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Category: New York City

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New Cockroach Species Arrives in New York

Already infamous for its cockroaches, New York City now has a newcomer with which to contend.

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Did George Washington Knock Back a Cold One Here?

NYC preservationist makes a potentially major historic find: possible remnants of the Colonial-era Bull’s Head Tavern.

John Jacob Astor

America’s First Multi-Millionaire, 250 Years Later

Get the facts about John Jacob Astor, America’s first multi-millionaire.

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Four Days of Fire: The New York City Draft Riots

The July 1863 draft riots were the largest civilian insurrection in American history.

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10 Things You May Not Know About the Brooklyn Bridge

On its 130th birthday, check out some surprising facts about the iconic Brooklyn Bridge.

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Green-Wood Cemetery: A Victorian-Era Icon Turns 175

One of America’s first “rural” cemeteries has been welcoming New Yorkers since 1838.

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One World Trade Center Reaches Historic Heights

As its record-topping spire is installed, find out more about the building that has already become a New York icon.

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Beyond Citizen Kane: The World’s First Media Mogul

On what would have been the publisher’s 150th birthday, here are eight things you should know about William Randolph Hearst.

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After 155 Years, It’s the End of an Era at Cooper Union

One of the nation’s most celebrated schools has announced a controversial change to its tuition structure.

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Remembering the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing

A bombing of the World Trade Center 20 years ago proved to be a frightening prelude to future acts of terrorism.

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Grand Central Terminal: An American Icon Turns 100

As we celebrate its centennial, here are 10 things you should know about this New York landmark.

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Historic Hot Dog Stand Shuts its Doors for the First Time

After Hurricane Sandy battered the historic boardwalk in Coney Island, Brooklyn, one of its most iconic businesses was forced to close for the first time in its 96-year-history.

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The Automat: Birth of a Fast Food Nation

A century after Horn & Hardart opened its first Automat in New York City, take a look back at America’s first fast food chain.