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Monthly Archives: April, 2016

New York Is… Law

There are few archetypes in the city more recognized or remarked upon than the New York City police officer. But that is only one ingredient in the soup that comprises our city’s legal system, which has been the basis of more books, movies, TV shows, and newspaper articles than virtually any other topic. Appropriately, the …

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Quotable NYC

“Any fool can stand upon a hill in the country and be aware that grass is up and trees have begun to bud; but in the city spring is served a la carte rather than in heaping portions… I sometimes think that never blooms a tulip quite so red as that which shows its head …

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It Happened Today in New York City

On April 28, 1891, an act of the New York State Legislature created the New York Botanical Garden. Built and landscaped on the estate of the Lorillard family, and incorporating some of the historic buildings from their time on the land (such as the charming snuff mill), the garden covers over 250 acres. The driving …

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ANSWER:

Bedloe’s Island Congratulations to Andrea for getting the correct answer first!

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QUESTION:

Liberty Island, home of the famous statue, was previously known by what far more obscure name?

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It Happened Today in New York City

On April 25, 1966, Welterweight Champion of the World Emile Griffith came up in weight to beat fierce Nigerian fighter Dick Tiger for the Middleweight Championship of the World. The victory came by unanimous decision from the judges, in spite of the fact that 17 out of 22 sportswriters judged the fight a Tiger victory …

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The Top 100 Greatest New Yorkers — #63

John Lennon (1940 – 1980) “I regret profoundly that I was not an American and not born in Greenwich Village,” John Lennon once said. “It might be dying, and there might be a lot of dirt in the air you breathe, but this is where it’s happening.” But his wife, Yoko Ono, had a different …

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The Top 100 Greatest New Yorkers — #64

Miles Davis (1926 – 1991) Many young performers have come to New York in search of a career in the arts. Few have reached the unparalleled heights of influence and legacy as Miles Davis. The young jazz trumpeter attended Julliard and soon began playing as sideman in such Harlem mainstays as Monroe’s and Minton’s Playhouse, …

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The Top 100 Greatest New Yorkers — #65

Bert Williams (1874 – 1922) The first black performer to star on Broadway, Bert Williams, was also the first to star in the Ziegfeld Follies. His enormously popular and lucrative minstrelsy lampooned the racism that it perpetuated on the surface with just enough subtlety to prevent white critics from recognizing the double ironies. Unfortunately, several …

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The Top 100 Greatest New Yorkers — #66

Harpo Marx (1888 – 1964) While any one of the famed Marx Brothers might be seen as a contender for one of the great New Yorkers, Harpo is our chosen representative because of his vivid depiction of the city in his book, Harpo Speaks… About New York (an extract from his earlier, more comprehensive memoir, …

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