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AGBC brings you in-depth news and first-person interviews with people who make New York City great ๐Ÿ‘ Follow A Great Big City on social media @agreatbigcity and visit https://agreatbigcity.com/podcast to learn more about the podcast and send in your feedback.

AGBC brings you in-depth news and first-person interviews with people who make New York City great ๐Ÿ‘ Follow A Great Big City on social media @agreatbigcity and visit https://agreatbigcity.com/podcast to learn more about the podcast and send in your feedback.
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AGBC brings you in-depth news and first-person interviews with people who make New York City great ๐Ÿ‘ Follow A Great Big City on social media @agreatbigcity and visit https://agreatbigcity.com/podcast to learn more about the podcast and send in your feedback.

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Episodes

18: The Etan Patz Investigation, Possible St. Patrick's Arson is Stopped, and Subway Tokens Get Modernized

4/19/2019
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Visit agreatbigcity.com/support to learn how to support New York City local news and allow us to keep bringing you this podcast. If you are a New York-based business and would be interested in sponsoring our podcasts, visit agreatbigcity.com/advertising to learn more. I hope you enjoyed the roundup of baseball history on last week's episode. Today I have a selection of events from New York history and a discussion of two of the biggest news stories this week. Today's podcast does make...

Duration:00:20:35

17: Opening Day Baseball History in New York

4/14/2019
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106 years ago on April 9, 1913 โ€” The first game is played at Ebbets Field A devastating fire sweeps through Polo Grounds stadium 96 years ago on April 18, 1923 โ€” The original Yankee Stadium officially opens 10 years ago on April 16, 2009 โ€” The newest Yankee Stadium opens โ€” The new Yankee Stadium opens 55 years ago on April 17, 1964 โ€” Shea Stadium opens in Flushing Meadowsโ€“Corona Park, Queens 72 years ago in April 15, 1947 โ€” Jackie Robinson breaks the color barrier in baseball 68 years...

Duration:00:14:36

16: Congestion Pricing, Blimp Disaster, and the Twin Towers

4/4/2019
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New York will become the first American city to instate congestion pricing โ€” Quinnipiac poll shows little support for congestion pricing 39 years ago on April 1, 1980 โ€” 33,000 transit workers go on strike, bringing subways and buses to a standstill for 12 days 34 years ago on March 31, 1985 โ€” The First WrestleMania is held at Madison Square Garden โ€” WrestleMania 2019 โ€” Sunday, April 7th at MetLife Stadium 160 years ago on April 4, 1859 โ€” The Civil War anthem 'Dixie' debuts in New York as...

Duration:00:20:52

15: Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, Central Park Be-In, and East Village Gas Explosion

3/27/2019
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108 years ago on March 25, 1911 โ€” The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire kills 146 people, becoming the deadliest industrial accident in the city's history โ€” Disturbingly, a similar deadly fire would occur on the same day 79 years later at the Happy Land Club, a story covered in episode 14 of the podcast 4 years ago on March 26, 2015 โ€” A gas explosion and fire destroys three buildings at Second Ave and St. Marks March 26 in History: Central Park "Be-In" on Easter Sunday in Sheep Meadow One year ago...

Duration:00:19:27

14: Subway Groundbreaking, a Plywood Wall, and a Steamy Elevator

3/21/2019
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23 years ago on March 17, 1996 โ€” The city hospitals and the FDNY combine emergency response units to form the FDNY EMS and provide ambulance service citywide. In February 2019, the Daily News reported that the city EMS handled 83% of calls to the FDNY, and did so with a workforce less than half as large as the number of firefighters. 61 years ago on March 19, 1958 โ€” A fire at the Monarch Underwear Company kills 24 and injures 15 โ€” Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire 2 years ago on March 20,...

Duration:00:16:03

13: Hudson Yards, Manhattan's Last Neighborhood

3/15/2019
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Hudson Yards opens Friday, March 15th, with the public being able to visit the new shopping mall and food court, the massive sculpture of stairs (tentatively) called the Vessel History Hudson Yards is a unique development. Other areas in Manhattan may change names, like the Lower East Side splitting to become the East Village, and new areas may be built, like Battery Park City, but Hudson Yards will be the last neighborhood to grow from previously undeveloped land. The site has been a...

Duration:00:12:53

12: The City's First Park, St. Patrick's Day, and the East River Helicopter Crash

3/12/2019
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60 years ago on March 9, 1959 โ€” The Barbie doll debuts at the American International Toy Fair in New York 1 year ago on March 11, 2018 โ€” A sight-seeing helicopter crashes into the East River, killing five passengers. 286 years ago on March 12, 1733 โ€” Bowling Green Park is established as the city's first official park. Fifth Avenue St. Patrick's Day Parade โ€” Bay Ridge St. Patrick's Day Parade โ€” Brooklyn St. Patrick's Day parade Episode 8: Harry Macklowe plans new tower across from St....

Duration:00:13:33

11: Times Square is Bombed, a Movie Stunt Gone Wrong, and 'Fearless Girl' Takes a Stand

3/5/2019
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96 years ago on March 5, 1923 โ€” "Human Fly" Harry F. Young falls to his death while climbing the Hotel Martinique 49 years ago on March 6, 1970 โ€” Weather Underground townhouse explodes 11 years ago on March 6, 2008 โ€” An IED explodes outside Times Square Army recruitment office 2 years ago on March 7, 2017 โ€” The 'Fearless Girl' statue is placed at Bowling Green, facing the famous Wall Street Bull statue 60 years ago on March 9, 1959 โ€” The Barbie doll debuts at the American International...

Duration:00:14:30

10: Staten Island Builds a Wall, Trump is Voted Off, and Times Square Expands

2/25/2019
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Welcome to A Great Big City News, episode 10: Staten Island Builds a Wall, Trump is Voted Off, and Times Square Expands 229 years ago on February 23, 1790 โ€” George Washington moves to the second presidential mansion, the Alexander Macomb House, at 39-41 Broadway lower Manhattan 26 years ago on February 26, 1993 โ€” A truck bomb explodes in the World Trade Center underground parking garage 30 years ago on February 28, 1989 โ€” The Riverdale Press in the Bronx is firebombed 1 Times Square to...

Duration:00:13:07

9: Amazon Leaves New York, a World Trade Center Fire, and a Killer is Sentenced.

2/16/2019
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Visit agreatbigcity.com/support to learn how to support the podcast. And visit agreatbigcity.com/advertising to learn more about sharing your New York-based business with our listeners by sponsoring our podcast. 14 years ago on February 12, 2005 โ€” "The Gates" open in Central Park 44 years ago on February 13, 1975 โ€” A three-alarm fire burns in the World Trade Center North Tower for three hours Timothy Caughman is stabbed with a sword and killed on 36th Street in Hell's Kitchen by a white...

Duration:00:16:58

8: The Beatles Meet NY, Empty Skyscrapers, and Travel Tips from 1977.

2/9/2019
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Welcome to A Great Big City News, episode 8. Today: The Beatles Meet NY, Empty Skyscrapers, and Travel Tips from 1977. Visit agreatbigcity.com/support to learn how to support New York City local news and allow us to keep bringing you this podcast. If you are a New York-based business and would be interested in sponsoring our podcasts, visit agreatbigcity.com/advertising to learn more. 55 years ago on February 7, 1964 โ€” The Beatles land at JFK, beginning the British Invasion in American...

Duration:00:14:03

7: Thirteenth Avenue Becomes a Beach, NTSB Limo Investigation, and Staten Island Chuck.

2/5/2019
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Visit agreatbigcity.com/support to learn how to support New York City local news and allow us to keep bringing you this podcast. If you are a New York-based business and would be interested in sponsoring our podcasts, visit agreatbigcity.com/advertising to learn more. Staten Island Chuck predicts an early Spring Episode 5 โ€” MTA will install turn-key ignitions on city buses โ€” Serial MTA bus joyrider caught Gansevoort Peninsula โ€” Manhattan is getting its own beach Court rules NTSB must be...

Duration:00:12:56

6: Groundhog Day, The Raven is Published, and Waze Navigates the Tunnels.

1/30/2019
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Learn about New York's various famous groundhogs, hear the first review of 'The Raven', and follow Waze underground on AGBC News episode 6! Visit agreatbigcity.com/support to learn how to support New York City local news and allow us to keep bringing you this podcast. If you are a New York-based business and would be interested in sponsoring our podcasts, visit agreatbigcity.com/advertising to learn more. 74 years ago on February 1, 1945 โ€” The north tube of the Lincoln Tunnel opens to...

Duration:00:10:56

5: Subway Car Problems, A Long-Distance Phone Call, and Ride a Lime

1/26/2019
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Today: The latest news, this week in history, upcoming events, and our concert calendar. Visit agreatbigcity.com/support to learn how to support New York City local news and allow us to keep bringing you this podcast. If you are a New York-based business and would be interested in sponsoring our podcasts, visit agreatbigcity.com/advertising to learn more. Test Ride a Lime Scooter 14 years ago on January 23, 2005 โ€” The FDNY suffers "Black Sunday" when three firefighters are killed are four...

Duration:00:14:18

4: The 747 Takes Flight, Fraunces Tavern Bombing, and Government Shutdown Resources

1/23/2019
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Welcome to A Great Big City News, Episode 4: The 747 Takes Flight, Fraunces Tavern Bombing, and Government Shutdown Resources Federal workers food bank in Morrisania โ€” The city has also put together a directory of resources for city residents impacted by the shutdown at nyc.gov/federalshutdown Supreme Court will hear challenge to NYC gun law โ€” Amy Howe at SCOTUSblog.com 62 years ago on January 21, 1957 โ€” The Mad Bomber is arrested after planting at least 33 bombs that injured 15...

Duration:00:12:47

3: Cleaner Food Carts, Lunar Eclipse, and a City of Millionaires.

1/20/2019
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Welcome to A Great Big City News, recorded Sunday, January 20. Today: Cleaner food carts, a lunar eclipse, and a city of millionaires. Visit agreatbigcity.com/support to learn how to support New York City local news and allow us to keep bringing you this podcast. If you are a New York-based business and would be interested in sponsoring our podcasts, visit agreatbigcity.com/advertising to learn more. Food carts get Dept of Health grading system The only total lunar eclipse of 2019 will be...

Duration:00:09:34

2: Sullenberger Sails the Hudson, Tappan Zee Falls, and NYC Tourism Reaches New Heights

1/17/2019
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Visit agreatbigcity.com/support to learn how to support New York City local news and allow us to keep bringing you this podcast. If you are a New York-based business and would be interested in sponsoring our podcasts, visit agreatbigcity.com/advertising to learn more. With an explosion, a splash, and cheers, one more piece of the old Tappan Zee Bridge dropped into the Hudson on Tuesday. Ford's "Chariot" van service is shutting down February 1st, 2019. Record Tourism in NYC. It's the 10th...

Duration:00:08:13

1: New Ferry Routes, a Pricey Penthouse, and the Miracle on the Hudson

1/15/2019
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History and Top Stories for the week of January 14 The Highline Ballroom is Closing 58 years ago on January 11, 1961 โ€” The Throgs Neck Bridge opens to traffic, carrying 20,000 vehicles and generating $5,000 in tolls in the first 12 hours, which helped put a dent in its $92,000,000 cost to build โ€” In other bridge news, the old Tappan Zee, first opened in December 1955, is set to be demolished this Tuesday at 10am, weather permitting. 66 years ago on January 16, 1953 โ€” A Staten Island ferry...

Duration:00:08:44