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May 10th in New York City

Posted: May 13, 2013 | 7:50 PM

William Grace 5/10/1832 - 3/21/1904
Irish-born American shipowner; founder of W. R. Grace & Company.  We see
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the Grace Company's graceful building on 42nd St,

and its twin, the 9 West 57th St Solow Building on


midtown tours, and learn why there are two.


1849...Thousands of anti-British protesters riot outside the Astor Place Opera House over the appearance of English actor William Macready, a rival of famed American actor Edwin Forrest. The protesters throw rocks and set fire to the building in what later becomes known as the Astor Place Riot. Soldiers and police finally restore order, but not before 27 are killed during the violence, which stirs heated debate about American nationalism and Anglo elitism.

We visit this area on private walking tours of the east village.

1899Actor-dancer Fred Astaire was born in Omaha, Neb.  We see his NYC apartment house on private walking tours of the Upper West Side.


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1902, David O. Selznick, who produced "Gone With the Wind" and other highly successful films, was born. Following his death on June 22, 1965,  jewish lower east side walking tours??


1978Kenan Thompson, Actor ("Saturday Night Live"  We see where SNL happens on private walking tours of Rockefeller Center.


2003The New York Times announced that one of its reporters, Jayson Blair, had "committed frequent acts of journalistic fraud."  We see the NYTimes headquarters on midtown tours.


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