New York City 1950-2000

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1950        Jan 5, Carson McCuller's "Member of the Wedding," premiered in NYC.

1950        Jan 21, A federal jury in New York City found former State Department official Alger Hiss guilty of perjury.
    (AP, 1/21/98)

1950        Jan, The NY Sun newspaper, founded in 1833, went out of business.
    (SFC, 4/17/02, p.A2)

1950        Feb 15, WM Inge's "Come Back, Little Sheba," premiered in NYC.

1950        Feb 20, Welsh author-poet Dylan Thomas arrived in NYC for his 1st US poetry reading tour.

1950        Feb 23, New York's Metropolitan Museum exhibited a collection of Hapsburg art. It was the first showing of this collection in the U.S.
    (HN, 2/23/98)

1950        Feb 26, Leonard Bernstein's "Age of Anxiety" premiered in NYC.
    (SC, 2/26/02)

1950        Mar 9, Willie Sutton robbed the NYC Manufacturers Bank of $64,000.

1950        Mar 15, "Consul" opened at Barrymore Theater in NYC.

1950        Mar 23, "Great to Be Alive" opened at Winter Garden Theater in NYC for 52 performances.
    (SS, 3/23/02)

1950        Apr 24, "Peter Pan" opened at Imperial Theater in NYC for 320 performances.

1950        May 18, "Liar" opened at Broadhurst Theater in NYC for 12 performances.
    (SC, 5/18/02)

1950        May 25, Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel opened in NYC.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1950        Sep 9, "Where's Charley?" closed at St James Theater NYC after 792 performances.

1950        Nov 24, The musical "Guys and Dolls," based on the writings of Damon Runyon and featuring songs by Frank Loesser, opened on Broadway.
    (AP, 11/24/06)

1950        Dec 20, "Harvey," starring James Stewart, premiered in NY.
    (MC, 12/20/01)

1950        By this year Americans broke off in gestural and coloristic directions under the broad umbrella called abstract expressionism also called the New York School. Norman Lewis was the only Black artist to take part in the discussions that founded abstract expressionism at Studio 35 in NYC. Others include William de Kooning and Robert Motherwell.
    (WSJ, 9/10/96, p.A16)(Econ, 9/24/16, p.79)
1950        Willem de Kooning, leading light of the New York School, painted "Excavation," maelstroms of weaving and careening lines and roiling forms.
    (WSJ, 12/5/96, p.A16)(SFC, 3/20/97, p.A6)(SFC, 6/28/02, p.D1)
1950        An industrial explosion exacerbated oil leakage into Newtown Creek, which separates Brooklyn from Queens. The problem was ignored until the coast Guard rediscovered it in 1978 and determined that oil was leaking from nearby refineries and storage facilities. In 1990 ExxonMobil signed a consent agreement with the state of NY to clean up the creek. In 2007 oil still floated on the water.
    (Econ, 7/28/07, p.32)

c1950        Sam Osman (d.2000 at 88), a push cart vendor, opened Job Lot Trading Co. at 41 Vesey St. near City Hall.
    (SFC, 2/19/00, p.A21)

1950-1990    This period was later covered by Louis Stettner in his guidebook: "Louis Stettner's New York 1950-1990."
    (SFEC, 7/4/99, p.T5)

1951        Jan 10, UN headquarters opened in Manhattan, NY.
    (MC, 1/10/02)

1951        Jan 16, World's largest gas pipeline opened from Brownsville Tx, to 134th St, NYC.
    (MC, 1/16/02)

1951        Jan 27, "Peter Pan" closed at Imperial Theater NYC after 320 performances.
    (MC, 1/27/02)

1951        Feb 16, NYC passed a bill prohibiting racism in city-assisted housing.
    (MC, 2/16/02)

1951        Mar 7, Lillian Hellman's "Autumn Garden," premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 3/7/02)

1951        Mar 29, Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical "The King and I" starring Gertrude Lawrence and Yul Brynner opened at the St James Theater on Broadway and ran for 1246 performances.
    (HN, 3/29/01)(MC, 3/29/02)

1951        Apr 5, Husband and wife Julius and Ethel Rosenberg of New York City were sentenced to death by Judge Irving R. Kaufman on charges of selling US atomic secrets to the Soviet Union, enabling the Soviets to detonate their first nuclear weapon in 1949. Although the couple consistently claimed to be innocent, a jury of 11 men and one woman found them guilty on March 30 on the evidence provided by key government witness David Greenglass, Ethel Rosenberg's brother. Co-defendant Morton Sobell was sentenced to 30 years in prison. He was released in 1969. The Rosenbergs were electrocuted on June 19, 1953, leaving behind two young sons.
    (CL, 4/5/96)(AP, 5/5/97)(HN, 5/5/97)(HNPD, 4/5/99)(AP, 4/5/04)

1951        Apr 7, Janis Ian, [Janis Eddy Fink], lesbian, folk rocker, was born in NYC.
    (MC, 4/7/02)

1951        Apr 17, Mickey Mantle played his 1st game as a NY Yankee and went 1 for 4.
    (MC, 4/17/02)

1951        May 18, The United Nations moved out of its temporary headquarters in Lake Success, N.Y., for its permanent home in Manhattan.
    (AP, 5/18/97)(HN, 5/18/98)

1951        May 24, Willie Mays began playing for the New York Giants.
    (HN, 5/24/98)

1951        May 25, New York Giant Willie Mays went 0 for 5 in his 1st major league game.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1951        Sep 15, "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" closed at Ziegfeld NYC after 740 performances.

1951        Oct 3, Bobby Thompson won the pennant for the New York Giants by hitting a home run off of Ralph Branca of the Brooklyn Dodgers at the New York Polo Grounds before 20,000 empty seats. Outfielder Bobby Thomson hit a home run in the bottom of the ninth inning, beating the Brooklyn Dodgers 5-4 to win the National League pennant. In 2001 the WSJ confirmed roomers that the Giants had concealed an electric buzzer and a telescope to steal the signals of the opposing catchers. In 2006 Joshua Prager authored "The Echoing Green: The Untold Story of Bobby Thomson, Ralph Branca and the Shot Heard Round the World."
    (HN, 10/3/00)(WSJ, 6/21/05, p.B1)(WSJ, 9/19/06, p.B1)

1951        Oct 10, The New York Yankees won the World Series at home, defeating the New York Giants in game six by a score of 4-3.
    (AP, 10/10/01)

1951        Oct 24, Jan de Hartog's "4 Poster," premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 10/24/01)

1951        Nov 1, Johnny Mercer's "Top Banana," premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 11/1/01)

1951        Nov 12, "Paint Your Wagon" opened at Shubert Theater NYC for 289 performances.
    (MC, 11/12/01)

1951        Nov 28, John Van Druten's "I am a Camera," premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 11/28/01)

1951        Dec 4, Copland-Robbins' "Pied Piper," premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 12/4/01)

1951        Dec 8, "Tree Grows in Brooklyn" closed at Alvin Theater, NYC, after 267 performances.
    (MC, 12/8/01)

1951        Lew Christensen, brother of Willam, quit the New York City Ballet to become the director of the SF Ballet.
    (SFEC, 8/10/97, p.B9)

1951        Bobby Fischer (8) lost a chess exhibition match to master Max Pavey in Brooklyn. He befriended there Carmine Nigro (d.2001 at 91), who became his 1st teacher.
    (SFC, 9/7/01, p.D5)

1952        Jan 3, A revived "Pal Joey" opened at Broadhurst Theater, NYC, for 540 performances.

1952        Jan 9,  Jackie Robinson became the highest paid player in Brooklyn Dodger history.
    (HN, 1/9/98)

1952        Feb 5, New York adopted the three-colored traffic lights.
    (HN, 2/5/99)

1952        Feb 20, "African Queen" opened at Capitol Theater in NYC.
    (MC, 2/20/02)

1952        Feb 29, The first pedestrian "Walk/Don't Walk" signs were installed at 44th Street and Broadway at Times Square.
    (HN, 2/29/00)

1952        Mar 22, Bob Costas, sportscaster, talk show host (Later), was born in Queens, NY.
    (MC, 3/22/02)

1952        Sep 25, Christopher Reeve, actor (Superman, Somewhere in Time), was born in NYC.
    (MC, 9/25/01)

1952        Sep 30, The motion picture process Cinerama -- which employed three cameras, three projectors and a deeply curved viewing screen -- made its debut with the premiere of "This Is Cinerama" at the Broadway Theater in New York City.
    (AP, 9/30/97)

1952        Nov 20, George Axelrod's "7 Year Itch," premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 11/20/01)

1952        Nov 26, Helen Frankenthaler (b.1928), New York artist, created her painting “Mountains and Sea." It was later recognized as her arrival as a major artist and a work that changed the course of abstract art.
    (WSJ, 11/8/08, p.W11)

1952        Willem de Kooning, leading light of the New York School, painted "Seated Woman."
    (WSJ, 12/5/96, p.A16)(SFC, 3/20/97, p.A6)(SFC, 6/28/02, p.D1)

1952        Orrin Keepnews and Record Changer publisher Bill Grauer founded the Riverside jazz label in New York City to re-issue jazz albums from the ‘20s, ‘30s, and ‘40s.
    (SFEM, 10/5/97, p.29)
1952        Generoso Pope (1927-1988) founded the National Enquirer newspaper. He relaunched the Enquirer, a NYC scandal broadsheet, as a national tabloid.
    (WSJ, 8/12/08, p.A19)(

1952        The New York Yankees defeated the Brooklyn Dodgers for the baseball World Series pennant.
    (SFC, 10/19/00, p.A14)

1952-1987    William Shawn edited the New Yorker Magazine. He had a 40-year affair with writer Lillian Ross, who in 1998 published "Here But Not Here," an account of their relationship. In 1998 Ved Mehta published: "Remembering Mr. Shawn’s New Yorker."
    (WSJ, 5/22/98, p.W10)

1953        Feb 5, "Peter Pan" by Walt Disney opened at Roxy Theater, NYC. [see Feb 11]
    (MC, 2/5/02)

1953        Feb 11, Walt Disney’s "Peter Pan" premiered. [See Feb 5]
    (HN, 2/11/97)

1953        Feb 18, "Bwana Devil," the movie that heralded the 3D fad of the 1950s, opened in New York City.
    (AP, 2/18/98)

1953        Feb 19, William Inge's "Picnic," premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 2/19/02)

1953        Mar 19, Tennessee Williams' "Camino Real," premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 3/19/02)

1953        Apr 10, The first 3-D horror movie "House of Wax," produced by Warner Bros. and starring Vincent Price, premiered in New York City.
    (AP, 4/9/97)(HN, 4/10/98)

1953        May 7, "Can Can" opened at Shubert Theater in NYC for 892 performances.
    (MC, 5/7/02)

1953        Jul 9, The 1st helicopter passenger service began in NYC.
    (MC, 7/9/02)

1953        Jul 25, NYC transit fare rose from 10 to 15 cents and 1st use of subway tokens began.
    (SC, 7/25/02)

1953        Sep 16, "The Robe," the first movie filmed in the widescreen process CinemaScope, had its world premiere at the Roxy Theater in New York.
    (AP, 9/16/98)

1953        Sep 30, Robert Anderson's "Tea & Sympathy," premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 9/30/01)

1953        Oct 2, Victor Borge (d.2000 at 91), musical humorist, opened his "Comedy in Music" at the Golden Theater on Broadway. It ran for 849 performances .
    (SSFC, 12/24/00, p.B5)

1953        Oct 15, John Patrick's "Teahouse of the August Moon," premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 10/15/01)

1953        Oct 28, Red Barber resigned as Dodger sportscaster to join Yankees.
    (MC, 10/28/01)

1953        Nov 25, "Guys & Dolls" closed at 46th St Theater NYC after 1200 performances.
    (MC, 11/25/01)

1953        Nov 28, "Wish You Were Here" closed at Imperial Theater NYC after 597 performances.
    (MC, 11/28/01)
1953        Nov 28, New York City began 11 days without newspapers when a strike of photoengravers shut down publication. Sales increased for magazines and paperback books.
    (DT internet 11/28/97)

1953        Nov 29, American Airlines began 1st regular commercial NY-LA air service.
    (MC, 11/29/01)

1953        Dec 3, The musical "Kismet" opened on Broadway at the Ziegfeld Theater for 583 performances.
    (AP, 12/3/99)(MC, 12/3/01)

1953        Jack Kerouac wrote his book "The Subterraneans." Though set in San Francisco it was actually about characters from Fugazi’s Bar of Greenwich Village. Anton Rosenberg (d.1998 at 71), a hipster painter and musician, was portrayed as Julian Alexander. The book was not published until 1958.
    (SFC, 2/23/98, p.A21)

1953        Steve Allen (d.2000) created and hosted the Tonight Show in NYC. It went national in 1954. Allen remained host until 1957.
    (SFC, 11/1/00, p.A19)(SSFC, 5/2/04, Par. p.4)

1953        The Batsheva de Rothschild Foundation, founded by Baroness Batsheva de Rothschild (d.1999 at 84), sponsored a 2-week festival of American modern dance on Broadway.
    (SFC, 4/23/99, p.D8)

1953        The New York Yankees defeated the Brooklyn Dodgers for the baseball World Series pennant.
    (SFC, 10/19/00, p.A14)

1953        Nat Hentoff became the NYC editor of Down Beat. Willie "the Lion" Smith, Harlem stride pianist, soon became his mentor.
    (WSJ, 12/30/03, p.D8)

1953        Dow Jones & Co. ceased the publication of its Saturday Wall Street Journal after the NYSE ended Saturday trading.
    (WSJ, 8/1/07, p.B6)

1954        Jan 2, The "Caine Mutiny" by Herman Wouk premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 1/2/02)

1954        Jan 16, "South Pacific" closed at Majestic Theater, NYC, after 1928 performances.
    (MC, 1/16/02)

1954        Mar 5, "Girl in Pink Tights" opened at Mark Hellinger in NYC for 115 performances.
    (MC, 3/5/02)

1954        May 13, The musical play "The Pajama Game" opened on Broadway for 1063 performances.
    (AP, 5/13/97)(MC, 5/13/02)

1954        Mar 20, "King and I" closed at St. James Theater in NYC after 1246 performances.
    (MC, 3/20/02)

1954        Apr 12, Bill Haley & the Comets recorded "Rock Around the Clock" at NYC's Pythian Temple. The song was written by Max C. Freedman and Jimmy de Knight. Haley died in 1981.
    (HN, 4/12/98)(WSJ, 4/8/04, p.D8)

1954        Apr 25, Bell Labs in NYC announced the 1st solar battery.
    (SFC, 2/16/04, p.E1)

1954        May 13, The musical play "The Pajama Game" opened on Broadway for 1063 performances.
    (AP, 5/13/97)

1954        Sep 11, Category 3 Hurricane Edna made landfall at Martha’s Vineyard. This 2nd storm of 1954 hit NYC with $50 million damage and caused 21 deaths in the region.

1954        Sep 29, The New York Giants beat the Cleveland Indians in the 1st game of this year’s World Series. NY went on to win 4 games in a row. Willie Mays made a spectacular catch and throw in the 8th inning. In 1955 Arnold Hano authored “A Day in the Bleachers," a classic account of this game.
    (, 9/17/06, p.D1)

1954        Sep 30, "Boy Friend" opened at the Royale Theater NYC for 483 performances.
    (MC, 9/30/01)

1954        Oct 3, Al Sharpton, 2004 Democrat presidential candidate, was born in Brooklyn, NY.
    (SSFC, 2/29/04, p.D2)

1954        Oct 7, Marian Anderson became the first black singer hired by the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
    (AP, 10/7/97)

1954        Oct 13, R.P. Smith's and M. Shulman's "Tender Trap," premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 10/13/01)

1954        Oct 28, N. Richard Nash's "Rainmaker," premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 10/28/01)

1954        Nov 4, The Broadway show "Fanny" opened at the Majestic Theater for 888 performances. It was produced by David Merrick (d.2000 at 88).
    (SFC, 4/27/00, p.A25)(MC, 11/4/01)

1954        Nov 12, Ellis Island closed after processing more than 20 million immigrants since opening in New York Harbor in 1892.
    (AP, 11/12/97)

1954        Dec 8, Maxwell Anderson's "Bad Seed," premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 12/8/01)

1954        Dec 27, Gian Carlo Menotti's opera "Saint of Bleecker Street" premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 12/27/01)

1954        Joseph Papp founded the outdoor New York Shakespeare Festival.
    (WSJ, 8/12/98, p.A13)

1955        Feb 16, Theodore Bikel (1924-2015) made his Broadway debut in “Tonight in Samarkand," at the Morosco Theatre.
    (, 7/23/15, p.D4)

1955        Feb 26, "Peter Pan" closed at Winter Garden Theater in NYC after 149 performances.
    (SC, 2/26/02)

1955        Mar 2, The William Inge play "Bus Stop" opened at the Music Box Theatre in New York.
    (AP, 3/2/02)

1955        Mar 24, The Tennessee Williams play "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" opened on Broadway with Barbara Bel Geddes as Maggie, Ben Gazzara as Brick and Burl Ives as Big Daddy. Paul Newman won Gazzara’s role for the 1958 film.
    (AP, 3/23/97)(SSFC, 1/23/05, Par p.2)

1955        Mar 31, Chase National (3rd largest bank) and Bank of the Manhattan Company (15th largest bank) merged to form Chase Manhattan.
    (MC, 3/31/02)

1955        Apr 21, The Jerome Lawrence-Robert Lee play "Inherit the Wind," loosely based on the Scopes trial of 1925, opened at the National Theatre in New York.
    (AP, 4/21/99)

1955        Apr 23, "Kismet" closed at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 583 performances.
    (MC, 4/23/02)

1955        May 25, Connie Selleca, actress (Hotel, Captain America II), was born in  Bronx, NY.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1955        Jun 25, "Can Can" closed at Shubert Theater NYC after 892 performances.
    (MC, 6/25/02)

1955        Jul 9, Jimmy Smits, actor (Victor-LA Law, Running Scared,  NYPD Blue), was born in Brooklyn.
    (MC, 7/9/02)

1955        Sep 8, The Brooklyn Dodgers won the National League pennant, the earliest a team had achieved this.
    (MC, 9/8/01)

1955        Sep 29, The Arthur Miller play "A View From the Bridge" opened at the Coronet Theater in New York City.
    (AP, 9/29/97)

1955        Oct 5, A stage adaptation of "The Diary of Anne Frank" opened at the Cort Theatre in New York.
    (AP, 10/5/97)

1955        Oct 7, The aircraft carrier USS Saratoga was launched at Brooklyn.
    (MC, 10/7/01)

1955        Oct 20, "No Time for Sergeants," starring Andy Griffith, opened on Broadway.
    (MC, 10/20/01)

1955        Oct 26, The weekly NYC Village Voice newspaper was first published. It was founded by Dan Wolf, Ed Fancher and Norman Mailer. In 1996 it changed to free distribution. In 2015 Peter Barby, whose family owned the Reading Eagle newspaper in Pennsylvania, purchased the paper from the Voice Media Group.
    (HN, 10/26/00)(SFC, 8/23/17, p.C6)

1955        Nov 9, Michael Gazzo's "Hatful of Rain," premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 11/9/01)

1955        Nov 30, "Pipe Dream" opened at Shubert Theater in NYC for 245 performances.
    (MC, 11/30/01)

1955        Dec 11, Archer Milton Huntingon (b.1970) died in NYC. He had inherited a fortune from his father, who had built ships and railroads. In 1904 he founded the Hispanic Society of America in New York City and used his fortune to carry out his goal of building a museum of Hispanic culture, which opened to the public in Manhattan in 1908.
    (, 4/1/17)

1955        In NYC the Museum of Art opened “The Family of Man" exhibit. Magazine photographer Wayne Miller (1918-2013) was the associate curator. The exhibit then toured the world and became a book that sold 4 million copies.
    (SSFC, 5/26/13, p.C13)
1955        Ben Bagley (d.1998 at 64) burst onto the theater scene off Broadway at age 21 with "The Shoestring Revue," a collection of songs and sketches from many show business talents.
    (SFC, 3/28/98, p.B12)
1955        Roy DeCarava (1919-2009) opened A Photographer's Gallery, an important New York City gallery pioneering an effort to win recognition for photography as a fine art. It remained open for over two years. Since the 1930s he had documented Harlem and its associated Renaissance in art and culture. His work included photographs of many notable jazz artists.
    (SFEM, 1/25/98, p.6)(
1955        The Greenwich Village Theater de Lys was purchased Louis Schweitzer and given to his wife, Lucille Lortel (d.1999 at 98). The theater was renamed the Lucille Lortel Theater in 1981. Lortel introduced numerous plays and earned the title of Queen of Off-Broadway.
    (SFC, 4/6/99, p.D2)
1955        The Brooklyn Dodgers defeated the NY Yankees for the baseball World Series pennant.
    (SFC, 10/19/00, p.A14)

1956        Mar 15, The Lerner and Loewe musical "My Fair Lady" opened starring Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison at the Mark Hellinger Theater in NYC for 2,715 performances.
    (AP, 3/15/97)(HN, 3/15/02)(MC, 3/15/02)

1956        Mar 22, Musical "Mr. Wonderful" with Sammy Davis Jr. premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 3/22/02)

1956        Apr 3, "Silk Stockings" closed at Imperial Theater in NYC after 461 performances.
    (MC, 4/3/02)

1956        Apr 14, "Plain and Fancy" closed at Mark Hellinger Theater in NYC after 476 performances.
    (MC, 4/14/02)

1956        May 28, Germaine Montenesdro, 2nd victim of NYC's Zodiac killer, was born.
    (MC, 5/28/02)

1956        Jul 24, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis performed for the last time at the Copacabana Club in NYC after a decade together as the country's most popular comedy team.
    (SSFC, 10/23/05, Par p.5)

1956        Oct 8, Don Larsen pitched the only perfect game in a World Series to date as the New York Yankees beat the Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 5, 2-0.
    (AP, 10/8/08)

1956        Oct 10, The New York Yankees won the World Series, defeating the Brooklyn Dodgers, 9-0, in Game 7 at Ebbets Field.
    (AP, 10/10/06)

1956        Oct 14, Charles Ives' overture "Robert Browning," premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 10/14/01)

1956        Oct, The World Series was won by the New York Yankees over the Brooklyn Dodgers 4-3.
    (TOH, 1982, p.1956)
1956        Oct, The Brooklyn Dodgers completed their last season in NYC. In 2003 Michael Shapiro authored "The Last Good Season." The team moved to LA after Robert Moses, head of the Triborought Bridge and Tunnel District, blocked the efforts of owner Walter O’Malley to build a new Brooklyn ballpark.
    (WSJ, 4/3/03, p.D8)

1956        Nov 10, Gene de Paul's and John Meyer's musical "Li'l Abner," premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 11/10/01)
1956        Nov 10, Billie Holiday returned to the New York City stage at Carnegie Hall after a three-year absence.
    (MC, 11/10/01)

1956        Nov 15, "Li'l Abner" opened at St James Theater NYC for 693 performances.
    (MC, 11/15/01)
1956        Nov 15, Elvis Presley's 1st film "Love Me Tender," premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 11/15/01)

1956        Nov 24, "Pajama Game" closed at St James Theater NYC after 1063 performances.
    (MC, 11/24/01)

1956        Nov 29, The musical "Bells Are Ringing," starring Judy Holliday, opened at Shubert Theater in NYC for 925 performances. It was written by Betty Comden, Adolph Green and Jule Styne.
    (AP, 11/29/01)(WSJ, 4/18/01, p.A20)

1956        Nov, Eugene O’Neill’s “Long Day’s Journey into Night" premiered on Broadway. It had first premiered in Sweden in February.

1956        Dec 1, Leonard Bernstein's musical "Candide," based on the work by Voltaire, opened at Martin Beck Theater in NYC for 73 performances. The book was by Lillian Hellman with lyrics by Richard Wilbur.
    (AP, 12/1/99)(SFC, 1/11/05, p.E1)

1956        Dec 5, Thornton Wilder's "Matchmaker," premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 12/5/01)

1956        Dec 16, Cardinal Francis Spellman, the Archbishop of New York, personally denounced the yet-to-be released movie "Baby Doll," saying Catholics would be committing a sin if they saw it.
    (AP, 12/16/98)

1956        The documentary film "On the Bowery" was made by Lionel Rogosin (d.2000 at 76). It depicted life on New York’s skid row and reflected alienation in American society.
    (SFC, 12/12/00, p.B4)

1956        Frank Lloyd Wright designed the New York Guggenheim Museum.
    (SFEM, 4/19/98, p.23)

1956        The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) expanded to include 20 Broad St.
    (SFC, 4/23/98, p.D2)

1957        Jan 16, Arturo Toscanini (b.1867), Italian-US conductor (NBC), died in NYC. He led the NBC Symphony from 1937-1954. In 1978 Harvey Sachs wrote a biography of Toscanini. In 2002 Sachs edited "The Letters of Arturo Toscanini," his correspondence with Ada Mainardi. In 2017 Sachs authored a 2nd biography “Toscanini."
    (, 3/25/01)(WSJ, 4/30/02, p.D7)(Econ 6/24/17, p.75)

1957        Jan 22, Suspected "Mad Bomber" George P. Metesky, accused of planting more than 30 explosive devices in the New York City area, was arrested in Waterbury, Conn. He was later found mentally ill and committed to a mental hospital; he was released in 1973, and died in 1994 at age 90.
    (AP, 1/22/98)(AP, 1/22/04)

1957        Mar 1, "Ziegfeld Follies of 1957" opened at Winter Garden NYC for 123 performances.
    (SC, 3/1/02)

1957        Mar 21, Tennessee Williams' "Orpheus Descending," premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 3/21/02)

1957        May 2, Crime boss Frank Costello narrowly survived an attempt on his life in New York; the alleged gunman, Vincent "The Chin" Gigante, was acquitted at trial after Costello refused to identify him as the shooter.
    (AP, 5/2/07)

1957        May 25, "Shinbone Alley" closed at Broadway Theater in NYC after 49 performances.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1957        Jun 17, Mob underboss Frank Scalice was shot to death at a produce market in the Bronx, N.Y.
    (AP, 6/17/07)

1957        Sep 24, The Brooklyn Dodgers played their last game at Ebbets Field, defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-to-0. The Dodgers moved to Los Angeles for the following season.
    (AP, 9/24/97)(WSJ, 4/7/99, p.B1)

1957        Sep 26, The musical "West Side Story" by Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Robbins opened on Broadway and ran for 732 performances. The loose adaptation of William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" produced several hit songs, including "Maria" and "Tonight". The story was by Arthur Laurents.
    (AP, 9/26/97)(

1957        Sep 29, The New York Giants played their last game at the Polo Grounds, losing to the Pittsburgh Pirates, 9-to-1. The Giants moved to San Francisco.
    (AP, 9/29/97)
1957        Sep 29, The Brooklyn Dodgers played their last game before moving to Los Angeles, losing to the Phillies 2-1 in Philadelphia.
    (AP, 9/29/07)

1957        Oct 8, The Brooklyn Baseball Club announced it was accepting an offer to move the Dodgers from New York to Los Angeles.
    (AP, 10/8/07)

1957        Oct 19, "Damn Yankees" closed at 46th St. Theater NYC after 1,022 performances.
    (MC, 10/19/01)

1957        Oct 25, Umberto "Albert" Anastasia (55), US gangster, died while taking a shave in a Manhattan hotel.
    (MC, 10/25/01)

1957        Oct 31, Jamaica, a musical, opened on Broadway at Imperial Theater. The book was by Yip Harburg and Fred Saidy, lyrics by Harburg, and music by Harold Arlen. Lena Horne (1917-2010) starred in the musical. It continued for 558 performances.
    (Econ, 5/22/10, p.91)(

1957        Nov 28, "Look Homeward, Angel" with Anthony Perkins premiered in NYC.
    (DT internet 11/28/97)(MC, 11/28/01)

1957        Dec 5, The William Inge play, “The Dark at the Top of the Stairs," opened at New York's Music Box Theatre and ran for a total of 468 performances, closing on January 17, 1959. It was directed by Elia Kazan. The drama was reworked by Inge from his earlier play, Farther Off from Heaven, first staged in 1947 at Margo Jones' Theatre '47 in Dallas, Texas.
1957        Dec 5, NYC became the 1st city to legislate against racial or religious discrimination in housing market with its Fair Housing Practices Law.
    (MC, 12/5/01)

1957        Dec 18, The motion picture "The Bridge on the River Kwai" premiered at the RKO Palace Theater in New York City.
    (AP, 12/18/97)

1957        Dec 19, The musical play "The Music Man," starring Robert Preston, with book and songs by Meredith Wilson, opened on Broadway at the Majestic Theater for 1,375 performances.
    (AP, 12/19/97)(MC, 12/19/01)

1957        Leo Castelli (d.1999 at 91) opened his art gallery on East 77th Street in NYC. He became the arbiter of a new movement, Neo-Dada, that quickly transformed to the Pop Art scene.
    (WSJ, 8/25/99, p.A16)

1957        The jazz opera "Shinbone Alley" opened on Broadway. It was written by Joe Darion with music by George Kleinsinger.
    (SFC, 6/22/01, p.D4)

1957        The Brooklyn House of Detention was built. It had a $45 million renovation in 2003.
    (Econ, 9/20/03, p.33)

1957        Rev. Billy Graham led a New York Crusade at Madison Square Garden that was televised coast-to-coast.
    (SFEC, 9/21/97, Z1 p.3)

1957        Carlo Gambino (d.1976) became head of the Gambino crime family and was later the model for Don Corleone in the film "The Godfather."
    (SSFC, 8/11/02, Par p.4)

1957        Mob boss Albert Anastasia of Murder Inc. was gunned down by 2 hitmen in a New York barbershop.
    (SFC, 11/2/96, p.E4)(WSJ, 5/1/97, p.B1)

1958        Feb 20, The Broadway play “The Day the Money Stopped" opened at the Belasco Theater. It featured the debut of actress Collin Wilcox-Paxton (d.2009 at 74).
    (SFC, 10/23/09, p.D5)

1958        Apr 3, "Say, Darling" opened at ANTA Theater NYC for 332 performances.
    (MC, 4/3/02)

1958        Jun 24, Victor M. Gerena, security guard who robbed $7 million (FBI wanted), was born in NYC.
    (MC, 6/24/02)

1958        Sep 20, Rev. Martin Luther King was stabbed by Izola Curry, a deranged woman, during a book signing on 125th St. in Harlem. Dr. Aubre De Lambert Maynard (d.1999 at 97) performed a successful operation on King who had a knife embedded in his sternum. Curry was later found mentally incompetent.
    (SFC, 3/25/99, p.C3)(AP, 9/20/08)

1958        Oct 14, Paul Osborn's "World of Suzie Wong," premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 10/14/01)

1958        Oct 26, Pan American Airways flew its first Boeing 707 passenger service jetliner from New York’s Idlewild Airport (later JFK) to Paris; the trip took eight hours and 41 minutes. 111 passengers flew aboard the Clipper America and a ticket cost $489.60. The plane was christened a week earlier by Mamie Eisenhower. The first New York - London transatlantic jet passenger service was inaugurated by BOAC. [see Oct 4]
    (AP, 10/26/97)(WSJ, 10/23/98, p.W6)(HN, 10/26/98)

1958        Dec 28, At Yankee Stadium the Baltimore Colts beat the NY Giants in the NFL championship game 23-17, after the game went into overtime for the first time. In 2008 Mark Bowden authored “The Best Game Ever: The Birth of the Modern NFL."
    (WSJ, 6/9/08, p.A15)(

1958        The musical comedy "Goldilocks" was written by Jean and Walter Kerr.
    (SFC, 1/7/03, p.A22)
1958        William Gibson's play "Two for the Seesaw," premiered in NYC with Anne Bancroft and Henry Fonda.
    (SFC, 5/23/02, p.D9)
1958        Durell Stone received a commission to design 2 Columbus Circle in NYC.
    (WSJ, 12/2/03, p.D10)
1958        NYC outlawed housing discrimination.
    (Econ, 2/11/12, p.34)

1959        Feb 3, An American Airlines Lockheed Electra crashed into New York's East River while approaching LaGuardia Airport, killing 65 of the 73 people on board.
    (AP, 2/3/08)
1959        Feb 3, Vincent Astor (b.1891), businessman and philanthropist, died. He left almost his entire fortune to his wife, Brooke Astor (b.1902 as Roberta Brooke Russell). In 2007 Frances Kiernan authored “The Last Mrs. Astor: A New York Story."
    (WSJ, 5/18/07, p.W10)(

1959        Feb 14, A $3.6 million heroin seizure was made in NYC.
    (MC, 2/14/02)

1959        Feb 16, Leonard Spigelgass' "Majority of One," premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 2/16/02)

1959        Feb 20, Joel Rifkind, NY serial killer, was born.
    (MC, 2/20/02)

1959        Mar 7, "Bells Are Ringing" closed at Shubert Theater in NYC after 925 performances.
    (MC, 3/7/02)

1959        Mar 9, The Barbie doll was unveiled at the American Toy Fair in New York City. The Barbie Doll No. 1 was introduced by Mattel Toy Company for $3. Ruth Handler (d.2002), co-founder of Mattel, had spotted the German Bild-Lilli doll in 1956 and asked toy designer Jack Ryan (d.1991) to create a version for American girls. The first dolls were produced by Mattel Toy Co. in Hawthorne, Ca. In 1994 one sold for $4000 as a collector’s item.
    (WSJ, 12/9/94, p.R-8)(SSFC, 4/28/02, p.A2)(SFC, 5/31/05, p.E1)(WSJ, 2/18/09, p.A15)

1959        Mar 10, Tennessee Williams' "Sweet Bird of Youth," premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 3/10/02)

1959        Mar 11, The Lorraine Hansberry drama "A Raisin in the Sun" opened at New York City's Ethel Barrymore Theater.
    (AP, 3/11/98)

1959        Mar 19, The Broadway show “First Impressions," a musical version of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, premiered at the Alvin Theater. It featured the theater debut of film star Farley Granger. The show continued for 84 performances.
    (, 3/30/11, p.C4)

1959        Apr 3, David Hyde Pierce, actor (Niles Crane-Fraiser), was born in NY.
    (MC, 4/3/02)

1959        Apr 11, "Jamaica" closed at Imperial Theater in NYC after 558 performances.
    (MC, 4/11/02)

1959        Jun 27, The play, "West Side Story" closed at Winter Garden Theater in NYC after 732 performances.

1959        Sep 4, "Mack the Knife" was banned from WCBS Radio in New York City. The ban was due to teenage stabbings in NYC.
    (MC, 9/4/01)

1959        Oct 19, William Gibson's "Miracle Worker," premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 10/19/01)

1959        Oct 21, The Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright (1869-1959), opened in NYC. In 2009 the museum published “The Guggenheim: Frank Lloyd Wright and the Making of the Modern Museum."
    (AP, 10/21/97)(AH, 10/04, p.15)(SSFC, 7/26/09, p.F5)

1959        Oct 22, Bob Merrill's musical "Take me Along," premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 10/22/01)

1959        Nov 5, The Broadway play “The 10th Man" by Paddy Chayefsky opened at the Booth Theater. In 1961 it moved to the Ambassador Theater.
    (SFC, 10/28/09, p.D5)(

1959        Nov 16, The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "The Sound of Music" opened on Broadway at Lunt Fontanne Theater, NYC, for 1443 performances. Theodore Bikel created the role of Capt. Von Trapp in the original production.
    (AP, 11/16/97)(SFC, 7/23/15, p.D4)

1959        Nov 17, William Shea  proposed a NYC stadium with transparent roof.
    (MC, 11/17/01)

1959        Nov 23, The musical "Fiorello!," with music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, opened on Broadway.
    (AP, 11/23/97)

1959        Dec 29, Saul Levitt's "Andersonville Trial" premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 12/29/01)

1959        Jack Gelber's (d.2003 at 71) play "The Connection" opened off Broadway at the Living Theater. It was a graphic depiction of the dead-end life of drug addicts.
    (SSFC, 5/11/03, p.A26)

1959        The NYC Atheneum Publishers was co-founded by Alfred Knopf Jr. (1918-2009), editor Simon Michael Bessie and editor Hiram Haydn.
    (SFC, 3/15/99, p.A19)(SFC, 2/17/09, p.B4)

1959        In New York City Salvador Agron (16), A Puerto Rican gang member, stabbed to death 2 white teenagers whom he mistakenly took to be members of a rival gang. In 1998 Paul Simon wrote a musical titled "The Capeman" based on Agron’s life story.
    (WSJ, 1/30/98, p.A12)

1959        Sam Marcy (1911-1998) founded The Workers World Party, an independent Communist party, in New York City. In 1990 he wrote a collection of articles titled: "Perestroika: A Marxist Critique."
    (SFC, 2/9/98, p.A19)

1960        Feb 10, "Unsinkable Molly Brown" ended at Winter Garden, NYC, after 532 performances.
    (MC, 2/10/02)

1960        Mar 3, The 9th largest snowfall in NYC history dropped14.5".
    (SC, 3/3/02)

1960        Mar 19, "Redhead" closed at 46th St Theater in NYC after 455 performances.
    (MC, 3/19/02)

1960        Mar 31, Gore Vidal's "Best Man," premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 3/31/02)

1960        Apr 14, "Bye Bye Birdie" opened at Martin Beck Theater in NYC for 607 performances.
    (MC, 4/14/02)

1960        May 3, The musical "The Fantasticks" opened at the Sullivan Street Playhouse in Greenwich Village. It featured the song "Try to Remember" by Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt and was 1st produced at Barnard College in 1959. Lore Noto (d.2002), former actor and agent, produced the show, which became the world’s longest-running musical. It closed Jan 13, 2002 after 17,162 shows.
    (SFC, 7/20/02, p.A20)

1960        May 14, "At the Drop of a Hat" closed at John Golden in NYC after 216 performances.
    (MC, 5/14/02)

1960        Sep 18, Two thousand cheered Castro's arrival in New York for the United Nations session.
    (HN, 9/18/98)

1960        Sep 19, Cuban leader Fidel Castro, in New York to visit the United Nations, angrily checked out of the Shelburne Hotel in a dispute with the management. Castro accepted an invitation to stay at the Hotel Theresa in Harlem.
    (AP, 9/19/07)

1960        Oct 25, The 1st electronic wrist watch placed on sale in NYC.
    (MC, 10/25/01)

1960        Nov 3, Tammy Grimes' "Unsinkable Molly Brown," premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 11/3/01)

1960        Dec 3, The Frederick Loewe & Alan Jay Lerner musical "Camelot" opened on Broadway.
    (AP, 12/3/99)(MC, 12/3/01)

1960        Dec 16, A United Air Lines DC-8 and a TWA Super Constellation collided over Staten Island, New York City. 134 people were killed including 128 people on both planes.

1960        Dec 19, A fire aboard the USS Constellation, under construction at Brooklyn, killed 50.

1960        Dec 26, Musical "Do Re Mi" with Phil Silvers premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 12/26/01)

1960        Ira Eaker (1922-2002) and Allen Zwerdling founded Back Stage, a NYC theater trade paper.
    (SSFC, 7/21/02, p.A27)

1960        Isaac Stern (d.2001 at 81), Russian-Jewish immigrant to the US and legendary violinist, saved Carnegie Hall from the wrecking ball.
    (SSFC, 9/23/01, p.A24)

1960        Pan Am constructed its World Port terminal at Idlewild Airport, which was later renamed to JFK Airport.
    (Hem., 5/97, p.70)

1961          Jan 10, Dashiell Hammett (66), author, died in NYC  from throat cancer. In 1983 Diane Johnson authored his biography. His books included “The Maltese Falcon" and “The Thin Man," both of which were turned into films. He wrote “The Maltese Falcon" while living in San Francisco at 891 Post St., which was also given as the address of detective Sam Spade.
    (, 6/7/04, p.C2)

1861        Jan 17, Lola Montez (b.1821), dancer and actress, died in NYC. Born in Ireland as Eliza Rosanna Gilbert she became famous as a "Spanish dancer," courtesan, and mistress of King Ludwig I of Bavaria, who made her Countess of Landsfeld.
    (SFC, 5/31/14, p.D1)

1961        Feb 22, The Broadway play “Come Blow Your Horn" by Neil Simon opened at the Brooks Atkinson Theater.
    (SFC, 10/28/09, p.D5)(

1961        Mar 2, "13 Daughters" opened at 54th St Theater NYC for 28 performances.
    (SC, 3/2/02)

1961        Mar 8, Jean Kerr's "Mary, Mary," premiered in NYC. It was adopted to film in 1963.
    (MC, 3/8/02)(SFC, 1/7/03, p.A22)

1961        Mar 25, "Gypsy" closed at Broadway Theater in NYC after 702 performances.
    (MC, 3/25/02)

1961        Apr 3, Eddie Murphy, actor (SNL, 48 Hours, Beverly Hill Cop, Raw), was born in Brooklyn, NY.
    (MC, 4/3/02)

1961        Apr 11, Folk singer Bob Dylan performed in New York City for the first time, opening for John Lee Hooker.
    (HN, 4/11/01)

1961        Apr 13, "Carnival!" opened at Imperial Theater in NYC for 719 performances.
    (MC, 4/13/02)

1961        Apr 15, "Music Man" closed at Majestic Theater in NYC after 1375 performances.
    (MC, 4/15/02)

1961        May 18, "Donnybrook!" opened at 46th St Theater in NYC for 68 performances.
    (SC, 5/18/02)

1961        Sep 26, Nineteen-year-old Bob Dylan made his New York singing debut at Gerde’s Folk City. [see Apr 11]
    (HN, 9/26/00)

1961        Oct 1, Roger Maris of the New York Yankees hit his 61st home run off of Tracy Stallard during a 162-game season. It compared to Babe Ruth's 60 home runs during a 154-game season. The ball was caught by Sal Durante (19) who offered it to Maris. Maris declined and Durante sold it for $5000 to a restaurateur named Sam Gordon, who donated the ball to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
    (AP, 10/1/97)(WSJ, 9/4/98, p.B1)(MC, 10/1/01)

1961        Oct 7, "Bye Bye Birdie" closed at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 607 performances.
    (MC, 10/7/01)

1961        Oct 14, "How to Succeed in Business" opened at 46th St NYC for 1415 performances.
    (MC, 10/14/01)

1961        Oct 17, NY Museum of Modern Art hung Henri Matisse's "Le Bateau" upside-down It wasn't corrected until December 3rd.
    (MC, 10/17/01)

1961        Oct 28, Ground was broken for Municipal (Shea) Stadium for NY Mets.

1961        Nov 1, A prohibition on tattooing went into effect in NYC because of its role in the spread of hepatitis.
    (SSFC, 10/9/11, DB p.42)

1961        Nov 9, Paddy Chayefsky's "Gideon," premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 11/9/01)

1961        Dec 28, Tennessee Williams' "Night of the Iguana," premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 12/28/01)

1961        Dec 31, "lrma La Douce" closed at the Plymouth Theater in NYC after 527 performances.
    (MC, 12/31/01)

1961        Craig Claiborne (d.2000 at 79), food journalist for the New York Times, authored "The New York Times Cookbook."
    (SFC, 1/24/00, p.A15)
1961        Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) authored "The Death and Life of Great American Cities." It was based on her experiences fighting urban renewal in Greenwich Village. In 2017 Matt Tyrnauer directed the documentary “Citizen Jane: Battle for the City."
    (SFEC, 6/25/00, BR p.4)(WSJ, 10/11/00, p.24)(SFC, 4/28/17, p.E5)
1961        In NYC the skyscraper at 1 Chase Manhattan Plaza, commissioned by David Rockefeller, was completed. In 2013 the Chinese conglomerate Fosun Int’l. agreed to buy it for $725 million.
    (Econ, 10/26/13, p.72)

1962        Jan 4, The 1st automated (unmanned) subway train ran in NYC.
    (MC, 1/4/02)

1962        Jan 26, Charles "Lucky" Luciano (65), NYC Mafia gangster, died.
    (MC, 1/26/02)

1962        Feb 24, New York police seized $20 million worth of heroin.
    (HN, 2/24/98)

1962        Feb 26, Arthur Kopit's "Oh, Dad, Poor Dad..." premiered in NYC.
    (SC, 2/26/02)

1962        Mar 1, American Airlines 707 plunged nose 1st into Jamaica Bay, NY, killing 95.
    (SC, 3/1/02)

1962        Mar 15, Richard Rodger's musical "No Strings," premiered in NYC for 580 performances.
    (MC, 3/15/02)

1962        Mar 24, Emile Griffith knocked out Benny Paret (b.1937) in the 12th round at Madison Square Garden. 10 days later on April 3 Paret died from the beating. Referee Ruby Goldstein was blamed by many for not stopping the fight soon enough.
    (, 4/20/05, p.E1)

1962        Apr 5, Herb Gardner's "Thousand Clowns," premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 4/5/02)

1962        Apr, Bob Dylan gave his first public performance of “Blowin’ in the Wind" at Gerdy’s Folk City in the West Village.
    (Econ, 2/18/12, ILp.14)

1962        May 8, The Stephen Sondheim musical comedy "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" opened at the Alvin Theater in NYC for 965 performances.
    (AP, 5/8/97)(SFEC, 5/31/98, BR p.6)(MC, 5/8/02)

1962        Sep 23, New York's Philharmonic Hall, since renamed Avery Fisher Hall, formally opened as the first unit of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Opening ceremonies included the premier of Samuel Barber’s Piano Concerto by John Browning (d.2003) and the Boston Symphony under Erich Leinsdorf.
    (AP, 9/23/97)(SFC, 1/30/03, p.A17)

1962        Oct 3, "Stop the World" opened at Shubert NYC for 886  performances.
    (MC, 10/3/01)

1962        Oct 13, The four-character drama "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?," by Edward Albee, opened on Broadway with Uta Hagen (d.2004) as Martha and Arthur Hill as George. The opening coincided with co-star Melinda Dillon's 23rd birthday.
    (SFC, 1/16/04, p.A23)(AP, 10/13/07)

1962        Oct 20, The musical, "Mr. President," written by Irving Berlin, opened on Broadway.
    (MC, 10/20/01)

1962        Oct 27, "Beyond the Fringe" opened at John Golden Theater NYC for 673 performances. It starred  Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Jonathan Miller and Alan Bennett.
    (MC, 10/27/01)

1962        Nov 19, S.N. Behrman's "Lord Pengo," premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 11/19/01)

1962        Dec 8, A 114-day newspaper strike began in NYC.
    (MC, 12/8/01)

1962        Dec 9, "I Can Get It For You Wholesale" closed on Broadway.
    (MC, 12/9/01)

1962        Dow Jones launched the weekly National Observer, a general interest national newspaper. The paper closed in 1977 with cumulative losses of $16.2 million.
    (WSJ, 8/1/07, p.B6)

1962        Ralph Ginzburg (b.1929) began publishing Eros, an erotic art quarterly in NYC. A year later he was convicted in Philadelphia for salacious promotional methods. He wound up serving 8 months of a 5 year sentence.
    (SFC, 7/7/06, p.B9)

1962        The TWA terminal at Idlewild was designed by Eero Saarinen.
    (Hem., 5/97, p.70)

1963        Jan 5, "Camelot" closed at the Majestic Theater, NYC, after 873 performances.
    (MC, 1/5/02)
1963        Jan 5, "Carnival!" closes at Imperial Theater, NYC, after 719 performances.
    (MC, 1/5/02)

1963        Jan 6, "Oliver!" opened at Imperial Theater in NYC for 774 performances.
    (MC, 1/6/02)

1963        Mar 20, The 1st "Pop Art" exhibition was held in NYC.
    (MC, 3/20/02)

1963                 Apr 1, Most of New York City's daily newspapers resumed publishing after settlement was reached in a 114-day strike.  Workers of the International Typographical Union ended their strike that had closed nine New York City newspapers. The strike ended 114 days after began on December 8, 1962.
    (AP, 4/1/08)(OTD)

1963        May 18, "Beast in Me" closed at Plymouth Theater in NYC after 4 performances.
    (SC, 5/18/02)

1963        May 25, "Hot Spot" closed at Majestic Theater in NYC after 43 performances.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1963        May 28, Down Jones went public. 110,000 shares of Dow Jones common stock were sold to the public.
    (WSJ, 8/1/07, p.B6)(

1963        Jun 12, One of Hollywood's costliest failures, "Cleopatra," starring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Rex Harrison, premiered in New York.
    (AP, 6/12/98)

1963        Jun 15, "Sound of Music" closed at Lunt Fontanne Theater in NYC after 1443 performances.
    (MC, 6/15/02)

1963        Aug 3, Carlo Imperato, actor (Fame), was born in Bronx, NYC.
    (SC, 8/3/02)

1963        Sep 28, Murray The K, a NY DJ played "She Loves You" on the radio.
    (MC, 9/28/01)

1963        Oct 3, Meredith Wilson’s Broadway musical “Here’s Love," featuring Dom DeLuise, opened at the Shubert Theater. The show close on July 25, 1964.
    (SFC, 5/6/09, p.A9)(

1963        Oct 23, Neil Simon's "Barefoot in the Park," premiered in NYC. [see Oct 24]
    (MC, 10/23/01)

1963        Oct 24, "Barefoot in the Park" by Neil Simon opened on Broadway. [see Oct 23]
    (SFEC, 9/29/96, BR p.5)

1963        Oct 28, In NYC the demolition of Penn Station, completed in 1910, began.
    (, 1/12/07, p.W8)

1963        Dec 24, New York’s Idlewild Airport was renamed JFK Airport in honor of the murdered President Kennedy.
    (HN, 12/24/98)

1963        Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama (b.1929) led in the creation of installation art with her show: “Aggregation: One thousands Boats Show," at the Gertrude Stein gallery in NYC. It featured a rowing boat filled with phallic sculptures installed in a room papered with 999 black-and-white photographic reproductions of the work.
    (Econ, 2/4/12, p.84)
1963        Daniel Patrick Moynihan, later senator and ambassador, authored "Beyond the Melting Pot," a description of the ethnic groups in NYC.
    (SFC, 11/7/98, p.A2)
1963        The 59-story Pan Am building on Park Ave. was completed. Walter Gropius was the principal designer. In 2004 Meredith D. Clausen authored “The Pan Am Building."
    (SFC, 8/23/00, p.A26)(WSJ, 12/9/04, p.D10)
1963        Frank Lloyd (d.1998 at 86) opened the Marlborough Gallery. He was involved in the 1970s Rothko art scandal.
    (SFC, 4/8/98, p.B2)
1963        Barbara Epstein (1928-2006), Jason Epstein, Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Hardwick founded the NY Review of Books.
    (Econ, 7/1/06, p.79)
1963        In NYC P.S.1 was desanctified as a public school. It was taken over by the alternative art scene in 1976.

1964        Jan 16, The musical "Hello, Dolly!," starring Carol Channing, opened on Broadway at the St. James Theater, beginning a run of 2,844 performances.
    (AP, 1/16/98)

1964        Jan 18, Plans were disclosed for the World Trade Center in NYC. It was commissioned in 1962 to Minoru Yamasaki.
    (HN, 1/18/99)(WSJ, 12/2/03, p.D10)

1964        Jan 23, Arthur Miller's "After the Fall," premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 1/23/02)

1964         Feb 7, The British band The Beatles began their first American tour as they arrived at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, where they were greeted by 25,000 screaming fans.
    (SFEM, 3/9/96, p.35)(AP, 2/7/97)(HN, 2/7/99)

1964        Feb 18, Muriel Resnik's "Any Wednesday," premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 2/18/02)

1964        Feb 27, "What Makes Sammy Run?" opened at 84th St Theater in NYC for 540 performances.
    (MC, 2/27/02)

1964        Feb - 1964 Mar, Hasbro launched the G.I. Joe action figure debuted as a popular American toy at the annual toy fair in NYC.
    (SFC, 7/10/04, p.F11)(SFC, 2/7/14, p.A12)

1964        Mar 9, Supreme Court issued its NY Times vs. Sullivan decision that public officials must prove malice to claim libel & recover damages.
    (MC, 3/9/02)

1964        Mar 13, In a notorious case 38 residents of a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens reportedly failed to respond to the cries of Kitty Genovese (28), a gay woman, as she was being stabbed to death. Winston Mosely was later convicted and sentenced to life in prison. In  2014 Kevin Cook authored “Kitty Genovese: The Murder, the Bystanders, the Crime That Changed America." Here he refutes the story of 38 witnesses and details the what happened.
    (AP, 3/13/97)(AARP Bulletin, 3/14, p. 24)

1964        Mar 26, The Broadway hit musical "Funny Girl" premiered with Barbara Streisand as singer Fanny Brice. Jule Styne and Bob Merrill produced the show, which ran at Winter Garden Theater in NYC for 1,348 performances
    (AP, 3/26/97)(SS, 3/26/02)(SSFC, 1/18/04, p.A1)

1964        Apr 17, Ford Motor Company unveiled its new Mustang model at the New York World’s Fair. The base price was $2,368. Donald Frey (d.2010 at 86), spearheaded the design and development of the car. Industry experts in 1996 picked the 1964 Mustang as the number 1 favorite car.
    (AP, 4/17/97)(WSJ, 6/19/96, Adv. Supl)(SFC, 3/30/10, p.C3)

1964        Apr 22, President Johnson opened the 1964-1965 New York World's Fair in Queens. It featured the futuristic Unisphere and a house made of formica. Ken Kesey and 14 Merry Pranksters drove to the fair in a 1939 bus with Neal Cassidy driving. The trip immortalized in "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" by Tom Wolfe in 1968.
    (TMC, 1994, p.1964)(AP, 4/22/97)(SFEM, 2/22/98, p.34)(WSJ, 1/22/99, p.W10)(SFC, 1/21/14, p.A1)
1964        Apr 22, At the opening of the New York World’s Fair in Queens the Vermersch family from Belgium introduced Belgian waffles, topped with fresh whipped cream, powdered sugar and sliced strawberries. They had first served the treat two years earlier at the 1962 World's Fair in Seattle, and for years after they made the waffles at the annual New York State Fair in Syracuse. But it was at the 1964 event in New York City that the waffles became a sensation.
    (AP, 4/21/14)

1964        May 25, Frank Gilroy's "Subject is Roses" premiered in NYC.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1964        Jul 18, Riots erupted in the African American communities of NYC and Rochester, NY. The NYC race riot began in Harlem and spread to Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn.
    (SSFC, 6/9/02, p.F5)(MC, 7/18/02)

1964        Sep 22, The musical "Fiddler on the Roof" opened at Imperial Theater on Broadway, beginning a run of 3,242 performances.
    (AP, 9/22/97)

1964        Oct 15, St. Louis Cardinals in their home park beat the New York Yankees in game 7 of Baseball’s World Series (7-5). In 1994 David Halberstam authored “October 1964," an account centered on the series.
    (, 9/24/05, p.P12)

1964        Oct 16, The New York Yankees fired manager Yogi Berra one day after their World Series loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.

1964        Oct 21, The movie musical "My Fair Lady," starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison, had its world premiere at the Criterion Theater in NYC.
    (AP, 10/21/04)

1964        Oct 29, In New York City thieves made off with the 565-carat Star of India along with the rare Eagle Diamond, the DeLong Star Ruby and some 20 other precious gems from a collection donated to the American Museum of Natural History by J.P. Morgan. The Star and most of the other gems were later recovered; three men were convicted of stealing them.
    (AP, 10/29/97)(HN, 10/29/98)(NY Times, 10/18/19)

1964        Nov 4, Lenny Bruce (d.1966), stand up comic, was arrested in NYC at the Cafe au Go Go on obscenity charges for his "bad language." In 2003 Gov. George Pataki granted Bruce a posthumous pardon.
    (WSJ, 5/29/03, p.D8)(SFC, 12/24/03, p.A1)

1964        Nov 11, Murray Schisgal's "Luv," premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 11/11/01)

1964        Nov 14, "Oliver!" closed at Imperial Theater NYC after 774 performances.
    (MC, 11/14/01)

1964        Nov 21, The upper level of New York's Verrazano Narrows Bridge, which connected Brooklyn and Staten Island, was opened. Designed by Swiss émigré Othmar Ammann, it was the world's longest suspension bridge at the time. It was.
    (AP, 11/21/07)(WSJ, 6/5/03, p.D8)

1964        Nov 23, "Bajour" opened at the Shubert Theater, NYC, for 232 performances.
    (MC, 11/23/01)

1964        Dec 30, Edward Albee's "Tiny Alice," premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 12/30/01)

1964        Ralph Ginzburg began publishing the magazine Fact in NYC. It began with responses from a questionnaire sent to 12,000 psychiatrists on the psychological fitness of Barry Goldwater for the presidency of the US. Goldwater sued for libel and won $1 in compensatory damages and $75,000 in punitive damages.
    (SFC, 7/7/06, p.B9)

1964        Carolee Schneeman performed "Meat Joy," an orgy-like work at New York's Judson Memorial Church. Participants cavorted nude or nearly so in a human pile with animal carcasses and blood.
    (SFEC, 3/12/00, p.D5)

1964        Gilbert Millstein (d.1999 at 83) wrote the text for "New York: True North," a book of photographs by Sam Falk, a photographer for the NY Times.
    (SFC, 5/11/99, p.A19)

1964        CBS completed its $40 million headquarters in mid-Manhattan.
    (SFC, 12/26/06, p.A2)

1965        Jan 2, The New York Jets signed University of Alabama quarterback Joe Namath for a reported $427,000.
    (AP, 1/2/08)

1965        Jan 8, the Star of India and other stolen gems were returned to the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
    (AP, 1/8/05)

1965        Feb 19, Fourteen Vietnam War protesters were arrested for blocking U.N. doors in New York.
    (HN, 2/19/98)

1965        Feb 21, Former Black Muslim leader El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, aka Malcolm X (born as Malcolm Little, 39), was shot to death in front of 400 people in New York by assassins identified as Black Muslims. He was murdered at the Audubon Ballroom in Manhattan. His wife, Betty Shabazz, was pregnant with twins and sat in the audience along with his 4-year-old daughter Quibilah. Three men, Norman 3X Butler (Abdul Aziz), Khalil Islam, and Thomas Hagan, connected to the Nation of Islam were convicted for the assassination. Aziz was paroled in 1985 and in 1998 was appointed by Louis Farrakhan to head a Harlem mosque. In 1992 James H. Cone authored a book about Malcolm X and Martin Luther King. In 2011 Manning Marable authored “Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention." In 2021 Khalil Islam (d.2009) and Muhammad Aziz (83) were cleared of killing Malcolm X.
    (SFC, 6/24/97, p.A3)(AP, 2/21/98)(SFC, 3/26/98, p.A3)(SFC, 9/8/99, p.A7)(Econ, 4/9/11, p.94)(SFC, 11/18/21, p.A7)

1965        Mar 2, The movie version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical “The Sound of Music," starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, had its world premiere at New York’s Rivoli Theater. The musical, about the Trapp Family, was a hit on the Great White Way for 3-1/2 years and one of the most popular motion pictures of all time. It remains a classic even today. The movie brought instant stardom for Miss Andrews, who went on to star in other singing roles in the theatre, on television, in movies and as a popular recording artist.
    (AP, 3/2/05)

1965        Mar 10, Neil Simon's play "The Odd Couple," starring Walter Matthau as Oscar Madison and Art Carney as Felix Unger, opened on Broadway.
    (AP, 3/10/99)

1965        Mar 15, T.G.I. Friday's 1st restaurant opened in NYC.
    (MC, 3/15/02)

1965        Mar 25, The opera "Lizzie Borden" premiered in NYC. It was composed by Jack Beeson with a libretto by Kenward Elmslie. The initial scenario was written by Richard Plant (d.1997 at 87).
    (SFC, 3/17/98, p.A20)

1965        Apr 21, New York World's Fair reopened for a 2nd and final season.
    (MC, 4/21/02)

1965        Aug 27, Bob Dylan was booed off stage in NY's Forest Hills.
    (MC, 8/27/01)

1965        Oct 17, The musical "On A Clear Day You Can See Forever," with a score by Burton Lane and book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, opened on Broadway.
    (AP, 10/17/05)

1965        Nov 9, A major power failure hit the East Coast of the US. New York City experienced a major blackout just after 5:30 PM. In the great Northeast blackout several US states and parts of Canada were hit by a series of power failures lasting up to 13 1/2 hours. Nine Northeastern states and parts of Canada went dark in the worst power failure in history, when a switch at a station near Niagara Falls failed.
    (HFA, '96,p.42)(SFE,10/1/95, Z1, p.10)(AP, 11/9/97)(HN, 11/9/98)

1965        Nov 22, The musical "Man of La Mancha" opened in New York City. Joe Darion (d.2001 at 90) wrote the lyrics for "The Impossible Dream" and Mitch Leigh wrote the score.
    (AP, 11/22/97)(SFC, 6/22/01, p.D4)

1965        Nov, John Lindsay (d.2000) was elected mayor. In 2001 Vincent J. Cannato authored "The Ungovernable City," a look at Lindsay’s 8 years as mayor.
    (WSJ, 7/5/01, p.A10)

1965        Dec 8, Abe Burrows' "Cactus Flower," premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 12/8/01)

1965        Dec 21, Four pacifists were indicted in New York for burning draft cards.
    (HN, 12/21/98)

1965        Dec 26, "Funny Girl" with Barbra Streisand closed on Broadway.
    (MC, 12/26/01)

1965        Salvador Dali donated a sketch depicting Jesus Christ to the prison at Riker's Island, NYC, in lieu of a planned visit. On Mar 1, 2003, 4 prison officials staged a fake fire drill, stole the sketch and replaced it with a fake. The guards were caught by June and claimed the original was destroyed.
    (SFC, 10/6/03, p.A2)

1965        In NYC the 1910 grand Pennsylvania Station was torn down and replaced. Demolition had begun in 1963.
    (SFEC, 7/4/99, p.T4)
1965        NYC enacted its landmark Preservation Act. Lawyer Albert Bard (1866-1963) was chief among the preservation champions. The act was prompted by the demolition of the original Pennsylvania Station, to make way for the construction of the current Madison Square Garden, which was being relocated from 50th Street and Eighth Avenue. In 2008 Anthony C. Wood authored “Preserving New York," and illustrated history of how the act came about.
    (WSJ, 1/12/08, p.W8)(

1966        Jan 1, A 12 day transit worker strike shut down NYC subway and buses. The strike became a major rallying point behind the Taylor Law, which severely curtailed the ability of public employees in the state to strike and took effect on Sep 1, 1967.
    (SSFC, 10/20/13, p.E2)

1966        Jan 29, "Sweet Charity" opened on Broadway for 608 performances. Cy Coleman composed the music.
    (, 11/20/04, p.B6)

1966        Mar 3, James Goldman's "Lion in Winter" premiered in NYC.
    (SC, 3/3/02)

1966        Mar 8, "Golden Boy" closed at Majestic Theater in NYC after 569 performances.
    (MC, 3/8/02)

1966        Mar 31, An estimated 200,000 anti-war demonstrators marched in New York City. 25,000 anti war demonstrators marched in NYC.
    (HN, 3/31/98)(SFEC, 11/28/99, p.A28)(MC, 3/31/02)

1966        May 24, The Broadway musical "Mame" opened with Angel Lansbury and Bea Arthur at Winter Garden Theater in NYC for 1508 performances. It was directed by Gene Saks and was based on the novel "Auntie Mame" by Patrick Dennis.
    (SFEC, 12/8/96, Par p.18)(SSFC, 12/24/00, Par p.10)(SSFC, 4/26/09, p.B6)

1966            Jun 11, The musical "On A Clear Day You Can See Forever" closed at the Mark Hellinger in NYC after 280 performances. It had opened on October 17, 1965.

1966        Jul 16, "Half a Sixpence" closed at Broadhurst Theater in NYC after 512 performances.
    (MC, 7/16/02)

1966        Jul 25, Yankee manager Casey Stengel was elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame.
    (SC, 7/25/02)

1966        Aug 22, The Beatles arrived in NYC.
    (MC, 8/22/02)

1966        Sep 16, The Metropolitan Opera opened its new opera house at New York's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
    (AP, 9/16/97)

1966        Sep 22, Edward Albee's "Delicate Balance," premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 9/22/01)

1966        Oct 18, "Apple Tree" opened at Shubert Theater NYC for 463 performances.
    (MC, 10/18/01)

1966        Nov 7, Jean-Claude van Itallie's "America Hurrah," premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 11/7/01)

1966        Nov 20, "Cabaret" opened at Broadhurst Theater, NYC, for 1166 performances.
    (MC, 11/20/01)

1966        The Broadway musical "Mame" opened with Angel Lansbury. It was based on the novel "Auntie Mame" by Patrick Dennis.
    (SFEC, 12/8/96, Par p.18)(SSFC, 12/24/00, Par p.10)
1966        Construction began on the World Trade Center in NYC. It was designed by Minoru Yamasaki.
    (SFC, 9/12/01, p.A6)
1966        John V. Lindsay (d.2000) began serving as mayor of NYC. His 2 terms were marked by strikes, racial divisions, fiscal problems and the alienation of the city’s white working and middle classes.
    (SFC, 12/21/00, p.A31)
1966        NYC Banker Edmund Safra (d.1999) founded the Republic National Bank. The bank gave away televisions and home appliances to draw new deposits.
    (SFC, 12/4/99, p.A15)
1966        The Brooklyn Navy Yard closed down. 12,000 jobs were lost overnight.
    (Econ 7/15/17, p.26)

1967        Feb 22, Barbara Garson's "MacBird!," a notorious counterculture drama, premiered in NYC. It satirically depicted President Lyndon Johnson as Macbeth and his wife, Lady Bird Johnson, as Lady Macbeth.

1967        Apr 11, Harlem, NYC, voters defied Congress and reelected Adam Clayton Powell Jr. (1908-1972). In January, 1967, the House Democratic Caucus had stripped Powell of his committee chairmanship following allegations that Powell had misappropriated Committee funds for his personal use and other charges. In June, 1969, the Supreme Court ruled that the House had acted unconstitutionally when it excluded Powell, a duly elected member. He returned to the House, but without his seniority.

1967        Mar 7, Clark Gesner's musical "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" premiered in NYC.

1967        Mar 26, The 21st Tony Awards were held at the Schubert Theater in NYC. “The Homecoming" won for Best Play and “Cabaret" won for Best Musical.

1967        Apr 11, Harlem, NYC, voters defied Congress and reelected Adam Clayton Powell Jr. (1908-1972). In January, 1967, the House Democratic Caucus had stripped Powell of his committee chairmanship following allegations that Powell had misappropriated Committee funds for his personal use and other charges. In June, 1969, the Supreme Court ruled that the House had acted unconstitutionally when it excluded Powell, a duly elected member. He returned to the House, but without his seniority.

1967        May 13,  NY Yankee Mickey Mantle (b.1931) hit career HR #500 off Stu Miller.

1967        Jul 1, "Funny Girl" closed at Winter Garden Theater in NYC after 1348 performances.
    (MC, 7/1/02)

1967        Jul 19, The 1st air conditioned NYC subway car was R-38 on the F line.
    (MC, 7/19/02)

1967        Aug 3, John Femia, actor (Square Pegs, Hello Larry), was born in Brooklyn, NY.
    (SC, 8/3/02)

1967        Oct 17, "Hair," subtitled The American Tribal Love/Rock Musical, premiered off Broadway at the Public Theater. It moved to the Biltmore Theater on Broadway on April 29, 1968, where it stayed for 1,873 performances.

1967        Nov 14, Barney Kilgore (b.1908), WSJ columnist and Chairman of Dow Jones & Co., died. He is credited as the visionary who made The Wall Street Journal into a national newspaper. In 2009 Richard J. Tofel authored “Restless Genius: Barney Kilgore, The Wall Street Journal, and the Invention of Modern Journalism."
    (, 3/9/09, p.A17)

1967        Dec 2, Cardinal Francis Spellman died in New York City at age 78.
    (AP, 12/2/97)

1967        The opera "Mourning Becomes Electra" premiered at the NYC Metropolitan Opera House. It was composed by Marvin David Levy and Henry Butler (d.1998 at 79) wrote the libretto.
    (SFC, 8/11/98, p.B2)

1967        Writer Cleveland Amory (d.1998) founded The Fund for Animals in NYC.
    (SFC, 10/16/98, p.D4)

1967        Abbie Hoffman and the Yippies tossed fistfuls of paper money onto the floor of the NY Stock Exchange. Plexiglas screens were soon installed to prevent such displays.
    (SFEC, 6/21/98, p.T4)

1968        Jan 10, Lyle Menendez was born in NY and grew up in Princeton, NJ. In 1989 he and his brother Erik killed their parents.

1968        Jan 13, Hester & Appolinar's musical "Your Own Thing," premiered in NYC.

1968        Jan 22, The off Broadway show "Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris" premiered at the Village Gate Theater. A film version was produced in 1975. Brel (1929-1978), a Belgian singer, was later buried in the Marquesas Island of Hiva Oa, in the same cemetery as Paul Gauguin.

1968        Jan, Ralph Ginzburg (1929-2006), American author and publisher, began publishing Avant Garde, a literary and arts magazine in NYC. The magazine continued to July, 1971.
    (SFC, 7/7/06, p.B9)(

1968        Feb 1, The Pennsylvania Railroad and NYC Central merged into Penn Central.

1968        Feb 7, The  Arthur Miller play "Price" premiered in NYC.

1968        Mar 3, The musical "Here's Where I Belong" opened and closed at Billy Rose Theater in NYC. The book was by Alex Gordon and Terrence McNally, lyrics by Alfred Uhry, and music by Robert Waldman.

1968        Apr 8, Clay Felker (1925-2008), former editor of the New York Herald’s Sunday magazine, re-introduced New York magazine as a glossy after the paper folded.
    (SFC, 7/2/08, p.A2)

1968        Apr 14, The gay-themed play, "The Boys in the Band" by Mart Crowley, opened off Broadway at Theater Four and set a new genre. A film version was released in 1970.
    (AP, 4/14/08)(WSJ, 8/28/96, p.A10)(

1968        Apr 23, At Columbia Univ. in NYC the SDS held a rally in support of the IDA Six. An 8-day student sit-in began at Columbia Univ. to protest ties to the Defense Dept. and plans to build a gym over neighborhood objections. Within 72 hours students seized 5 buildings. The occupation ended on April 30 as police swept in and arrested some 700 people. In 2009 Mark Rudd, prominent student leader at Columbia, authored “Underground: My Life With SDS and the Weathermen."
    (, 9/1/03, p.B4)(WSJ, 3/28/09, p.W8)(SFC, 4/23/18, p.A7)

1968        Apr 29, The counterculture musical "Hair" opened on Broadway following limited engagements off-Broadway.
    (AP, 4/29/08)

1968        Apr 30, In NYC a thousand police officers swept into Columbia Univ. to clear out protesters who had occupied Hamilton Hall on April 23. One hundred students and 15 officers were injured as police arrested 700 people.
    (SFC, 4/23/18, p.A7)

1968        Jun 3, Valerie Solanas, founder of the Society for Cutting Up Men (SCUM), and author of the "SCUM Manifesto," shot Andy Warhol with a .32 automatic in his New York film studio, known as The Factory. Warhol survived but Solanas was judged insane and served three years in a psychiatric prison. She died in 1988 at 52 in a welfare hotel in San Francisco of bronchial pneumonia and emphysema. The 1996 film "I Shot Andy Warhol" was made by Mary Harron and featured Lili Taylor as Solanas.
    (SFC, 5/15/96, p.E-1)(AP, 6/3/98)(

1968        Jul 26, In NYC Vladimir Vorlicek (34) of Brooklyn bought a box of shotgun shells at an Abercrombie and Fitch gun store, loaded one shell into a gun taken from a rack and shot himself.
    (SSFC, 7/22/18, DB p.50)

1968        Oct 3, The Howard Sackler play, "Great White Hope," starring James Earl Jones and Jane Alexander, opened on Broadway.
    (AP, 10/3/08)

1968        Nov 5, Shirley Chisholm (1924-2004) of Brooklyn, New York, became the first black woman elected to serve in the US House of Representatives.
    (HN, 11/5/98)(SFC, 1/3/05, p.A3)

1968        Dec 1, Burt Bacharach and Hal David's musical "Promises, Promises" opened at Shubert Theater in NYC for 1281 performances.

1968        Dec 26, Jay Allen's "Forty Carats," premiered in NYC. It was adapted from the French original by Pierre Barillet and Jean-Pierre Gredy. The 1973 film adaptation starred Liv Ullman.
1968        Dec 26, Usher Fellig (Weegee), Ukraine-born (1899) American photographer, died. He worked in the Lower East Side of New York City as a press photographer during the 1930s and '40s, and developed his signature style by following the city's emergency services and documenting their activity.
    (Econ, 1/28/12, p.82)(

1968        Nicky Cruz (b.1939 in Puerto Rico), former NYC city gangster, wrote his autobiography "Run, Baby, Run." He had converted to Christianity in 1958 and begun ministering to inner city youth.
    (WSJ, 10/23/98, p.W13)(

1968        Zvi Kolitz (d.2002 at 89) co-produced the Broadway show "The Megilla of Itzik Manger."
    (SFC, 10/12/02, p.A21)

1968        The 1879 Madison Square Garden was moved across town from Madison Square.
    (SFEC, 7/4/99, p.T4)

1968        Bill Graham opened the Fillmore East in NYC and moved his SF operation to the former Carousel Ballroom, renamed the Fillmore West.
    (SFC,12/13/97, p.A15)

1968        Calvin Klein founded Calvin Klein Ltd. in NYC for $10,000.
    (SSFC, 11/29/09, p.N6)(

1968        In a move toward decentralization it was planned to give community districts more control over the NYC school system. The process was derailed when many white teachers were fired in Brooklyn on account of race in districts that came under control of black nationalists. In 2007 Richard D. Kahlenberg authored “Tough Liberal," a biography of Albert Shanker (1928-1997), head of the NYC teacher’s union. Shanker led the series of teacher strikes that fought total community control.
    (WSJ, 12/31/97, p.A10)(WSJ, 8/28/07, p.D6)

1968-1974    Donald Richie served as the curator of film at the Museum of Modern Art. In 2001 Artura Silva edited "The Donald Richie Reader."
    (SSFC, 6/17/01, DB p.66)

1969        Jan 2, The play "To be Young, Gifted & Black," by Lorraine Hansberry (1930-1965) premiered in NYC.

1969        Jan 12, The New York Jets defeated the Baltimore Colts, 16-7, in Super Bowl III at the Orange Bowl in Miami.
    (AP, 1/12/99)

1969        Feb 2, Giovanni Martinelli (b.1885), Italian opera singer, died. He enjoyed a long career at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City and appeared at other international theatres.

1969        Feb 6, The Broadway musical "Dear World," a musical version of Jean Giraudoux’s The Madwoman of Chaillot, opened with Angel Lansbury at the Mark Hellinger Theater.
    (SFEC, 12/8/96, Par p.18)(

1969        Mar 1, "Red, White, and Maddox" closed at Cort Theater in NYC after 41 performances.
1969         Mar 1, Mickey Mantle of the NY Yankees announced his retirement from baseball.
    (HN, 3/1/98)(

1969        Apr 14, In NYC the student Afro-American Society seized Columbia College.

1969        May 18, "Canterbury Tales" closed at Eugene O'Neill in NYC after 121 performances.

1969        Jun 17, The raunchy musical review "Oh! Calcutta!" opened in New York.
    (AP, 6/17/97)

1969        Jun 28, In the early hours 8 police officers raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City's Greenwich Village. Police raided the bar because it had refused to pay an increase in bribery. This led to a clash in what came to be called The Stonewall Rebellion, an incident considered the birth of the homosexual rights movement. Some 400 to 1,000 patrons rioted against police for 3 days The event was described by gay historian Martin Duberman in his book “Stonewall" (1993).
    (SFEC, 7/21/96, DB p.32)(AP, 6/27/97)(AP, 6/27/08)(SFC, 6/22/09, p.E1)(SFC, 6/26/09, p.F3)

1969        Aug 19, Miles Davis and associates began a 3-day session recording the album "Bitches Brew" with Tony Williams on drums at Columbia's 30th Street Studio. Other players included Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Airto Moreira, Herbie Hancock, Bennie Maupin, John McLaughlin, Billy Cobham, Chick Corea and Lenny White. The album was released in the spring of 1970 and became a commercial success.
    (SFEC, 7/27/97, DB p.40)(

1969        Sep 6, "Cabaret" closed at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 1166 performances.

1969        Oct 16, The New York Mets capped a miraculous season, winning the World Series in Game 5, a 5-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.
    (AP, 10/16/99)

1969        Oct 21, The play "Butterflies are Free," premiered in NYC at the Booth Theater. It was written by Leonard Gershe (d.2002).  It closed in 1972 after 1128 performances. Director Milton Katselas (1933-2008) then directed a film version.
    (SFC, 3/23/02, p.A27)(, 11/4/08, p.B5)

1969        Dec 28, Neil Simon's "Last of the Red Hot Lovers," premiered in NYC.

1969        Andy Logan wrote her 1st About city Hall column for the New Yorker.
    (SFC, 11/23/00, p.D9)

1969        Gay Talese authored “The Kingdom and the Power," an inside story of the NY Times from the post war period through the 1960s.
    (WSJ, 1/21/06, p.P11)

1969        Artists Douglas Huebler (d.1997 at 72), Robert Barry and Lawrence Weiner held an exhibition in New York that was later (1971) credited by a critic as originating the conceptual movement. This was an emphasis on art as an idea rather than an object in a reaction to the pop and op art of the 1960s.
    (SFC, 7/15/97, p.A18)

1969        Katherine Hepburn starred in "Coco," a Broadway musical based on Coco Chanel's life.
    (WSJ, 10/13/03, p.B1)

1969        Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook founded the Dance Theater of Harlem.
    (WSJ, 10/21/99, p.A20)

1969        Earl Butcher (1903-1996) received the Great Teacher Award of New York Univ. He was an early practitioner of tooth transplants and implants.
    (SFC, 11/12/96, p.B2)

1969        Rev. Bruce Ritter (d.1999 at 72) founded Covenant House, a shelter for runaways. He resigned under pressure of financial and sexual improprieties in 1990.
    (SFC, 10/13/99, p.C2)

1969        American Museum of Natural History in NYC installed a 94-foot, 21,000-pound, synthetic Blue Whale. It was based on a female carcass found in the South Atlantic in 1925.
    (WSJ, 7/24/03, p.D10)

1969        Ben Shahn, painter and photographer, died. Much of his photography of done in New York’s Lower East Side and Greenwich Village.
    (WSJ, 12/1/98, p.A20)(WSJ, 2/1/00, p.A24)

1970        Jan 3, "Mame" closed at Winter Garden Theater in NYC after 1508 performances.

1970        Jan 10, Charles Olson (b.1910), American poet, died in NYC. Volume Three of his Maximus Poems appeared posthumously in 1975.
    (SFC, 6/12/06, p.D8)(

1970        Jan 25, The Robert Altman film "M*A*S*H" premiered in NYC.

1970        Feb 17, Robert Marasco's "Child's Play," opened at the Royal theater on Broadway.

1970        Feb 25, Mark Rothko (b.1903), painter, committed suicide in NYC. He was born in Dvinsk, Russia, which is now Daugavpils, Latvia, and his family moved to Portland, Ore., in 1913. His work moved to abstraction in the 1940s. The execution of his will provoked a long drawn out court case. His daughter charged the executors and the owner of Rothko’s gallery with conspiracy and conflict of interest, and won. A 1998 show was accompanied by the book "Mark Rothko" by Jeffrey Weiss with contributions by John Cage, Carol-Mancusi-Ungaro, Barbara Novak, Brian O’Doherty, Mark Rosenthal and Jessica Stewart.
    (WSJ, 6/4/98, p.A16)(SFEC, 6/7/98, BR p.4)(AP, 11/11/03)(

1970        Feb 26, "Georgy" opened at Winter Garden Theater in NYC for 4 performances.

1970        Mar 6, In NYC’s Greenwich Village a townhouse at 18 West 11th St. exploded. SDS Weathermen members Diana Oughton, Ted Gold  and Terry Robbins were killed at the site where a bomb was being manufactured. Other members went underground and became known as the Weather Underground. The 1988 film "Running on Empty" was based on Bernardine Dohrn and Bill Ayers. In 2001 Bill Ayers, former Weatherman, authored "Fugitive Days, A Memoir."
    (SSFC, 9/9/01, DB p.67)(SFC, 7/21/03, p.D2)(

1970        Mar 15, "Purlie" opened at Broadway Theater in NYC. In December it moved to the Winter Garden Theater and in March 1971 to the ANTA Playhouse where it closed in November after a total of 688 performances.

1970        Mar 18, The US Postal Service was paralyzed by the first postal strike. A walkout of letter carriers in Brooklyn and Manhattan set off a strike that involved 210,000 of the nation’s 750,000 postal employees. Pres. Nixon declared a state of national emergency and assigned military units to NYC post offices.
    (HN, 3/18/98)(SFC, 10/4/02, p.A17)

1970        Mar 26, "Minnie's Boys" opened at Imperial Theater in NYC for 80 performances.

1970        Mar 30, The musical "Applause" with Lauren Bacall opened on Broadway. It was based on the movie "All About Eve."
    (SFEC, 5/18/97, Par p.7)(AP, 3/30/07)

1970        Apr 7, "Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-moon Marigolds," premiered in NYC. The play was written in 1964 by Paul Zindel, playwright and science teacher. Zindel received the 1971 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the work.

1970        Apr 14, The Sandy Wilson musical "Boy Friend" opened at Ambassador Theater in NYC for 119 performances. The original London production was in 1954.

1970        Apr 26, The musical, "Company," opened at the Alvin Theatre on Broadway. It starred Elaine Stritch and ran for [690] 705 performances. It was directed by Hal Prince. George Furth wrote the book and Stephen Sondheim (b.1930) wrote the score.
    (AP, 4/26/98)(

1970        May 8, Anti-war protests took place across the United States and around the world. Construction workers broke up an anti-war protest on New York City's Wall Street.
    (AP, 5/8/07)

1970        May 29, Eva Hesse, artist (34), died in NYC. She is one of 3 artists covered by Anne Middleton Wagner in "Three Artists (Three Women): Modernism in the Art of Hesse, Krasner and O’Keefe."
    (HFA, '96, p.42)(SFC, 5/12/96, p.T-7)(SSFC, 2/3/02, p.D3)

1970        Jun 7, The Who's Tommy was performed at NY's Lincoln Center.

1970        Jun 28, In NYC the Christopher Street Liberation Day, the first Pride march, took place a year after the 1969 uprisings at the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar, which were led by trans women of color.

1970        Aug 14, City University of NY inaugurated open admissions.

1970        Oct 3, "Coco" closed at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 333 performances.

1970        Oct 19, J. Bock's and S. Harnick's musical "Rothschilds," premiered in NYC and ran for 505 performances.

1970        Dec 18, "Me Nobody Knows" opened at Helen Hayes Theater in NYC for 587 performances.

1970        Dec 23, In NYC construction workers place the highest steel on the highest building in the world, the World Trade Center.

1970        Dec 27, "Hello, Dolly!" closed at the St. James Theater on Broadway after a run of 2,844 performances.
    (AP, 12/27/97)(

1970        Pat Bond (1926-2021), a NYC music teacher, founded an organization for masochists. After a few meetings, sadists were also invited. They named it the Eulenspiegel Society for Till Eulenspiegel, a character in German folklore who was cited as a symbol of masochism in “Masochism in Modern Man," a 1941 book by Theodor Reik, a protégé of Freud’s, that was one of the few texts at the time about this erotic minority.
    (NY Times, 5/11/21)
1970        New York City’s Off-Track Betting Corp. was created, in part to take gambling out of the hands of organized crime. In 2008 it was taken over by the state.
    (Econ, 9/12/09, p.36)

1971        Jan 19, The revival of "No, No Nanette," first produced on March 11, 1925, opened at 46th St Theater NYC and continued for 861 performances.

1971        Feb 10, The play "The House of Blue Leaves" by John Guare (b.1938), American playwright, opened off Broadway.
    (SFEC, 5/30/99, DB p.37)(

1971        Feb 25, "Oh, Calcutta" opened at the Belasco Theater.
    (, 11/3/96, DB p.38)

1971        Mar 8, Joe Frazier fought Muhammad Ali for the heavyweight championship at Madison Square Garden. Frazier won. They fought rematches in 1974 and 1975. In 2001 Mark Kram authored "Ghosts of Manila," and account of the Frazier-Ali boxing matches.
    (WSJ, 5/25/01, p.W8)(

1971        Mar 28, In the 25th Tony Awards held in NYC “Sleuth" won for best play & “Company" won for best musical.

1971        Apr 3, Manfred Bennington Lee (65), detective writer, died. Brooklyn cousins Daniel  Nathan, alias Frederic Dannay (1905-1982) and Manford Lepofsky, alias Manfred Bennington Lee (b.1905), used Ellery Queen as both a fictional character and a pseudonym.

1971        Apr 4, Stephen Sondheim’s musical "Follies" was produced at the Winter Garden in NYC and ran for 524 performances. The book was written by James Goldman (d.1998 at 71).
    (, 1/20/98, p.E1)(SFC, 10/30/98, p.D4)

1971        Apr 6,    Igor Stravinsky (b.1882), Russian-born composer, died in NYC.
    (AP, 4/6/97)(

1971        Apr 8, The 1st legal off-track betting (OTB) system began in NYC.

1971        Apr 29, Bill Graham announced the close of the Fillmore in SF and the Fillmore East in NYC along with his retirement from concert promotion. He was angered by his perceived greed of rock bands and the anger and distrust of his audience. He soon relented and put on shows with Led Zeppelin, the Allman Brothers, Pink Floyd, the Who and the Grateful Dead. The final concert at Fillmore East took place on June 27.
    (SFC,12/13/97, p.A15)(

1971        May 17, The musical "Godspell," by Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak, premiered off-Broadway.

1971        May 25, Justin Henry Rye, actor (Kramer vs. Kramer, 16 Candles), was born in NY.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1971        Jun 16, An El Greco sketch, "The Immaculate Conception," stolen in Spain 35 years earlier, was recovered in New York City by the FBI.

1971        Jun 26, "Man of La Mancha" closed at ANTA Wash Square Theater in NYC after 2329 performances.

1971        Jun 28, In NYC mobster Joseph Colombo (1924-1978) was gunned down at a Unity Day rally in Columbus Circle in Manhattan. He never regained consciousness and died seven years later.
    (, 1/27/17, p.D2)

1971        Jul 26, Diane Arbus [Nemerov] (b.1923), photographer, committed suicide in NYC. In 1984 Patricia Bosworth authored: "Diane Arbus: A Biography." In 2011 William Todd Schultz authored “An Emergency in Slow Motion: The Inner Life of Diane Arbus."
    (, 9/3/11, p.86)

1971        Aug 1, The Concert For Bangladesh, two benefit concerts organized by George Harrison and Ravi Shankar, played to a total of 40,000 people at Madison Square Garden.

1971        Oct 12, The rock opera "Jesus Christ Superstar" opened at the Mark Hellinger Theatre on Broadway. It closed July 1, 1973 after 711 performances.
    (AP, 10/12/97)(

1971        Oct 16, H. Rap Brown (b.1943) was captured following a shootout with police in NYC. He was charged with inciting a riot and carrying a gun across state lines. Brown converted to Islam in jail and became Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin.
    (SSFC, 1/6/02, p.A13)(

1971        Nov 6, The musical "Purlie" closed at ANTA Playhouse in NYC after a total of 688 performances.

1971        Nov 11, Neil Simon's "Prisoner of Second Avenue," premiered in NYC.

1971        Fritz Koenig, German Sculptor, created a 27-foot-tall brass ball and called it "The Sphere." It was installed at the NYC World Trade Center and was the only piece of art to survive.
    (WSJ, 3/7/02, p.A22)

1971        Richard Moore (Dhoruba al-Mujahid bin Wahad), a Black Panther field secretary, was charged with shooting and wounding 2 police officers guarding the home of Manhattan’s district attorney. The case was overturned in 1990 and in 2000 the city agreed to pay Moore $490,000 for 19 years of wrong imprisonment.
    (SFC, 12/9/00, p.A15)

1971-1977    Bella Savitzky Abzug (1920-1998), radical feminist and anti-war activist, served as a Democratic Congress representative from Manhattan.
    (SFC, 4/1/98, p.A5)

1972        Jan 1, "Promises Promises" closed at Shubert Theater NYC after 1281 performances.

1972        Feb 5, Marianne Moore (b.1887), American poet, died in NYC. Her longest work was the 1923 poem "Marriage." In 1998 her the book: "The Selected letters of Marianne Moore" was edited by Bonnie Costello, Celeste Goodridge and Cristanne Miller. In 2013 Linda Leavell authored “Holding On Upside Down: The Life and Work of Marianne Moore."
    (, 1/8/98, p.A7)(Econ, 11/23/13, p.83)

1972        Feb 13, "1776" closed at 46th Street Theater in NYC after 1,217 performances. A film version was released in November.

1972        Feb 14, The musical "Grease" opened at the Eden Theatre off Broadway. The show turned out to be a surprise hit and soon moved to the Broadhurst Theatre and then to the Royale where it remained until April 13, 1980. The show had a record run until it was taken over by A Chorus Line.

1972        Mar 1, David Rabe's "Sticks and Bones" premiered in New York City.

1972        Mar 26, "Only Fools Are Sad" closed at Edison Theater in NYC after 144 performances.

1972        Apr 2, Tennessee Williams' "Small Craft Warnings," premiered in NYC.

1972        Apr 4, Adam Clayton Powell Jr. (b.1908), American politician, died in Florida. He was elected to the US House of Representatives from Harlem in 1945 and became chair of the Education and Labor Committee in 1961. He was the first black Congressman from New York.

1972        Apr 7, "Crazy" Joe Gallo, flamboyant mobster, was gunned down at his 43rd birthday party in Manhattan’s Umberto's Clam House.
    (SFC, 12/30/04, p.A2)

1972        Apr 19, The Broadway production Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope" opened at the Playhouse Theatre, where it ran for two months before transferring to the Edison. It had a total run of 1065 performances. The cast included Grant, Alex Bradford, and Hope Clarke.

1972        Apr 23, In the 26th Tony Awards, held in NYC, "Sticks & Bones" won as best play and "Two Gentlemen of Verona" won as best musical.

1972        May 2, The play "That Championship Season" by Jason Miller (1939-2001) premiered in NYC off Broadway. A film version premiered in 1982.

1972        Jun 2, Dion & the Belmonts held a reunion concert at Madison Square Garden.

1972        Jun 7, The musical "Grease" opened at the Broadhurst Theatre, where it ran for five months before transferring to the Royale Theatre. It had initially opened at the Eden Theater in Manhattan on Feb 14,1972.
    (AP, 6/7/03)(

1972        Jun, George Balanchine and his NYC Ballet presented 22 new dances set to the music of Stravinsky: "Symphony in Three Movements."
    (WSJ, 11/21/02, p.D6)

1972        Jul 1, "Hair" closed at Biltmore Theater in NYC after 1750 performances.

1972        Jul 27, "Applause" closed at Palace Theater in NYC after 900 performances.

1972        Aug 12, "Oh! Calcutta!" closed at Belasco Theater in NYC.

1972        Oct 17, Bob Randall's play "6 Rooms Riv Vu," premiered in NYC.

1972        Oct 23, The musical "Pippin" opened on Broadway and ran for 1944 performances.
    (AP, 10/23/97)(

1972        Nov 8, The Green Channel of Manhattan became Home Box Office (HBO). Time Life gained control of HBO in March, 1973. HBO soon began transmitting programs to cable TV subscribers in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. The 1st cablecast was a National League Hockey game.
    (WSJ, 1/11/00, p.B1)(SFC, 4/3/01, p.C1)

1972        Nov 15, Circle-in the-Square Theater opened at 1633 Broadway NYC with a revival of Mourning Becomes Electra.

1972        Dec 20, Neil Simon's "Sunshine Boys," premiered in NYC.

1972        Bernard B. Jacobs (1916-1996) became the president of the Shubert Organization, which owns Broadway theaters and produced such plays as Cats and Amadeus.
    (SFC, 8/28/96, p.C2)(

1972        The Tonight Show moved from New York to Los Angeles.
    (SFEM, 10/5/97, p.16)

1972        The Port Authority was renamed the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
    (WSJ, 12/31/97, p.A10)

1972        Frank Serpico, police officer, exposed corruption in the police force.
    (SFC, 9/24/97, p.A3)

1972        Seaman Schepps (b.1881), NYC jewelry designer, died.
    (WSJ, 10/8/04, p.W10)

1973        Jan 3, The Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) got out of the baseball business this day by selling the New York Yankees to a 12-man syndicate headed by George Steinbrenner III for $8.8 million. Steinbrenner (1930-2010) put up barely $100,000.
    (, 7/17/10, p.38)

1973        Jan 10, An empty liquefied natural gas (LNG) tank in Bloomfield on Staten Island exploded and 40 workers were killed.

1973        Feb 3, "No, No Nanette" closed at 46th St. Theater in NYC after 861 performances.

1973        Feb 13, Musical "El Grande de Coca-Cola," premiered in NYC. The off-Broadway show closed April 13, 1975

1973        Feb 18, Frank Costello (b.1891), Italian-born US gangster, died in NYC.

1973        Feb 25, The Stephen Sondheim musical "A Little Night Music" opened at Broadway's Shubert Theater.
    (AP, 2/25/98)

1973        Mar 1, In the Paumanok Handicap at Aqueduct, NYC, Robyn Smith rode North Star to victory, becoming the first woman jockey to win a stakes race.

1973        Mar 3, "Shelter" closed at John Golden Theater in NYC after 31 performances.

1973        Mar 4, Khalid Duhham Al-Jawary (b.1947), and possibly others readied cars with bombs in anticipation of Israeli PM Golda Meir's visit to NYC. The bombs failed to detonate and were discovered after two cars on Fifth Avenue were towed. The FBI learned about a third car at JFK and notified police. In 1979 Border police stopped Al-Jawary's car as he and another man tried to cross into Germany from Austria. In the trunk of the car, police found 88 pounds of high explosives, electronic timing-delay devices and detonators hidden in a suitcase. They also unearthed cash and nine passports inside a portable radio that could be used to monitor transmissions from ships, airplanes or the police. Germany released Al-Jawary long before the FBI knew that he had been taken into custody. In 1991 he was detained in Rome and picked up by the FBI. In 1993 a jury convict Al-Jawary, just days after the first attack on the World Trade Center, based on evidence that included his fingerprints on one of the NYC bombs. In 2009 Al-Jawary was deported to Sudan after completing only about half his term, including time served prior to his sentencing and credit for good behavior.
    (AP, 1/25/09)(SFC, 2/27/09, p.A5)(WSJ, 3/5/09, p.A6)

1973        Mar 5, During spring training in Florida, Yankee pitchers Fritz Peterson and  Mike Kekich announced they had swapped wives.

1973        Apr 3, In NYC Martin Cooper, a general manager for Motorola, called rival AT&T making the first cell phone call using a cell phone the size of a brick.
    (SFC, 4/4/08, p.C1)

1973        Apr 4, In NYC ribbon cutting ceremonies were held for World Trade Center, the highest building in the world. The World Trade Center was completed at a cost of $350 million. The twin 110-story towers housed 55,000 employees working for 350 firms. In 2000 Aric Darton authored "Divided We Stand," the story behind the building of the Trade Center; Angus Kress Gillespie authored "Twin Towers," a cultural history that also covered the engineering challenges overcome by architect Minoru Yamasaki.
    {NYC, USA, World Record}
    (, 1/18/00, p.A24)(SFC, 9/12/01, p.A6)

1973        Apr 6, Yankee Ron Blomberg (b.1948) became the 1st designated hitter. He walked.

1973        May 20, "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" closed at St. James Theater in NYC after 613 performances.

1973        Jul 1, The rock opera "Jesus Christ Superstar" closed at the Mark Hellinger Theater on Broadway. It closed July 1, 1973 after 711 performances.

1973        Sep 18, Sondheim’s "A Little Night Music" moved to the Majestic Theater on Broadway.

1973        Oct 12, The ballet “Remembrances" by Robert Joffrey (1930-1988) premiered in NYC.

1973        Oct 18, "Raisin" opened at 46th St. Theater NYC for 847 performances.

1973        Nov 6, Abraham D. Beame (1906-2001) was elected as the New York city’s 104th and 1st Jewish mayor. He served until 1978.
    (SFC, 2/12/01, p.A26)(

1973        Nov 27, Neil Simon's "Good Doctor," premiered in NYC.

1973        Dec 31, Mayor John V. Lindsay left office after 2 terms.
    (SFC, 12/21/00, p.A31)

1973        SoHo was named a historic district.
    (SFEC, 7/4/99, p.T5)

1974        Mar 3, "Sextet" opened at Bijou Theater in NYC for 9 performances.

1974        Mar 5, A revived "Candide" opened at Broadway Theater in NYC for 740 performances. The book and lyrics were revised from the 1956 version.
    (SFC, 1/11/05, p.E1)

1974        Mar 6, "Over Here" opened at Shubert Theater in NYC for 341 performances.

1974        Apr 5, The World Trade Center (WTC), the tallest building in the world at 110 stories, opened in NYC.
    (HN, 5/5/97)

1974        May 28, "Magic Show" opened at Cort Theater in NYC for 1859 performances.

1974        Aug 7, French stuntman Philippe Petit walked a tightrope strung between the twin towers of New York's World Trade Center. In 2002 Petit authored "To Reach the Clouds: My High Wire Walk Between the Twin Towers." In 2003 Steven Galloway authored "Ascension," a novel that featured a fictional Gypsy tightrope walker named Ursari, who makes a final, fateful skywalk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center on July 4, 1976. In 2008 James Marsh produced his documentary film of the event: Man On Wire."
    (AP, 8/7/97)(SSFC, 9/8/02, p.M4)(SSFC, 10/11/03, p.M3)(WSJ, 8/8/08, p.W1)

1974        Aug 16, The Ramones 1st performed at the CBGB in NYC. Dee Dee Ramone (d.2002) had formed the Ramones punk rock band in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Queens along with Jeffrey Hyman, John Cummings (aka Johnny Ramone, d.2004) and Tom Erdelyi.
    (SFC, 6/8/02, p.D4)(Econ, 9/25/04, p.100)

1974        Sep 7, The musical "Irene" closed at Minskoff Theater NYC after 605 performances.

1974         Sep 23, The 1959 Broadway show "Gypsy" reopened on Broadway with Angel Lansbury (b.1925), following a 1973 run in London.
    (SFEC, 12/8/96, Par p.18)(

1974        Oct 2, Pele (b.1940), Brazilian soccer player born as Edson Arantes do Nascimento, came out of retirement to join the NY Cosmos of the North American Soccer League. Steve Ross (1927-1992), chairman of Warner Brothers and founder of the Cosmos, offered him a reported $7 million for a 3-year contract. In 2006 Gavin Newsham authored “Once in a Lifetime: The Incredible Story of the New York Cosmos."
    (SFC, 6/26/06, p.E3)(

1974        Oct 26, In NYC a bomb went off outside a Manhattan bank around 3 a.m. Soon after, someone called the city's Associated Press bureau and directed them to an Upper West Side phone booth, where a Puerto Rican FALN (Armed Forces of National Liberation) letter claimed responsibility for attacking "major Yanki corporations." In 1981 Oscar Lopez Rivera and about a dozen comrades were convicted of seditious conspiracy "to overthrow the government of the United States in Puerto Rico by force," armed robbery and lesser charges. On May 17, 2017, Rivera (74) was released from house arrest in Puerto Rico.  
    (AP, 5/16/17)(SFC, 5/18/17, p.A2)

1974        Oct 27, "Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope" closed at the Edison Theater in NYC after 1065 performances.

1974        Nov 28, John Lennon (1940-1980) made what would become his last concert appearance at an Elton John concert at New York's Madison Square Garden. Lennon joined Elton John to sing "Whatever Gets You Through the Night", "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds", as well as "I Saw Her Standing There". Backstage, Lennon has a brief reunion with Yoko Ono, from whom he'd been separated for over a year.

1974        Nov 30, "Good Evening" with Dudley Moore and Peter Cook closed at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater in NYC after 438 performances.

1974        Dec 18, The Broadway production "Of Mice and Men" opened. It starred James Earl Jones and featured Joe Seneca (d.1996). The first stage production was in 1937.
    (SFC, 8/17/96, p.A24)(

1974        Ron Link (d.1999 at 58) produced the off-Broadway play "Women Behind Bars" with author Tom Eyen. The prison spoof play ran for over a year at the Astor Place theater in NYC.
    (SFC, 6/14/99, p.A24)

1974        Peter Maas published his book "King of the Gypsies." It highlighted the Tene-Bimbo Gypsy clan in New York City.
    (SFC,11/6/97, p.A21)
1974        In NYC a 40-story building at 130 Liberty Street, named 1 Bankers Trust Plaza, was completed. In 2001 it received a 15-story gash in its façade when the South Tower of the World Trade Center fell in the  Sep 11 attack. In 2004 the building was slated for demolition, a process that continued into 2007.
    (WSJ, 5/23/07, p.A1)
1974        In New York the Solow Building was completed. The 50-floor building was designed by architects Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.
    (WSJ, 1/3/97, p.B10)(
1974        Cornell Capa (1918-2008), photojournalist and author of “The Concerned Photographer" (1968), founded the International Center of Photography in NYC.
    (SFC, 5/24/08, p.B5)

1975        Jan 5, "The Wiz," a musical version of L. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," opened at the Majestic Theater on Broadway with an all-black cast. It ran for 1672 performances.
    (AP, 1/5/00)

1975        Jan 7, "Shenandoah" opened at Alvin Theater, NYC, for 1050 performances.

1975        Jan 24, In New York City, the FALN, a militant group seeking independence for Puerto Rico, sets off a bomb in Fraunces Tavern. Four people were killed and 53 injured.
    (NYT, 2/7/75, p.1)

1975        Feb 26, "Night... Made America Famous" opened at Barrymore in NYC for 75 performances.

1975        Mar 3, "Goodtime Charley" opened at Palace Theater in NYC for 104 performances.

1975        Mar 10, "Rocky Horror Show" opened at Belasco Theater in NYC for 45 performances.

1975        Mar 13, Bernard Slade's "Same Time, Next Year," premiered in NYC. In 1978 it was made into a film starring Ellen Burstyn and Alan Alda.

1975        Jun 3, The musical "Chicago" opened on Broadway with a book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, and music by John Kander.
    (WSJ, 11/15/96, p.A14)(

1975        Jun 24, In New York 113 people were killed when an Eastern Airlines Boeing 727 crashed while attempting to land during a thunderstorm at John F. Kennedy International Airport. The crash was later attributed to a microburst, not experienced at the control tower because of a sea breeze front.
    (AP, 6/24/97)(SFC, 6/24/09, p.D8)

1975        Jul 25, "A Chorus Line," the longest-running Broadway show (6,137), premiered on Broadway. It had opened off-Broadway at The Public Theater on May 21, 1975.

1975        Sep 1, NYC transit fares rose from 35 cents to 50 cents.

1975        Oct 21, "Treemonisha," a 1911 opera by Scott Joplin (1868-1917), opened at Uris Theater NYC for 64 performances. The 1st full professional staging was done in 1975 by the Houston Grand Opera.
    (, 6/21/03, p.D1)

1975        Oct 30, The New York Daily News ran the headline "Ford to City: Drop Dead" a day after President Ford said he would veto any proposed federal bailout of New York City.
    (HN, 10/30/98)

1975        Nov 10, The UN General Assembly approved a resolution equating Zionism with racism. However, the world body repealed the resolution in December 1991.
    (AP, 11/10/97)(

1975        Dec 6, The US Congress authorized a $2.3 billion emergency loan to save New York City from bankruptcy.

1975        Dec 8, "Raisin" closed at 46th St Theater NYC after 847 performances.

1975        Dec 9, President Ford signed a $2.3 billion seasonal loan-authorization that officials of New York City and State said would prevent a city default.
    (AP, 12/9/00)

1975        Dec 29, A bomb exploded in the main terminal of New York's LaGuardia Airport, killing 11 people.
    (AP, 12/29/97)

1975        Brazilian soccer star Pele (b.1940) signed a $4.7 million contract with the New York Cosmos. Pele left the Cosmos in 1977 and 8 years later the team disbanded.
    (Econ, 2/16/13, p.32)

1976        Jan 4, "Candide" closed at Broadway Theater in NYC after 740 performances.

1976        Mar 2, The musical revue Bubbling Brown Sugar" opened at ANTA Theater in NYC for 766 performances.

1976        Apr 26, Pan Am began non-stop flights between NYC and Tokyo.

1976        Sep 10, 5 Croatian terrorists captured a TWA-plane at La Guardia Airport, NY.
    (MC, 9/10/01)

1976        Sep 15, The play "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow is Enuf" by Ntozake Shange (1948-2018) opened at the Booth Theater in NYC.
    (, 11/2/18, p.C4)

1976        Dec 12, QB Joe Namath played his last game as a NY Jet. In 2004 Mark Kriegel authored “Namath: A Biography."
    (, 9/26/04, p.M3)

1976        Harold Parrot, a Brooklyn Dodgers road secretary, published "The Lords of Baseball."
    (SFC, 8/24/98, p.A3)
1976        Composer Philip Glass and director/designer Robert Wilson collaborated on their production of "Einstein on the Beach" at the NY Met. The opera had premiered in Avignon.
    (SFC, 12/30/99, p.E1)(Econ, 7/22/06, p.82)(Econ, 6/9/12, p.89)
1976        Celestine Tate Harrington (d.1998 at 42), a NYC deformed entertainer, won the right to raise her own daughter when she demonstrated her ability to change a diaper using her mouth. She was born stunted due to a botched abortion attempt by her teenage mother.
    (SFC, 2/28/98, p.A19)
1976        Dorothy Schiff (1903-1989) sold the New York Post, founded in 1801, to Rupert Murdoch, Australian media tycoon, for $30 million.
    (WSJ, 4/7/07, p.P10)(

1977        Feb 21, In NYC 74 Unification Church couples were wed.

1977        Apr 21, The musical play "Annie" opened on Broadway, the 1st of 2,377 performances. Laurie Beechman (d.1998) made her debut in the show based on the “Little Orphan Annie" comic strip. Beechman later played Grizabella for 5 years in “Cats."
    (SFC, 3/10/98, p.A17)(AP, 4/21/08)

1977        Apr 26, NY's famed disco Studio 54 opened. It closed in March, 1986.

1977        May 16 Five people were killed when a New York Airways helicopter, idling atop the Pan Am Building in midtown Manhattan, toppled over, sending a huge rotor blade flying.
    (AP, 5/16/97)

1977        May 26, George H. Willig scaled the outside of the South Tower of New York City's World Trade Center. He was arrested at the top of the 110-story building.
    (AP, 5/26/97)

1977        May 27, New York City fined "human fly" George H. Willig $1.10 -- one penny for each of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center he scaled the day before.
    (AP, 5/27/97)

1977        May 30, Paul Desmond (b.1924), jazz alto saxophonist, died in NYC.

1977        Jun 12, "Pippin" closed at Imperial Theater in NYC after 1944 performances.

1977        Jul 13, A 25-hour power blackout hit the New York City area and looters rampaged in the city after lightning struck upstate power lines. Some 9 million people were affected.
    (TMC, 1994, p.1977)(AP, 7/13/97)(SFC, 8/15/03, p.A7)

1977        Aug 7, "Shenandoah" closed at Alvin Theater in NYC after 1,050 performances.

1977        Aug 27, "Chicago" closed at 46th St Theater in NYC after 947 performances.

1977        Oct 18, The New York Yankees won Game 6 and the World Series as Reggie Jackson hit 3 homeruns for the 8-4 win.

1977        Oct 19, The supersonic Concorde made its first landing in New York City.
    (AP, 10/19/97)

1977        Oct 20, David Mamet's play, "Life in the Theater," opened in NYC. It was first produced in Chicago at the Goodman Theater's Stage Two, opening February 3, 1977.

1977        Dec 4, Neil Simon's "Chapter Two," premiered in NYC.

1977        Dec 14, The film "Saturday Night Fever," starring John Travolta, premiered in NYC.

1977        Dec 22, Thomas Helms (26) climbed to the edge of the observation deck on the eighty-sixth floor of the Empire State Building, and jumped intending to kill himself on the streets 1000s of feet below. He only fell twenty feet before landing on a narrow ledge on the 85th floor. Helms suffered no major injuries but was knocked unconscious for half-an-hour--adequate time for an emergency crew to bring him safely inside.

1977        Dec 31, "Bubbling Brown Sugar" closed at ANTA Theater NYC after 766 performances.

1977        In 2005 Jonathan Mahler authored “Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bronx Is Burning: 1977, Baseball, Politics, and the Battle for the Soul of a City," an account of this year in NYC.
    (WSJ, 4/7/05, p.D8)

1977        Marcia Tucker (1940-2006) established the New Museum of Contemporary Art in NYC on 5th Ave. at 14th Street.
    (SFC, 10/20/06, p.B8)

1978        Feb 26, Ira Levin's "Deathtrap" premiered at the Music Box Theater in NYC.

1978        Feb 28, Robert Rowe (d.1997) of Brooklyn killed his wife and 3 children with a baseball bat. He was tried and later released from a mental institution and became a father again. In 2001 Julie Salamon authored "Facing the Wind," a narrative of the Rowe case.
    (WSJ, 3/30/01, p.W8)

1978        Mar 1, "Timbuktu!" opened at Mark Hellinger Theater in NYC for 243 performances.

1978        Mar 27, Bob Fosse's "Dancin'" opened at Broadhurst Theater in NYC for 1,774 performances.

1978        May 8, David R. Berkowitz pleaded guilty in a Brooklyn courtroom to the "Son of Sam" killings that had terrified New Yorkers.
    (AP, 5/8/98)

1978        May 9, "Ain't Misbehavin'" opened at Longacre Theater NYC for 1604 performances.

1978        Jun 12, David Berkowitz was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for each of the six "Son of Sam" .44-caliber killings that had terrified New Yorkers.
    (AP, 6/12/98)

1978        Jun 19, "Best Little Whorehouse..." opened at 46th St NYC for 1584 performances.

1978        Jul 2, The New York Times produced its last issue using Linotype machinery. In 1980 David Loeb Weiss (d.2005) produced his documentary “Farewell Etaoin Shrdlu," which documented that last production night.
    (SFC, 8/17/05, p.B7)

1978        Sep 20, "Eubie!" opened at Ambassador Theater NYC for 439 performances.

1978        Sep 26, NY District Court Judge Constance Baker Motley ruled that women sportswriters cannot be banned from NYC sports locker rooms.

1978        Oct 12, Nancy Spungen (b.1958), girlfriend of Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious, was found dead on the bathroom floor of their NYC hotel room. She had bled to death from a single stab wound to the abdomen.

1978        Oct 23, Sid Vicious attempted suicide while at Riker's Detention Center in NYC.
    (MC, 10/23/01)

1978        Nov 15, Margaret Mead (76), anthropologist (Thoughts & Female), died in NY. "Margaret Mead and Samoa: The Making and Unmaking of an Anthropological Myth" by Derek Freeman was published in this year.
    (SFEC, 8/18/96, BR p.7)(MC, 11/15/01)

1978        Dec 11, Six masked men bound 10 employees at Lufthansa cargo area at NY Kennedy Airport & made off with $5.8 M in cash & jewelry. Nicholas Pileggi wrote "Wise Guys," which described his participation in the heist. The robbery inspired the movie "Goodfellas." On Jan 23, 2014, Vincent Asaro (78) was arrested at his home in NYC and charged with helping direct the heist as well as a 1969 murder.
    (, 5/10/97, p.A3)(SFC, 1/24/14, p.A22)

1978        Kevin McAuliffe authored "The Great American Newspaper: The Rise and Fall of the Village Voice."
    (SFC, 8/25/00, p.D6)

1978        The Plasmatics punk band made their debut in New York City clubs. Wendy O. Williams (d.1998 at 48), the lead singer, was charged a number of times for simulated sex acts on stage.
    (SFC, 4/8/98, p.B2)

1978        Jeamette Watson opened her Books & Co. bookstore on the Upper East Side. It closed in 1997. In 1999 Lynne Tillman authored ""Bookstore: The Life and Times of Jeanette Watson and Books & Co."
    (SFEC, 12/12/99, BR p.6)

1978        An 18-inch snow fall closed down schools in NYC.
    (Econ, 2/11/06, p.28)

1978-1991    Zubin Mehta served as music director of the New York Philharmonic.
    (SFC, 1/6/98, p.D1)

1979        Jan 28, "The Wiz" closed at Majestic Theater in NYC after 1672 performances.

1979        Feb 2, John Simon Ritchie (b.1957), better known as Sid Vicious, the bassist for the British Sex Pistols rock group, overdosed from heroin in NYC.

1979        Feb 10, The NYC Metropolitan Museum announced the first major theft in 110-year history, a $150,000 Greek marble head.
    (HN, 2/10/97)

1979        Feb 11, In NYC "They're Playing Our Song" opened at the Imperial Theater and played for 1082 performances.

1979        Feb 28, Ernest Thompson's play "On Golden Pond," premiered in NYC.

1979        Mar 1, "Sweeney Todd" with Angel Lansbury opened at Uris Theater in NYC for 557 performances. The score was by Stephen Sondheim.
    (, 5/31/98, BR p.1)

1979        Mar 4, "Grand Tour" closed at Palace Theater in NYC after 61 performances.

1979        Mar 22, The opera "Miss Havisham’s Fire" by Dominick Argento premiered at the NYC Opera with two 80-minute acts. It was based on a character in the 1861 novel “Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens.
    (WSJ, 7/2/01, p.A12)(

1979        Apr 5, The play “Faith Healer" by Brian Friel opened on Broadway with James Mason as Frank. It closed after 3 weeks.
    (Econ, 2/25/06, p.88)(

1979        May 25, Etan Patz (6), the first missing child to appear on the side of a milk carton, disappeared on the way to school in the Soho area of New York City. It was the first time he was allowed to walk 2 blocks to the bus stop alone. The case led to the 1983 creation of National Missing Children's Day, marked on May 25. In 2013 Pedro Hernandez of New Jersey faced murder charges for killing Patz. On May 8, 2015, a judge declared a mistrial after a jury failed to convict Hernandez. On Feb 14, 2017, a NYC jury convicted Hernandez (56) of murder.
    (AFP, 4/20/12)(Econ, 4/28/12, p.36)(SFC, 5/9/15, p.A6)(SFC, 2/15/17, p.A8)

1979        Aug 25, "Madwoman of Central Park West" closed at 22 Steps in NYC after 86 performances.

1979        Aug 29, Samuel Irving Newhouse Sr. (b.1895 as Solomon Isadore Neuhaus), American broadcasting businessman, magazine and newspaper publisher, died in NYC. He was the founder of Advance Publications (1949).
    (AP, 10/2/17)   

1979        Sep 18, The Who played the 5th of their 5 concerts at Madison Square Garden.

1979        Oct 8, "Sugar Babies" opened at the Mark Hellinger Theater in NYC and continued for 1208 performances.

1979        Oct 23, Billy Martin (1928-1989), NY Yankee baseball manager, was involved in a barroom altercation when he sucker punched Joseph Cooper, a Minnesota marshmallow salesman. Cooper required 15 stitches. Martin was fired.

1979        Nov 8, Bernard Slade's "Romantic Comedy," premiered in NYC.

1979        Dec 9, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, the religious broadcaster, died in New York City at age 84.
    (AP, 12/9/97)

1979        Dec 30, Richard Rodgers (b.1902), composer (Rodgers & Hammerstein), died in NYC. His Broadway shows included "Oklahoma" and other classics.

1979        The opera "Miss Havisham’s Fire" by Dominick Argento premiered at the NYC Opera with 2 80-minute acts.
    (WSJ, 7/2/01, p.A12)

1979        Itzhak Perlman and the New York Philharmonic premiered the Violin Concerto of Earl Kim (d.1998 at 78) at Avery Fisher Hall.
    (SFC, 11/28/98, p.C2)

1979        Tim and Nina Zagat began a mimeographed list of restaurants rated by a few friends that grew into the Zagat restaurant guides. Their first guide covered restaurants in NYC. Sales exceeded $20 million in 2002.
    (SFC, 3/16/02, p.D1)('s_Survey)

1980        Jan 18, Steve Rubell & Ian Schrager, owners of the Studio 54 disco in NYC, were sentenced to 3 years in prison for tax evasion and fined $20,000.

1980        Jan 28, Jimmy Durante (b. 1893), ‘Schnozzel,’ comedian (Jimmy Durante Show), died in NYC.
    (HN, 2/10/99)(AP, 2/10/01)(MC, 1/28/02)

1980        Feb 7, A fire in Brooklyn killed Elizabeth Kinsey (27) and her five children. In 1981 three men were later convicted of arson and 6 murders. In 2015 the convictions were overturned. Two of men had been paroled in 2012 and a third died in prison in 1989.
    (, 12/17/15, p.A12)

1980        Mar 18, John Favara struck a killed Frank Gotti (12), the son of mobster John Gotti, as the boy darted in front of his car on a minibike in Brooklyn. Favara disappeared on July 28. In 2009 it was reported that mobster Charles Carneglia (62) had killed Favara and dissolved his body in acid.
    (SFC, 1/9/09, p.A2)

1980        Apr 13, "Grease" closed at Broadhurst Theater in NYC after 3,388 performances.

1980        May 25, "Musical Chairs" closed at Rialto Theater in NYC after 15 performances.

1980        May 29, In NYC "Billy Bishop Goes to War" opened at the Morosco Theater for 12 performances.

1980        Jun 29, "Sweeney Todd" closed at Uris Theater NYC after 557 performances.

1980        Aug 25, The Broadway musical "42nd Street" opened in NYC for 3486 performances. Producer David Merrick stunned both cast and audience during the curtain call by announcing that the show’s director, Gower Champion, had died earlier that day.
    (AP, 8/25/00)(

1980        Aug 31-Sep 8, Bill Evans made live recordings at the Village Vanguard just weeks before his death. They were scheduled to be released by Warner Bros. in 11/96.
    (WSJ, 9/11/96, p.A20)(SFC, 10/16/00, p.B1)

1980        Sep 15, Bill Evans (b.1929), jazz pianist, died. In 1998 Peter Pettinger published "Bill Evans: How My Heart Sings."
    (SFEC, 11/10/96, DB p.35)(WSJ, 8/28/98, p.W7)(SFC, 10/16/00, p.B1)

1980        Nov 5, Lanford Wilson's "5th of July," first produced in 1978, moved to the New Apollo in NYC.

1980        Dec 8, John Lennon, musician and one of the Beatles, was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman outside his New York City apartment building. Chapman was a schizophrenic with the delusion that he himself was John. In 1984 Prof. Jonathan M. Wiener wrote a book on Lennon and later got the FBI to surrender its secret files on Lennon.
    (SFC, 9/25/97, p.A2)(AP, 12/8/97)

1980        Elizabeth Barlow Rogers founded the Central Park Conservancy and was made the administrator of Central Park.
    (SFC, 7/30/97, p.A6)
1980        Philip Guston (b.1913), painter, died. He was recognized as a lesser master of the first generation New York School of abstraction. He quit abstract painting in 1967 and confined himself to drawing. His work included "Back View" (1977).
    (SFC, 1/15/98, p.E5)(SFC, 6/28/03, p.D1)

1981            Jan 8, The "Pirates of Penzance" opened at the Uris Theater, NYC, for 772 performances. Linda Ronstadt (b.1946) debuted Mabel.

1981        Jan 15, Emanuel Celler (92), (Rep-D-NY, 1923-73), died.

1981        Jan 30, An estimated two million New Yorkers turned out for a ticker-tape parade honoring the freed American hostages from Iran.
    (AP, 1/30/02)

1981        Mar 1, "Sophisticated Ladies" opened at Lunt-Fontanne in NYC for 767 performances.

1981        Mar 29, "Woman of the Year" opened at Palace Theater in NYC for 770 performances. John Kander composed the music and Fred Ebb (d.2004) wrote the lyrics.
    (, 9/13/04, p.B4)

1981        Jun 22, Mark David Chapman (b.1955) pleaded guilty to killing John Lennon on December 8, 1980. He was sentenced 20 years to life in prison.
    (HN, 6/22/98)(

1981        Jul 16, Singer Harry Chapin (38) was killed when his car was struck by a tractor-trailer on New York’s Long Island Expressway.
    (AP, 7/16/01)

1981        Jul 29, Robert Moses (b.1888), "master builder" of mid-20th century New York City, Long Island, and other suburbs, died. Moses shaped NYC from the 1930s to the 1960s using urban renewal projects to replace many lively neighborhoods that became barren and dangerous housing projects. In 1974 Robert Caro authored “The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York," a biography of Robert Moses.
    (, 9/23/06, p.33)(Econ, 2/17/07, p.88)

1981        Aug 24, Mark David Chapman (b.1955) was sentenced in New York to 20 years to life in prison for the murder of rock star John Lennon.
    (AP, 8/24/97)(

1981        Sep 6, "They're Playing Our Song" closed at Imperial NYC after 1082 performances.

1981        Sep 8, Civil rights activist Roy Wilkins (80), former head of the NAACP, died in NYC.
    (AP, 9/8/01)

1981        Sep 19, Simon & Garfunkel reunite for a NYC Central Park concert.

1981        Oct 16, Harvey Fierstein's "Torch Song Trilogy," premiered off-Broadway in NYC.

1981        Dec 20, Harry Krieger and Tom Eyen's musical "Dreamgirls" opened at Imperial Theater in NYC for 1522 performances.

1981        Larry Kramer helped found the Gay Men’s Health Crises in NYC. He later split with the group and founded ACT UP (1987) to press for a more forceful response to AIDS. His work included the novel "Faggots" (1978) and the play The Normal Heart."
    (SFC, 7/10/97, p.A10)

1981-1989    The "Tilted Arc," a 120-foot curved wall sculpture of steel by Richard Serra, stood at the plaza of the 2 federal buildings in lower Manhattan. It had been commissioned by the General Services Administration and was taken down after being deemed inappropriate by the GSA.
    (SFC, 9/1/97, p.E4)

1982        Jan 21, Convict-turned-author Jack Henry Abbott was found guilty in New York City of first-degree manslaughter in the stabbing death of waiter Richard Adan in 1981. Abbott was later sentenced to 15 years to life in prison; he committed suicide in 2002.
    (AP, 1/21/07)

1982        Jan 27, "Joseph & the Amazing Dreamcoat" opened at Royale NYC for 747 performances.

1982        Feb 4, Musical "Pump Boys & Dinettes," premiered in NYC for 573 performances.

1982        Feb 20, Carnegie Hall in New York began $20 million renovations.
    (HN, 2/20/98)

1982        Feb 21, "Ain't Misbehavin'" closed at Longacre Theater, NYC, after 1604 performances.
1982        Feb 21, Murray Kaufman (b.1922), NYC DJ also known as Murray the K, died. During the early days of Beatlemania, he was frequently referred to as "the Fifth Beatle."

1982        Feb 28, The FALN, a Puerto Rican Nationalist Group, bombed Wall Street. 4 powerful bombs detonated in front of business institutions in New York's financial district.

1982        Mar 27, The musical "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" closed at 46th St in NYC after 1577 performances.

1982        Apr 12, In Manhattan 3 CBS employees were shot to death on a rooftop parking lot. Donald Nash (47) was charged with using a .22 caliber handgun kill Margaret Barbera, who was cooperating with a Federal investigation into a $6 million fraud, and Leo Kuranuki, Robert Schulze and Edward Benford, three CBS technicians who the police believe were coming to her aid. Mr. Nash was convicted in 1983 and sentenced to four consecutive 25-year terms in prison.

1982        May 1, Richard LaMotta (1942-2010) dispatched 60 street-cart vendors to the streets of Manhattan to begin selling his 4½-ounce Chipwich cookies, which included 3½ ounces of ice cream. Within weeks he was selling 40,000 a day at $1 each. He sold the company to Coolbrands Int’l., a Canadian distributor in 2002.
    (SSFC, 5/16/10, p.C9)

1982        May 9, The musical "Nine," inspired by Federico Fellini's film "Eight and a-Half," opened on Broadway.
    (AP, 5/9/07)

1982        Jun 10, The play "Torch Song Trilogy," by Harvey Fierstein, opened on Broadway.
    (AP, 6/10/08)

1982        Jun 12, Some one million anti-nuclear demonstrators rallied in Central Park, NYC.

1982        Jun 27, The Broadway show "Dancin'" closed at the Ambassador Theater after 1,774 performances.

1982        Jul 1, In NYC Sun Myung Moon wed 2,075 Unification Church couples at Madison Square Garden.

1982        Jul 27, Menken and Ashman's musical "Little Shop of Horrors" premiered in NYC.

1982        Aug 28, The burlesque musical "Sugar Babies" closed at the Mark Hellinger Theater in NYC after 1208 performances.

1982        Oct 7, The Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical "Cats," featuring the popular song "Memory," opened on Broadway at Winter Garden Theater. The show closed Sept. 10, 2000 after a record 7,485 performances.
    (AP, 10/7/01)(

1982        Oct 17, Sam Shepard's "True West" premiered in NYC.

1982        Oct 31, The Nehemiah housing plan in New York broke ground in Brownsville. It was fathered by I.D. Robbins (1910-1996) and consisted of low-cost, 3-bedroom brick townhouses that sold for $39,000. The plan was helped by the Industrial Areas Foundation established by the Chicago housing advocate Saul Alinsky.

1982        Nov 28, "Pirates of Penzance" closed at Uris Theater, NYC, after 772 performances.

1982        Dec 12, The Sentry Armored Car Company in NYC was robbed of $11.4 million from its headquarters. It was the biggest cash theft in US history.

1982        The musical "Nine" opened on Broadway. It was an adaptation of Fellini’s "8½"The music and lyrics were by Maury Yeston and the book by Arthur Kopit. It was revived in 2003.
    (WSJ, 4/8/03, p.D4)(WSJ, 4/11/03, p.W9)

1983        Jan 2, The musical play "Annie," based on the "Little Orphan Annie" comic strip, closed at Broadway’s Alvin Theater after a run of 2,377 performances.
    (AP, 1/2/98)
1983        Jan 2, "Sophisticated Ladies" closed at the Lunt-Fontanne, NYC, after 767 performances.

1983        Mar 6, "On Your Toes" opened at Virginia Theater in NYC for 505 performances.

1983        Mar 13, "Woman of the Year" closed at Palace Theater NYC after 770 performances.

1983        Feb 24, Tennessee Williams, US playwright born as Thomas Lanier Williams (1911), died in NYC. He left a $10 million estate to support his sister and directed that anything left go to support aspiring writers at the Univ. of the South of Sewanee. His plays included “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and “The Rose Tattoo" originally titled "The Eclipse of May 29, 1919." In 1995 Lyle Leverich (d.1999 at 79) published "Tom: The Unknown Tennessee Williams," a definitive work on the playwright's formative years. In 2007 editor Margaret Bradham Thornton published “Notebooks: Tennessee Williams."
    (, 12/25/99, p.B4)(SSFC, 5/13/07, p.M6)

1983        Feb 25, Tennessee Williams (71), playwright, was found dead in his NYC hotel suite.
    (AP, 2/25/08)

1983        Apr 17, Felix Pappalardi (b.1939), singer and producer for the group Mountain, was fatally shot by his wife, Gail Collins, in their East Side Manhattan apartment. She had co-written songs for the group and designed their famous album covers.
    (SSFC, 12/27/20, p.C11)

1983        May 1, "My One & Only" opened at St James Theater in NYC for 767 performances.

1983        May 25, The 1st National Missing Children's Day was observed under a proclamation by Pres. Reagan. This marked the May 25, 1979, date when Etan Patz (6) disappeared while walking to the bus stop on his way to school in Manhattan.

1983        Jun 5, In the 37th Tony Awards: “Torch Song Trilogy" won for best play and “Cats" won for best musical.

1983        Jun 18, IRA's Joseph Doherty was arrested in NYC for illegally entering the US. The British sought his extradition on charges relating to the death of a member of a British commando unit.

1983        Jun 26, "Evita" closed at Broadway Theater in NYC after 1568 performances.

1983        Sep 15, New York City Cops beat to death Michael Stewart for graffiting the subway.

1983        Oct 6, Cardinal Terence Cooke (62), the spiritual head of the Archdiocese of New York, died.
    (AP, 10/6/08)

1983        Nov 21, "Doonesbury" opened at Biltmore Theater in NYC for 104 performances.

1983        The film "Angelo, My Love" was directed by Robert Duvall and was about Gypsies in New York City.
    (SFEC, 1/25/98, DB p.44)
1983        Trump Tower was completed in New York City. At this time fire sprinklers were not required in NYC high-rises.
    (SSFC, 4/8/18, p.A9)
1983        The IBM corporate headquarters at Madison and 57th Ave. in Manhattan, designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes (1915-2004), was completed.
    (SFC, 9/24/04, p.B7)
1983        Betsey Cushing Roosevelt Whitney (d.1998 at 89) and her daughters founded the Greentree Foundation to support community groups in the New York metropolitan region.
    (SFC, 3/26/98, p.B4)
1983        The US Post Office featured the Brooklyn Bridge on a stamp.
    (SFC, 9/3/98, p.A19)
1983        An intruder broke into the Brooklyn home of a police officer as he and his wife were sleeping. The assailant restrained the husband and raped the wife. Scott Fappiano was arrested in 1984 but his trial ended in a hung jury. He was convicted in a 2nd trial in 1985 and sentenced to 20-50 years in jail. Fappiano (44) was freed in 2006 after his DNA did not match that found at the crime scene.

1984        Feb 26, Reverend Jesse Jackson acknowledged that he had called NYC: "Hymietown."

1984        Mar 21, A ground-breaking ceremony was held as part of NYC’s Central Park was named Strawberry Fields honoring John Lennon.

1984        Apr 28, "La Tragedie de Carmen" closed at Beaumont Theater in NYC after 187 performances.

1984        May 20, "On Your Toes" closed at the Virginia Theater in NYC after 505 performances.

1984        Jul 4, The NY Yankee Phil Niekro became the 9th pitcher to strikeout 3,000 batters.

1984        Sep 2, "Zorba" closed at the Broadway Theater in NYC after 362 performances.

1984        Sep 6, Lanford Wilson's play "Balm in Gilead," written in 1965, premiered in NYC.

1984        Oct 11, August Wilson's "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," premiered in NYC.

1984        Oct 24, In NYC 11 members of Colombo crime family were indicted.

1984        Dec 22, Bernhard Goetz shot at four black teens who attempted to rob him in a New York subway. He later claimed self-defense and was acquitted of attempted murder in 1987 in a trial where lawyer William Kunstler represented Darrel Cabey, who was paralyzed in the shooting. 3 other wounded teens, James Ramseur, Barry Allen, and Troy Canty went to jail.
    (SFC, 4/8/96, p.A-3)(AP, 12/22/98)

1984        Dec 31, NYC subway gunman Bernhard Goetz surrendered to police in NH.

1984        Jay McInerney published his novel "Bright Lights Big City." In 1999 it was produced as a rock musical at the New York Theater Workshop.
    (WSJ, 3/3/99, p.A17)
1984        Philip Ashforth Coppola authored "Silver Connections," a compendium on the NYC subways.
    (SFC, 9/2/02, p.D8)
1984        Dan Goggin created "Nunsense," an off-Broadway cabaret featuring singing, dancing, punning nuns that was intended to run just four weeks.
    (WSJ, 2/17/04, p.B1)
1984        German choreographer Pina Bausch first brought her absurdist dance-dramas to New York.
    (WSJ, 10/29/97, p.A20)
1984        In NYC Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell opened Morgans, the first boutique hotel.
    (Econ, 12/21/13, p.104)

1985        Jan 3,  Soprano Leontyne Price, part of the Met since 1961, bid adieu to the Metropolitan Opera in New York. She sang the title role of Aida.
    (440 Int'l. 1/3/99)

1985        Feb 7, "New York, New York" became the official anthem of NYC.

1985        Mar 3, "My One and Only" closed at St. James Theater in NYC after 767 performances.

1985        Mar 28, Neil Simon's "Biloxi Blues," premiered in NYC.

1985        Apr 21, The Public Theater staged Larry Kramer’s play about AIDS: “The Normal Heart." In 2011 the show made its debut on Broadway.
    (Econ, 5/7/11, p.92)(

1985        May 12, Amy Eilberg was ordained in New York as the first female rabbi in the Conservative Jewish movement.
    (AP, 5/12/05)

1985        May 30, Brigitte Gerney (1936-2021) became known as the “Crane Lady" after a collapsed crane in Manhattan trapped her for six hours, crushing her legs. She survived and, miraculously, walked again.
    (NY Times, 6/16/21)

1985        Jun 27, A hotel strike in NYC took place. It ended June 27.

1985        Aug 11, "Dreamgirls" closed at Imperial Theater in NYC after 1521 performances.

1985        Sep 27, Hurricane Gloria, having come ashore at North Carolina with winds of 130 mph, proceeded to head up the Atlantic coast toward New England. The NYSE closed for one day due to the storm.
    (AP, 9/27/97)(SFC, 10/29/12, p.D2)

1985        Sep 29, Andre Kertesz (b.1894), Hungarian-born photographer, died in NYC.
    (Econ, 8/27/05, p.69)(

1985        Oct 9, In NYC Central Park's Strawberry Fields was dedicated.

1985        Oct 10, Actor Yul Brynner died of lung cancer in NYC at age 65.
    (AP, 10/10/97)

1985        Oct 15, Shelley Taylor of Australia made the fastest swim ever around Manhattan Island, doing it in 6 hours 12 minutes 29 seconds.

1985        Oct 27, Billy Martin was fired by Yankees for the 4th time.

1985        Oct 28, Singer Whitney Houston (1963-2012) performed before a sellout crowd at Carnegie Hall.

1985        Nov 19, Herb Gardner's "I'm Not Rappaport," premiered in NYC.

1985        Dec 6, The San Francisco Chronicle described a “super cocaine," known on the streets as crack, rock or base. It was being smoked in a pipe to produce an intense euphoria. Crack cocaine was first discovered in use in New York City.
    (SSFC, 12/5/10, DB p.50)(SFC, 6/24/96, p.A5)

1985        Dec 16, Reputed organized-crime chief Paul Castellano was shot to death outside a New York City restaurant on orders from John Gotti (d.2002). Gotti seized power in the Mafia after he had Paul Castellano killed.
    (AP 12/16/97)(SFC, 6/11/02, p.A2)(SSFC, 8/11/02, Par p.5)

1985        In NYC the Marriott Marquis Hotel, designed by John Portman (1924-2017), opened on Times Square with a 45-story atrium and an eighth-floor lobby.
    (SSFC, 12/31/17, p.C9)
1985        Howard Stern started his radio show on WXRK in NYC. His later became known as a shock jock for his "street-talk" style.
    (WSJ, 3/8/04, p.B1)
1985        Anthony Corallo (d.2000 at 87), aka Tony Ducks, Luchese family member of the Mafia politburo, was arrested and later convicted for racketeering.
    (SFC, 9/2/00, p.A23)
1985        Abraham Mondrowitz (38) fled to Israel as NYC police investigated charges against him. In December 1984, New York police had charged that on two occasions in June of that year, Mondrowitz abused a 10-year-old boy at his home. The US requested Mondrowitz's extradition and Israel ordered his expulsion in 1987, but it was unable to carry out the order as its extradition treaty with the US did not cover sodomy.
    (AP, 11/19/07)
1985        The NY Newsday daily newspaper was launched. It folded in 1995 after losing over $100 million.
    (SFC, 4/17/02, p.A2)
1985        The New Yorker Magazine was sold to the Newhouse publishing empire.
    (SFEM, 4/12/98, p.10)

1986        May 18, "Singin' in the Rain" closed at the Gershwin Theater in NYC after 367 performances.

1986        Jun 2, NYC transit system issued a new brass with steel bull’s-eye token.
    (SC, 6/2/02)

1986        Jun 14, Alan Jay Lerner (67), Broadway librettist, died in NY.
    (AP, 6/14/06)

1986        Jul 3, President Reagan presided over a gala ceremony in New York Harbor that saw the relighting of the renovated Statue of Liberty.
    (AP 7/3/97)

1986        Jul 4, Liberty Weekend was capped with a spectacular fireworks display that lighted up New York Harbor.
    (AP, 7/4/06)

1986        Jul 5, Statue of Liberty was reopened after being refurbished.

1986        Jul 29, A federal jury in New York found that the National Football League had committed an antitrust violation against the rival United States Football League. But in a hollow victory for the USFL, the jury ordered the NFL to pay token damages of only $3.
    (AP, 7/29/06)

1986        Aug 10, "Me and My Girl" opened at Marquis Theater in NYC for 1420 performances.

1986        Aug 26, In the so-called "preppie murder" case, 18-year-old Jennifer Levin was found strangled in New York's Central Park; Robert Chambers later pleaded guilty to manslaughter for strangling Jennifer Levin during a tryst in Central Park. Chambers was released from prison in 2003 after serving a 15-year sentence. He owed the Levin family $25 million from a wrongful death suit [see Mar 25, 1988]. In 2007 Chambers was arrested for dealing cocaine. He pleaded guilty and faced another long term in prison.
    (SFC, 2/15/03, p.A4)(AP, 8/26/04)(SFC, 8/12/08, p.A6)

1986        Oct 22, In NYC Jane Dornacker (40), comedian, musician and traffic reporter, died after her helicopter crashed into the Hudson River. She had moved to NYC in 1985 after established a reputation in the SF Bay Area where her activities included performing with her band “Leila and the Snakes."
    (SSFC, 10/23/11, DB p.42)

1986        Oct 28, The Statue of Liberty turned 100 years old. The true centennial of the Statue of Liberty was celebrated in New York with ceremonies that were modest compared with the hoopla of "Liberty Weekend" the previous July.
    (TMC, 1994, p.1986)(AP, 10/28/06)

1986        Nov 15, The Beastie Boys "Licensed to Ill" album was released. The 3-member punk/funk band from Brooklyn had burst on the scene with their song: "Fight for Your Right to Party."
    (WSJ, 12/18/98, p.A1)(SFC, 2/15/19, p.C4)

1986        Dec 4, Neil Simon's "Broadway Bound" premiered in NYC.

1986        Dec 20, White teenagers beat blacks in Howard Beach, NYC. One of the victims, Michael Griffith, was killed when a passing motorist's car ran over him on the Belt Parkway as he was attempting to flee from the pursuers.

1986        Macy’s chairman Edward Finkelstein took the publicly traded institution private. In 1992 the Manhattan based retail chain filed for bankruptcy.
    (Econ, 4/22/06, p.72)(

1987        Feb 12, White youths in Queens County, NYC, connected to the Howard Beach racial attacks of December, 1986, were indicted on charges ranging from second-degree murder to inciting to riot and criminal facilitation.

1987        Mar 12, "Les Miserables" opened on Broadway. It was written by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg.
    (AP, 3/12/98)(

1987        Mar 15, "Starlight Express" by Andrew Lloyd Weber, opened at Gershwin Theater in NYC for 761 performances. The initial production had opened at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in London on March 27 1984.

1987        Mar 20, In NYC hit men in Queens dispatched by mobster Joel Cacace to kill William Aronwald (1940-2020), a noted prosecutor and defense lawyer, mistakenly tracked and killed his father, George M. Aronwald (78). News accounts later said Mr. Cacace, acting on the orders of an imprisoned crime boss, Carmine Persico, had arranged to have William Aronwald killed. “After the botched assignment, Mr. Cacace had his hit men killed, prosecutors said. Then, they added, he had the hit men who had killed the hit men killed."
    (NY Times, 12/9/20)

1987        Mar 26, "Fences" by August Wilson (1945-2005) premiered in NYC.

1987        Apr 15, Alfred Uhry's "Driving Miss Daisy," premiered in NYC.

1987        May 16, "Bobro 400," a barge carrying 3,200 tons of garbage, set sail from NY, beginning an unsuccessful 8-week search for a dumping site.

1987        Jun 16, NYC subway gunman Bernhard Goetz was acquitted on all but gun possession charges after shooting 4 black youths who tried to rob him [see Oct 20]. In 1996, a civil jury ordered Goetz to pay $43 million to one of the persons he'd shot.
    (, 6/16/07)

1987        Aug 4, Carlina White (19 days) was abducted from a Harlem hospital. In 2011 Ann Pettway of North Carolina surrendered to authorities days after White (23), raised as Nejdra Nance, re-united with her biological mother Joy White.

1987        Sep 20, "Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" closed at the Eugene O’Neill Theater in NYC after 1005 performances.

1987        Oct 15, Lanford Wilson's "Burn This," premiered in NYC.

1987        Oct 20, NYC subway gunman Bernhard Goetz was sentenced to 6 months in jail. [see Jan 13, 1989]

1987        Nov 1, Ibrahim Hussein of Kenya won the New York City Marathon in two hours, 11 minutes and one second; Priscilla Welch of Britain led the women in two hours, 30 minutes and 16 seconds.
    (AP, 11/1/97)

1987        Nov 4, Lisa Steinberg (6) was pronounced dead at a New York City hospital in a child-abuse case that sparked national outrage; Joel Steinberg, a lawyer who adopted her illegally, served 17 years in prison for manslaughter.
    (AP, 11/4/07)

1987        Nov 15, "La Cage aux Folles" closed at Palace Theater in NYC after 1761 performances.

1987        Dec 18, Ivan F. Boesky was sentenced to three years in prison for plotting Wall Street's biggest insider-trading scandal. Boesky served about two years of his sentence.
    (AP, 12/18/97)

1987        Dec 21, In New York City three white teen-agers from the Howard Beach section of Queens were convicted of manslaughter in the death of a black man who was chased onto a highway, where he was struck by a car. A fourth defendant was acquitted.
    (AP, 12/21/97)

1987        The play "Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune" by Terrence McNally opened off Broadway.
    (WSJ, 8/13/02, p.D4)
1987        The "Winnie the Pooh" stuffed animals, the original toys of author A.A. Milne, given to publisher E.P. Dutton in 1947, were turned over to the New York Public Library. In 1998 the British requested that they be returned to England.
    (SFC, 2/5/98, p.A12)
1987        Jazz at Lincoln Center was launched as a concert series in NYC. In 1998 JALC was allocated 100,000 square feet in the Time Warner Center.
    (Econ, 4/26/14, p.84)

1988        Jan 26, The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical "Phantom of the Opera" opened at Broadway's Majestic Theater. It ran for 4,000+ performances.
    (AP, 1/26/98)(

1988        Feb 20, Peter Kalikow purchased the NY Post from Rupert Murdoch for $37.6 million.

1988        Feb 26, In NYC police officer Edward Byrne was killed with five shots to the head. His death led Congress to create the Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG).
    (Econ, 11/30/13, p.32)

1988        Mar 20, David Henry Hwang's "M. Butterfly" premiered in NYC.

1988          Mar 25, In New York City's so-called "preppie murder case," Robert E. Chambers Jr. pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the death of 18-year-old Jennifer Levin. Chambers was convicted of the killing after what he described as a session of rough sex. Chambers received a sentence of five to 15 years in prison. He walked out of the Auburn Correctional Facility in Auburn, N.Y, Feb, 2003, after serving a full 15-year maximum sentence for the 1986 Central Park killing.
    (AP, 3/24/08)

1988        Apr 17, Louise Nevelson, the Russian-born sculptor who became one of the world's best-known women artists, died in New York at the age of 88.
    (AP, 4/17/98)

1988        May 26, The New England Journal of Medicine reported that the 1st NYC cases of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever struck 4 people between May and July of 1987.

1988        Jun 6, In NYC 2 large snapping turtles were found in a Bronx sewage plant.

1988        Jun 20, The US Supreme Court unanimously upheld a New York City law making it illegal for private clubs to generally exclude women and minorities.
    (AP, 6/20/98)

1988        Jul 6, Medical waste and other debris began washing up on seashores near New York City, forcing the closing of several popular beaches.
    (AP, 7/6/98)

1988        Aug 8, A renovated NYC Central Park Zoo reopened after 4 years.

1988        Aug 29, In NYC the Macy’s Tap-o-Mania set a Guinness record.

1988        Oct 20, A man armed with explosives blew himself up in 125 St. subway station in NYC.

1988        The Museum of American Finance was founded in NYC and housed on Broadway. On Jan 11, 2008, it opened in new quarters at 48 Wall Street, the former headquarters of the Bank of New York.
    (Econ, 1/19/08, p.93)(

1989        Jan 8, "42nd Street" closed at Winter Garden Theater, NYC, after 3,486 performances.

1989        Jan 11, A kindergarten student was caught with loaded handgun at a Bronx school.

1989        Jan 13, New York City subway gunman Bernhard H. Goetz was sentenced to one year in prison for possessing an unlicensed gun that he used to shoot four youths he said were about to rob him. Goetz was freed the following September.
    (AP, 1/13/99)

1989        Jan 30, Former criminal defense lawyer Joel Steinberg was convicted in New York of first-degree manslaughter in the death of his illegally adopted 6-year-old daughter, Lisa.
    (AP, 1/30/99)

1989        Feb 20, US agents and NYC police arrested 12 people and confiscated 100 lbs heroin at 3 homes in Queens.

1989        Feb 26, The musical "Jerome Robbins' Broadway" opened at Imperial Theater in NYC for 634 performances.

1989        Mar 9, Wendy Wasserstein's "Heidi Chronicles," first produced by the Seattle Repertory Theater, opened on Broadway at the Plymouth Theater.

1989        Mar 22, US Supreme Court upheld 1 person 1 vote rule of NYC Board of Estimate.

1989        Mar 29, Michael Milken, junk bond king, was indicted in NYC for racketeering.

1989        Apr 19, A jogger was raped and beaten in Central Park. 5 black and Latino youths (14-16) were soon arrested and convicted. In 2002 DNA evidence identified Matias Reyes (31) as the rapist. A judge then overturned the original convictions. 3,254 other rapes were reported in the park in 1989. In 2003 Trisha Meili identified herself as the victim in her book “I Am the Central Park Jogger." In 2014 the five men initially convicted agreed to settle their civil rights lawsuit for about $40 million.
    (NG, 5/93, p.16)(SFC, 9/6/02, p.A3)(SFC, 11/21/09, p.A7)(SFC, 6/20/14, p.A11)

1989        May 12, The MTA declared victory over graffiti. The last graffiti covered NYC subway car was retired.

1989        Jun 5, In NYC Huwe Burton (16) made a false confession to killing his mother as he sat with detectives in a cramped, windowless room of a Bronx police precinct. He had not eaten or slept much in 48 hours. In 2019 a judge exonerated him after the Innocence Project unearthed evidence not only that detectives used psychologically coercive techniques to get his confession, but that the prosecution had withheld evidence suggesting someone else was the killer.
    (NY Times, 2/15/21)

1989        Jun 30, NY State Legislature passed the Staten Island secession bill.

1989        Aug 6, "Oh! Calcutta!" closed at Edison Theater in NYC after 5959 performances.

1989        Aug 15, In NYC Darryl Rush was shot to death. Jonathan Fleming, a friend of Rush, was later arrested and convicted, despite proof that he was in Disney World on vacation. On April 8, 2014, Fleming (51) was released from jail and cleared of the murder charges.
    (SFC, 4/9/14, p.A4)

1989        Aug 23, In a case that inflamed racial tensions in New York City, Yusuf Hawkins, a black teen-ager, was shot dead after he and his friends were confronted by white youths in a Brooklyn neighborhood.
    (AP, 8/23/99)

1989        Aug 27, Some 100 marched through Bensonhurst, NYC, protesting racial killings.

1989        Aug 30, A federal jury in New York found "hotel queen" Leona Helmsley guilty of income tax evasion but acquitted her of extortion. Helmsley served 18 months behind bars, a month at a halfway house and two months under house arrest.
    (AP, 8/30/99)
1989        Aug 30, Dorothy Schiff (b.1903) former owner of the New York Post, died. In 2007 Marilyn Nissenson authored “The Lady Upstairs: Dorothy Schiff and the New York Post."
    (WSJ, 4/7/07, p.P10)(

1989        Sep 3, "Into the Woods" closed at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 764 performances.

1989        Sep 12, David Dinkins, Manhattan borough president, won New York City's Democratic mayoral primary, defeating incumbent Mayor Ed Koch and two other candidates on his way to becoming the city's first black mayor.
    (AP, 9/12/99)

1989        Nov 7, NYC elected its 1st black mayor, David N. Dinkins, and female comptroller, Elizabeth Holtzman.
    (AP, 11/7/97)(

1989        Nov 12, The Broadway musical "Grand Hotel," written by George Forrest and Robert Wright, opened at the Martin Beck Theater for 1018 performances. William A. Drake's 1932 screenplay was based on his own play adaptation of Vicki Baum's novel Menschen im Hotel.
    (SFC, 10/13/99, p.C2)(

1989        Dec 12, In New York, hotel queen Leona Helmsley was sentenced to four years in prison for tax evasion. Helmsley served 18 months behind bars, plus a month at a halfway house and two months of house arrest.
    (AP, 12/12/99)

1989        Dec 31, "Me & My Girl," a revival of the 1937 British musical, closed at Marquis Theater, NYC, after 1420 performances.
1989        Roy Lichtenstein (d.1997) was commissioned by the MTA for a Times Square Subway mural. It was unveiled Sep 5, 2002.
    (SFC, 9/2/02, p.D8)
1989        Sculptor Arturo Di Modica placed his 7,000-pound sculpture of a charging bull in front of the New York Stock Exchange. It was soon moved to the foot of Broadway, where it remained on “temporary" display. In 1998 he registered a copyright on the bull.
    (WSJ, 9/22/06, p.C3)
1989        The Brooklyn Salvation Army began to allow the Elite Pool Checker Club to play regularly in their library.
    (WSJ, 10/22/02, p.A17)
1989        NYC’s pioneering Street News began publishing on behalf of homeless people. It closed in 2007.
    (Econ, 2/2/13, p.50)
1989        The late Manhattan real estate developer Seymour Durst put the National Debt Clock up in New York City  to call attention to what was then a $2.7 trillion debt. In 2008 the clock ran out of digits to record the growing figure as it passed $10.2 trillion.
    (AP, 10/9/08)

1990        Jan 12, Civil Rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton was stabbed in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.

1990        Feb 8, In NYC a gunman botched an attempt to rob a diamond courier. He then shot and killed Rabbi Chaskel Werzberger in his vehicle and rode off in the vehicle. David Ranta, an unemployed drug addict, was arrested on circumstantial evidence and “uncertain" witness testimony. In 2013 Ranta was freed from his 37.5 year prison sentence.
    (SFC, 2/22/13, p.A7)

1990        Feb 9, John Gotti (1940-2002) was acquitted of charges that he commissioned the Westies gang to shoot a union official in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen. This earned him the nickname "The Teflon Don."
    (SFC, 6/11/02, p.A2)

1990        Mar 8, NYC's Zodiac killer shoot his 1st victim, Mario Orosco. Orozco survived a bullet lodged near his spine.

1990         Mar 25, Eighty-seven people, most of them Honduran and Dominican immigrants, were killed when an arson fire raced through the illegal Happy Land Social Club in New York City. Julio Gonzalez, 36, was charged with arson and murder. Gonzalez was convicted in August 1991 and was sentenced to 174 twenty-five-year sentences (a total of 4,350 years), the longest sentence ever handed down in New York. He is eligible for parole in 2015.

1990        May 8, NY Newsday reporter Jimmy Breslin was suspended for a racial slur.

1990        May 16, Jim Henson (53), "Muppets" creator, died in NYC.
    (AP, 5/16/00)(

1990        May 31, In NYC the Zodiac killer shot a 3rd victim. Joseph Ponce died from his wound on June 24.

1990        Jun 19, NYC's Zodiac killer shot a 4th victim, Larry Parham, who survived.

1990        Jul 16, NYC's Empire State Building caught fire, but there were no fatalities.

1990        Jul 30, George Steinbrenner was forced by Commissioner Fay Vincent to resign as principal partner of NY Yankees.

1990        Aug 20, George Steinbrenner stepped down as NY Yankee owner.

1990        Sep 2, Brian Watkins (22), a tourist from Utah, was stabbed in the heart and died in NYC while defending his family from muggers. Seven young men were convicted in the case. In 2015 a judge overturned the conviction of Johnny Hincapie (43) and ordered a new trial. Hincapie had testified that a detective beat him to get a signed confession.
    (, 12/8/12, p.31)(SFC, 10/7/15, p.A7)

1990        Sep 10, The Ellis Island Immigration Museum opened following a 6-year, $170 million restoration.
    (SFEC, 6/20/99, p.T11)(

1990        Sep, A 61-year-old woman disappeared in NYC and her dismembered body was found weeks later in two plastic bags. In 2007 Montenegro police arrested Smail Tulja (67) in his home in Montenegro's capital, Podgorica, on an international arrest warrant that the authorities received from FBI and Interpol agents. He was wanted for the killing and dismemberment of an elderly woman in New York City in 1990 and is also suspected in similar slayings of women throughout Europe.
    (AP, 2/22/07)

1990        Oct 11, The Center for Urban Archaeology opened in NYC South Street Seaport Museum.

1990        Oct 14, Leonard Bernstein (b.1918), American composer and conductor, died in New York City. In 2009 Barry Seldes authored “Leonard Bernstein: The Political Life of an American Musician."
    (AP, 10/14/97)(Econ, 5/30/09, p.85)

1990        Oct 18, "Les Miserables," opened at the Imperial Theatre in NYC.

1990        Oct 25, NY Daily News went on strike. It lasted through March, 1991.

1990        Nov 8, The play "6 Degrees of Separation," written by John Guare opened at Vivian Beaumont NYC for 496 performances.

1990        Dec 4, Due to Persian Gulf crisis gas prices hit $1.60 per gallon in NYC.

1990        Dec 28, Two people died in a subway fire in New York City.
    (AP, 12/28/00)

1990        Joseph Volpe took over as head of the NYC Metropolitan Opera. He had come to the Met in 1963 as a carpenter and high school graduate. In 2006 he authored “The Toughest Show On Earth: My Rise and Reign At the Metropolitan Opera."
    (WSJ, 5/5/06, p.W8)

1991        Feb 12, Former New York City Mayor Robert Wagner died at age 80.
    (AP, 2/12/01)

1991        Feb 21, Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers," premiered in NYC.

1991        Mar 2, "Aspects of Love" closed at Broadhurst Theater in NYC after 377 performances.
    (SC, 3/2/02)
1991        Mar 2, "La Bete" closed at Eugene O'Neill Theater in NYC after 24 performances.
    (SC, 3/2/02)

1991        Mar 3, "Big Love" opened at Plymouth Theater in NYC for 41 performances.
    (SC, 3/3/02)

1991        Mar 26, Fuel pipe exploded under 58th street and Lexington Ave, NYC.
    (SS, 3/26/02)

1991        Apr 3, "Penn & Teller Refrigerator Tour" opened at Eugene O'Neill in NYC.

1991        Apr 11, The musical "Miss Saigon," denounced by detractors as racist and sexist, opened on Broadway.
    (AP, 4/11/01)

1991        Apr 25, "Secret Garden" opened at St. James Theater in NYC for 709 performances.

1991        Apr 28, The musical "A Chorus Line" closed after 6,137 performances on Broadway.
    (AP, 4/28/01)

1991        May 1, "Will Rogers Follies" opened at Palace Theater in NYC for 983 performances.

1991        Jun 10, New York City staged a massive celebration for US veterans of the Persian Gulf War, code-named Desert Storm.
    (AP, 6/10/01)

1991        Aug 15, Some 750,000 attended Paul Simon's free concert in Central Park. The event was recorded and became available on video.

1991        Aug 19, Yankel Rosenbaum (29), an Australian Hasidic scholar, was killed in rioting that erupted in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn following the traffic death of a black child. Earlier in the day Gavin Cato (7) had been hit and killed by a car in a Rabbi’s motorcade. On Oct 29, 1992, a New York City jury acquitted 17-year-old Lemrick Nelson of Rosenbaum’s murder. In February 1997, a jury convicted Nelson and Charles Price of violating Rosenbaum's civil rights. In 1998 Lemrick Nelson Jr. was sentenced to 19 and 1/2 years in prison. In 1998 the city settled a suit for $1.35 million brought by Jews who accused City Hall of insufficient protection during the riots. In 2002 Lemrick Nelson and Charles Price had their verdicts thrown out and a new trial scheduled. In 2005 NYC agreed to pay $1.25 million to settle a suit brought by the Rosenbaum family.
    (SFC, 4/1/98, p.A2)(SFC, 4/3/98, p.A2)(SFC, 1/8/02, p.A3)(SSFC, 6/19/05, p.A3)

1991        Aug 28, In NYC 5 subway riders were killed after subway motorman Robert Ray fell asleep drunk while in control of a train. He was convicted of manslaughter in 1992 and sentenced to 15 years. He was set free in 2001 for good behavior.

1991        Sep 22, NY MTA yanked 6,000 ads for "Dr. Tusch" (Dr. Jeffrey Lavigne).
    (MC, 9/22/01)

1991        Nov 26, Condoms were handed out to thousands of NYC High School students.

1991        Dec 28, Nine people died in a crush to get into a basketball game at City College in New York. The game was promoted by rapper Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs. Combs later testified that security at the Nat Holman facility was supposed to be provided by NYCC.
    (AP, 12/28/97)(SFC, 3/24/98, p.A3)

1991        Walter Annenberg, media baron, donated art valued at $1 billion to the NYC Metropolitan Museum of Art.
    (WSJ, 1/20/04, p.A1)

1991        The opera "The Ghosts of Versailles" by John Corigliano premiered at the Metropolitan Opera.
    (SFC, 12/31/99, p.C7)

1991        The Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center opened in lower Manhattan. Irene Diamond (d.2003 at 92) saw the project completed after the death of her husband.
    (SFC, 1/29/03, p.A18)

1991        Joe Massino took over as head of the Bonanno family in NYC. In 2004 he faced trial on racketeering charges and 7 murders.
    (SFC, 5/10/04, p.A4)

1991        The US Supreme Court ruled that the New York "Son of Sam" law was unconstitutional. The "Son of Sam" law referred to the New York serial killer David Berkowitz, who claimed that he received telepathic messages to kill from a dog named Sam. The law made it illegal for convicted criminals to profit from their crimes.
    (SFC, 7/3/97, p.A6)

1991        Construction crews in Manhattan discovered an Negro Burial Ground on lower Broadway. Archeologists exhumed over 427 remains that included some of America's first slaves.
    (SFC, 2/7/00, p.A3)

1992        Jan 19, "City of Angels" closed at Virginia Theater in NYC after 878 performances.

1992        Feb 19, "Crazy For You" opened at Shubert Theater in NYC for 1622 performances.

1992        Feb 26, "Search and Destroy" opened at the Circle in the Square Theater in NYC for 46 performances.

1992        Feb 28, La Lupe (53), Cuban singer, died of a heart attack in the Bronx.
    (MC, 2/28/02)

1992        Mar 1, "Little Hotel on the Side" closed at Belasco in NYC after 41 performances.
1992        Mar 1, "Visit" closed at Criterion Theater in NYC after 45 performances.

1992        Mar 11, Manuel De Dios Unanue (48), US anti-drug journalist and former editor of El Diario-La Prensa, was murdered by two bullets to the head in a restaurant in the Jackson Heights section of the borough of Queens, New York City. His death was linked to his writing critically about the Colombian Drug Cartel.

1992        Mar 22, The show "Conversations with My Father" opened at the Royale Theatre in NYC for 462 performances.

1992        Apr 2, John Gotti (d.2002), Mafia boss, was convicted in New York City of 5 murders and racketeering. Underboss Sammy "the Bull" Gravano provided testimony. The murders included the 1985 hit on Paul Castellano, head of the Gambino family. He was sentenced to life in prison on June 23.
    (AP, 4/2/98)(USAT, 9/24/98, p.11A)(SFC, 6/11/02, p.A2)(SSFC, 8/11/02, Par p.4)

1992        Apr 7, The Sacramento Bee, The New York Times and Newsday won two Pulitzer prizes each; playwright Robert Schenkkan was honored for "The Kentucky Cycle," novelist Jane Smiley for "A Thousand Acres" (1991).
    (AP, 4/7/97)

1992        Apr 8, "Five Guys Named Moe" opened at Eugene O'Neill Theater in NYC for 445 performances.

1992        Apr 14, "Guys and Dolls" opened at Martin Beck Theater in NYC for 1143 performances.

1992        Apr 26, The musical "Grand Hotel" closed at the Martin Beck Theater NYC after 1,017 performances.

1992        Apr 29, "Falsettos" opened at John Golden Theater in NYC for 487 performances.

1992        Jun 19, In NYC a botched kidnapping attempt left Curtis Sliwa, founder of the Guardian Angels, critically wounded from a pair of gunshots. John Gotti Jr. was later indicted on racketeering charges and for ordering the attack on Sliwa. In 2006 a deadlocked federal jury led to a mistrial for Gotti.
    (SFC, 3/11/06, p.A2)

1992        Jul 13, Democrats opened their 41st national convention at New York's Madison Square Garden with speakers who taunted George Bush as a failed president ripe for defeat in November.
    (AP, 7/13/97)

1992        Jul 15, Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton claimed the Democratic presidential nomination at the party's convention in New York City.
    (AP, 7/15/97)

1992        Jul 16, Bill Clinton delivered his acceptance speech a day after winning the Democratic presidential nomination at the party's convention in New York City. To the dismay and anger of supporters, Ross Perot announced he would not run for president. He later changed his mind.
    (AP, 7/16/97)

1992        Aug 18, "Real Inspector Hound" opened at Criterion in NYC for 61 performances.
    (MC, 8/18/02)

1992        Oct 15, NYC Subway motorman Robert Ray was convicted of manslaughter in death of 5 riders, when he fell asleep drunk while in control of train on Aug 28, 1991.

1992        Oct 22, Wendy Wasserstein's "Sisters Rosensweig," opened in NYC.
1992        Oct 22, Red Barber (84), sportscaster (Dodgers, Yankees), died.

1992        Oct 29, A New York City jury acquitted 17-year-old Lemrick Nelson of murdering Yankel Rosenbaum, an Australian Hasidic scholar who was killed in rioting that erupted in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn in August 1991 following the traffic death of a black child who was hit by a Hasidic driver. In February 1997, a jury convicted Nelson and Charles Price of violating Rosenbaum's civil rights.
    (AP, 10/29/97)

1992        Debbie Stoller, Marcelle Karp and Laurie Henzel created their Bust magazine. In 1999 they published "The Bust Guide to the New Girl Order."
    (SFEC, 10/3/99, BR p.5)

1992        Henry Buhl started a private partnership to employ street people to sweep sidewalks and participate in work skills programs. Buhl later continued the idea to San Francisco.
    (SFC, 10/22/01, p.A14)
1992        Sam Tesemberis founded the Pathways to Housing Program in NYC. It was directed at helping NYC’s homeless mentally ill.
    (SFC, 6/14/04, p.A10)

1993        Feb 26, The parking garage of the 107-story World Trade Center was bombed in NYC by terrorists. The bombing killed 6 and injured over 1000 people. 4 Islamic extremists were convicted and each sentenced to 240 years in prison. Militant Muslims Ramzi Yousef and Eyad Ismoil fled the country. Yousef was captured in Pakistan in 1995 and Ismoil was picked up in Jordan. The two were convicted in 1997 of conspiracy. In 1998 Yousef was sentenced to life plus 240 years in prison after declaring: "I am a terrorist and I am proud of it." Ismoil was sentenced to 240 years in prison. In 2000 Laurie Mylroie authored "Study of Revenge," an investigation of the bombing.
    (WSJ, 10/24/96, p.A16)(SFC, 1/9/98, p.A2)(AP, 2/26/98)(SFC, 4/4/98, p.A3)(WSJ, 10/24/01, p.A20)

1993        Mar 1, George Steinbrenner was reinstated as owner of New York Yankees.
    (SC, 3/1/02)

1993        Mar 4, Authorities announced the arrest of Mohammad Salameh, a suspect in the bombing of the World Trade Center in New York City. Salameh was later convicted of playing a key role.
    (AP, 3/4/98)

1993        Mar 10, Authorities announced the arrest of Nidal Ayyad, a second suspect in the bombing of the World Trade Center in New York City.
    (AP, 3/10/98)

1993        Apr 22, Peter Townshend's rock musical "Tommy," premiered in NYC.

1993        May 3, "Kiss of the Spider Woman" opened at Broadhurst in NYC for 906 performances. John Kander composed the music and Fred Ebb (d.2004) wrote the lyrics.
    (, 9/13/04, p.B4)

1993        May 8, Keron Thomas (16) disguised himself as a motorman and took a NYC subway train and 2,000 passengers on a 3 hour ride.

1993        Jun 6, The freighter Golden Venture, a 150 foot cargo vessel carrying illegal immigrants from Fujian Province on the southern coast of China ran aground in New York harbor. It carried 286 illegal Chinese passengers, 10 of whom drowned while trying to swim ashore. In 1997 Lee Peng Fei (47) was extradited from Thailand for running the immigrant smuggling ring that was responsible. A Chinese freighter holding 300 illegal aliens ran aground off New York. A TV Dateline special was presented in 2001. In 2005 gangster Ah Kay turned government witness in the federal trial of Cheng Chui Ping, the reputed mastermind of the smuggling attempt.
    (WSJ, 2/27/96, p.A-16)(SFC, 10/7/97, p.A8)(AP, 6/6/98)(WSJ, 8/3/01, p.W9)(AP, 5/21/05)

1993        Jun 24, Eight Muslim fundamentalists were arrested in New York, accused of plotting a day of bombings of the United Nations, a federal building and the Holland and Lincoln tunnels. They and two others were later convicted of seditious conspiracy.
    (AP, 6/24/03)

1993        Jul 4, Pizza Hut blimp deflated & landed safely on W 56th street in NYC.

1993        Aug 16, New York police rescued business executive Harvey Weinstein from a covered 14-foot-deep pit, where he'd been held for ransom for nearly two weeks.
    (AP, 8/16/98)

1993        Sep 5, "Jelly's Last Jam" closed at Virginia Theater NYC after 569 performances.
1993        Sep 5, "Will Rogers Follies" closed at Palace Theater NYC after 983 performances.

1993        Nov 2, Rudolph Giuliani (R) was elected the 107th mayor of NYC. Giuliani defeated New York’s first black mayor, David Dinkins. He became the first Republican mayor in 2 decades and the city’s 107th.
    (SFC, 8/15/97, p.A3)(SFC, 1/2/98, p.A3)(MC, 11/2/01)

1993        Nov 10, "Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" opened at Minskoff Theater NYC for 223 performances.

1993        Dec 31, Scott Douglas (38) beat his wife, Anne Scripps Douglas (b.1946), with a claw hammer in their Bronxville home. She went into a coma and died Jan 6, 1994. Anne Scripps Douglas was the great-great-granddaughter of Detroit News founder James Scripps. Douglas disappeared, though his car was found on the off the Tappan Zee Bridge. His body was found washed up in the Bronx on March 30, 1994. In 2009 Anne Morell Petrillo (38), the daughter of Anne Scripps Douglas from a previous marriage, committed suicide off the Tappan Zee Bridge. 
    (SFC, 9/29/09, p.A9)(

1994        Jan 2, The new Republican mayor of New York City, Rudolph Giuliani, delivered his inaugural address in which he called for unity while promising to crack down on crime and tackle the city's budget problems. 24,000 homeless people lived in shelters as Giuliani took office.
    (AP, 1/2/99)(Econ, 3/25/17, p.25)

1994        Mar 1, A Lebanese immigrant opened fire on a van of Hasidic students on New York's Brooklyn Bridge, killing one.
    (AP, 3/1/99)

1994        Mar 3, "Damn Yankees" opened at Marquis Theater in NYC for 510 performances.
    (SC, 3/3/02)

1994        Apr 5, "Jackie Mason Politically Incorrect" opened at Golden in NYC for 347 performances.
    (MC, 4/5/02)

1994        May 9, "Passion" opened at Plymouth Theater in NYC for 280 performances.
1994        May 9, Mass murderer Joel Rifkind was found guilty in NY.
    (MC, 5/9/02)

1994        May 19, Former first lady Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis died of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma cancer in New York City at age 64.
    (SFEC, 11/10/96, Par p.2)(SFEC, 5/4/97, p.A3)(AP, 5/19/97)

1994        May 29, "Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" closed at Minskoff Theater in NYC after 223 performances.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1994        May 29, "Picnic" closed at Criterion Theater in NYC after 45 performances.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1994        Jun 26, Hundreds of thousands of homosexuals gathered in New York City to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn riot, considered the birth of the gay-rights movement.
    (AP, 6/26/99)

1994        Jul 16, "Sisters Rosensweig" closed at Barrymore Theater in NYC after 556 performances.

1994        Sep 20, Jule Styne (88), Broadway composer (Gypsy, Funny Girl), died in New York.
    (AP, 9/20/99)

1994        Oct 30, The National Museum of American Indian opened in NYC.

1994        Nov 17, The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical "Sunset Boulevard" opened at Minskoff Theater on Broadway with Glenn Close as faded movie star Norma Desmond. It ran for 977 performances.
    (AP, 11/17/99)

1994         Nov 30, Rapper and actor Tupac Shakur (1971-1996) was shot five times during a robbery outside a New York recording studio. Two days later a jury found him guilty of sexually abusing a woman, but acquitted him of more serious sex and weapons charges.
    (, 11/30/04)
1994        Nov 30, Loanshark Sabato Lombardi was murdered during a card game in Brooklyn. Mario Fortunato of the famed Fortunato Brothers Bakery in Greenpoint was later convicted in federal and in state court for planning the murder. Both verdicts were overturned by appeals courts. In 2014 Fortunato won a $300,000 settlement in the NY state Court of Claims.
    (SFC, 12/31/14, p.A6)(

1994        Dec 21, A firebomb on the #4 train at Fulton St. New York City subway injured 48 people. Unemployed computer programmer Edward Leary was later convicted of attempted murder and sentenced to 94 years in prison.
    (AP, 12/21/99)

1994        Ormonde de Kay (d.1998 at 74) authored "From the Age That Is Past," a history of the Harvard Club of NYC.
    (SFC, 10/24/98, p.A22)
1994        WritersCorps began as an AmeriCorps program, thus the name, in San Francisco, the Bronx, and DC.
    (SFC, 10/20/10, p.C2)(
1994        NYC Police Officer Carol Shaya was fired for appearing nude in Playboy Magazine.
    (SFC, 5/30/01, p.A4)
1994        Salim Moussa Achi (b.1909), aka Dr. Dahesh, Lebanese author and humanist, died. His art collection later formed the core of the Dahesh Museum of Art in NYC.
    (WSJ, 9/9/03, p.D6)

1995        Jan 8, "Guys & Dolls" closed at Martin Beck Theater, NYC, after 1143 performances.

1995        Feb 9, A preview of "Heiress" opened at Cort Theater NYC for 340 performances.

1995        Feb 17, Colin Ferguson was convicted of six counts of murder in the December 1993 Long Island Rail Road shootings. He was later sentenced to a minimum of 200 years in prison.
    (AP, 2/17/00)

1995        Mar 2, "Smokey Joe's Café," previewed on Feb 9, opened at Virginia Theater in NYC.

1995        Mar 23, "How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" opened at the Roy Rodgers NYC for 548 performances.
    (SS, 3/23/02)

1995        Mar 26, "Defending the Caveman" opened at Helen Hayes Theater in NYC for 671 performances.
    (SS, 3/26/02)
1995        Mar 26, "Moliere Comedies" closed at Criterion Theater in NYC after 56 performances.

1995        Apr 2, The NYC Police Dept and Transit Police merged into one organization.

1995        Apr 10, NYC enacted the Smoke Free Air Act which banned smoking in all restaurants that seated 35 or more.

1995        Jul 1, "Kiss of the Spider Woman" closed at Broadhurst in NYC after 904 performances.

1995        Aug 27, A wildfire in the Hamptons, the largest in 50 years, ended after 4 days. A 16-alarm at the St. George Hotel complex began in Brooklyn.

1995        Oct 25, "Victor/Victoria," opened at Marquis Theater NYC for 738 performances.

1995        Nov 26, Two men set fire to a subway token booth in Brooklyn, N.Y., fatally burning the clerk inside.
    (AP, 11/26/05)

1995        Dec 19, A gunman opened fire inside a Bronx, New York, shoe store, killing five people.
    (AP, 12/19/00)

1995        The Encyclopedia of New York City, edited by Kenneth T. Jackson, was published.
    (SFEC, 4/12/98, Par p.20)(SFEC, 7/4/99, p.T5)

1995        James B. Reston, NY Times columnist, died. His memoir "Deadline" was published in 1991.
    (SFC, 9/29/01, p.A18)

1996        Jan 5, Lincoln Kirstein (b.1906), American writer, impresario, art connoisseur, and cultural figure in New York City, died. In 1946 Balanchine and Kirstein founded the Ballet Society, renamed the New York City Ballet in 1948. Together they made this one of the most innovative dance companies in the world. His books included the 1932 novel “Flesh Is Heir," a historical romance. In 2007 Martin Duberman authored “The Worlds of Lincoln Kirstein."
    (, 2/17/07, p.P18)(SSFC, 5/13/07, p.M3)

1996        Jan 7, "Crazy After You" closed at Shubert Theater, NYC, after 1622 performances.

1996        Apr 5, In NYC a gunman wearing a black jacket and a Wu-Tang Clan hat walked past  Shdell Lewis on /Staten Island, turned around and opened fire. Lewis was hit several times, collapsed nearby and later died at a hospital. Police soon identified Grant Williams (25) as his killer. Williams was convicted in 1997 and sentenced to life in prison, where he spent 23 years — all for a crime he did not commit. On July 22, 2021, a Richmond County judge vacated Williams’s conviction.
    (AP, 7/23/21)

1996        Apr 23, A three-night auction of the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' possessions began at Sotheby's in NYC with a bidding frenzy. The 4-day auction took in $34.5 million.
    (AP, 4/23/97)(MC, 4/23/02)

1996        Apr 29, "Rent" opened at Nederlander Theater in NYC.

1996        May 24, Joseph Mitchell (b.1908), NYC journalist, died. He is known for his carefully written portraits of eccentrics and people on the fringes of society, especially in and around NYC. In 2015 Thomas Kunkel authored “Man in Profile" Joseph Mitchell of the New Yorker."
    (, 5/10/15, p.N5)

1996        Jun 18, Heriberto Seda, a 28-year-old recluse obsessed with guns and the Bible, shot his teenage sister in New York City. He later admitted to being the Zodiac killer, guilty of murders from 1990. He was convicted Jun 24, 1998, and was sentenced to life in prison.
    (SFC, 6/20/96, p.C12)(SFC, 6/25/98, p.A3)(SFC, 7/23/98, p.A3)

1996        Jun 19, New York City police announced that a shooting suspect in custody had been linked to the "Zodiac" shootings that terrorized New Yorkers in the early 1990's.
    (AP, 6/19/97)

1996        Aug 31, New York City police found the body of 4-year-old Nadine Lockwood in her family's apartment; she'd been starved to death. The girl's mother, Carla Lockwood, was later sentenced to serve at least 15 years in prison. Nadine's father, Leroy Dickerson, was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.
    (AP, 8/31/06)

1996        Oct 20, "Summer & Smoke" closed at Criterion Theater in NYC.
    (MC, 10/20/01)

1996        Oct 29, Hundreds of thousands of New York Yankees fans participated in an enormous blue-and-white ticker-tape parade for the World Series champions.
    (AP, 10/29/97)

1996        Nov 17, "Present Laughter" opened at Walter Kerr Theater NYC.

1996        Nov 26-1996 Nov 27, Mayor Giuliani closed the streets of NYC to all but emergency traffic after a snow storm dropped 20 inches.
    (Econ, 2/18/06, p.28)

1996        Dec 21, In New York City two men were shot and killed during an attempted robbery in Queens. One was an off-duty NYPD officer. George Bell, Gary Johnson and Rohan Bolt were each sentenced to at least 50 years for the deadly attempted robbery. In 2021 the men released from prison after spending 24 years behind bars for a crime they say they did not commit.
    (CBS News, 3/10/21)

1996        The 1st  New York Int'l. Fringe Festival was held.
    (SFC, 8/8/03, p.D18)

1996        The legendary Lion’s Head bar at 59 Christopher St. closed.
    (SFC, 3/24/98, p.B2)

1996        Michael Alig killed Angel Melendez. He cut off the legs of Melendez and stuffed the torso into a box and dumped it into the Hudson River. The 1998 documentary film "Party Monster," directed by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, was about the 1980s drug-abusing night crawlers called the Party Kids led by Alig.
    (SFC, 11/13/98, p.C6)

1996-1998    A ring of thieves at JFK Airport stole millions of dollars worth of cargo. In 1998 56 people were indicted including warehouse owners, Teamster shop stewards and store owners across the city who sold the stolen goods.
    (SFC, 12/17/98, p.A13)

1997        Feb 23, Ali Hassan Abu Kamal, a Palestinian teacher, opened fire on the 86th-floor observation deck of New York City's Empire State Building, killing one person and wounding six others before shooting himself to death.
    (AP, 2/23/98)

1997        Feb, Tattooing was re-legalized in NYC after a 36-year ban caused by fears of hepatitis.
    (Econ, 5/24/08, p.48)(

1997        Mar 22, The show "Sunset Boulevard" closed at Minskoff in NYC after 977 performances.

1997        Mar 23, "Mandy Patinkin in Concert" closed at Lyceum Theater NYC.
    (SS, 3/23/02)

1997        Mar 26, "Annie" opened at Martin Beck Theater NYC.
    (SS, 3/26/02)

1997        Apr 5 Allen Ginsberg (b.1926), the counterculture guru who shattered conventions as poet laureate of the Beat Generation, died in New York City at age 70. His last book of poems "Death and Fame: Last Poems 1993-1997" was edited by Bob Rosenthal, Peter Hale and Bill Morgan following his death. In 2000 Bill Morgan edited "Deliberate Prose: Selected Essays 1952-1995." In 2001 David Carter edited "Allen Ginsberg: Spontaneous Mind, The Selected Interviews, 1958-1996." In 2006 Bill Morgan authored “I Celebrate Myself: The Somewhat Private Life of Allen Ginsberg."
    (SFEC, 4/6/97, p.A11)(AP, 5/5/97)(WSJ, 4/2/99, p.W6)(SFEC, 5/9/99, BR p.3)(SFEC, 3/5/00, DB p.4)(SSFC, 4/8/01, BR p.2)(SSFC, 11/5/06, p.M1)

1997        Apr 28, "Jekyll & Hyde" opened at Plymouth Theater NYC.

1997        May 18, "King David" opened at New Amsterdam Theater in NYC.
    (SC, 5/18/02)

1997        May 30, Jonathan Levin, 31-year-old Bronx high-school teacher, was killed by a former student, Corey Arthur (19). Arthur and Montoun Hart had withdrawn $800 withdrawn from an ATM on Mr. Levin’s card. In 1998 Arthur was sentenced 25 years to life.
    (WSJ, 6/25/97, p.A22)(SFC, 12/11/98, p.D6)(

1997        Jun 15, Rent control on more than 1 million apartments was due to end at midnight on Jun 15.
    (SFEC, 6/15/97, p.A2)

1997        Jul 25, US immigration agents rounded up 17 deaf Mexicans in Sanford, North Carolina. This followed the revelation of 50 deaf Mexicans held in servitude in NYC and forced to sell trinkets on the streets.
    (SFC, 7/26/97, p.A5)

1997        Jul 31, In New York City, police seized five bombs believed bound for terrorist attacks on city subways. 2 potential suicide bombers were shot and wounded in an explosives laden Brooklyn apartment. Gazi Ibrahim Abu Mezer (23) and Lafi Khalil (22) were recovering from wounds. In 1998 Khalil was acquitted and Gazi Ibrahim Abu Mezer was convicted of plotting to bomb a subway station. Mezer was sentenced to life in prison in 1999.
    (SFC, 8/1/97, p.A1)(SFC, 8/4/97, p.A3)(WSJ, 7/24/98, p.A1)(HN, 7/31/98)(SFC, 3/2/99, p.A3)

1997        Jul, Vincent "Chin" Gigante (69), boss of the Genovese crime family, was convicted of murder conspiracy and racketeering. In Dec. he was sentenced to 12 years in prison.
    (SFC,12/19/97, p.A3)

1997        Aug 5, Ramzi Yousef, mastermind of world trade center bombing, went on trial.
    (MC, 8/5/02)

1997        Aug 9, In NYC police officer Justin Volpe sodomized Abner Louima in the bathroom of the 70th precinct in Brooklyn. [see Aug 13] In 1999 Volpe was sentenced to 30 years in prison and ordered to pay $277,495 in restitution. In 2001 a tentative settlement awarded Abner Louima $9 million.
    (SFC, 5/26/99, p.A1)(SFC, 12/14/99, p.A3)(SFC, 3/23/01, p.A4)

1997        Aug 12, Two New York City police officers were placed in desk jobs as authorities investigated the charges of Abner Louima, a Haitian immigrant who accused police of sodomizing him after his arrest in a nightclub fight. Louima's subsequent civil suit against the city resulted in a settlement of $8.75 million on July 30, 2001, the largest police brutality settlement in NYC history. After legal fees, Louima collected approximately $5.8 million.
    (AP, 8/12/98)(

1997        Aug 13, A NYC police officer of the 70th precinct in Flatbush was arrested for sexually assaulting a Haitian immigrant who was arrested in a nightclub fight. Officer Justin Volpe sodomized Abner Louima with a toilet plunger and then forced the handle into Louima’s mouth. Volpe’s partner, Thomas Bruder, was ordered off active duty and Mayor Giuliani ordered a shakeup and investigation. Officer Charles Schwartz was later arrested for his participation. Two more officers, Thomas Wiese and Thomas Bruder, were later arrested for beating Louima after his arrest. In 1998  federal civil rights charges were filed against the involved officers. Officer Volpe was jailed in 1999 after he pleaded guilty that he had sodomized Abner Louima. In 1999 Officer Schwarz was found guilty of holding Louima down. Officers Bruder, Wiese and Bellomo were acquitted. In 2000 officers Bruder, Schwartz and Wiese were convicted of covering up the assault on Louima. Schwartz was sentenced to 15 years and 8 months in prison and ordered to pay $277,495 in restitution. Bruder and Wiese were sentenced to 5 years each. In 2002 a federal appeals court overturned the convictions against Schwarz, Wiese and Bruder.
    (SFC, 8/14/97, p.A5)(SFC, 8/15/97, p.A4)(SFC, 8/16/97, p.A5)(SFC, 8/19/97, p.A3)(SFC, 2/27/98, p.A6)(SFC, 5/26/99, p.A1)(SFC, 6/9/99, p.A3)(SFC, 3/7/00, p.A3)(SFC, 6/28/00, p.A3)(SFC, 3/1/02, p.A3)

1997        Sep 11, In Manhattan Elie Wiesel helped dedicate the new Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park, designed by Kevin Roche. It was dubbed a Living memorial to the Holocaust.
    (SFC, 9/12/97, p.A10)(WSJ, 9/17/97, p.A12)

1997        Sep 29, Roy Lichtenstein (b. 10/28/23), American pop artist, died at 73 in New York.
    (SFC, 9/30/97, p.A7)

1997        Nov 2, John Kagwe of Kenya won the 28th New York City Marathon in two hours, 8 minutes and 12 second; Franziska Rochat-Moser of Switzerland led the women in two hours, 28 minutes and 43 seconds.
    (WSJ, 11/3/97, p.A1)

1997        Nov 13, "Lion King," opened at New Amsterdam Theater, NYC. It was based on the Disney film.
    (, 2/11/04, p.A23)

1997        Nov 27, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York was marred when a wind gust knocked part of a lamppost onto a 34-year-old woman, fracturing her skull and leaving her in a coma for almost a month.
    (AP, 11/27/98)

1997        Dec 19, Reginald Bannerman died after he was struck by a train. He was fleeing a beating by 6 NYC narcotics detectives, who had been out drinking. He was dragged and kicked outside a Crown heights nightclub and was fired upon when he fled onto the tracks of the Steeling St. subway station.
    (SFEC,12/28/97, p.A13)

1998        Jan 8, Ramzi Yousef was sentenced in New York to life in prison for the 1994 bombing of a Philippines airliner and 240 years for masterminding the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.

1998        Jan 13, Three robbers stole $1.17 million at the NYC World Trade Center from guards delivering money to a currency exchange center. They returned to their Brooklyn neighborhood where neighbors reported them and 2/3 were arrested.
    (SFC, 1/14/98, p.A3)(SFC, 1/16/98, p.A3)

1998        Jan 25, "Grease" closed at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 1,503 performances.

1998        Feb 3, Norman J. Block, the founding proprietor of Dunhill Tailors, died at age 93.
    (SFC, 2/11/98, p.A24)

1998        Feb 6, Rev. John Garcia Gensel (80), head of the "jazz ministry" at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in NYC, died.
    (SFC, 2/11/98, p.A24)(SFC, 4/27/05, p.D10)

1998        Feb 14, The rock musical "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" opened off Broadway at the Jane Street Theater. It was written by John Cameron Mitchell.
    (SFC, 11/20/02, p.D1)

1998        Feb 22, The new book "The Landmarks of New York III" by Barbaralee Diamonstein was reviewed.
    (SFEM, 2/22/98, p.34)
1998        Feb 22, Revival of "King & I," closed at Neil Simon Theater in NYC after 781 performances.

1998        Feb 24, Henny Youngman died in New York City at age 91-92. He was a tireless comic who quipped "Take my wife -- please" and countless other one-liners during a career that spanned seven decades.
    (SFC, 2/25/98, p.C2)(AP, 2/24/99)

1998        Mar 1, "Art" opened at Royale Theater NYC.
    (SC, 3/1/02)

1998        Mar 18, The NYC Board of Education voted to require its schoolchildren to wear uniforms. The dress code would begin in 1999.
    (SFC, 3/19/98, p.A5)

1998        Mar 31, Former New York Congresswoman Bella Abzug died at age 77.
    (AP, 3/31/99)

1998        Apr, A Woody Guthrie archive opened at W. 57th St.
    (SFC, 11/27/98, p.C11)

1998        May 13, Thousands of yellow cab drivers went on a one day strike in NYC.
    (SFC, 5/14/98, p.A3)

1998        Jun 3, In New York City hundreds of sidewalk food vendors held a 1-day strike and paraded through lower Manhattan.
    (SFC, 6/4/98, p.A3)

1998        Jun 14, In NYC Antoine Reid, a squeegee man, was allegedly shot by off-duty officer Michael Meyer after soaping Meyer’s car window. Reid later filed a $100 million suit against the city and the police dept.
    (SFC, 6/29/98, p.A4)

1998        Jun 30, In NYC some 20,000 construction workers rallied to protest the city’s use of a nonunion contractor.
    (SFC, 7/1/98, p.A1)

1998        Jul 5, Irene Silverman (82), an Upper East Side millionaire, was last seen. In Dec. Sante Kimes (64) and her son Kenneth (24) were charged with the murder of Silverman, whose body was still missing. The Kimes were convicted of 2nd degree murder in 2000. Kenneth Kines later admitted that he threw Silverman into a ditch at a construction site. The Kines were also suspects in other cases and in 2001 were subjects for a TV movie.
    (SFC, 12/17/98, p.A13)(SFC, 5/19/00, p.A16)(SFC, 11/17/00, p.A10)

1998        Jul 21, In NYC a 48-story elevator scaffold collapsed at the construction site of the Conde Nast building on West 43rd St. One woman (85) was killed.
    (SFC, 7/22/98, p.A3)

1998        Aug 9, A strike by 73,000 telephone workers of NYC-based Bell Atlantic began.
    (SFC, 8/10/98, p.A2)

1998        Aug 11, Bell Atlantic workers returned to work after reaching a tentative agreement with management.
    (SFC, 8/12/98, p.A9)

1998        Aug 26, In NYC a judge ruled to allow a Million Youth March for Sep 5. It was being organized by Khalid Abdul Muhammad and was opposed by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.
    (SFC, 8/28/98, p.A3)

1998        Sep 1, A federal appeals court in NY ruled that the Million Youth March in NYC may take place with a reduced duration to 4 hours from 12, and a limited range to 6 blocks from 29.
    (SFC, 9/2/98, p.A3)

1999        Sep 4, In NYC the 2nd Million Youth March headed by Khalid Abdul Muhammad was attended by 1-2 thousand people and watched over by 1,400 police officers.
    (SFEC, 9/5/99, p.A2)

1998        Sep 5, In NYC the Million Youth March ended in a wild melee as police rushed the speaking platform after the event ran minutes over the allotted time. An estimated 20,000 people were in attendance. Mayor Giuliani later supported the police action at the rally where 6,000 people had gathered. Some 3,000 officers were massed in the area. A grand jury was later asked to investigate.
    (SFEC, 9/6/98, p.A3)(SFC, 9/7/98, p.A3)(SFC, 9/9/98, p.A3)

1998        Oct 14, Author and animal rights pioneer Cleveland Amory died at age 81 in Manhattan. His work included the trilogy on social history: "The Proper Bostonians," "The Lat Resorts," and "Who Killed Society."
    (SFC, 10/16/98, p.D4)

1998        Oct 24, Axel Kappfjell (32) of Norway parachuted from the Empire State Building. [Oct 25 also cited]
    (SFC, 4/2/99, p.A3)(SFC, 7/9/99, p.D6)

1998        Oct 27, Axel Kappfjell (32) parachuted from the Chrysler Building.
    (SFC, 4/2/99, p.A3)

1998        Nov 1, John Kagwe of Kenya won the NY Marathon in 2:8:45. Franca Fiacconi of Italy won among the women in 2:25:17.
    (WSJ, 11/2/98, p.A1)

1998        Edwin G. Burrows and Mike Wallace published "Gotham: A History of New York to 1898." Vol. 1 was 1,383 pages and was 20 years in the making. A 2nd volume covering 1898 to the present was scheduled for 2000.
    (WSJ, 12/3/98, p.A20)

1998        George L. Lankevich published "American Metropolis: A History of New York City."
    (WSJ, 8/21/98, p.W6)

1998        Philip Lopate edited "Writing New York: A Literary Anthology" for the Library of America.
    (WSJ, 12/3/98, p.A20)

1998        "The Neighborhoods of Brooklyn" with text, photos and maps was published by Yale Univ. Press.
    (SFEC, 1/10/99, Par p.21)

1999        Jan 3, Andrew Goldstein (29) pushed Kendra Webdale (32) into the path of an oncoming train at Manhattan's 23rd St. and Broadway station. Goldstein, a schizophrenic who refused to take his anti-psychotic medicine, was later convicted for 2nd degree murder. This led to "Kendra's Law,"  which allows violent patients to be medicated by force.
    (SFC, 1/5/99, p.A3)(SFC, 3/24/00, p.A5)

1999        Feb 3, The Armed Forces Recruiting station in Times Square was demolished. The 400-sq-foot station was to be replaced by a new $1 million 500-sq-foot station by Jul.
    (SFC, 2/4/99, p.A3)

1999        Feb 4, In NYC plainclothes police officers fired 41 shots at Amadou Diallo (22), a Bronx street peddler and immigrant from Guinea, who was unarmed in front of his Bronx home. Police were searching for a rapist and Daillo was killed with 19 gunshot wounds. Officers Kenneth Boss, Sean Carroll, Edward McMellon and Richard Murphy were later indicted for 2nd degree murder. All 4 officers were acquitted by a jury in 2000. Further litigation under civil rights was planned.
    (SFC, 2/5/99, p.A3)(SFC, 2/6/99, p.A3)(SFC, 3/26/99, p.A3)(SFC, 3/31/99, p.A3) (SFC, 2/26/00, p.A1)

1999        Feb 22, In NYC Mayor Giuliani put into effect a plan that allowed police to seize the vehicles of drunken drivers.
    (SFEC, 2/21/99, p.A2)

1999        Mar 25, Axel Kappfjell (32) parachuted from the World Trade Center. He later pleaded guilty to 3 counts of reckless endangerment and was sentenced to 7 days of community service. Kappfjell was killed in 1999 during a miscalculated jump in Norway.
    (SFC, 4/2/99, p.A3)(SFC, 7/9/99, p.D6)

1999        Mar 28, Raymond Rogers (28), a member of the Lost Boyz hip-hop group, was shot to death as he left a party at a Queens hotel.
    (SFC, 3/29/99, p.A6)

1999        Mar 31, Four New York City police officers were charged with murder for killing Amadou Diallo, an unarmed African immigrant, in a hail of bullets. They were acquitted in Feb 2000.
    (AP, 3/31/04)

1999        Apr 7, Isaac Jones (38) was arrested and charged with 4 rapes. He was suspected to be responsible for some 51 rapes beginning in 1993.
    (SFC, 4/8/99, p.A3)

1999        Apr 9-11, The People's Poetry Gathering, sponsored by City Lore, was scheduled to take place all around Manhattan.
    (SFC, 4/1/99, p.E5)

1999        Apr 15, Erotica USA, a pornography trade show, opened a 4-day exhibit at the Javits Center.
    (SFC, 4/16/99, p.A3)

1999        Apr 23, The Whitney Museum In NYC opened its mammoth "The American Century" show.
    (WSJ, 4/13/99, p.A16)

1999        Apr 27, A Black New Jersey man, Harold Dusenbury (42), settled out of court for $2.75 million for being beaten by police officers who mistook him for a knife-wielding suspect.
    (SFC, 4/28/99, p.A3)

1999        May 4, Five New York police officers went on trial for the torture of Haitian immigrant Abner Louima. One officer later pleaded guilty; a second was eventually convicted of perjury; the remaining three were acquitted of brutality charges. Two of those three were later convicted of conspiring to obstruct justice; those convictions were overturned.
    (AP, 5/4/04)

1999        Jun 20, Police shot a black bull named Roughrider in Queens after it escaped from an illegal traveling rodeo.
    (SFC, 6/21/99, p.A6)

1999        Jun 24, The new 6.5 acre Congo Gorilla Forest exhibit opened at the Bronx Zoo.
    (WSJ, 6/24/99, p.A20)
1999        Jul 7, In NYC "The Peony Pavilion," a 22-hour Chinese opera, opened at the LaGuardia High School Theater. It was shown in 6 3-hour episodes.
    (WSJ, 7/7/99, p.A20)(WSJ, 7/13/99, p.A20)

1999        Aug 3, Reform Rabbi David J. Seligson died at age 92. He held the pulpit at Central Synagogue in Manhattan for 20 years. He authored the memoir "Rabbi, Chaplain and Burra Sahib."
    (SFC, 8/7/99, p.A23)

1999        Aug 31, In NYC 5 police shot twelve times and killed Gideon Busch (31), a Jewish man and former medical student, who refused to drop a hammer he’d used to threaten neighborhood children. The officers were brought up on charges and, on November 17, 2003, a federal jury cleared the officers of civil wrongdoing in the fatal shooting.
    (SFC, 9/1/99, p.A3)(

1999        Sep 4, In NYC the 2nd Million Youth March headed by Khallid Abdul Muhammad was attended by 1-2 thousand people and watched over by 1,400 police officers.
    (SFEC, 9/5/99, p.A2)

1999        Sep 9, In NYC it was reported that 3 people had died from mosquito-borne St. Louis encephalitis in the last few weeks. The virus was later identified as the West Nile Virus, never before reported in the Western Hemisphere. 3 years later the virus reached California.
    (SFC, 9/10/99, p.A3)(SFC, 9/28/99, p.A9)(Econ, 8/2/08, p.34)

1999        Sep 29, The opening of the 1997 British art exhibition "Sensation" created a big stir due to its controversial subject matter. Mayor Giuliani threatened to revoke city support to the Brooklyn Museum of Art.
    (WSJ, 9/29/99, p.A20)

1999        Oct 2, The controversial art show "Sensation: Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection" opened at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Mayor Giuliani withheld the museum's monthly city subsidy and started eviction proceedings. The show included Chris Ofili's "The Holy Virgin Mary" fashioned with some elephant dung.
    (SFEC, 10/3/99, p.A3)

1999        Oct 23, A Ku Klux Klan rally was allowed to proceed with no masks. 16 Klansmen and 2 Klan women appeared at Folley Square along with some 6,000 protestors and 2,000 tourists.
    (SFC, 10/23/99, p.A3)(WSJ, 10/26/99, p.A26)(SFEC, 10/24/99, p.A2)

1999        Oct 27, The New York Yankees beat the Atlanta Braves 4-1 and swept the World Series in 4 games.
    (SFC, 10/28/99, p.A1)

1999        Nov 1, US District Judge Nina Gershon ruled that Mayor Giuliani had no right to cut off subsidies to the Brooklyn Museum of Art for displaying art that he opposed.
    (SFC, 11/2/99, p.A3)

1999        Nov 7, Joseph Chebet of Kenya won the NY Marathon in 2 hrs, 9 min. and 14 sec. Adriana Fernandez of Mexico won for the women in 2:25:06.
    (WSJ, 11/8/99, p.A1)

1999        Nov 28, Robert Bingham, author and member of a prominent Kentucky newspaper publishing family, died at age 33 of heroin overdose. His work included the novel "Lightning on the Sun," scheduled for publication in 2000.
    (SFC, 12/2/99, p.A37)

1999        Dec 14, The New York City Board of Education identified nine employees, four regular teachers, two substitute teachers and three teachers' aides who were dismissed last week for helping students cheat on standardized tests.

1999        Dec, The LVMH Tower, designed by Christian de Portzamparc, officially opened at 19 East 57th St.
    (WSJ, 1/10/00, p.A24)
1999        Dec, In New York City off-duty police Officer Vincent Ling was shot following an interaction with Lester Pearson in the Bronx. Ling soon died of his injuries. In 2019 police in Florida arrested Pearson (43).
    (SFC, 3/19/19, p.A8)

1999        F.E.D.S. Magazine, edited by Antoine Clark (30), became a sensation among prison inmates. The letters stood for "Finally Every Dimension of the Streets" and featured a gruesome authenticity to street life.
    (SFC, 12/10/99, p.AA1)
1999        US authorities uncovered a money laundering scheme that involved the Bank of New York and its branch in Russia. In 2000 Lucy Edwards and her husband Peter Berlin pleaded guilty to fraud charges. In 2005 the bank agreed to pay $14 million in fines directly related to the Russia scandal and to adopt antifraud overhauls. In 2007 Russia sued the Bank of New York for $22.5 billion for its role in the money laundering scheme.
    (WSJ, 5/18/07, p.A3)
1999        John A. Gotti Jr. pleaded guilty to racketeering and extortion and accepted a 6-year prison sentence.
    (SSFC, 8/11/02, Par p.5)
1999        King’s College reopened in the Empire State Building. It was founded in Tuxedo, NY, in 1938 and went bankrupt in the 1990s, when it was bought by the Campus Crusade for Christ.
    (WSJ, 7/5/02, p.W11)
1999        In NYC crows began dying in unusual numbers. The culprit was identified as West Nile Virus, its first appearance in the Western hemisphere.
    (Economist, 9/1/12, p.34)

2000        Feb 5, Kathleen Roskot (19) was slashed to death by her boyfriend, Tom Nelford, in her dorm room at Columbia Univ. Hours later Nelford hurled himself under a subway train at the 181st St. station.
    (SFEC, 2/6/00, p.A23)

2000        Feb 11, An early morning bomb exploded in NYC on the corner of Wall and Water streets in front of an office building owned by Barclay's Bank. One person was slightly injured.
    (SFC, 2/12/00, p.A2)

2000        Feb 19, The new Rose Center for Earth and Space and the new Hayden Planetarium opened at the American Museum of Natural History.
    (SFEC, 3/5/00, Par p.17)

2000        Feb 26, In NYC thousands of people marched to protest the acquittal in Albany of 4 police officers for the 1999 shooting of Amadou Diallo. Diallo's parent filed a $61 million suit in April.
    (WSJ, 2/228/00, p.A1)(WSJ, 4/19/00, p.A1)

2000        Mar 15, The unknown East Side rapist was indicted under DNA evidence in a John Doe indictment for 7 rapes between 1994-1998 to prevent the 5 year stature of limitations from expiring 3 of the cases.
    (SFC, 3/16/00, p.A12)

2000        Mar 16, In NYC police killed Patrick Dorismond, an unarmed Haitian immigrant (26). Some 3,000 protestors marched at Dorismond's funeral on mar 25 and clashed with police.
    (SFEC, 3/26/00, p.A7)

2000        Apr 24, In NYC an 8th livery cab driver was found shot to death in the Bronx. 11 drivers were killed in 1999.
    (SFC, 4/25/00, p.A5)

2000        May 3, New York’s Cardinal John O’Connor died at age 80.
    (SFC, 5/4/00, p.A3)

2000        May 19, NYC Mayor Giuliani dropped out of the race for a US senate seat due to prostate cancer. He was also beleaguered by a personal scandal.
    (SFC, 5/20/00, p.A1)

2000        May 24, Two gunmen killed 5 workers in a Wendy’s restaurant in the Queens borough of NYC. John Taylor (36) and Craig Godineaux (31) were arrested 2 days later. Taylor was sentenced to death in 2002.
    (SFC, 5/26/00, p.A2)(SFC, 5/27/00, p.A2)(WSJ, 11/27/02, p.A1)

2000        Jun 25, The Broadway show "Cats" was scheduled to close after 7397 performances. It was extended to September.
    (SFEC, 5/7/00, Par p.30)(SFC, 9/11/00, p.F4)

2000        Jun 4, In NYC 150 people posed face-down flat nude beneath the Williamsburg Bridge for a photo shoot by Spencer Tunick.
    (SFC, 6/5/00, p.A7)

2000        Jun 11, In Central Park young male gangs attacked some 47 women with harassment, molestation and robbery during the annual Puerto Rico Day parade. 16 of 60 suspects were arrested over the next week. Some police officers also faced discipline for lack of response.
    (SFC, 6/17/00, p.A6)(SFC, 6/19/00, p.A2)

2000        Jul 11, In NYC a brownstone apartment building collapsed in Brooklyn and at least 3 people were killed. An adjacent building also collapsed.
    (SFC, 7/13/00, p.A7)

2000        Aug, The Library Hotel opened at 299 Madison Ave., with individual floors devoted to general subjects such as History, Literature, or Religion.
    (SSFC, 4/14/02, p.C18)

2000        Sep 10, The Broadway show "Cats" closed after nearly 18 years and 7,485 performances at the NYC Winter Garden.
    (SFC, 9/11/00, p.F4)

2000        Sep 12, Hillary Rodham became the first first lady to win an election as she claimed victory in the New York Democratic Senate primary, defeating little-known opponent Dr. Mark McMahon.
    (AP, 9/12/01)

2000        Oct 18, The Broadway show "Mama Mia!," based on the music of Abba, was scheduled to open at the Winter Garden.
    (SFC, 9/11/00, p.F4)

2000        Oct 26, The New York Yankees became the first team in more than a quarter century to win three straight World Series championships, beating the New York Mets 4-to-2 in game five of their "Subway Series." The Yankees matched the Oakland Athletics' three in a row from 1972-74, and won their fourth title in five years.
    (AP, 10/26/01)

2000        Nov 22, Andy Logan, former reporter for the New Yorker Magazine, died at age 80. Her work also included "The Man Who Robbed the Robber Barons," an account of Col. William d’Alton Mann.
    (SFC, 11/23/00, p.D9)

2000        Nov 28, Mayor Giuliani awarded Piers 9,11, 13 & 14 along with $32.8 million in capital funding over 5 years for a new Guggenheim Museum designed by Frank O. Gehry.
    (WSJ, 11/30/00, p.A20)

2000        Dec 20, John V. Lindsay, former NYC mayor (1966-1973), died at age 79.
    (SFC, 12/21/00, p.A31)

2000        Jerold S. Kayden authored "Privately Owned Public Space: The New York City Experience."
    (WSJ, 10/11/00, p.A24)

2000        James Lardner and Thomas Reppetto authored "NYPD," a history of the city’s police force.
    (WSJ, 8/2100, p.A14)

2000        Elizabeth Gold spent a year teaching in a progressive NYC high school. In 2004 she authored "Brief Intervals of Horrible Sanity," based on her experiences.
    (WSJ, 3/25/04, p.D6)

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