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Monthly Archives: June, 2015

QUESTION:

The world’s largest archive of Louis Armstrong memorabilia is housed in the library of what New York City educational institution?

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It Happened Today in New York City

On June 29, 1940, after six years of construction, the Belt Parkway was dedicated. The brain child of Parks Commissioner Robert Moses, who was also head of the Public Works Project, the Belt Parkway consisted of the Shore, Southern, and Laurelton Parkways. Though the belt was dedicated in 1940, it would be another 20 years …

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Top 50 Greatest NYC Movies — #36

Marty (dir. Delbert Mann, 1955) Though New York is a place where the ambitious and the talented can rise to the very top, it is also a city of eight million ordinary people. Marty celebrates that ordinariness and finds magic in it. Ernest Borgnine is the titular Bronx butcher who goes to Mass every Sunday …

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Top 50 Greatest NYC Movies — #37

Ghostbusters (dir. Ivan Reitman, 1984) The funniest movie ever set in New York City is a veritable cornucopia of iconic locations, beginning with an ominous close-up of one of the lions (is it Patience or Fortitude?) in front of the New York Public Library. The title characters work on campus at Columbia University and the …

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Top 50 Greatest NYC Movies — #38

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (dir. Blake Edwards, 1961) This adaptation of Truman Capote’s beloved novella is arguably even more popular. Audrey Hepburn’s most definitive performance as call girl socialite Holly Golightly speaks to every New York settler’s hopes and dreams of reinvention, coming from virtually everywhere else in the world to recreate themselves and a little …

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It Happened Today in New York City

On June 25, 1930, the Daily News Building opened at 220 East 42nd Street, a block to the east of the neighborhood’s other art deco masterpieces, the Chrysler and the Chanin. With the lobby adorned by its famous globe, later used for the Daily Planet in Richard Donner’s Superman movies, the News Building was the …

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ANSWER:

Tennis Congratulations to Yoshore for getting the correct answer first!

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QUESTION:

In 1874, at her home in Staten Island, Mary Ewing Outerbridge is reputed to have introduced America to what sport?

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It Happened Today in New York City

On June 22, 1915, the Steinway Tunnels under the East River were opened by the IRT, connecting Manhattan to Long Island City, Queens. The creation of the tunnels had taken 23 years and suffered fits and starts, due to blowouts, floods, deaths, and governmental opposition. But their opening signaled a major milestone in interborough transit, …

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Top 50 Greatest NYC Movies — #39

Up the Down Staircase (dir. Robert Mulligan, 1967) The first feature film to be shot entirely on location in New York City under the auspices of the new Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre, and Broadcasting set the stage for an industry that now employs over 130,000 New Yorkers to the tune of over $7 billion. …

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