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Quotable NYC

“If you’re not in New York, you’re camping out.” — Thomas E. Dewey Advertisements

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It Happened Today in New York City

On October 22, 1932, Dinner at Eight by Kaufman & Ferber opened at the Music Box Theatre on Broadway. Starring Constance Collier, Ann Andrews, and Conway Tearle, the play ranged from light comedy of manners to sweeping melodrama. It ran for 232 performances and inspired a classic Hollywood adaptation starring John Barrymore, Billie Burke, and …

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Quotable NYC

“Most New Yorkers spent their lives somewhere between the fruit cart and the fifth floor. To see the city from a few hundred feet above the riffraff was pretty celestial. We gave the moment its due.” — Amor Towles

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Diwali

The great Hindu Festival of Lights, known as Diwali, falls on October 20 this year. Celebrations and observances carry on throughout the month and feature opportunities for events on future dates for those who may have missed Diwali in Times Square on October 7. The Hindu festival celebrates victory of light over darkness, knowledge over …

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Quotable NYC

“They had heard of New York as a place vague and far away, a city that, like Heaven, to them had existed by faith alone. All the days of their lives they had heard of it, and it seemed to them the center of all the glory, all the wealth, and all the freedom of …

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It Happened Today in New York City

On October 18, 1667, Brooklyn was chartered under the name Brueckelen by Governor Mathias Nicolls. The tiny Dutch farm village that had been called “Broken Land” by its inhabitants would eventually grow to become the most populous of the five boroughs of the largest city in the nation, boasting 2.5 million residents. The six parishes …

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It Happened Today in New York City

On October 17, 1992, future Beautiful New York blogger and tour guide Matthew Baker arrived in New York City to live. Having grown up in a small homogenous farm town in Southwest Missouri, Baker came to New York to pursue a career in the theatre, which he practiced for the next 13 years. Changing careers …

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The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #19

Municipal Building Architect: William M. Kendall Style: Beaux-Arts Use: Legal/Government Opened: 1914 Borough: Manhattan The first skyscraper in the McKim, Mead, and White oeuvre, this contribution to the City Beautiful Movement towers over the Civic Center with its gold statue of Civic Fame, the second tallest woman in New York. Sculpted by Adolph Weinman and …

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The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #20

Guggenheim Museum Architect: Frank Lloyd Wright Style: Modern Use: Museum Opened: 1959 Borough: Manhattan The most iconic and widely loved work of Modern architecture in New York City was the last major contribution from the quixotic, romantic, futuristic Wright. This museum’s legendary ramp was designed for a smooth, symphonic, uninterrupted experience of the art on …

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The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #21

US Customs House Architect: Cass Gilbert Style: Beaux-Arts Use: Museum Opened: 1907 Borough: Manhattan Popularly considered the most exemplary representation of Beaux-Arts architecture in the city, Gilbert’s masterpiece is enhanced by the four Daniel Chester French statues of the continents out front and the extraordinary Reginald Marsh murals inside its rotunda. Though also home to …

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