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The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #57

The Jewish Museum Architect: C.P.H. Gilbert Style: French Revival Use: Museum Opened: 1904 Borough: Manhattan Once housing a single family of six, the former Warburg mansion is now home to the world’s oldest still-extant Jewish museum. Gilbert was inspired by Richard Morris Hunt, the first American architect trained at Paris’ Ecole des Beaux-Arts, so the …

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It Happened Today in New York City

On June 21, 1932, Jack Sharkey won the Heavyweight Championship of the World from Max Schmeling at the new Madison Square Garden Bowl in Long Island City, Queens. The two had fought before with the opposite result and Sharkey’s split-decision victory was met with controversy, giving birth to the now cliché commentary “We wuz robbed!” …

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It Happened Today in New York City

On June 20, 1992, Amy Scherber opened Amy’s Bread on Ninth Avenue. The baker and entrepreneur set up shop in Hell’s Kitchen where foot traffic was slow and the wholesale business kept the company alive. As the neighborhood gentrified, the business thrived and now has outposts in Greenwich Village, Chelsea Market, Lincoln Center, and the …

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It Happened Today in New York City

On June 19, 1867, the Belmont Stakes had its first race at Jerome Park Racetrack in the Bronx. Francis Morris’ filly Ruthless, ridden by A. Jack Minor, won the race at 3:05:00. The race would continue in the Bronx for nearly half a century, first at Jerome Park and later at Morris Park, before finally …

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It Happened Today in New York City

On June 10, 2002 Gambino Family Boss John Gotti died of throat cancer while in federal prison. Long known as “the Teflon Don” because of three high-profile trials that ended in acquittal, Gotti was finally convicted of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, racketeering, loansharking, obstruction of justice, tax evasion, and several other charges at the …

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It Happened Today in New York City

On June 7, 1967, poet, author, and critic for The New Yorker Dorothy Parker died of a heart attack at the age of 73. Legendary as one of the guiding spirits of the Algonquin Round Table and expert and the searing and pointed bon mot, Parker did not relish her reputation as a wise-cracker, famously …

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It Happened Today in New York City

On June 3, 1967, Flushing-Meadows-Corona Park – formerly just “Flushing Meadows” – was rededicated with its new hyphenated name. Essentially a political gesture, the new dedication was an effort by the City Council to raise the image of the Queens neighborhood of Corona, which was most popularly associated with the garbage dump that shared its …

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It Happened Today in New York City

On June 1, 1967, California rock band The Grateful Dead embarked on their first national tour with a free concert in Tompkins Square Park in the East Village. They proceeded to play several nights at Café Au Go Go but found the park better suited to their style and the crowd capacity they had hoped …

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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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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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