CHRONOLOGY OF NEW YORK CITY'S FACTUAL "FIRST" 1524-1999
Researched and Compiled by Miriam Medina
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*Please note this is a work in progress. New
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1) The National Neurofibromatosis Foundation, Inc. at 95
Pine Street in New York City was established.
2) American Council on Science and Health, 1995 Broadway in
New York City was founded in 1978.
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1) The Guardian Angels vigilante organization begins
patrolling subways and City streets. * (NYCT)
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1)NYU scientists present the first evidence linking rare
cancer, Kaposi's sarcoma, with immune deficiency in a
distinct population of homosexual men, a key step in
identifying AIDS. *(NYU)
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1) The FDNY firemen became firefighters, as a Federal Court
judge ruled to change the department's physical exam so that
women would be able to join the force. A new test was
approved, and that fall 11 women passed the new physical
exam, graduated from the Training School, and were assigned
around the city. *FDNY
2) Cats, a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber opened on Broadway
at the Winter Garden Theater in New York City, October 7,
3) Barracks-style shelters are opened for the City's large
homeless population. * (NYCT)
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1) The Broadway musical, La Cage aux Folles opened at the
Palace Theater in New York City, August 21,1983. *(afp.com)
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1) Queens Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro is the first
female vice-presidential nominee of a major U.S. party * (NYCT)
2) The first issue of Fire Apparatus Journal was published
in June of 1984.
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1) 1985 - The US's first mandatory seat belt law went into
effect, in New York. *(a.com)
2) Metropolitan Tower at 142 W. 57th street was built in
1985. * (t.a.)
3) Equitable Center West 787 7th avenue was built in 1985.
4) March 31, 1985 the WWF, now known as the WWE presented
the first Wrestle Mania Pay Per View event, marketed as the
Greatest spectacle in professional wrestling,
revolutionizing the Sports Entertainment industry. Notable
other events at the Garden.
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1) The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center opens.
2) The Malverne Historical & Preservation Society held its
first meeting on October 27, l986.
3) The American Express Building Three World Financial
Center, at 200 Vesey Street was completed in 1986. * (t.a.)
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1) 1987: The Lower East Side Tenement Museum is established.
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1) City elects David Dinkins as its first black mayor.
2) Compressed natural gas, a clean alternative energy
source, is first used in the City's official vehicles. *nyca
3) Solomon Equities Building at 1585 Broadway was completed
in 1989. * (t.a.)
4) 1 Worldwide Plaza at 935 8th avenue was completed in
5) J. P. Morgan Headquarters at 60 Wall Street was completed
in 1989. * (t.a.)
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1) Carnegie Hall Tower 152 W. 57th was completed in 1991. *
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1) NYU Medical Center opens Women's Health Services under
the auspices of the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology
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1) The School of Medicine's Skirball Institute of Bio
molecular Medicine, the largest building project in history
of NYU, is opened as an uncompromising commitment to the
advancement and understanding of molecular approaches for
the treatment of various important diseases. *(NYU)
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The first Brooklyn History Fair is held. * (BTL)
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1) City Council approves: a).. Merger of Emergency Medical
Service into NYC Fire Department. b) Merger of Transit and
Housing Police and Traffic Enforcement into NYC Police
Department c.. Creation of Trade Waste Commission to
regulate private carters in City's effort to eradicate
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1) As of September 30, 1997 the Wall Street Journal, New
York City was the top daily newspaper in the United States.
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1) The Playwrights' Sidewalk dedicated October 26, 1998.
"New York's only permanent monument to the great Playwrights
whose work has been performed at the Lucille Lortel Theatre
and other Off-Broadway Theatres"
2) DeVry Institute of Technology in Long Island City, N.Y.
was founded in 1998. * (t.a.)
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1) In 1999 Lucille Lortel granted the Lucille Lortel Theatre
to the Lucille Lortel Theatre Foundation, establishing a new
booking policy of non-profit productions only.
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