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Monthly Archives: May, 2017

It Happened Today in New York City

On May 31, 1967, jazz composer Billy Strayhorn died of esophageal cancer. A longtime collaborator with Duke Ellington, Strayhorn’s greatest contributions to the jazz canon include Take the A Train and the film score to Anatomy of a Murder among many others. A fiercely dedicated musician, Strayhorn continued to compose until the very end, submitting …

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QUESTION:

Louis Dallojacono, Joe Aiello, Dan Wilson, Joe Matty, and Jojo Delio were known collectively as what?

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Quotable NYC

“I feel at home amongst the splendor of Wave Hill’s sprawling vegetation and transcendent beauty.” — Agnes Gund

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It Happened Today in New York City

On May 28, 1917, Benny “the Ghetto Wizard” Leonard won the Lightweight Championship of the World by TKO against Freddie Welsh in their rubber match at Manhattan Casino. Knocking Welsh down three times, Leonard avenged his loss from the previous July in Brooklyn which, in turn, had followed his defeat of Welsh at Madison Square …

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Quotable NYC

“Ultimately, a Brooklyn girl is a homegirl.  She knows everyone on the block.” — Rosie Perez

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ANSWER:

Travers Island Congratulations to Marie France Lefebvre for getting the correct answer first!

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Ascension Day

The 39th day after Easter Sunday is Ascension Day, the day on which the Christian religion states Christ ascended into Heaven from the Mount of Olives. It officially closes the Easter season which opened with the grand promenade on Fifth Avenue over five weeks earlier, decked in bonnets and finery. The more solemn Ascension Day …

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National Scavenger Hunt Day

As scavenger hunts have enhanced in popularity from a weekend party game to a way to promote corporate team building and bonding, May 24 has been named National Scavenger Hunt Day. In a complex city like New York, there are many ways to engage in a scavenger hunt and many companies that sponsor hunts. Watson …

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QUESTION:

The uptown facility of the New York Athletic Club is located on what peninsula just north of Pelham Bay Park?

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Quotable NYC

“Hip-hop was not created based on hatred.  It was created at giant block parties in the Bronx and Harlem, based on a very innocent notion of urban creative expression.” — Kabir Sen

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