Thanksgiving in New York

In 1789, President George Washington in New York City issued the first Thanksgiving Proclamation by the national government. In it, he called upon Americans to express their gratitude for the happy conclusion to the country’s War of Independence and the successful ratification of the U.S. Constitution. Washington noted that the day should be one of …

Carnage on Wall Street

Prior to 9/11, terrorism was no stranger to NYC. On this date Sept. 16, back in 1920, a Horse-drawn wagon bomb exploded on Wall Street outside the headquarters of the J.P. Morgan bank. The explosion killed 38 people and injured hundreds more. The crime was never solved. Authorities believe it was the destructive, senseless work …

The Queen of the Waves is from NYC

Today we remember New Yorker, Olympian Swimmer, and “Queen of the Waves” Gertrude Ederle. On August 6th, back in 1926, she became the 1st woman to swim the English Channel. It took her 14 hours and 34 minutes to complete the swim. This was Ederle’s second attempt to swim the channel. Her first try on …

Artistic Crime of the 20th Century

Today’s NY historic event is emotionally charged and will be remembered for ages to come. On this date August 7th, back in 1974, French stuntman Philippe Petit walked a tightrope between the Twin Towers of the then recently-dedicated World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan. He performed this 1,350 feet above the ground. The feat become …