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Monthly Archives: November, 2014

Top 10 Greatest Historic NYC Photographs — #10

New York is surely the most photogenic city in the history of the world. Travelers and tourists arrive in our streets and immediately seek to capture images on camera. Some photographic images of this town have had a lasting influence on people’s understanding of both the art of photography and the atmosphere of New York. …

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Quotable NYC

“The City of New York:  embattled, gallant, enduring…” — D.H. Melhem

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Quotable NYC

“A New Yorker is a person with an almost inordinate interest in mental health, which is only natural considering how much of that it takes to live here.” — The New York Times

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Although popularly observed since 1621, Thanksgiving Day did not become an official Federal holiday until 1863. In New York City, America’s capital of restaurant culture, this day of feasting and family is celebrated outside of the home as often as within. Many restaurants offer Thanksgiving meals to large parties, rather than closing up on the …

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ANSWER:

Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin Congratulations to Mike Grant for getting the correct answer first!

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QUESTION:

Aeolian Hall, across the street from Bryant Park (and now the home of the University Eye Center), was the site of the premier of what famous piece of music by what legendary American composer?

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It Happened Today in New York City

On November 24, 1964, William O’Dwyer – who had been the 100th mayor of New York City – died at Beth Israel Hospital at the age of 74. The County Mayo native’s political career had been almost a stereotype of an earlier generation: An Irish cop rising through the ranks and becoming a Tammany Hall …

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New York Is… Animals

For many, the phrase “urban wildlife” is simply a poetic way to describe kids who stay out at after-hours nightclubs and make mischief in the streets until sunrise. But the fact is that this teeming city of eight-million humans also plays host to all sorts of animals. Some are working animals like police dogs and …

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It Happened Today in New York City

On November 22, 1989, B. Altman’s department store, which had stood on the corner of 34th Street and Fifth Avenue since 1906, held its final Going-Out-of-Business sale. The first store in the U.S. to occupy a full square block, Altman had also been among the first to open regional branches. Sadly, this very practice led …

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It Happened Today in New York City

On November 21, 1964, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge opened to traffic between Brooklyn and Staten Island. The longest suspension bridge in the world at the time, the Verrazano bore the name of the great Italian explorer who was the first European to sail into what is now known as the Upper Bay of New York. The …

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