Monthly Archives: January, 2017
What disgraced political leader’s heavy involvement with the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge contributed to the popular skepticism over whether it would ever be finished?
“New York was to be the city of skyscrapers, a man-made Rocky Mountain range wondrous to behold.” — Edward Robb Ellis
January 29 marks the 15th anniversary of National Puzzle Day! When we work on jigsaw puzzles, we use both sides of our brain. Sudoku also provides plenty of mental exercise. And that beloved favorite, the crossword puzzle, has a long history of kinship with the New York Times. Whatever kind of puzzle you enjoy, seize …
“I’m on deck the dawn we sail into New York. I’m sure I’m in a film that will end and the lights will come up in the Lyric Cinema.” — Frank McCourt
“What can New York – noisy, roaring, rumbling, tumbling, bustling, stormy, turbulent New York – have to do with silence? Amid the universal clatter, the incessant din of business, the all-swallowing vortex of the great money whirlpool… who has any… idea… of silence?” — Walt Whitman
The General Slocum Congratulations to Megan for getting the correct answer first!
What ship, carrying over 1,000 passengers, burst into flames and sank off the coast of North Brother Island, where the bodies washed ashore in 1904?
On January 23, 1867, the East River ferries stopped running in response to the freezing over of the world’s busiest waterway. Though talks about a more efficient and weatherproof thoroughfare between the separate (at the time) cities of Brooklyn and New York had been bandied about for years, the crippling catastrophe of this blizzard reignited …
On January 22, 1917, Victor Herbert won his lawsuit against Shanley’s Café for unlicensed use of his music. Three years earlier, Herbert had co-founded the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers which has since grown into one of the most powerful unions in the entertainment field. His suit against Shanley’s, which had charged him …