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 Verrazano-Narrows Bridge between Brooklyn and Staten
Island, New York, first opens.
2) 1964 The Institute and Department of Environmental
Medicine are established. *(NYU)
3) Hello Dolly!"" opened on Broadway, January 16, 1964. *(afp.com)
4) The Beatles first United States visit began in New York
City, February7, 1964. *(afp.com)
5) Fiddler on the Roof" opened on Broadway, September 22,
6) In 1964, the Fire department received the first Mack
aerial scope, Tower Ladder 1, and began using rotary power
saws to cut
through metal, concrete, and wood to slice ventilation holes
in roofs. *FDNY
7) John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the city
universities in New York was founded in 1964. * (t.a.)
8) Audrey Cohen College in New York City was founded in
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1) Herman Badillo was the first Puerto Rican to be elected
to the borough presidency (1965) and later to the U.S.
2) First massive power failure on November 9, causes a
blackout in seven states on the Eastern Seaboard. Parts of
New York City, including Manhattan, do not have power until
the next morning. All electric transit systems, suburban
trains, streetlights, and elevators are shut down.
3) Man of La Mancha" opened on Broadway, November 22, 1965.
4) Center for the Study of the Presidency at 926 Fifth
Avenue in New York City was founded in 1965. Its purpose to
provide a political background and an interpretation of
critical issues relating to the American Presidency. *
5) 1965, the Landmarks Preservation Commission is
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1) This day, The Fantasticks, became the longest-running
musical in New York theater history, surpassing the previous
record of 2717 performances set by My Fair Lady, 1966 *(afp.com)
2) Cabaret, a musical by Joe Masteroff, John Kander, and
Fred Edd, based on the play I Am a Camera, by John van
Druten,, opened at the Broadhurst Theater in New York City,
3) In 1966, the department began using High-Expansion Foam
4) 1966 Brooklyn Heights is designated as New York's first
Historic District. * (BTL)
5) The National Organization for Woman is founded; Betty
Friedan is the 1st National President. * (nyct)
6) Briarcliffe College in Bethpage, N.Y. was founded in
7) Marine Midland Bank on 140 Broadway was built in 1966. *
8) Home Insurance Co. at 59 Maiden Lane was completed in
1966. * (t.a.)
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1) "Hair", the first rock musical and the first mainstream
musical to contain nudity,
moves to Broadway.
2) To prevent stroke or sudden heart attack, Dr. Sol Sobel,
a New York heart surgeon, refines the technique of
injecting carbon dioxide gas into clogged arteries to loosen
and remove fatty deposits.*nyca
3) In New York City, the 911 emergency phone number is first
4) The first black woman in Congress, Shirley Chisholm,
represents Brooklyn; she is later the first woman to run for
President. * ( NYCT)
5) Jacob K. Javits Federal Building at 26 Federal Plaza was
completed in 1967. * (t.a.)
6) Muriel "Mickey" Siebert becomes the first woman to own a
seat on the Stock Exchange and the first woman to head one
of its member firms.
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1) 1968 - St. Vincent's Hospital in New York City started
the USA's first mobile coronary care unit.
2) Ed Bullins, American playwright, novelist and poet.
Bullins moved into prominence in the New York theatre in
1968 with his first production of one-act plays, including
Clara's Old Man, The Electronic Nigger. He received
the New York Drama Critic's Circle best play award. * (Benet's)
3) Al Pacino, American actor, b. New York City, he achieved
his first successes on the New York stage, winning an Obie
for his work in the off-Broadway "Indian Wants the Bronx
"(1968) and a Tony for his Broadway debut in "Does a Tiger
Wear a Necktie? (1969). * (Bartleby)
4) General Motors at 767 Fifth avenue was built in 1968. * (t.a.)
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1) On October 16, 1969, the "Miracle Mets" captured their
first World Series at Shea Stadium. (newsday.com - C. Blair)
2) Chemical Bank installs the first cash dispensing machine
in the New York area in a branch in Rockville Center, Long
3) The gay rights movement begins in New York with the
Stonewall Inn Riot, in protest of a police raid of a dance
club and bar in Greenwich Village.
4) Midgar Evans College in Brooklyn, N.Y. was founded in
1969. * (t.a.)
5) One Astor Plaza at 1515 Broadway was built in 1969. * (t.a.)
6) Associated Councils of the Arts, 570 Seventh Ave., N.Y.,
N.Y., was established in 1969. * (w.a.)
1) World Trade Center (Minoru Yamasaki and Emery Roth and
Sons): 110 stories,1,350 feet. (world's tallest until Sears
Tower, 1974). * (sky-tl)
2) The first New York City Marathon - 126 runners do laps in
Central Park . * (NYCT)
3) Bronx resident Herman Badillo becomes the first Puerto
Rican Congressman. * (NYCT)
4) The first "Earth Day" is celebrated in Central Park. * (NYCT)
5) Ada Louise Huxtable, American architecture critic, b. New
York City. Huxtable was awarded (1970) the first Pulitzer
Prize for distinguished criticism.
6) 50,000 march in New York City in honor of the first
Women's Strike for Equality. (1970) * (WTL)
7) New York Telephone at 1095 Avenue of the Americas was
completed in 1970. * (t.a.)
1) The Prisoner of Second Avenue, a play by Neil Simon
starring Pete Falkand Lee Grant opened at the Eugene
O'Neill Theater in New York City, 1971*(afp.com)
2) Jesus Christ Superstar, a rock opera by Tim Rice and
Andrew Lloyd Webber opened on Broadway at the Mark Hellinger
Theater, October 12, 1971.*(afp.com)
3) The first legalized off track betting system (OTB) in the
United States opened in New York City in 1971. * (bartleby)
1) South Street Seaport restoration established.
2) National Association for Female Executives at 30 Irving
Place in New York City was established in 1972. * (t.a.)
3) McGraw Hill Building at 1221 Avenue of America was
completed in 1972. *(t.a.)
4) World Trade Center One was completed in 1972.
5) One Penn Plaza at 250 W. 34th street was completed in
1972. * (t.a.)
6) 1 Dag Hammarskjold Plaza at 885 2nd Avenue was completed
in 1972. * (t.a.)
1) World Trade Center Two dedicated.
2) Irwin Kruger, owner/operator of the Broadway & 42nd
Street McDonald's restaurant, opened the first McDonald's
restaurant in New York City in 1973.
3) 1973 - The Robert Joffrey Dance Company opened with a
unique presentation in New York City *(a.com)
4) The first meeting, creating the Richmond Hill Block
Association, was held at the Democratic Club, 114-07 Jamaica
Ave. on October 14, 1973.
5) Samuel Ramey, American operatic bass, debuted with the
New York City Opera in Bizet's Carmen in 1973. * (Bartleby)
6) 1 Liberty Plaza at 165 Broadway was completed in 1973.
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1) International Center of Photography at 1130 Fifth ave (at
94th St.) NYC is the first and only museum in the city
devoted exclusively to photography. It was established by
Cornell Capa, who made it the most influential institution
in both photo journalism and photographic art in New York.
It opened on October, 1974.
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1) Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first American canonized by the
Roman Catholic church, was a native of Lower Manhattan.
Elizabeth Ann Seton was canonized by Pope Paul VI on
September 14, 1975, making her the first American-born
2) One of the first designated national cancer centers is
established at NYU, later named the Rita and Stanley H.
3) A Chorus Line opened on Broadway, May 21,1975.*(afp.com)
4) David Mamet, American playwright made his Broadway debut
in 1977 with American Buffalo) * (benet's
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1) Museum of Broadcasting at 1 East 53rd Street in New York
City, opened in 1976. The museum is dedicated to the study
and preservation of the more than 50 year history of
American radio and television broadcasting. * (Museums)
B) On July 4, 1976 the United States celebrated its 200th
anniversary of independence with festivals, parades and
N.Y.C.'s Operation Sail, a gathering of tall ships from
around the world. * (t.a.)
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1) On November 22, 1977, regular supersonic passenger
service began when two Concorde flights landed at JFK after
three-and-a-half hour flights: (Newsday.com - C. Blair)
2) 1977 - Elton John became the first musician to be honored
in New York.
3) David Mamet, American playwright made his Broadway debut
in 1977 with American Buffalo) * (benet's
C4) City's Madison Square Hall Of Fame. *(a.com)
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