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January 28th in NYC History

Posted: Jan 27, 2013 | 10:39 PM
by Jared Goldstein

"Romeo and Juliet" premiered in New York at The New Theater on Nassau Street.

1832:  Inventor John Stevens, "Father of the American Railroad," published a vision for an elevated railroad.  It was to be held up by twelve-foot high wooden posts.  It was intended for crowded New York City (in today's Lower Manhattan / Financial District).  He would not live to see it, among several of his other transportation visions which included a national rail system and steamboats, made in America. 

His final years were on an estate in New Jersey's Hoboken, NYC's little brother, which became one of the world's great transportation nodes for rail and boat shipping across the Hudson River from NYC.  His property is where the Stevens Institute of Technology is based, named for his family of inventors, industrialists, and benefactors.

Let's go on a Hoboken Tour.  Much history in one-square-mile less than $3 and 20 minutes from Manhattan.

1912:  'New York School' abstract action painter Jackson Pollack born in Wyoming.

1936:  Actor Alan Alda born in NYC.

1974:  Muhammad Ali prevails over
Joe Frazier at Madison Square Garden after a unanimous 12-round decision.


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