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On this day in 1789, the newly formed U.S. congress approved the Bill of Rights, sending them on to be ratified by the s...
09/26/2016

On this day in 1789, the newly formed U.S. congress approved the Bill of Rights, sending them on to be ratified by the states. New evidence shows that during a long-winded monologue by John Adams, George Washington doodled a primitive AK-47 in his notes, thus reigniting the debate of whether the Founding Fathers had modern weaponry in mind when writing the 2nd Amendment.

On this day in 1869, two robber barons, Jay Gould and Jim Fisk, colluded to corner the gold market and drive up the pric...
09/24/2016

On this day in 1869, two robber barons, Jay Gould and Jim Fisk, colluded to corner the gold market and drive up the price. It all fell apart on the original "Black Friday," and the market lost 20% of its value. This set off a chain reaction that ruined ordinary people for years to come. Gould and Fisk avoided all charges, placing the blame on others below them. Now we know where our 2008 bank leaders learned it from!

On this day in 1845, the New York Knickerbockers became the first ever organized baseball team. Who knows, maybe in 175 ...
09/23/2016

On this day in 1845, the New York Knickerbockers became the first ever organized baseball team. Who knows, maybe in 175 years people will be looking at pictures of you playing Pokemon Go in Central Park in the same way! I wouldn't hold my breath.

On this day in 1915, the tunnel being built for the future 1 train collapsed at 24th St. The MTA has decided to honor th...
09/22/2016

On this day in 1915, the tunnel being built for the future 1 train collapsed at 24th St. The MTA has decided to honor this event by shutting down half of the 1 train every weekend!

On this day in 1837, Charles Tiffany opened a fancy goods store. His sales the first day were $4.98, which means he hadn...
09/21/2016

On this day in 1837, Charles Tiffany opened a fancy goods store. His sales the first day were $4.98, which means he hadn't yet figured out that people will overpay by thousands of dollars if you put it in a little teal box.

On this day in 1873, the NY Stock Exchange closed abruptly for the first time ever, dragged done by railroads going bank...
09/21/2016

On this day in 1873, the NY Stock Exchange closed abruptly for the first time ever, dragged done by railroads going bankrupt. For NYCers, the stock market is where you save money for retirement; which someday when you're not paying half your paycheck for rent you might be able to save for.

On this day in 1974 Jimmy Fallon was born in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Happy 42nd birthday Jimmy!
09/20/2016

On this day in 1974 Jimmy Fallon was born in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Happy 42nd birthday Jimmy!

On this day in 1851, the first edition of the New York Times was printed. It took all of 39 minutes before some pompous,...
09/18/2016

On this day in 1851, the first edition of the New York Times was printed. It took all of 39 minutes before some pompous, young intellectual tried to impress his friends by saying, "I read this article in the NY Times and it said..."

I'm Alfie, a New York City sewer alligator. Welcome to my history of NYC! Stick around, I'm kicking things off tomorrow!
09/14/2016

I'm Alfie, a New York City sewer alligator. Welcome to my history of NYC! Stick around, I'm kicking things off tomorrow!

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08/22/2016

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