AGBC News Episode 55: Quoth the Raven: Dial 917
Stories of sky and sorrow 🦜
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175 years ago on January 29, 1845 — 'The Raven' by Edgar Allan Poe is first published in the New-York Evening Mirror
63 years ago on February 1, 1957 — Northeast Air Flight 823 crashes on Rikers Island after takeoff at LaGuardia, killing 20 and injuring 78
28 years ago on February 4, 1992 — Area code 917 is introduced, originally used only for cell phones
4 years ago on February 5, 2016 — A crane working at 60 Hudson Street collapses on Worth Street, killing one and injuring three — Read more about the life of David Wichs, who was killed in the collapse.
56 years ago on February 7, 1964 — The Beatles land at JFK Airport, beginning the British Invasion in American music culture
24 years ago on February 7, 1996 — The Concorde makes its final commercial flight from JFK Airport to London, ending the era of supersonic travel
4 years ago — Zika Virus in NYC: Links and Information
8 years ago — A cannonball is discovered on Governors Island
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Park of the day
- Benjamin Gladstone Square — Hoe Ave., Westchster Ave., W. Farms Rd., the Bronx — Named for Benjamin Gladstone (1897-1935), a New York City native who represented the Bronx's Fifth Assembly District in the New York State Legislature.
Here's the AGBC Concert Calendar for the upcoming week:
- Cold War Kids is playing Webster Hall on Tuesday, February 4th at 8pm.
- Cold War Kids is playing Webster Hall on Wednesday, February 5th at 8pm.
- Dijon is playing Bowery Ballroom on Thursday, February 6th at 7pm.
- Poppy with VOWWS is playing Brooklyn Steel on Thursday, February 6th at 8pm.
- Rex Orange County is playing Radio City Music Hall on Friday, February 7th at 8pm.
- Amber Liu is playing Terminal 5 on Friday, February 7th at 8pm.
- Mayer Hawthorne is playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday, February 7th at 9pm.
- Apollo Music Cafe is playing Apollo Theater on Friday, February 7th at 10pm.
- Oprah with Michelle Obama is playing Barclays Center on Saturday, February 8th at 9am.
- Thrice with mewithoutYou is playing Brooklyn Steel on Saturday, February 8th at 7pm.
- Rex Orange County is playing Radio City Music Hall on Saturday, February 8th at 8pm.
- Michael Kiwanuka with Sammy Brue is playing Terminal 5 on Saturday, February 8th at 8pm.
- J.I. Prince is playing SOB's on Saturday, February 8th at 8pm.
- Apollo Music Cafe is playing Apollo Theater on Saturday, February 8th at 10pm.
- Rynx is playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday, February 8th at 10pm.
- J.I. Prince is playing SOB's on Sunday, February 9th at 7pm.
Find more fun things to do at agreatbigcity.com/events.
Learn about New York
Here's something you may not have known about New York:
- 1.8 million New Yorkers benefit from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that helps families and individuals supplement the cost of their diet with nutritious foods
The extreme highs and lows for this week in weather history:
Record High: 70°F on February 5, 1991
Record Low: -6°F on February 5, 1918
Weather for the week ahead: Rain tomorrow through next Friday.
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