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May 15th in New York City History

Posted: May 15, 2013 | 12:30 AM
by Jared Goldstein

1812The new City Hall building, New York's fourth, is dedicated. It replaces the old Federal Hall on Wall Street as the seat of city government.  It is America's oldest.

Federal Hall was sold for $500 in scrap, which would probably be $500,000 today.

1918...Daily airmail service begins between Washington and New York. But the service gets off to an inauspicious start, as the inaugural flight gets lost and its shipment of mail is later delivered by train.

1936:  Wavy Gravy, Greenwich Village alum, born.

1940:  Roger Ailes, Media Consultant for Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush I and George W. Bush II, and founding Chairman and CEO of Fox News born
in Ohio.

Here is Ailes' "Orchestra Pit Theory:"  "If you have two guys on a stage and one guy says, 'I have a solution to the Middle East problem,' and the other guy falls in the orchestra pit, who do you think is going to be on the evening news?"

We go past Fox News on Midtown MSO tours and Rockefeller Center walking tours.

1952:  Actor Chazz Palminteri born in the Bronx.

Actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler from "The Sopranos" born.


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