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A Great Big City — New York City News, History, and Events

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14: Subway Groundbreaking, a Plywood Wall, and a Steamy Elevator
23 years ago on March 17, 1996 — The city hospitals and the FDNY combine emergency response units to form the FDNY EMS and provide ambulance service citywide. In February 2019, the Daily News reported that the city EMS handled 83% of calls to the FDNY, and did so with a workforce less than half as large as the number of firefighters.61 years ago on March 19, 1958 — A fire at the Monarch Underwear Company kills 24 and injures 15 — Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire2 years ago on March 20, 2017 — Timothy Caughman is stabbed with a sword and killed on 36th Street in Hell's Kitchen by a white man from Baltimore who had traveled to Manhattan planning to kill black men Pro-Trump graffiti vandal nabbed with fake wall29 years ago on March 25, 1990 — The Happy Land nightclub fire kills 87 in West Farms in the Bronx, becoming the city's deadliest fire since the Triangle Shirtwaist fireMarch 21 in History: Charles Lindbergh Receives the Medal of Honor in 1928March 23 in History: Elisha Otis Installs First Passenger Elevator IKEA comes to ManhattanMarch 24 in History: Ground-Breaking Ceremony for the Rapid Transit System on "Tunnel Day"A Great Big City has been running a 24-hour newsfeed since 2011, but the AGBC News podcast is just getting started, and we need your support. A Great Big City is built on a dedication to explaining what is happening and how it fits into the larger history of New York, which means thoroughly researching every topic and avoiding clickbait headlines to provide a straightforward, honest, and factual explanation of the news. Individuals can make a monthly or one-time contribution at agreatbigcity.com/support and local businesses can have a lasting impact by supporting local news while promoting products or services directly to interested customers listening to this podcast. Visit agreatbigcity.com/advertising to learn more. Park of the dayBrook ParkConcert CalendarUlver is playing Irving Plaza on Friday, March 22nd at 7pm.Weakened Friends, coping skills, Hit Like a Girl, and Nervous Dater are playing The Kingsland on Friday, March 22nd at 7pm.Hollis Brown is playing Mercury Lounge on Friday, March 22nd at 7:30pm. Homeshake, pink siifu, and Yves Jarvis are playing Brooklyn Steel on Friday, March 22nd at 8pm. Jawbreaker, Pohgoh, and War on Women are playing Brooklyn Steel on Saturday, March 23rd at 7pm. Vhs Collection and Future Generations are playing Irving Plaza on Saturday, March 23rd at 8pm. Mariah Carey is playing Radio City Music Hall on Monday, March 25th at 8pm. Music and Conversation and The Zombies are playing The Cutting Room on Tuesday, March 26th at 6pm. Yves Tumor is playing National Sawdust on Tuesday, March 26th at 8pm. Find more fun things to do at agreatbigcity.com/eventsNew York FactHere's something you may not have known about New York: At 33 square miles, Manhattan is the smallest borough, but has the greatest population density of any city or county in the U.S. WeatherThe extreme highs and lows for this week in weather history: Record High: 84°F on March 21, 1921 Record Low: 10°F on March 21, 1885 Weather for the week ahead: Rain today and tomorrow, with high temperatures rising to 60°F on Sunday. Gusty winds will be of concern on Friday the 22nd and may reach 40mph gusts overnight into SaturdayThanks for listening to A Great Big City. Follow along 24 hours a day on social media @agreatbigcity or email contact@agreatbigcity.com with any news, feedback, or topic suggestions. Subscribe to AGBC News wherever you listen to podcasts: iTunes, Google Play, or Player FM, Spotify, and RadioPublic or listen to each episode on the podcast pages. If you enjoy the show, subscribe and leave a review wherever you're listening and visit agreatbigcity.com/podcast to see show notes and extra links for each episode.Intro and outro music: 'Start the Day' by Lee Rosevere
13: Hudson Yards, Manhattan's Last Neighborhood
Hudson Yards opens Friday, March 15th, with the public being able to visit the new shopping mall and food court, the massive sculpture of stairs (tentatively) called the VesselHistoryHudson Yards is a unique development. Other areas in Manhattan may change names, like the Lower East Side splitting to become the East Village, and new areas may be built, like Battery Park City, but Hudson Yards will be the last neighborhood to grow from previously undeveloped land. The site has been a railyard since the turn of the last century and had been the target of many developers over the years, but only recently did plans come together to build the largest private real estate development in the United States on top of the block-long open area of train tracks. A cutaway model shows the multiple layers at the site: Amtrak and NJ Transit trains at the deepest level in the Hudson Tunnel, 30 tracks of LIRR storage just below ground level, then an elevated platform constructed over the tracks that contains machinery to run the complex, support structures drilled into the bedrock, and the street-level parks and building entrances. If you take the new 7 Train extension to Hudson Yards, you'll emerge from even deeper under the complex since the new station is 125 feet below street level, making it one of the deepest in the subway system. The part of the development opening now is really only half of what will ultimately rise from the rail yards. This section, east of Eleventh Ave, was developed first, but more residential towers and open public space will be added in the next phase west of Eleventh. In this episode we'll learn about a few new features opening this weekend in this new neighborhood.StoresShopping at Hudson Yards will be pretty similar to the retail space that has opened at the new World Trade Center complex, with high-priced fashion brands filling most of the space. A multi-story Neiman Marcus will anchor the shopping areas, with stores like Louis Vuitton, Coach, and Zara showing up along the mall's corridors and stores from luxury watchmakers Patek Philippe, Rolex, and Piaget. Visit B3ta on the second floor where shoppers have the ability to try out products that are usually ordered online and produced by smaller companies that can't afford to open an entire storefront. The ShedThe structure sitting along the High Line that looks like an inflatable ice cube is the art, performance, and event space at Hudson Yards, called The Shed. It's a transforming building with sliding panels and a rolling canopy that can host a variety of events. There's a very cool video animation on the Hudson Yards site showing how the Shed transforms to change from an indoor venue for concerts and art to an open-air plaza for watching movies, and the Shed will even announce on social media when it will be transforming the building for a new event, so you'll have advance notice if you want to stop by watch the four-story structure move. The Shed will be opening in early April with a five-night concert series. The VesselThe Vessel sculpture has fast become one of the most recognizable features of Hudson Yards. 150 feet tall with 154 interconnected stairways, visitors can climb onto dozens of observation platforms and view Hudson Yards from multiple directions. It's sure to become a favorite of photographers. The name may be "The Vessel" for now, but Hudson Yards will be accepting suggestions for a more-fitting name for the sculpture. During the opening ceremony where Big Bird helped Anderson Cooper officially open the Vessel to visitors, Big Bird compared the sculpture to his own Sesame Street bird nest, which is an interlocking nest of brown branches. Visiting the sculpture currently requires making a free reservation, but it's unclear if this will continue into the future or if it's only intended to keep crowd numbers low during ongoing construction at Hudson Yards. If you take any innovative photos of the Vessel or have a suggestion on a better name than "The Vessel", send them in to A Great Big City on social media! Observation DeckIf you're longing for a higher vantage point, make your reservation for The Edge, an observation deck at Hudson Yards that will become the highest public balcony in the city. Jutting out to the southeast corner from 30 Hudson Yards, the triangle-shaped deck will offer a variety of views across the city and the Hudson River, all from a height of 1,100 feet. The glass walls surrounding the observation deck will lean outwards at the point of the triangle, giving daredevils an opportunity to lean forward and look straight down from a point 65 feet away from the building. The deck won't open as part of the Hudson Yards grand opening, but you can reserve a spot on the list to be one of the first visitors when it does open. The FutureIt may look out of place at the moment, but just like the World Trade Center complex, Hudson Yards will begin to blend in with the New York around it as construction is finished and more open spaces are added. The plaza is open to visitors and will have wifi access, so it may prove popular as a place to take a rest in Hell's Kitchen, which otherwise had a limited amount of public green space. The upcoming parkland along the High Line and the Hudson River will add a much-needed boost to an area where pedestrians were either relegated to a narrow sidewalk next to the highway and the only was the concrete rear wall of the Javits Center. Much like the open lawns along the Hudson in Battery Park City, the green space at Hudson Yards will likely prove to be a popular space for watching the sunset or having an afternoon picnic, and will really come to life when attendees from various Javits Center conventions explore the new spaces instead of trying to catch a cab out of the area. Welcome to the neighborhood, Hudson Yards! 5 years ago on March 12, 2014 — A natural gas explosion levels two five-story buildings on Park Avenue3 years ago on March 12, 2016 — 84-foot tugboat 'The Specialist' sinks after colliding with a barge near the Tappan Zee BridgePark of the dayDavidson Playground — Morris Heights in The Bronx — Little is known about Oliver Mathias Davidson for whom this playground and the adjacent Davidson Avenue are named. Davidson served as Chief Engineer of Streets from 1867 to 1872, and at one time owned land in Fordham. The small neighborhood park contains playground equipment and many lush trees providing shade. The Queens Botanical Garden will be holding a Backyard Composting Workshop on Saturday, March 16th where you can learn what goes in a compost bin, how to maintain it properly, and how to use the compost after it has had time to develop. Registration is required, but the event is free. Call (718) 886-3800 for more info.Concert CalendarThis is the AGBC Concert Calendar:Teenage Fanclub and The Love Language are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday, March 14th.The Movielife and Travis Shettel are playing Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Friday, March 15th.THE 1ST WORLD TOUR ‘WARNING’ and Sunmi are playing The Town Hall on Friday, March 15th.Have a Nice Life, Consumer, elizabeth colour wheel, Midwife, and Planning for Burial are playing Market Hotel on Friday, March 15th.Massive Attack is playing Radio City Music Hall on Friday, March 15th.The Purple Tour and Lukas Graham are playing Hammerstein Ballroom on Friday, March 15th.DEATH CULTS, Husbandry, and LAPêCHE are playing Union Pool on Friday, March 15th.Have a Nice Life, Consumer, elizabeth colour wheel, Planning for Burial, and Wreck and Reference are playing Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Saturday, March 16th.The Bouncing Souls and Strike Anywhere are playing White Eagle Hall on Saturday, March 16th.Massive Attack is playing Radio City Music Hall on Saturday, March 16th.Youth of Today, Glitterer, KRIMEWATCH, and Line Of Sight are playing Brooklyn Bazaar on Sunday, March 17th.Kenny O’Brien and The O’Douls and Kevin Devine are playing Mercury Lounge on Sunday, March 17th.This Heat, This Is Not This Heat, and Yvette are playing (le) Poisson Rouge on Monday, March 18th.20 Years: An Intimate Conclusion To Thursday's 20th Anniversary, Thursday, and American Pleasure Club are playing Saint Vitus Bar on Monday, March 18th.An Evening with Fleetwood Mac and Fleetwood Mac are playing Madison Square Garden on Monday, March 18th.Find more fun things to do at agreatbigcity.com/events.New York FactHere's something you may not have known about New York: Sidewalk food carts have those classic large umbrellas because Department of Health regulations state that food being prepared outdoors must be covered by an overhead structure to prevent contamination WeatherThe extreme highs and lows for this week in weather history: Record High: 83°F on March 20, 1945 Record Low: 7°F on March 18, 1916 Weather for the week ahead: Light rain tomorrow, with high temperatures falling to 46°F on Sunday.Thanks for listening to A Great Big City. Follow along 24 hours a day on social media @agreatbigcity or email contact@agreatbigcity.com with any news, feedback, or topic suggestions. Subscribe to AGBC News wherever you listen to podcasts: iTunes, Google Play, or Podcast Addict, Spotify, and Castbox or listen to each episode on the podcast pages. If you enjoy the show, subscribe and leave a review wherever you're listening and visit agreatbigcity.com/podcast to see show notes and extra links for each episode.Intro and outro music: 'Start the Day' by Lee Rosevere — Concert Calendar music from Jukedeck.com
12: The City's First Park, St. Patrick's Day, and the East River Helicopter Crash
60 years ago on March 9, 1959 — The Barbie doll debuts at the American International Toy Fair in New York1 year ago on March 11, 2018 — A sight-seeing helicopter crashes into the East River, killing five passengers. 286 years ago on March 12, 1733 — Bowling Green Park is established as the city's first official park.Fifth Avenue St. Patrick's Day Parade — Bay Ridge St. Patrick's Day Parade — Brooklyn St. Patrick's Day paradeEpisode 8: Harry Macklowe plans new tower across from St. Patrick's Cathedral — Harry Macklowe is one parcel closer to building his $1B Midtown office towerChrysler Building sells for just $150 million63 years ago on March 15, 1956 - 'My Fair Lady' opens on Broadway, starring Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews.March 15, 2018 — NYC Announces New Ferry Names Chosen by City SchoolchildrenA Great Big City has been running a 24-hour newsfeed since 2011, but the AGBC News podcast is just getting started, and we need your support. A Great Big City is built on a dedication to explaining what is happening and how it fits into the larger history of New York, which means thoroughly researching every topic and avoiding clickbait headlines to provide a straightforward, honest, and factual explanation of the news. Individuals can make a monthly or one-time contribution at agreatbigcity.com/support and local businesses can have a lasting impact by supporting local news while promoting products or services directly to interested customers listening to this podcast. Visit agreatbigcity.com/advertising to learn more. Park of the dayRailroad Park (Queens) — Rochdale, Queens — A densely-wooded area named for the nearby LIRR tracks and Locust Manor station, Railroad Park is mostly a wooded area with no fountains or plazas, but it does have a few hiking trails winding through the trees. Not to be confused with Railroad Park in the Bronx.Outdoor Skills: Navigation at Willowbrook Park in Staten IslandConcert CalendarWeezer x Pixies Spring 2019 Tour, Weezer, Basement, Pixies, and TV on the Radio are playing Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, March 12th Ella Mai "The Debut Tour", Ella Mai, Kiana Ledé, and Lucky Daye are playing Brooklyn Steel on Tuesday, March 12th Todd Snider and Reed Foehl are playing Blender Theater at Gramercy on Wednesday, March 13th Teenage Fanclub and The Love Language are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday, March 14th The Movielife and Travis Shettel are playing Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Friday, March 15th Have a Nice Life, Consumer, elizabeth colour wheel, Midwife, and Planning for Burial are playing Market Hotel on Friday, March 15th Massive Attack is playing Radio City Music Hall on Friday, March 15th The Purple Tour and Lukas Graham are playing Hammerstein Ballroom on Friday, March 15th Death Cults, Husbandry, and LAPêCHE are playing Union Pool on Friday, March 15th Have a Nice Life, Consumer, elizabeth colour wheel, Planning for Burial, and Wreck and Reference are playing Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Saturday, March 16th The Bouncing Souls and Strike Anywhere are playing White Eagle Hall on Saturday, March 16th Youth of Today, Glitterer, KRIMEWATCH, and Line Of Sight are playing Brooklyn Bazaar on Sunday, March 17th Kenny O’Brien & The O’Douls and Kevin Devine are playing Mercury Lounge on Sunday, March 17th This Heat, This Is Not This Heat, and Yvette are playing (le) Poisson Rouge on Monday, March 18th Thursday and American Pleasure Club are playing Saint Vitus Bar on Monday, March 18th Fleetwood Mac are playing Madison Square Garden on Monday, March 18th Lucy Dacus, Fenne Lily, and Mal Blum are playing White Eagle Hall on Wednesday, March 20th José González & The String Theory are playing Apollo Theater on Thursday, March 21st Ulver is playing Irving Plaza on Friday, March 22nd Weakened Friends, coping skills, Hit Like a Girl, and Nervous Dater are playing The Kingsland on Friday, March 22nd Hollis Brown is playing Mercury Lounge on Friday, March 22nd Jawbreaker is playing Brooklyn Steel on Saturday, March 23rd Find more fun things to do at agreatbigcity.com/events.Learn about New YorkHere's something you may not have known about New York: The NYC Department of Education is the largest school system in the United States, with 1.1 million students — larger than the entire population of San Francisco WeatherThe extreme highs and lows for this week in weather history: Record High: 85°F on March 13, 1990 Record Low: 6°F on March 13, 1888 Weather for the week ahead: Mixed precipitation on Friday through Monday, with high temperatures peaking at 58°F on Friday.Thanks for listening to A Great Big City. Follow along 24 hours a day on social media @agreatbigcity or email contact@agreatbigcity.com with any news, feedback, or topic suggestions. Subscribe to AGBC News wherever you listen to podcasts: iTunes, Google Play, or Castbox, Overcast, and TuneIn Radio or listen to each episode on the podcast pages. If you enjoy the show, subscribe and leave a review wherever you're listening and visit agreatbigcity.com/podcast to see show notes and extra links for each episode.Intro and outro music: 'Start the Day' by Lee Rosevere — Concert Calendar music from Jukedeck.com
11: Times Square is Bombed, a Movie Stunt Gone Wrong, and 'Fearless Girl' Takes a Stand
96 years ago on March 5, 1923 — "Human Fly" Harry F. Young falls to his death while climbing the Hotel Martinique49 years ago on March 6, 1970 — Weather Underground townhouse explodes11 years ago on March 6, 2008 — An IED explodes outside Times Square Army recruitment office2 years ago on March 7, 2017 — The 'Fearless Girl' statue is placed at Bowling Green, facing the famous Wall Street Bull statue60 years ago on March 9, 1959 — The Barbie doll debuts at the American International Toy Fair in New York8 years ago — The Norwegian Jewel sailing down the Hudson becomes the first post on the A Great Big City website!8 years ago on March 4, 2011 — The TLC releases the results of their Taxi of Tomorrow survey2 years ago on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 — FDNY Debuts New Tethered Drone with Infrared CameraA Great Big City has been running a 24-hour newsfeed since 2010, but the AGBC News podcast is just getting started, and we need your support. A Great Big City is built on a dedication to explaining what is happening and how it fits into the larger history of New York, which means thoroughly researching every topic and avoiding clickbait headlines to provide a straightforward, honest, and factual explanation of the news. Individuals can make a monthly or one-time contribution at agreatbigcity.com/support and local businesses can have a lasting impact by supporting local news while promoting products or services directly to interested customers listening to this podcast. Visit agreatbigcity.com/advertising to learn more. Park of the dayCaptain Rivera Playground — 156th Street in Woodstock in the Bronx — This playground honors Captain Manuel Rivera, Jr., a Marine pilot from the Bronx who died during a training mission in Operation Desert Shield. Parks EventsIf you're interested in keeping the city's parks clean, visit Canarsie Park for the Forest Restoration event on Saturday, March 9th. Volunteer with the Stewardship Team to protect natural areas in Canarsie Park and learn how to identify and safely remove invasive plants in order to help create a healthier ecosystem. Come dressed in sturdy boots or shoes, long pants, and clothing that can get dirty. Please bring your own water bottle to this event. Space is limited and registration is required. Start time: 10:00 am End time: 12:00 pm Contact phone: (718) 392-5232 Location: Seaview Avenue and East 108th Street in Fresh Creek Nature Preserve in Canarsie, Brooklyn.Concert CalendarCold Cave, ADULT, Psychic TV, and Sextile are playing Brooklyn Steel on Monday, March 4th The Monochrome Set and The Jetbeats are playing The Bowery Ballroom on Monday, March 4th Ice Cube is playing Terminal 5 in New York City on Wednesday, March 6th Morbid Angel, Blood Incantation, Cannibal Corpse, and Necrot are playing the Playstation Theater on Thursday, March 7th Nothing, Candy, and Tony Molina are playing Brooklyn Bazaar on Thursday, March 7th State Champs and Our Last Night are playing the Best Buy Theater on Friday, March 8th The Black Queen, Kanga, and Uniform are playing the Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday, March 8th Robyn is playing Madison Square Garden on Friday, March 8th Trisomie 21 and Brighter Death Now are playing Brooklyn Bazaar on Friday, March 8th The Sound of Animals Fighting is playing Terminal 5 on Friday, March 8th Queensrÿche, Fates Warning, and The Cringe are playing Irving Plaza on Saturday, March 9th Weezer, Basement, the Pixies, and TV on the Radio are playing Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, March 12th Teenage Fanclub and The Love Language are playing The Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday, March 13th The Movielife and Travis Shettel are playing the Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Friday, March 15th Massive Attack is playing Radio City Music Hall on Friday, March 15th The Bouncing Souls and Strike Anywhere are playing White Eagle Hall in Jersey City on Saturday, March 16th Find more fun things to do at agreatbigcity.com/events.New York FactHere's something you may not have known about New York: Central Park's Great Lawn was originally a reservoir of fresh water for city's water supply system. In 1931, it was filled in with material excavated from Rockefeller Center and the Eighth Avenue subway WeatherThe extreme highs and lows for this week in weather history: Record High: 79°F on March 10, 2016 Record Low: 3°F on March 5, 1872 Weather for the week ahead: Mainly dry and well below normal temperatures are expected through mid-week. Intro and outro music: 'Start the Day' by Lee Rosevere — Concert Calendar music from Jukedeck.com
10: Staten Island Builds a Wall, Trump is Voted Off, and Times Square Expands
Welcome to A Great Big City News, episode 10: Staten Island Builds a Wall, Trump is Voted Off, and Times Square Expands 229 years ago on February 23, 1790 — George Washington moves to the second presidential mansion, the Alexander Macomb House, at 39-41 Broadway lower Manhattan26 years ago on February 26, 1993 — A truck bomb explodes in the World Trade Center underground parking garage30 years ago on February 28, 1989 — The Riverdale Press in the Bronx is firebombed1 Times Square to be remodeled147 years ago on February 20, 1872 — The Metropolitan Museum of Art opens to the public in the Dodworth Building at 681 Fifth Avenue.Payless shutting downStaten Island’s five-mile seawall will move forward with federal fundingWill Macy's sell the top floors of their iconic building? — Macy's sells store in San Francisco — Macy's stock lost 12% in January on low holiday salesCondo owners at 120 Riverside Boulevard vote to remove Trump name from their buildingPark of the dayCalvert Vaux ParkHigh Line Park: Past and PresentConcert CalendarThis is the AGBC Concert Calendar for the upcoming week:George Spanos is playing the Bushwick Public House on Monday, February 25th at 7pm.Amoeba Earhart, Modern Whale, and Slmbr are playing the Knitting Factory in Williamsburg on Monday, February 25th at 8pm. John Mellencamp is playing the Beacon Theatre on Monday, February 25th at 8pm. Bread Pilot, Net, and Waveform are playing Trans-Pecos in Ridgewood on Monday, February 25th at 8pm.Bueno, Bethlehem Steel, and Lost Boy are playing the Mercury Lounge on Tuesday, February 26th at 9:30pm. Aaron Carter and Max Muscato are playing Le Poisson Rouge on Wednesday, February 27th at 8pm. The Roofer's Union, Deep Sea Peach Tree, and RFA are playing the Mercury Lounge on Wednesday, February 27th at 9pm. The Cat Empire and Neal Francis are playing Brooklyn Steel in Greenpoint on Thursday, February 28th at 7pm. The Monochrome Set and The Jetbeats are playing the Bowery Ballroom on Monday, March 4th at 8pm. Find more fun things to do at agreatbigcity.com/events.Did you know? The sea scorpion was declared the New York state fossil in 1984, in reference to the first known specimen being found in Oneida County, NY in 1818 http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/reference/emblems.htm WeatherThe extreme highs and lows for this week in weather history: Record High: 75°F on February 24, 1985 Record Low: -1°F on February 24, 1873 Weather for the week ahead: Mixed precipitation today through Saturday, with high temperatures falling to 32°F on Wednesday.Thanks for listening to A Great Big City. Follow along 24 hours a day on social media @agreatbigcity or email contact@agreatbigcity.com with any news, feedback, or topic suggestions. If you enjoy the show, subscribe and leave a review wherever you're listening and visit agreatbigcity.com/podcast to see show notes and extra links for each episode.Intro and outro music: 'Start the Day' by Lee Rosevere
9: Amazon Leaves New York, a World Trade Center Fire, and a Killer is Sentenced.
Visit agreatbigcity.com/support to learn how to support the podcast. And visit agreatbigcity.com/advertising to learn more about sharing your New York-based business with our listeners by sponsoring our podcast.14 years ago on February 12, 2005 — "The Gates" open in Central Park44 years ago on February 13, 1975 — A three-alarm fire burns in the World Trade Center North Tower for three hoursTimothy Caughman is stabbed with a sword and killed on 36th Street in Hell's Kitchen by a white man from Baltimore who had traveled to Manhattan planning to kill black men — White supremacist will face life in prison7 years ago on February 16, 2012 — Crane Accident at the World Trade Center 3 years ago on February 21, 2016 — A Great Big City began tracking the outbreak of knife slashings that had begun in late 2015. Slash Tracker: Following the Outbreak of Knife Slashings in NYC — Woman slashed on the face after being harassed in Williamsburg by an unknown attackerBuilding numbers go unposted in ManhattanUpdate on plans for New York City headquarters — A December 2018 survey of 1,075 New Yorkers showed a 57% approval for Amazon's HQ2 in Long Island City — Amazon posted a 2018 profit of $11.2 billion and will pay $0 in federal income tax for 2018 thanks to strategic tax avoidance using reinvestments and carrying forward tax credits from previous yearsA Great Big City has been running a 24-hour newsfeed since 2011, but the AGBC News podcast is just getting started, and we need your support. A Great Big City is built on a dedication to explaining what is happening and how it fits into the larger history of New York, which means thoroughly researching every topic and avoiding clickbait headlines to provide a straightforward, honest, and factual explanation of the news. Individuals can make a monthly or one-time contribution at agreatbigcity.com/support and local businesses can have a lasting impact by supporting local news while promoting products or services directly to interested customers listening to this podcast. Visit agreatbigcity.com/advertising to learn more. With your support, you can guarantee that A Great Big City will be here to give future generations of New Yorkers tips on how to figure out the address of the unnumbered building they're standing in front of. Park of the dayCrotona Parkway Malls20th Annual New York City Lunar New Year Parade and FestivalConcert CalendarConcert Calendar for the weekend of Friday, February 15Sevendust, Cane Hill, and Kira are playing the Starland Ballroom on Saturday, February 16th beginning at 5pm.Owen is playing Rough Trade in Williamsburg on Saturday, February 16th at 9pm.Interpol, Car Seat Headrest, and Snail Mail are playing Madison Square Garden on Saturday, February 16th at 8pm.Beirut is playing the Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday, February 16th at 8pm.House of Waters are playing Joe's Pub on Saturday, February 16th at 7pm.Tim Hecker and The Konoyo Ensemble are playing National Sawdust in Williamsburg on Monday, February 18th at 7pm.Bob Mould and Titus Andronicus are playing Brooklyn Steel in Greenpoint on Thursday, February 21st at 7pm. Julia Holter is playing the Warsaw in Greenpoint on Friday, February 22nd at 8pm. Find more fun things to do at agreatbigcity.com/events.New York Facts: Citi Bike riders traveled 3,590,472 miles in June 2018 https://www.citibikenyc.com/system-data/operating-reports WeatherThe extreme highs and lows for this week in weather history: Record High: 78°F on February 21, 2018 Record Low: -8°F on February 15, 1943 Weather for the week ahead: Mixed precipitation on Sunday through Thursday, with high temperatures falling to 37°F on Wednesday.Thanks for listening to A Great Big City. Follow along 24 hours a day on social media @agreatbigcity or email contact@agreatbigcity.com with any news, feedback, or topic suggestions. If you enjoy the show, subscribe and leave a review wherever you're listening and visit agreatbigcity.com/podcast to see show notes and extra links for each episode.Intro and outro music: 'Start the Day' by Lee Rosevere
8: The Beatles Meet NY, Empty Skyscrapers, and Travel Tips from 1977.
Welcome to A Great Big City News, episode 8.Today: The Beatles Meet NY, Empty Skyscrapers, and Travel Tips from 1977. Visit agreatbigcity.com/support to learn how to support New York City local news and allow us to keep bringing you this podcast. If you are a New York-based business and would be interested in sponsoring our podcasts, visit agreatbigcity.com/advertising to learn more. 55 years ago on February 7, 1964 — The Beatles land at JFK, beginning the British Invasion in American music culture23 years ago on February 7, 1996 — The Concorde supersonic aircraft sets a record for fastest transatlantic crossing, traveling from New York to London in 2 hours, 52 minutes, and 59 secondsHarry Macklowe plans new tower across from St. Patrick's Cathedral — "Mechanical voids" are used to increase building height — The city is moving to regulate the "mechanical voids" loophole that has allowed these massive buildings to be built63 years ago on February 8, 1956 — Eastern Air Flight 663 swerves to avoid an oncoming aircraft and crashes near Jones Beach77 years ago on February 9, 1942 — SS Normandie catches fire and capsizes into the Hudson RiverVintage New York Travel Tips Featured in a 1977 NewspaperBoy Genius Report on Waze features coming to Google Maps — On episode 6 of AGBC News: Waze adds beacons to city tunnels — NYPD sends letter to Google regarding police checkpointsNYCHA finds 5,799 apartments with kids under six that need repairs to prevent possible exposure to leadA Great Big City has been running a 24-hour newsfeed since 2011, but the AGBC News podcast is just getting started, and we need your support. A Great Big City is built on a dedication to explaining what is happening and how it fits into the larger history of New York, which means thoroughly researching every topic and avoiding clickbait headlines to provide a straightforward, honest, and factual explanation of the news. Individuals can make a monthly or one-time contribution at agreatbigcity.com/support and local businesses can have a lasting impact by supporting local news while promoting products or services directly to interested customers listening to this podcast. Visit agreatbigcity.com/advertising to learn more. Park of the dayHaviland Playground — Haviland Ave., Watson Ave. bet. Virginia Ave. and Pugsley Ave., the Bronx — Set on land that was part of Pugsley Farm and named for earlier landowners Joseph and Mary Haviland. Serves as the playground for adjacent I.S. 125.Concert CalendarToni Braxton and SWV are playing Kings Theatre in Flatbush on Sunday, February 10th Pete & The Stray Dogs are playing Sunny's Bar in Red Hook on Sunday, February 10th Gang Gang Dance, Geologist, and Weak Signal are playing the Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday, February 12th beginning at 7pm.Rachael Yamagata is playing the City Winery on Tuesday, February 12thReal Clothes, Danny Tre, Motteo, and The Afterbirth are playing The Well in Bushwick on Wednesday, February 13th at 7pm.Lydia Lunch, Matt Nelson and Tim Dahl are playing El Cortez in Bushwick on Thursday, February 14th at 7pm.Sevendust, Cane Hill, and Kira are playing the Starland Ballroom on Saturday, February 16th beginning at 5pm.Owen is playing Rough Trade in Williamsburg on Saturday, February 16th at 9pm.Interpol, Car Seat Headrest, and Snail Mail are playing Madison Square Garden on Saturday, February 16th at 8pm.Find more fun things to do at https://agreatbigcity.com/eventsToday's fact about New York: In 2016, the MTA's 6,418 subway cars traveled a total of 358,000,000 miles! http://web.mta.info/nyct/facts/ffsubway.htm WeatherThe extreme highs and lows for this week in weather history: Record High: 73°F on 02-15, 1949 Record Low: -15°F on 02-09, 1934 Weather for the week ahead: Mixed precipitation on Monday through next Saturday, with high temperatures rising to 53°F next Saturday.Thanks for listening to A Great Big City. Follow along 24 hours a day on social media @agreatbigcity or email contact@agreatbigcity.com with any news, feedback, or topic suggestions. If you enjoy the show, subscribe and leave a review wherever you're listening and visit agreatbigcity.com/podcast to see show notes and extra links for each episode.Intro and outro music: 'Start the Day' by Lee Rosevere
7: Thirteenth Avenue Becomes a Beach, NTSB Limo Investigation, and Staten Island Chuck.
Visit agreatbigcity.com/support to learn how to support New York City local news and allow us to keep bringing you this podcast. If you are a New York-based business and would be interested in sponsoring our podcasts, visit agreatbigcity.com/advertising to learn more. Staten Island Chuck predicts an early Spring Episode 5 — MTA will install turn-key ignitions on city buses — Serial MTA bus joyrider caughtGansevoort Peninsula — Manhattan is getting its own beachCourt rules NTSB must be allowed to examine limo wreckage — 3 months after deadly NY crash, NTSB has yet to inspect limo62 years ago on February 1, 1957 — Northeast Air Flight 823 crashes on Rikers Island after takeoff at LaGuardia27 years ago on February 4, 1992 — Area code 917 is introduced, originally used only for cell phonesCannonball on Governors IslandWinter Storm Nemo Hits NYC A Great Big City has been running a 24-hour newsfeed since 2011, but the AGBC News podcast is just getting started, and we need your support. A Great Big City is built on a dedication to explaining what is happening and how it fits into the larger history of New York, which means thoroughly researching every topic and avoiding clickbait headlines to provide a straightforward, honest, and factual explanation of the news. Individuals can make a monthly or one-time contribution at agreatbigcity.com/support and local businesses can have a lasting impact by supporting local news while promoting products or services directly to interested customers listening to this podcast. Visit agreatbigcity.com/advertising to learn more. With your support, you can guarantee that A Great Big City will be here to tell future New Yorkers whether or not Staten Island Chuck's premonitions come true. Park of the dayJames J Walker ParkNYC Parks will be holding their rec center open house weekConcert CalendarKarolina Rose is playing the Parkside Lounge on the Lower East Side on Monday, February 4th at 7:30pm.The Roots are playing the Highline Ballroom at the final Highline Ballroom show on Tuesday, February 5th at 8pm.Dawes is playing the Beacon Theatre on the Upper West Side on Tuesday, February 5th at 7pm. Four Tet is playing Brooklyn Steel in Greenpoint on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 5th and 6th at 8pm. Reindeer Castle, The Hague, and Dog Petter are playing Gold Sounds Bar in Bushwick on Tuesday, February 5th at 7pm.Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson, Jason Isbell, and many others will be playing the Tibet House U.S. Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium on Thursday, February 7th beginning at 7:30pm.El Ten Eleven and Joan of Arc are playing the Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday, February 7th at 9pm.Eyelids, Brower, and Hurry are playing Union Pool in Williamsburg on Saturday, February 9th at 8pm. Thanks for listening! Find more fun things to do at agreatbigcity.com/events.Did you know?: The George Washington Bridge is the busiest motor vehicle bridge in New York City and in the world, carrying almost 290,000 vehicles per day WeatherWeather for the week ahead: Temperatures will remain above average on Tuesday and Wednesday, with mixed precipitation on Wednesday through next Monday. High temperatures peaking at 61°F on Friday.The extreme highs and lows for this week in weather history: Record High: 70°F on February 5, 1991 Record Low: -15°F on February 9, 1934 Thanks for listening to A Great Big City. Follow along 24 hours a day on social media @agreatbigcity or email contact@agreatbigcity.com with any news, feedback, or topic suggestions. If you enjoy the show, subscribe and leave a review wherever you're listening and visit agreatbigcity.com/podcast to see show notes and extra links for each episode.Intro and outro music: 'Start the Day' by Lee Rosevere
6: Groundhog Day, The Raven is Published, and Waze Navigates the Tunnels.
Learn about New York's various famous groundhogs, hear the first review of 'The Raven', and follow Waze underground on AGBC News episode 6!Visit agreatbigcity.com/support to learn how to support New York City local news and allow us to keep bringing you this podcast. If you are a New York-based business and would be interested in sponsoring our podcasts, visit agreatbigcity.com/advertising to learn more. 74 years ago on February 1, 1945 — The north tube of the Lincoln Tunnel opens to trafficStaten Island Chuck — a second female 'hog named Charlotte died in September 2018 of kidney disease — Buffalo Bert173 years ago January 29, 1845: 'The Raven' by Edgar Allen Poe is first published in the New-York Evening Mirror — Competing plaques claiming two different locations for where the home where he wrote 'The Raven' once stood. After surviving since 1984 in the East Village, world famous St. Mark's Comics will be closing at the end of FebruaryWaze Beacons installed in tunnels AGBC News Episode 5: Subway Car Problems, A Long-Distance Phone Call, and Ride a Lime — Bombardier resumes subway car deliveries to New York City after manufacturing problems caused a temporary halt in deliveries last week. Bombardier has delivery about half of the initial 300 cars ordered by the MTA, but the delivery schedule is now years behind. Lime has a new, rugged scooter that the company says is built for New York City roadsPark of the dayHavemeyer Playground: "Triangle park near the Cross-Bronx Expressway in Unionport, Bronx. Features a playground, basketball court, and spray shower. Located at the Cross Bronx Exwy and Havemeyer Ave and has been a city property since 1946-01-31It's a bit too cold to play a game of basketball at Havemeyer Playground, so check out a Parks Department rec center:Starting next week on February 3rd, NYC Parks will be holding their rec center open house week. Everyone is welcome to try out any of Manhattan's 13 recreation facilities that have exercise equipment, swimming pools, sports fields, and a calendar full of classes like Zumba, yoga, and water aerobics. The Parks Department rec centers offer a fantastic alternative to gyms, at a fraction of the cost: The most you would pay is just $150 for a year, which is $12.50 per month, then there are discounts for people young and old, veterans, and people with disabilities. You even get a 10% discount if you have a New York City ID card! Concert CalendarBring Me the Horizon, The Fever 333, and Thrice are playing the Hammerstein Ballroom in Midtown on Wednesday, January 30th starting at 7pm. Infected Mushroom is playing the Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg on Wednesday, January 30th at 8pm.Igloo Ghost, Umru, and Dasychira are playing Elsewhere in Bushwick on Wednesday, January 30th at 8pm. Brasstracks, Pell, and Kemba are playing Brooklyn Steel in Greenpoint on Thursday, January 31st at 8pm.White Rope, Upsetter, Blood Blush, and Amen are playing Alphaville in Bushwick on Thursday, January 31st at 8pm.Sad Baxter, Long Neck, Keep Score, and Benchmark are playing Gold Sounds Bar in Bushwick on Friday, February 1st at 7pm.Ted Leo, Slingshot Dakota, and Supernatural Psycho are playing the Brooklyn Bazaar in Greenpoint on Friday, February 1st at 8pm.Poppy is playing Irving Plaza in Union Square on Saturday, February 2nd at 7pm. The Roots are playing the Highline Ballroom at the final Highline Ballroom show on Tuesday, February 5th at 8pm.Find more fun things to do at agreatbigcity.com/events.If you're a street artist who wants to paint without keeping an eye out for the cops or if you just have an idea for a joyful mural, the NYC Dept of Transportation is searching for artists to brighten up some of the city's concrete surfaces. Submit your idea for a piece of public art by February 15th and you may be selected to receive up to $12,000 for the project. Visit nyc.gov/dotart for more info.WeatherThe extreme highs and lows for this week in weather history: Record High: 69°F on January 29, 2002 Record Low: -3°F on February 2, 1881 Weather for the week ahead: Mixed precipitation throughout the week, with high temperatures bottoming out at 17°F on Thursday.Thanks for listening to A Great Big City. Follow along 24 hours a day on social media @agreatbigcity or email contact@agreatbigcity.com with any news, feedback, suggestions, or corrections. If you enjoy the show, subscribe and leave a review wherever you're listening and visit agreatbigcity.com/podcast to see show notes and extra links for each episode.Intro and outro music: 'Start the Day' by Lee Rosevere
5: Subway Car Problems, A Long-Distance Phone Call, and Ride a Lime
Today: The latest news, this week in history, upcoming events, and our concert calendar. Visit agreatbigcity.com/support to learn how to support New York City local news and allow us to keep bringing you this podcast. If you are a New York-based business and would be interested in sponsoring our podcasts, visit agreatbigcity.com/advertising to learn more. Test Ride a Lime Scooter14 years ago on January 23, 2005 — The FDNY suffers "Black Sunday" when three firefighters are killed are four are injured in two separate fires. It was the deadliest day for the FDNY since the September 11th attacks. In the Bronx, at 236 East 178th Street at Grand Concourse, an early-morning three-alarm fire erupted in a building containing illegally-converted apartments. The frigid temperatures caused difficulties with frozen hydrants and firehoses. When the fire flashed through an apartment door, firefighters had no escape and jumped from the building. Firefighters Curtis Meyran and John Bellew were killed by the fall, with four others severely injured. The firefighters' deaths renewed interest in a safety device that is designed for those exact evacuation procedures but had been discontinued by the FDNY in 2000, but was still carried by one of the firefighters that survived the jump. Over the next year, the safety ropes were tested and issued to every firefighter. Later that day, temperatures became too high as a group of firefighters were investigating a basement fire on Jerome Street in East New York, and Richard T. Sclafani was killed in the blaze. Candles, holiday decorations, and electric heaters cause an increase in home fires during the winter, and the FDNY asks that all residents take precautions and inspect fireplaces, smoke alarms, and decorations for any potential hazards.Bombardier subway cars delivered with manufacturing defects — MTA will stop taking orders of Bombardier subway cars until manufacturing defects are solved MTA installing key-start ignitions on buses following string of thefts Alexander Graham Bell places the first transcontinental long-distance telephone call from New York to San Francisco.In Episode 1, the most expensive real estate sale of the week being the 95th floor apartment at 432 Park Avenue for $41.25 million, but this week's top sale broke an entirely new record. Hedge fund manager Ken Griffin bought the penthouse at 220 Central Park South for $238 million, setting a record for the highest price paid for a home not just in New York, but in the entire country.Survey Says: Bring on the Marijuana, But None For Me, ThanksFlights Delayed at LaGuardia Over Staffing Issues — Friday, January 25 A Great Big City has been running a 24-hour newsfeed since 2011, but the AGBC News podcast is just getting started, and we need your support. A Great Big City is built on a dedication to explaining what is happening and how it fits into the larger history of New York, which means thoroughly researching every topic and avoiding clickbait headlines to provide a straightforward, honest, and factual explanation of the news. Individuals can make a monthly or one-time contribution at agreatbigcity.com/support and local businesses can have a lasting impact by supporting local news while promoting products or services directly to interested customers listening to this podcast. Visit agreatbigcity.com/advertising to learn more. With your support, you can guarantee that A Great Big City will be here to tell future generations about manufacturing defects in the next next generation of subway cars. Park of the dayChurch TriangleWinter Tree IDConcert CalendarThis is the AGBC Concert Calendar for the weekend beginning of Friday, January 25Les Savy Fav and Patio are playing Elsewhere in Bushwick on Saturday, January 26th at 7pm.Rubblebucket and Diet Cig are playing Brooklyn Steel in Greenpoint on Saturday, January 26th at 8pm.Cindy Cane, Material Girls, ZZZwalk, and Kissing is a Crime are playing Baby's All Right in Williamsburg on Sunday, January 27th at 8pm.Bring Me the Horizon, The Fever 333, and Thrice are playing the Hammerstein Ballroom in Midtown on Tuesday, January 29th starting at 7pm. Infected Mushroom is playing the Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg on Wednesday, January 30th at 8pm.Thanks for listening! Find more fun things to do at agreatbigcity.com/events.Precycle bulk food storeThe historic extreme temperatures for the week were -2°F on January 28, 1925 and 72°F on January 26, 1950Thanks for listening to A Great Big City. Follow along 24 hours a day on social media @agreatbigcity or email contact@agreatbigcity.com with any news, feedback, or topic suggestions. If you enjoy the show, subscribe and leave a review wherever you're listening and visit agreatbigcity.com/podcast to see show notes and extra links for each episode.Intro and outro music: "Start the Day" by Lee Rosevere
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