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Monthly Archives: October, 2016

Quotable NYC

“This is a nice town to call itself a center of civilization!” — George Templeton Strong

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It Happened Today in New York City

On October 30, 1766, Saint Paul’s Chapel opened at Broadway and Fulton Street. Holding its first services two years after its cornerstone was laid, Saint Paul’s was a country church for farmers and laborers, while its parent venue Trinity Church served the well-to-do within the city limits. Saint Paul’s would eventually become Manhattan’s oldest building …

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Guru Nanak Gurpurab

One of the most sacred Sikh holidays, Guru Nanak Gurpurab is the birthday of the religion’s founder. The majority of New York City’s Sikh community lives in Queens so, if you wish to celebrate, we recommend attending one of the Gurudwaras in the Flushing area. A traditional Gurpurab will already be well underway, having begun …

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The Top 100 Greatest New Yorkers — #8

Edith Wharton (1862 – 1937) Born Edith Newbold Jones to a prominent Manhattan family of high society taste-makers and trendsetters (popularly believed to be the origin of the phrase “keeping up with the Joneses”), Edith Wharton was the first woman ever to win the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. Though she traveled extensively through Europe and …

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The Top 100 Greatest New Yorkers — #9

Emily Roebling (1843 – 1903) Cultured, sophisticated, and fiercely intelligent, Emily Roebling was the woman behind the completion of the 19th century’s greatest icon of civil engineering, the Brooklyn Bridge. Married to Chief Engineer Washington Roebling, whose father had designed the bridge and then promptly died from his injuries in a ferry boat accident before …

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The Top 100 Greatest New Yorkers — #10

August Belmont, Jr. (1853 – 1924) One of the most important and integral ingredients of a great city’s infrastructure is a good public transit system. Cities are made more walkable by public transportation and the reduction of individual cars. New York has the largest subway train system in the world. And for that, we must …

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It Happened Today in New York City

On October 26, 1841, the first issue of The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, then bearing the more unwieldy name of Brooklyn Eagle and King’s County Democrat, was published. Famous for employing Walt Whitman as columnist and editor, The Eagle enjoyed immense popularity, ultimately having the nation’s largest circulation. Published until 1955, the newspaper was printed in …

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Simchat Torah

The joyous Jewish holiday of Simchat Torah celebrates the end of Sukkot. Today, Orthodox Jewish New Yorkers will remove the scrolls of the Torah from the ark and read them at night, marking the end of the reading cycle and the beginning of a new one. Conservative and Reform congregations are, more and more often, …

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It Happened Today in New York City

On October 24, 1931, The George Washington Bridge opened. Connecting New York City to Fort Lee, New Jersey, Othmar Ammann’s bridge was originally intended to be covered in concrete and granite in a design by Cass Gilbert. When funding for these adornments fell through, the bridge was left in unadorned steel, with a crisscross pattern …

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The Top 100 Greatest New Yorkers — #11

Andrew Haswell Green (1820 – 1903) It is fairly well known that the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island were all once independent municipalities, separate from the city of New York. The city planner who masterminded the Great Consolidation of 1898 was Andrew Haswell Green. Before this, he also directly influenced the creation of many …

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