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Monthly Archives: February, 2017

QUESTION:

In Stephen King’s Dark Tower novels, the character of Eddie King comes from what Baychester housing development?

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Quotable NYC

“Everybody in New York City knows there’s way more cars than parking spaces.  You see cars driving in New York all hours of the night.  It’s like musical chairs except everybody sat down around 1964.” — Jerry Seinfeld

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Quotable NYC

“Give me such shows – give me the streets of Manhattan!” — Walt Whitman

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It Happened Today in New York City

On February 25, 1817, in order to bring order to securities trading, the New York Stock and Exchange Board was established. With Anthony Stockholm presiding. The self-regulating organization was an important step on the road from the Buttonwood Agreement to the current incarnation of the New York Stock Exchange.

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It Happened Today in New York City

On February 24, 1942, government-funded radio show Voice of America made its first broadcast to Europe. Designed as a counterpoint to Hitler’s propaganda machine, VOA was an offshoot of earlier external news institutions. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert E. Sherwood adapted the title from the earlier “Voice from America” which had premiered on Latin American airwaves …

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The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #89

Fuller Building Architect: Walker & Gillette Style: Art Deco Use: Offices Opened: 1929 Borough: Manhattan This deco delight is a mixed use masterpiece, intended for art galleries at its ground level, and offices at its pale contrasting upper levels. Featuring sculpture by Elie Nadelman, this building was dubbed “the Brooks Brothers of Art Deco” by …

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The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #90

Gould Memorial Library Architect: Stanford White Style: Roman Revival Use: Education Opened: 1899 Borough: The Bronx Perched high on a hill, overlooking the Harlem River, this shrine to learning is the crown jewel of the Bronx Community College. Behind it, the bronze busts in the Hall of Fame of Great Americans hold court over the …

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The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #91

Museum of Natural History Architect: J. Wrey Mould Style: Beaux Arts Use: Museum Opened: 1877 Borough: Manhattan How appropriate that a natural history museum, once planned as the largest building on the continent, should itself be the object of evolution. As new wings and expansions are added, in new styles, by new architects, the museum …

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The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #92

Newtown High School Architect: C.B.J. Snyder Style: Baroque Revival Use: Education Opened: 1897 Borough: Queens Delightfully Germanic in its appearance, this Elmhurst high school’s 3,000 students are as ethnically diverse as the neighborhood itself. And the graduates have become eminent in professions ranging from politics, to high finance, to music, to drama, to athletics.

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It Happened Today in New York City

On February 19, 1992, the musical Crazy for You, featuring old standards by George and Ira Gershwin, opened on Broadway. It would go on to run for 1,622 performances, win the Drama Desk Awards for Best Musical and Best Choreography, and later win the Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Choreography, and Best Costume Design.

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