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Monthly Archives: May, 2016

QUESTION:

Kahlil Gibran and his fellow Arab-American intellectuals frequently met in cafés along what Brooklyn thoroughfare, commonly known at the time as “Little Arabia” or “Little Syria”? Advertisements

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The Top 100 Greatest New Yorkers — #56

Ed Sullivan (1901 – 1974) Longtime syndicated columnist for The New York Daily News, Ed Sullivan, is remembered as one of the greatest tastemakers in TV history. Beginning as a sportswriter, a Broadway columnist, and a radio commentator, Sullivan virtually invented the entertainment variety show in 1948 with Toast of the Town, later re-titled The …

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The Top 100 Greatest New Yorkers — #57

E.B. White (1899 – 1985) Though best known as a children’s novelist and co-author of Elements of Style, Elwyn Brooks White made his most important mark on the city with his six decades of contribution to the magazine, The New Yorker. His brilliant book length essay, Here Is New York, maintains a crucial spot on …

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The Top 100 Greatest New Yorkers — #58

Ayn Rand (1905 – 1982) One of the most fiercely controversial figures in 20th century literature and political theory, Ayn Rand came to New York from her native Russia at age 21 and was immediately inspired by the city’s skyline. Following her initial success on Broadway with the play The Night of January 16th she …

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The Top 100 Greatest New Yorkers — #59

Truman Capote (1924 – 1984) While many ambitious artists come from little rural towns to New York City to seek their fortune, none have fit into the metropolitan vibe quite so comfortably or iconically as Truman Capote. The abandoned southern farm boy, turned New York intellectual, was a genius of self-promotion and a darling of …

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Corpus Christi

Commemorating the Last Supper, the day before Jesus’ crucifixion, Corpus Christi is celebrated on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday. Many Catholic families in New York will celebrate their children’s first Holy Communion on this day, and there will be processions in the streets in honor of the body of Christ. Perhaps the most natural place …

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National Missing Children’s Day

Since 1983, the 25th of May has been observed as National Missing Children’s Day, the date chosen because it is the anniversary of the disappearance of 6-year old New Yorker Etan Patz. The first missing child to have his photo on a milk carton, Patz became the poster child and rallying cry for a national …

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It Happened Today in New York City

On May 24, 1966, Jerry Herman’s hit musical comedy Mame, starring Angela Lansbury and Beatrice Arthur, opened on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre. Based on the fictional novel by Patrick Dennis (loosely inspired by his childhood with his aunt), the adventure of an eccentric New York bohemian and her impressionable nephew ran for 1,508 …

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It Happened Today in New York City

On May 23, 1701, Captain William Kidd was hanged for piracy. The Sots sea captain and privateer had been a pillar of New York society with his own pew at Trinity Church, for which he had provided the hoisting equipment to erect the spire. His fashionable home in Hanover Square (a neighborhood still worth exploring …

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Quotable NYC

“The East River bridge is a crowning triumph of mechanical skill.” — Henry George

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