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Monthly Archives: January, 2015

Top 20 Greatest NYC Songs — #8

42nd Street by Harry Warren and Al Dubin In 1933, the heyday of the “backstage musical”, Busby Berkeley gave us the greatest of them all, 42nd Street. Tap dancing phenomenon, Ruby Keeler, is told she’s “going out there, a youngster, but coming back, a star”. And this tribute to the grandest thoroughfare in midtown is …

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Top 20 Greatest NYC Songs — #9

Take the A Train by Billy Strayhorn and Joya Sherrill New York means jazz. And jazz means Harlem. In Billy Strayhorn’s most famous collaboration with Duke Ellington and his orchestra, we are reminded that, in their day, there was only one way for Gotham’s legendary public transit system to take you to Harlem. That neighborhood …

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Top 20 Greatest NYC Songs — #10

On Broadway by Leiber & Stoller with Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil The Drifters’ hit song (which later showed up in the musical revue, Smokey Joe’s Café) speaks to the dreams and determination of those who come to New York City – and to Broadway in particular – chasing their star. Juxtaposing between the harsh …

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ANSWER:

Canarsie

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QUESTION:

Curtis Sliwa, founder of the Guardian Angels, grew up in what working class Brooklyn neighborhood?

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Quotable NYC

“I love living in New York. It has everything, it’s open all night, and there are neighborhoods that don’t make you feel like you’re in a big city. If you feel overwhelmed, all you have to do is look at a map and get out of midtown.” — Rachel Dratch

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It Happened Today in New York City

On January 25, 1915, Alexander Graham Bell placed the first transcontinental phone call from the American Telephone and Telegraph building in New York. His assistant, Thomas Watson received the call in San Francisco and heard Bell repeat the same famous words he had uttered upon inventing the telephone 38 years earlier: “Mr. Watson, come here. …

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New York Is… Bread

They say “Man shall not live on bread alone.” The average New Yorker is apt to reply “Try me!” From pizza dough to Irish soda bread, from pumpernickel to pita, from Jewish classics such as bialys to Jewish classics such as challa bread, this city runs on bread. No need for that packaged stuff in …

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Quotable NYC

“If I had a free afternoon in New York City, I’d walk through Central Park. As many times as I’ve visited it, I always find a new element to admire; it is inexhaustible.” — Gretchen Rubin

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ANSWER:

The Marx Brothers Congratulations to Tim Ries for getting the correct answer first!

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