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Monthly Archives: July, 2015

Top 50 Greatest NYC Movies — #20

The Pawnbroker (dir. Sidney Lumet, 1965) Set and filmed in the gritty streets of East Harlem, focusing on a cross-cultural clash among the neighborhood’s Jewish, Hispanic, and black residents, this film (one of the last to be shot on location in NYC before the establishment of the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre, and Broadcasting) solidified …

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It Happened Today in New York City

On July 30, 1990, having been caught working with a gambler to smear one of his own players, George Steinbrenner gave up control of the Yankees on orders from Major League Baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent. While not in control, Steinbrenner maintained ownership, and was reinstated to his managerial position in 1993.

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It Happened Today in New York City

On July 29, 1830, the first parade to march down Fifth Avenue celebrated the July Revolution, in which the people of France overthrew King Charles X. The festivities began a tradition for the thoroughfare that has lasted to this day, providing Fifth Avenue with the status of the busiest parade route in the world.

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Top 50 Greatest NYC Movies — #21

A Bronx Tale (dir. Robert De Niro, 1993) The worldwide social upheavals of the 1960’s are given a microcosmic treatment in this intimate coming of age story about two father figures battling over the soul of a young Italian boy in the Bronx. Based on Chazz Palminteri’s autobiographical one-man play, the story reminds us that, …

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Top 50 Greatest NYC Movies — #22

Dead End (dir. William Wyler, 1937) Based on Sidney Kingsley’s groundbreaking Broadway play (written for the Group Theatre) this studio-bound slice of life is famous for its extraordinarily realistic set design, depicting the slums of the city, back when the spot where East 53rd Street meets the East River featured such neighborhoods. The new luxury …

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Top 50 Greatest NYC Movies — #23

On the Town (dir. Stanley Donen, 1949) The first color film and the first musical to feature on-location shooting in the Big Apple was this delicious confection about three sailors on 24-hour leave in the city. Singing one of the most definitive NYC songs in history “New York, New York”, they go on a cinematic …

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Top 50 Greatest NYC Movies — #24

Green Card (dir. Peter Weir, 1990) One common sight that often impresses out-of-town visitors to New York is the rooftop gardens. In a densely populated place like Manhattan, the roof is the most open space for greenery that can be found. In the sparkling comedy, Green Card, the stunning garden at the Aylsmere apartment house …

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Top 50 Greatest NYC Movies — #25

Force of Evil (dir. Abraham Polonsky, 1948) This modern Cain & Abel story, starring John Garfield and Thomas Gomez, treats us to a New York City of mobsters, lawyers, and small time crooks. It is also a New York that would soon serve as a refuge for blacklisted radicals, like Polonsky and Garfield, who couldn’t …

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Top 50 Greatest NYC Movies — #26

Killer’s Kiss (dir. Stanley Kubrick, 1955) Kubrick’s second movie, which brought him to attention and helped launch his glorious career, is a shoestring B-feature about a boxer, a dance hall girl, and a gangster. These classic, seedy Gotham archetypes play out their drama in the streets of a postwar city in transition, where the lofts …

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