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April 5th in NYC History

Posted: Apr 5, 2013 | 12:49 AM

1807:  A panel is appointed to plan the layout of streets for fast-growing New York City, doubling every ten years through the early 20th Century.  They recommended the real estate industry friendly grid roughly running east-west and north-south.

We see the seams and limits of the grid on SoHo tours, Greenwich Village tours, Lower East Side tours, Chelsea tours, Santa Claus Tours.

Note to self:  What role did John Jacob Astor have in the creation of the grid?

1937:  Former Secretary of State, pride of the Bronx and City College Colin Powell born.

We see City College on Harlem tours and Washington Heights tours.

1943:  Actor Max Gail from "Barney Miller" born

1951:   Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were sentenced to death for conspiring to commit espionage for the Soviet Union.

Ethel wasn't guilty and we see where her jail was on Greenwich Village tours.


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