Knickerbocker Published

THIS DAY IN NEW YORK HISTORY Two hundred years ago today, a volume went on sale with the following title: A History of New-York, from the Beginning of the World to the End of the Dutch Dynasty; Containing, among Many Surprising and Curious Matters, the Unutterable...

Macy’s First Parade

THIS DAY IN NEW YORK HISTORY Eighty-five years ago today, which happened to be a Thursday and therefore Thanksgiving, Macy’s held its first parade. As the ad on the right indicates, it wasn’t called the “Thanksgiving Day Parade”; it was,...

Babe Ruth’s 500th

THIS DAY IN NEW YORK HISTORYBabe Ruth with a fan in 1929. [New York Times photo]Eighty years ago today, New York Yankees outfielder Babe Ruth became the first major league ballplayer to hit 500 home runs. He accomplished the feat at Cleveland’s League Park in...

Of Presidents and Perispheres

THIS DAY IN NEW YORK CITY HISTORYThe Bowery Boys have a terrific post up today commemorating the 70th anniversary of the opening of the 1939 World’s Fair. It’s packed, as their posts always are, with terrific images, including this one from Life...