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Monthly Archives: September, 2015

ANSWER:

Althea Gibson Congratulations to Marc Landman for getting the correct answer first! Advertisements

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QUESTION:

In 1950, the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills hosted the first black player ever to compete in the United States National Championships. Seven years later, this same pioneer became the first black player to win the tournament. What was the player’s name?

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First Day of Sukkot

In what is now the world’s second largest Jewish city, you can wander into communities of the devout and see little booths crowding the balconies, patios, and fire escapes. Each one is a sukkah, built in honor of the joyous weeklong holiday of Sukkot. Underneath the organic roofs of these huts, the faithful celebrate the …

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Quotable NYC

“New York is a diamond iceberg floating in river water.” — Truman Capote

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Quotable NYC

“These immigrants came here, I came here, my mother and father came here for a better future.” — Nick Lombardo

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BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE — Henry Hope Reed

Happy 100th Birthday to the late, great architectural historian, author, and tour guide, Henry Hope Reed. A longtime advocate for classical traditions in civic design, Reed led tours of the city for the Municipal Art Society and, later, the Museum of the City of New York. His withering disdain for modernism was well known, but …

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New York Is… History

Knowing where you come from helps you know where you’re going. And one reason everyone loves coming to New York is the chance to walk in the footsteps of the movers and shakers who came before us. From George Washington to Jackie Robinson, from the Empire State Building to the World Trade Center, it is …

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ANSWER:

A House on the Heights Congratulations to Judy Baker for getting the correct answer first!

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QUESTION:

“I live in Brooklyn. By choice.” These is the opening line of Truman Capote’s Holiday magazine memoir about his home on Willow Street. What is the article’s title?

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It Happened Today in New York City

On September 21, 1915, moral crusader Anthony Comstock died at age 71. Genuinely moral people rejoiced. Comstock had founded the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice as a means to attack and undercut any person or organization he considered immoral. His primary targets were contraception, pornography, and anything potentially seen as “lewd or …

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