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Monthly Archives: May, 2015

It Happened Today in New York City

On May 31, 1990, the legendary comedy show, Seinfeld, premiered on NBC Television. Nearly a year after a pilot episode called The Seinfeld Chronicles aired to less than enthusiastic reception, the series went back to the drawing board and premiered with a different opener that launched nine seasons of success. Purported to be “about nothing”, …

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Top 50 Greatest NYC Movies — #49

Working Girl (dir. Mike Nichols, 1988) Nichols described Melanie Griffith’s daily commute on the Staten Island Ferry in this film as a metaphor for the ocean journeys that the immigrants to Ellis Island took, looking for work and a better life, often to find themselves improperly exploited instead. Yet this charming romantic comedy is practically …

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Top 50 Greatest NYC Movies — #50

People who have never been to the Big Apple before can still recognize it from the multitudes of movies in which it has appeared. No other city on earth has been so iconically displayed onscreen over and over again throughout the decades. For some, the movie version of New York is actually more vivid in …

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ANSWER:

Jacques Marchais

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It Happened Today in New York City

On May 27, 1930, the Chrysler Building opened for business. Though considered one of the most beautiful skyscrapers in the world, today, it received mixed reactions upon opening and the architect, William Van Alen, never received another major commission. The world’s first man-made structure to exceed 1,000 feet, it was the tallest building in the …

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QUESTION:

The Museum of Tibetan Art in Staten Island is named in honor of what collector of eastern artifacts?

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New York Is… Memorials

Sometimes, we commemorate a single person with a grand monument. Sometimes, we commemorate an entire group of people. Sometimes, we commemorate those we lost throughout an era and, sometimes, the losses of a single day. Sometimes, our memorials are for famous, legendary figures, while others are for the nameless. But, throughout New York, there are …

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Pentecost

Seven weeks after Easter, Christians (the most common religion in New York City) celebrate Pentecost, the day the Holy Spirit gave them “the gift of tongues”. In a city as linguistically diverse as New York, what could be more appropriate? Also celebrated by Jews (the city’s second most common religion) as Shavuot, the holiday also …

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Quotable NYC

“I have books on all the great New York skyscrapers, and I like to take my kids to see all of them. There has never been anything like New York on the face of planet Earth. They can say what they want about ancient Rome, but it wasn’t like this.” — Wynton Marsalis

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National Maritime Day

On the anniversary of the first transoceanic steamship voyage, we celebrate National Maritime Day. In this city, where the steamship was invented, be sure to celebrate by taking a tour of the harbor. This still-working seaport is the root cause of so much of New York City’s identity, and continues to be a source of …

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