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Monthly Archives: February, 2015

Quotable NYC

“How often I have had Manhattan described to me from these bridges!  They tell me the view is loveliest in the morning and at sunset when one sees the skyscrapers rising like fairy palaces.” — Helen Keller Advertisements

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Quotable NYC

“The last time anybody made a list of the top hundred character attributes of New Yorkers, common sense snuck in at number 79.” — Douglas Adams

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Quotable NYC

“Meditation for most New Yorkers is thinking about their next apartment, the bigger one.” — William L. Hamilton

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It Happened Today in New York City…

On February 25, 1930, at a dinner at the Commodore Hotel, Robert Moses unveiled his plans for new parks, bridges, tunnels, and the road that would eventually become the Belt Parkway. Later, holding the titles of Housing Commissioner, Street Commissioner, and Parks Commissioner all at once, Moses was the most powerful unelected official in the …

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It Happened Today in New York City…

On February 24, 1815, steamship pioneer, Robert Fulton, died of tuberculosis at the age of 49. The first person to free maritime travel from the tyranny of the wind, Fulton’s steam-powered boats changed the way travel and transportation were viewed and practiced. The port city of New York recognized the innovation immediately and Fulton Street …

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Quotable NYC

“The Statue of Liberty seemed insignificant but the harbor was glorious.  There will always be a stinging enchantment for me in this arrival.” — Noel Coward

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New York Is… Movies

First-time visitors to New York know the city better than they think they do because they’ve seen it in the movies. From the lush, warm romance of a Woody Allen film to the volatile grit of a Martin Scorsese flick, this city brims with character and photogenic appeal for film directors from all over the …

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It Happened Today in New York City…

On February 21, 1965, legendary civil rights leader and pillar of Harlem society, Malcolm X, was shot and killed while giving a speech at the Audubon Ballroom. He was 39. The Audubon still stands and the spot where Malcolm fell is commemoratively marked. The Harlem thoroughfare, Lenox Avenue, has since been renamed Malcolm X Boulevard …

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Top 20 Greatest NYC Songs — #1

New York, New York by John Kander and Fred Ebb The most recognizable anthem of New York City is popularly identified with Frank Sinatra. But New York is a city of originals and the original artist to record it was Liza Minelli, who sang the anthem in Martin Scorsese’s paean to jazz musicians, New York, …

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Top 20 Greatest NYC Songs — #2

New York State of Mind by Billy Joel The New Yorkiest of all New York balladeers, Billy Joel, sings us a bluesy, dreamlike valentine to the many different locations, cultures, and vibes of the city. Could any to New Yorks be more different from each other than Chinatown and Riverside?

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