AGBC News Episode 60: Times Square, Bob Dylan, and the ASPCA
There's no social distancing in a tram car 🚡
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[Coronavirus monologue — 7 northeast states form a joint committee to evaluate ending social distancing]
116 years ago on April 8, 1904 — Longacre Square is renamed 'Times Square'
107 years ago on April 9, 1913 — The first game is played at Ebbets Field
154 years ago on April 10, 1866 — The ASPCA is founded in New York City, becoming the oldest animal welfare organization in the United States
59 years ago on April 11, 1961 — Bob Dylan plays in Greenwich Village for the first time
115 years ago on April 12, 1905 — The Hippodrome Theatre opens
103 years ago on April 12, 1917 — The Bijou Theatre opens on 45th Street at Broadway
38 years ago on April 12, 1982 — Three CBS employees are killed after encountering a gunman abducting a woman on the top of the Pier 92 parking garage
17 years ago on April 13, 2003 — Subway tokens are phased out and replaced by the MetroCard
2 years ago on April 14, 2018 — David Buckel, a prominent gay rights lawyer and environmental advocate, sets himself on fire in Prospect Park
9 years ago on April 16, 2011 — Area code 929 enters service
1 year ago on April 17, 2019 — A man was taken into custody after attempting to enter St. Patrick's Cathedral with cans of gasoline
14 years ago on April 18, 2006 — Roosevelt Island Tram suffers mechanical problems, trapping 69 people in two tram cars in the air for seven hours
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Park of the day
- Ionia Avenue Forest — A very densely-forested triangle at the southern end of Staten Island
New York Fact
Here's something you may not have known about New York:
- NYCHA, the New York City Housing Authority, oversees 325 housing developments citywide comprised of 2,418 buildings that house 400,000 New Yorkers
The extreme highs and lows for this week in weather history:
Record High: 92°F on April 16, 2002
Record Low: 22°F on April 12, 1874
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