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Monthly Archives: April, 2017

The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #70

The Helmsley Building Architect: Warren & Wetmore Style: French Revival Use: Offices Opened: 1929 Borough: Manhattan Once called the New York Central Building, this crown jewel of Park Avenue is a comparative rarity: a French Revival design in skyscraper form. Designed by the same firm responsible for Grand Central Terminal – over which it towers …

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The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #71

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Architect: Richard Morris Hunt (and others) Style: Beaux-Arts Use: Museum Opened: 1870 Borough: Manhattan Many architects deserve credit for the legendary museum that stretches across four blocks of Fifth Avenue and compares favorably to many of the great art museums of the capital cities of Europe. While the primary brilliance …

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It Happened Today in New York City

On April 28, 1967, the South Street Seaport Museum was chartered. The brainchild of Peter and Norma Stanford, the outdoor museum focused mainly on Schermerhorn Row, a now splendidly restored cobblestone block of 19th century shops. The addition of tall ships, most notably the S.S. Wavertree, has significantly enriched the museum’s offerings.

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It Happened Today in New York City

On April 27, 1932, poet Hart Crane either fell or jumped to his death from the deck of a ship, bound from Mexico to New York. Author of the epic poem The Bridge about the Brooklyn Bridge, Crane wrote and optimistic and glorifying view of the modern urban landscape. But the devastating reviews of the …

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It Happened Today in New York City

On April 26, 1992, the musical Jelly’s Last Jam opened at the Virginia Theatre on Broadway, starring Gregory Hines in the title role of New Orleans jazz pioneer Jelly Roll Morton. Directed by George C. Wolfe and co-starring Savion Glover as the younger Morton, the show ran for 569 performances and won Tony Awards for …

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BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE — Ella Fitzgerald

Happy 100th Birthday to the late, great Ella Fitzgerald! Dubbed “the First Lady of Song”, the Queen of Jazz saw her career begin with a bang at an Amateur Night at the Apollo competition when she was 17 years old. Winning the $25 prize money, she soon signed with Chick Webb’s orchestra and became a …

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It Happened Today in New York City

On April 24, 1817, a group of Irish Catholics disrupted a Tammany Hall meeting to protest the refusal to consider Thomas Addis Emmet for Congress. Emmet had been the brother of doomed Irish revolutionary Robert Emmet but thrived in exile, rising to the rank of New York State Attorney General. The mob broke furniture and …

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Quotable NYC

“Anyone studying the growth of the city and of the shipping industry cannot help but be struck by the fact that New York was first a port before it was anything else.” — William Bixby

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It Happened Today in New York City

On April 22, 1892, on rented land on Central Park West, the West Side Tennis Club was founded, 20 years before moving to its now historic home in Forest Hills. The club would go on to host the U.S. Open 60 times between 1915 and 1977 before the event would move to Flushing Meadows. Today, …

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It Happened Today in New York City

On April 21, 1992, after a massive restoration project, Bryant Park reopened to the public. The once idyllic and charming little park behind the New York Public Library had become “Grand Central” for people who had lost everything during the Great Depression. Soon, it became so closely associated with derelicts that the park became derelict …

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