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Monthly Archives: March, 2016

The Top 100 Greatest New Yorkers — #71

Emma Goldman (1869 – 1940) The Broadway musical Ragtime features a song called “The Night That Goldman Spoke at Union Square,” touching on the fiery influence anarchist and orator Emma Goldman had on thousands of followers. In history, there were several such nights, as Union Square was a common and popular place for political protest …

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The Top 100 Greatest New Yorkers — #72

Joseph Petrosino (1860 – 1909) If, in popular culture, Italian-Americans are routinely stereotyped as Mafia bosses and petty hoods, history provides some relief from that cliché in the person of Lieutenant Joe Petrosino, the first Italian officer in the NYPD. Staunchly opposed to the early machinations of organized crime syndicates such as the Black Hand, …

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The Top 100 Greatest New Yorkers — #73

Althea Gibson (1927 – 2003) In the 1950’s, when tennis was enormously segregated, Althea Gibson became the first black player to win a Grand Slam title and the first to compete at all in the US Nationals. She came to this feat from a 10-year winning streak at the American Tennis Association’s National Women’s titles …

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The Top 100 Greatest New Yorkers — #74

George Plimpton (1927 – 2003) Admired for his wit and taste, sometimes derided as a “professional dilettante”, native New Yorker George Plimpton was a master of participatory journalism. After attending Harvard in the States and Cambridge in the UK, Plimpton spent time in Paris where he founded the legendary literary magazine, The Paris Review. Continuing …

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The Top 100 Greatest New Yorkers — #75

James Gordon Bennett, Jr. (1841 – 1918) As publisher of his father’s newspaper, The New York Herald, James Gordon Bennett, Jr. helped usher journalism into its Golden Age. Always on a quest for the exclusive story and the prompt headline, he financed Henry Stanley’s mission to find Dr. David Livingston in deepest Africa specifically so …

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Quotable NYC

“That’s the problem with being born in New York, the old newsman observed a little sadly. You’ve got no New York to run away to.” — Amor Towles  

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Good Friday

While Easter is far more joyous, faithful Christians will note that Good Friday is no less important a holiday, planting the seed for the grand celebration two days later. To observe the solemn holiday in New York City, there are classic options such as attending mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral or the Cathedral of St. …

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ANSWER:

The Dolphins Congratulations to Marie France Lefebvre for getting the correct answer first!

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It Happened Today in New York City

On March 23, 1916, Marcus Garvey arrived in New York City on the SS Tallac for a 5-month speaking tour. His first lecture took place at Saint Mark’s Church in the Bowery and launched a program that would involve presentations in 38 states, all in an effort to raise awareness of conditions for Africans “at …

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QUESTION:

What is the College of Staten Island mascot?

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