History in the Making 3/5: #SaveNYC Edition

#SAVENYC: In the wake of ever-rising rents, 2014 saw a depressing number of classic businesses shutter. It’s no surprise that Jeremiah Moss over at the Vanishing New York website would have a few good ideas on how to preserve the remaining privately owned places that give New  York its classic charm.  And now he’s putting them in action with #SAVENYC, a forceful attempt at helping to effect change in the city. But he needs your help! Go to the website, check out some of his ideas and leave a written or video submission in support of small business. Better yet, forward that link to somebody in New York who owns a small business and may have a unique perspective on this situation.

(Listen to our Year In Review show from last year for more information on this growing crisis in New York.)

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The Panorama at the Queens Museum — treasured relic of the 1939-40 World’s Fair — plays host again this Friday to perhaps New York City’s greatest trivia night.  Panorama Challenge 2015, once again hosted by Levy’s Unique New York, inventively employs the large-scale model of New York in a competitive night of questions about the city.

But don’t be daunted!  “Challenger teams are first-timers or those who may not have dedicated their lives to the study of our great city. Pros are returning contestants who are die-hard students of our city’s hidden corners – and must answer an extra question each round (60 questions total!).” And since teams are in groups of ten (or so), you can use the event as a way to meet new people!

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Other links of interest:

— The stunning sliver of a building at 12 Waverly Place, a reminder of the Gilded Age’s unabashed use of child labor, is also the site of a grim suicide. [Daytonian In Manhattan]

— The tale of Etti-Cat, the cat who was the subway etiquette mascot in the 1960s. [Gothamist]

— New York City and the birth of hardcore punk. An excellent piece of music history by Kelefa Sanneh on the roots of a riotous genre. [New Yorker]

— The hottest ticket in town is — Alexander Hamilton! (I never gave up hope.) Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton, currently playing to sell-out audiences at The Public Theater, is coming to Broadway! Here’s the new poster. You know my affection for all things Alex H.  AM I DREAMING? [Broadway]

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Photo at top courtesy Lenny Spiro/Flickr