York Almanac ->
New York City in November
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
....Average monthly temperature in November : 47° ...
this month, watch as thousands of runners participate -
and thousands more New Yorkers cheer - the New
York Marathon in early November...
bring the kids to the NYC's official kick-off to the holiday
season featuring giant balloons, floats (and the arrival
of Santa!) at Macy's
Thanksgiving Day Parade ...
...followed by the spectacular Christmas
Tree Lighting at Rockefeller Center ...
...first time lucky: The New York Knicks actually win the
first-ever Basketball Association of America game this day
in 1946, beating the Toronto Huskies at the Maple Leaf Gardens,
crowds by the DOZENS...
...under the will of James Henry Roosevelt, (uncle to President
Teddy Roosevelt), the hospital bearing his name officially
opens this day in 1871...
... poking fun at the steam-driven and electric contraptions
on view at the first New
York Auto Show at Madison Square Garden, the popular
press cries "get a horse! this day in 1900...
... folk singer Bob
Dylan makes his concert debut this day in 1961 at Carnegie
Chapter Hall at 57th Street and 7th Avenue, drawing a crowd
of about 50 people. Admission at the door: $2 ....
... New Amsterdam delegate Peter Schagen reports back on
the town's progress this day in 1626: " our people
out there are of good courage, and live peaceably. Their
women, also, have borne children there, [and} they have
bought the island of Manhattes from the wild men for the
value of 60 guilders...."
Langtry fever strikes New York today when the London
actress, (best known for her loose ways and a sordid affair
with the Prince of Wales) hits the stage tonight in 1882
at Wallack's Theater at Broadway and 13th Street in An
Unequal Match ...
... the city is scandalized to learn that the body of millionaire
department store owner A.T.
Stewart has gone missing this day in 1878, with his
widow receiving a purpoted ransom note demanding $200,000.
Several months later, the body is returned and reburied
on Long Island in a secure vault rigged with an alarm system....
... the Manhattan
Brewing Company on Thompson and Broome Streets opens
its doors today in 1984, sparking the modern trend toward
boutique mini-breweries ...
...Where we you when the lights went out? It happens
in New York City at 5:27 pm this night during the Northeast
Blackout of 1965, plunging New York, New Jersey and
most of New England into darkness..
...New York Herald reporter, Henry Mortan Stanley, finds
explorer David Livingstone in Africa this day in 1871 uttering
the now immortal "Dr. Livingstone, I presume..."
... Armistice Day following World War I is greeted with
mass hysteria, a ticker tape parade, and effigies of the
German Kaiser carried in mock coffins marked "Resting
in Pieces" this day in New York in 1918...
... "'mid pleasures and palaces, though we may roam"...
Sweet Home is sung for the first time this day in 1823
at the Park Theatre at Chatham Street, now Park Row...
...after seven years of constructions and price tag of $48
million, the Holland
Tunnel opens in 1927. On its first day in operation,
51,694 vehicles each paying a 50 cent toll pass through
the tunnel connecting lower Manhattan with Jersey City,
...22-year-old New York World investigative reporter
Bly starts a sensation this day in 1889 by embarking
on a 24,899-mile journey in hopes of besting the currently
popular Jules Verne novel, "Around the World in 80
Days." While male readers bet against her, Nelly takes
72 days, six hours, eleven minutes and fourteen seconds,
and sets a world record for circling the globe....
... a local paper advertises a 7-legged calf on view for
the wonder and amusement of all New Yorkers this day in
Corbin becomes one of the nation's first heroines when
she takes over firing the cannon of her fallen husband during
a British attack on Fort Washington in upper Manhattan this
day in 1776...
...for decades the clock by which businessmen set their
pocket watches, the clock
in Trinity Church clock tower on Wall Street is installed
today in 1846...
... Brooklyn toymaker Morris Michton starts a craze by naming
a cuddly stuffed toy the "teddy
bear" after popular New York-born President Teddy
Roosevelt this day in 1902...
....the newspaper founded by Alexander Hamilton in 1801
is purchased by Australian publisher Rupert Murdoch this
day in 1976 for $30 million, transforming the staid old
York Post with sensational feature stories and screaming
...civic improvements commence following the English takeover
of New Amsterdam, New York gets a new shipping dock, the
town's first street lamps and, on this day in 1677, the
opening of its very first insane asylum...
...at a cost of more than $320 million, the Verrazzano-Narrows
Bridge connecting Brooklyn and Staten Island is the
longest bridge in the world when it opens this day in 1964...
..the supersonic Concorde
arrives on its maiden voyage from London, touching down
in New York's JFK airport in just under 3 1/2 hours this
day in 1977....
...little Billy McCarty, later known as Western outlaw Billy
the Kid is born Allen Street on Manhattan's Lower East
Side this day in 1859...
War ends this day in 1968 after more than two years
of murder, mayhem and mysterious disappearances within the
Bonnano crime family as Don Joe Bonanno decides he's
had enough and retires to Arizona ...
... Jubilation!! Americans everywhere celebrate Evacuation
Day in 1784 when the last vestiges of British authority
in the U.S. departs Manhattan via New York Harbor.
... this day also marks the last shot fired in the Revolutionary
War, as jeering crowds along the shores of Staten Island
are fired upon by a British gunner. The cannon shot, however,
falls far short of its intended target and drops harmlessly
into the harbor ...
... convicted on various charges of theft, New York city
hangman Ben Johnson is himself sentenced to hang this day
in 1673. However, it's quickly discoverd that there is no
one left in town qualified to do the job. Red-faced city
officials immediately reduce the sentence to "39 lashes,
loss of an ear, and banishment from the colony..."
...the New York Times reports today on a diabolical Confederate
Plot plot hatched during the Civil War in 1864 to burn
down the entire city beginning with the Fifth Avenue
Hotel, Barnum's Museum, and a dozen more prominent establishments.
The plot is foiled when fires are quickly extinguished or
attempts are luckily discovered before they begin...
... promising not to frighten the horses, Curtis P. Brady
is issued the first speical permit to drive an automobile
through Central Park this day in 1899 ...
...more than 2,000 New Yorkers are lost to a yellow
fever epidemic that raged throughout the summer - as
the city's wealthy, who have evacuated to the countryside,
start returning home this day in 1795...
...it's -5° out there as New
Yorkers wake up to the severest cold snap on record this
day in 1875 ...