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April 13th in New York City History

Posted: Apr 13, 2013 | 12:45 AM

1670:  The English buy Staten Island from the Algonquin Natives.  After the real estate was cleared a real estate boom bloomed.

We go to Staten Island on New York Harbor tours, and Staten Island tours.

1870:  The Metropolitan Museum of Art was incorporated.

We go by the Museum on Central Park tours, Upper East Side tours, MSO tours aka Manhattan Step on tours, aka Manhattan Step-on tours, aka Manhattan Sights Orientation coach bus tours.

1895:  Forest Park in Queens was founded.  The City of Brooklyn purchased more than 500 acres that summer for design  by famed Central Park designer Frederic Law Olmsted.

1939:  Actor Paul Sorvino born in Brooklyn.

1940:  The New York Rangers Hockey team won the Stanley Cup, besting the Toronto Maple Leafs in a six games. The next cup will not return until 1994.  In the meantime, rivals' fans would chant "1940" to razz the team.  The 1994 celebration was unforgettable.  I was there as crowds marched down Seventh Avenue over honking cars stopped in traffic.

We see the Madison Square Garden Hall of Fame on Midtown tours and Penn Station tours.

1950:  Actor Ron Perlman born and raised in Washington Heights, Manhattan.

1951:  Drummer Max Weinberg of the E Street Band and Late Night with Conan O'Brien born in NJ.

1964:  Sidney Poitier won the Best Actor Academy Award for "Lilies of the Field, " becoming the became the first black performer to do so.  His career in acting developed in Harlem


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