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March 28th in NYC History

Posted: Mar 27, 2013 | 7:40 PM
by Jared Goldstein

1784:  John Jacob Astor arrived in New York at age 20, seeking a fur fortune, then focusing on New York City real estate, making him America's richest man.

1928:  Zbigniew Brzezinski, Carter Administration national security adviser and Columbia professor, born.

1948:  Academy Award winning film actress and Broadway drama star and Upper West Sider, Dianne Wiest, born in Missouri.  

We see the Upper West Side in Upper West Side tours.

1950:  In the age when college hoops ruled basketball, dwarfing the NBA, NIT champions City College beat Bradley University to capture the NCAA title at Madison Square Garden, making City College the only team to win college basketball's "Grand Slam."

The following year the glory tarnished due to sports gambling corruption in which local players were caught shaving points from their teams' victory margins to manipulate gambling point spreads.  Several local programs shut down, and championship college hoops did not return to the metropolitan area for decades.

1963:  Alfred Hitchcock's film "The Birds" premiered in New York.

1981:  Julia Stiles, actress, Columbia alum, lifelong New Yorker, born.

I've seen her jogging my Alphabet City neighborhood.  You can experience my neighborhood this spring, summer and autumn with an East Village Community Gardens tour.

1986:  Happy Birthday, Lady Gaga! 

We go by her high school on Upper East Side tours, and general Manhattan tours.


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