April 8 in New York History
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Saturday, April 8, 1730 — 289 years ago
The Mill Street Synagogue of Congregation Shearith Israel is established as the first purpose-built synagogue in both New York and North America, and was consecrated on the seventh day of Passover. The congregation had been renting worship space since settling in New York in 1654, and is the oldest Jewish congregation in the United States. It would be used until 1818 when a larger structure would be built on Mill Street (modern-day Williams Street). The current-day synagogue of the congregation is located at Central Park West and 70th Street.
Friday, April 8, 1808 — 211 years ago
The Roman Catholic Diocese of New York is established, and would be raised to an Archdiocese in 1850.
Friday, April 8, 1904 — 115 years ago
Longacre Square is renamed 'Times Square' after the New York Times, but the newspaper would not move into the new headquarters between Broadway and Seventh at 42nd Street until January 1905 and would then move to larger offices 8 years later in 1913. The former center of the city's horse carriage industry is now the most visited place in the world, seeing over 131 million pedestrians yearly.
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