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Monthly Archives: November, 2015

Top 20 Greatest NYC TV Shows — #4

The Goldbergs (1949 – 1957) Considered the inventor of the sitcom, Gertrude Berg’s domestic comedy aired on radio for two decades before arriving on television. Speaking in a thick Yiddish accent, the beloved character of Mrs. Goldberg is the ultimate embodiment of the well-meaning neighborhood busybody. The woman with “a place in every heart and …

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Top 20 Greatest NYC TV Shows — #5

Sesame Street (1969 – Present) Arguably the most famous children’s program ever televised, this pioneer of educational media has been teaching kids to count and spell for over 45 years. Filmed in Queens at the historic Kaufman Astoria Studios, the show’s multi-ethnic and multi-species cast of humans and puppets share their lessons and adventures in …

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Top 20 Greatest NYC TV Shows — #6

Brooklyn Bridge (1991 – 1993) Sometimes referred to as “a Jewish Wonder Years”, this charming coming-of-age dramedy is told from the point of view of Alan Silver, a Brooklyn kid in the 1950’s who loves his family, his gang of friends, the Irish Catholic girl from school, and above all the Brooklyn Dodgers. New Yorkers …

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Top 20 Greatest NYC TV Shows — #7

The Naked City (1958 – 1963) “There are eight million stories in the naked city. This has been one of them.” So states the narrator of this landmark police procedural, shot on location in the Bronx, Greenwich Village, and other NYC locations decades before it was fashionable to do so. With less attention paid to …

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New York Is… Signage

In the world’s advertising capital, signs are everywhere. In paint, in neon, in fancy digital imagery, stores and brands are announced and directions are given. Some signs take on a character of their own — the Pepsi-Cola sign on the Queens waterfront has become the signature of the borough. The Watchtower sign in Brooklyn Heights …

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It Happened Today in New York City

On November 25, 1700, Stephanus Van Cortlandt, the first native-born mayor of New York City, died at the age of 57. By the time of his death, his massive landholdings comprised over 87,000 acres along the Hudson River, a small percentage of which is now Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. A larger portion is …

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It Happened Today in New York City

On November 24, 1890, banker, financier, political leader, and pillar of New York society, August Belmont, died of pneumonia at the age of 73. Belmont had grown up in a Jewish school, but later changed his name from Schoenberg to avoid anti-Semitism and be more easily accepted into high society. His son, August Belmont Jr., …

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Quotable NYC

“New York is the heartbeat of the world.” — Kelsey Grammer

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It Happened Today in New York City

On November 22, 1965, Dale Wasserman, Joe Darion, and Mitch Leigh’s Man of La Mancha opened at the ANTA-Washington Square Theatre. The musical version of Don Quixote would go on to run for 2,329 performances and win five Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Actor for its star, Richard Kiley. The show’s most famous …

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Top 20 Greatest NYC TV Shows — #8

Felicity (1998 – 2002) This college drama that made a star of Keri Russell may be a little sudsy, but it is a story that many young people have lived. They come to New York pursuing something else entirely and the city helps them learn so much about themselves that, before they know it, they …

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