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May 27 in New York History

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Tuesday, May 27, 1930 — 89 years ago

The Chrysler Building opens with a formal ceremony, but construction would not be complete until August 1930. It became the world's tallest building after a surprising ending to what had been declared the Race to the Sky, where the Chrysler Building and 40 Wall Street were both under construction and racing to surpass the Woolworth Building's height. Although 40 Wall, then called the Bank of Manhattan Building, was completed first and had taken the title of world's tallest building, the architects of the Chrysler Building had a trick prepared, and just one month later they took the title by revealing the Chrysler Building's 125-foot iconic spire, bolting it together in the span of 90 minutes and bringing the final height to 1,046 feet. The architects of 40 Wall would argue that their building should still be considered the world's tallest, as it contained actual usable floor space at a higher level. The Chrysler Building would soon lose the tallest building title just one year later when the Empire State Building would win the Race to the Sky and remain the world's tallest building until the World Trade Center was built.

Monday, May 27, 2013 — 6 years ago

Opening day of the Citi Bike system, with 332 stations and 6,000 bikes. It is now the largest bike-sharing program in the United States. In July 2018, ride-sharing company Lyft acquired the parent company of Citi Bike and other bikeshare companies and continues to operate them as a separate business. The "Citi" name won't be going away anytime soon, however, as Citibank added ten years to their sponsorship, extending the deal until 2024.

As of March 2019, there were 757 stations and 12,744 bikes, with Citibikers taking an average of 43,604 rides per day, with a high of 67,558 rides on March 30th.

Citi Bike Launch via NYC DOT

⏰ AGBC Rewind ⏰

3 years ago
Evening Update for Friday, May 27, 2016

🌎 World History 🌏

Library of Congress  •  New York Times  •  BBC  •  Wikipedia

🌞 Weather Records 🌞

Record High: 96°F in 1880
Record Low: 41°F in 1961

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