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New York City World Fairs

New York City has hosted two (well, three if you are fussy) World’s Fairs – an April historical highlight in both cases. The first opened on April 30, 1939 and the other one on April 22, 1964. Both took place in Flushing Meadows Corona Park (can I get a big whoop whoop for the borough of Queens!). There was a…

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August: Historical & Historically Hot

August in New York City can be a tad warm. Even more than a tad. But this does not prevent people from getting out and getting things done. As we can see from the very impressive list of things people have accomplished and done in ‘Augusts gone by’: 1776: US army evacuates Long Island/falls back to Manhattan, NYC. OK< so…

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November in NYC History

I had no idea that November was so chock full of notable New York City events and items of historical interest. I mean, it’s a ‘happening place’ and all that so I know stuff is going on all the time but November seems to be a particularly jumpin’ month for Gotham and its denizens. Nov 3, 1900: First automobile show…

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The City That Never Sleeps

It may not have started with Teddy Roosevelt but the Big Apple’s affinity for the caffeinated nectar of the gods is well illustrated by the fact that one of the city’s favorite sons reportedly drank nearly a gallon of the stuff every day. At least, this is what I understand from the New York Historical Society’s recent piece on the…

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This Week in NYC History Jan 29-Feb 3

Jan 29, 1845: Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven” is published in The New York Evening Mirror. Jan 30, 1862: The Civil War ironclad “Monitor” is launched from Greenpoint, Brooklyn. She racks up a slew of victories against Confederate wooden ships, leading up to her duel with the “Merrimack” in March of that year. Jan 31, 1994: Gerry Adams is allowed…

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