consultant for the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Collection. She had famously stated …

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