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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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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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It Happened Today in New York City

On October 12, 1892, the statue of Christopher Columbus at Columbus Circle was unveiled. Sculpted by Gaetano Russo and funded by the local Italian-language newspaper Il Progresso, the statue was erected in celebration of the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ arrival in the wrong place. Never before or since has anyone been more famous for getting …

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It Happened Today in New York City

On October 5, 1992, Tina Brown took over as editor of The New Yorker. Young, subversive, and controversial, Brown had already rescued Tatler and Vanity Fair from extinction, and proceeded to overhaul the stuffy and elitist New Yorker. In the process, she ruffled some establishment feathers but raised circulation by nearly 23 percent and built …

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It Happened Today in New York City

On October 1, 1902, the Flatiron Building opened. With its distinctive triangular shape resembling a tailor’s tool, the building that was originally known as The Fuller Building quickly became known by the name it bears today. Designed by Chicago-based architect Daniel Burnham, the great white triangle is considered highly significant by architectural historians of every …

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It Happened Today in New York City

On September 29, 2002, after 97 years of business, the beloved Lower East Side kosher delicatessen Ratner’s closed its doors. Said to be one of the spots where Bugsy Siegel and Meyer Lansky planned some of their earliest nefarious business deals, the dairy-based restaurant specialized in such brunch staples as blintzes, potato pancakes, and kasha …

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It Happened Today in New York City

On September 28, 1932, at Yankee Stadium, the Yanks played the first World Series game of what would turn out to be a 4-game sweep over the Chicago Cubs. For the Bambino, it was his 10th and last Series and the one in which he would (in Game 3) make his legendary “called home run”. …

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It Happened Today in New York City

On September 15, 1917, Forbes magazine began publication. The brainchild of Scottish columnist Bertie Charles Forbes, the magazine began with the mission of covering “the human side of business” and featured extensive profiles on such leading financial figures as Jay Gould, John D. Rockefeller, and Charles E. Mitchell. With its revolutionary “Women in Business” column, …

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It Happened Today in New York City

On September 11, 2002, Broadway and film actress Kim Hunter died of a heart attack. Born Janet Cole, Hunter made her film debut in 1947 in Val Lewton’s low-budget RKO thriller The Seventh Victim set in Greenwich Village. Her Broadway debut in the same year was in A Streetcar Named Desire, which she reprised on …

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