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Monthly Archives: September, 2016

The Top 100 Greatest New Yorkers — #25

Martin Scorsese (b. 1942) Although Martin Scorsese’s greatest contribution to cinema may be in the field of preservation, he is nonetheless widely regarded as one of the most influential directors in the history of the craft. While some of his best loved films are set elsewhere, Scorsese’s most popular and respected works are inseparable from …

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The Top 100 Greatest New Yorkers — #26

Walt Whitman (1819 – 1892) One of the earliest and greatest pioneers of free verse poetry, Walt Whitman was born on Long Island and grew up in Brooklyn, writing frequently about the city and the feelings it evoked. Often making his living as a journalist, most notably for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Whitman released many …

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The Top 100 Greatest New Yorkers — #27

Arthur Miller (1915 – 2005) Arguably the single greatest playwright America has yet produced, Arthur Miller was born and grew up in Harlem, relocating to Brooklyn with his parents after the stock market crash of 1929. His experience of this dark time in American history forever affected his outlook and his writing, often indicting the …

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World Tourism Day

Tourism may be the single noblest leisure activity in all human culture. Travel and experience of places outside one’s own teach us to understand, tolerate, and celebrate the differences of people, places, cultures, and customs. Since 1980, September 27 has been dubbed World Tourism Day by the UN. Celebrations include photo competitions promoting tourism, awards …

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The Top 100 Greatest New Yorkers — #28

Washington Irving (1783 – 1859) In 1809, the fictitious account A History of New-York from the Beginning of the World to the End of the Dutch Dynasty, by Diedrich Knickerbocker actually penned by Washington Irving became the first book ever declared a “best seller”. This masterpiece of mythmaking also gave New York its first nickname, …

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The Top 100 Greatest New Yorkers — #29

F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896 – 1940) Popularly considered one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century, F. Scott Fitzgerald moved to New York after graduating from Princeton and lived at 200 Claremont Avenue, where he finished his first novel, This Side of Paradise. His first three books capture 1920’s New York with the …

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The Top 100 Greatest New Yorkers — #30

Jacob Riis (1849 – 1914) During his time as a police reporter, Danish immigrant Jacob Riis saw firsthand the filth and degradation of New York’s poorest neighborhoods. Wondering how the wealthiest city in the wealthiest nation on earth could allow such squalor, he concluded that people on the avenue must be ignorant of the plight …

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The Top 100 Greatest New Yorkers — #31

Joseph Pulitzer (1847 – 1911) Publisher of the New York World, Joseph Pulitzer was one of the most influential figures in American journalism. Seen as both heroic and villainous (he hired Nellie Bly and launched her career as a pioneer of investigative reporting, but he also exploited his paper boys and provoked them to strike), …

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The Top 100 Greatest New Yorkers — #32

Thomas Nast (1840 – 1902) How does a German immigrant child with a poor academic record and a passion for drawing grow up to profoundly influence every presidential election from 1864 – 1884? By becoming the most impactful political cartoonist in the history of American journalism. Thomas Nast’s first drawings for Harper’s Weekly appeared when …

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