Beautiful New York

A Celebration of the City

Author Archive: Matthew Baker

QUESTION:

In 2015, Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman elected to the U.S. Congress (representing New York’s 12th Congressional District in Brooklyn), was awarded what national honor? Advertisements

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Quotable NYC

“As we cross the crowded, filthy, immigrant street, now black and Puerto Rican instead of Jewish and Italian, she marvels at how changed it all is. I tell her nothing has changed, only the color of the people and the language spoken. The hungry, angling busy-ness of Delancey Street is all still in place.” — …

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Squirrel Appreciation Day

January 21 was declared Squirrel Appreciation Day in 2001 by North Carolina wildlife rehabilitator Christy Hargrove, who says celebration can take any form from leaving out extra food for squirrels to learning something new about the species. In the green spaces of New York City, squirrels live so close to their human neighbors that they …

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It Happened Today in New York City

On January 20, 2003, legendary cartoonist Al Hirschfeld died at his Upper East Side home. One of the most important figures in contemporary drawing and caricature, Hirschfeld was most famous for his black-and-white line drawings of Broadway performers and productions. After the birth of his daughter Nina, Hirschfeld took to including her name hidden within …

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ANSWER:

5 Pointz Congratulations to Lee Gelber for getting the correct answer first!

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It Happened Today in New York City

On January 18, 1868, steamship entrepreneur Thomas Henry Ismay purchased the White Star Line. Believing iron-hulled steamships were the future of maritime travel, and leaving the old wooden ships of the past behind, Ismay founded the Oceanic Steamship Navigation Company and bought the White Star flag shortly afterward. His son J. Bruce Ismay was a …

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It Happened Today in New York City

On January 17, 1968, The Indian Wants the Bronx by Israel Horovitz, opened at the Astor Place Theatre. Starring Al Pacino in his Off-Broadway debut and John Cazale (who would go on to collaborate with Pacino another five times), the one-act play ran 177 performances. Both stars won Obie Awards, for Best Actor and Best …

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QUESTION:

The 2013 caper film, Now You See Me, climaxes at what now-demolished graffiti palace in Queens?

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Quotable NYC

“I believe in New Yorkers. Whether they’ve ever questioned the dream in which they live, I wouldn’t know, because I won’t ever dare ask that question.” — Dylan Thomas

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It Happened Today in New York City

On January 14, 1993, former NBC comedian David Letterman announced his move to CBS in the wake of Johnny Carson’s retirement from The Tonight Show. Passed over for Carson’s seat in favor of Jay Leno, Letterman departed from CBS and from Los Angeles and came to the historic Ed Sullivan Theatre in New York to …

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