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No. 71

Illustration: Wendy Plovmand

72 The creators of all the news that's fit to print didn't fit for long in the six-story brownstone out of which the first New York Times (then called the New-York Daily Times) was published on September 18, 1851. 113 Nassau St between Ann and Beekman Sts

73 The Rome brothers' print shop, located near where Cranberry Street once crossed Fulton Street, printed the first edition of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass in 1855. Cadman Plaza West near Middagh St, Brooklyn Heights

74 The Excelsiors, Brooklyn's first pro baseball team—and 1860 world champs—had a clubhouse in Brooklyn Heights. One of the team's pitchers, William "Candy" Cummings, is credited with inventing the curveball. 133 Clinton St at Aitken Pl, Brooklyn Heights

75 Koster and Bials Music Hall introduced America to the moving picture on April 23, 1896, when Thomas Edison screened six short films on his Vitascope projector. In 1902, this site became Macy's, the world's largest department store. 34th St between Broadway and Seventh Ave

76 In 1899, Humphrey Bogart was born in a brownstone at this address. 245 W 103rd St at Broadway

77 Mae West performed early in her career in the Bronx, at the Union Course Tavern. 87-48 78th St at 87th Rd, Woodhaven, Bronx

78 Such was the public hysteria at the August 1926 funeral of screen-candy Rudolph Valentino that the crowd of mourners, estimated to be 30,000 strong, charged Campbell's Funeral Church on Broadway and broke through the window to get one last look at the "Sheik." Northeast corner of Broadway and 67th St

79 An extra-wide townhouse here was owned and lavishly appointed by A'Lelia Walker, the daughter of the first female self-made millionaire, Madam C.J. Walker. Regularly hosting parties attended by black literati like Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston, Walker also invited New York's caf society, effectively introducing Harlem culture to white America in the 1920s. 108--110 W 136th St at Malcolm X Blvd (Lenox Ave)

80 In 1929, an 18-year-old Lucille Ball was in the bath at her home in the former Hotel Kimberly when a bullet went through the window and into her bathtub, flooding the room below. Ball was unhurt. 201 W 74th St at Broadway

81 Native Son author Richard Wright drew inspiration from Fort Greene Park, close to where he stayed in 1938. 87 Lefferts Pl between Classon and Grand Aves, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn

82 Jackson Pollock lived and worked here from 1933 to 1945, and it was on this spot that he made his most famous predrip painting, the 20-foot Mural. 46 E 8th St at Greene St

83 Legendary photographer Weegee lived in a 300-square-foot apartment here, from 1934 to 1947. Rumor has it that he bagged his first crime-scene pictures just outside his door. Those shots became part of his 1945 book Naked City—the inspiration for the 1947 film of the same name. 5 Centre Market Pl at Grand St

84 Author Ayn Rand worked for six months in 1937 as a typist and filing clerk for the firm of architect Ely Jacques Kahn. She wasn't there to make ends meet, but rather to do research for a novel—The Fountainhead, a story about uncompromising architect Howard Roark. 2 Park Ave between 32nd and 33rd Sts

85 Before he authored Ragtime, The Waterworks and City of God, E. L. Doctorow honed his writing skills on a school newspaper at the first site of the Bronx High School of Science in the 1940s. Creston Ave at 184th St, Bronx

86 Arthur Miller wrote the play All My Sons (1947) and Norman Mailer wrote the novel The Naked and the Dead (1948) while living in the same brownstone in Brooklyn Heights. 102 Pierrepont St between Clinton and Henry Sts, Brooklyn Heights

87 Over three weeks in the spring of 1951, Jack Kerouac typed On the Road on a single roll of paper in the row house where he lived with his second wife, Joan Haverty. 454 W 20th St between Ninth and Tenth Aves

No. 97

Illustration: Wendy Plovmand

88 After watching The Seagull at Elsmere Theater in the South Bronx in 1954, a 14-year-old Al Pacino decided to act. 924 Crotona Pkwy at Elsmere Pl

89 A handful of jazz greats called St. Albans, Queens, home: Count Basie settled in at Adelaide Road and 175th Street in 1946 (his property boasted a front yard as long as a city block); Ella Fitzgerald at 179-07 Murdock Avenue at 179th Street in the 1950s; John Coltrane at 115-56 Mexico Street at Quencer Road. A mural depicting the borough's jazz powerhouses decorates the northern side of Linden Boulevard under the LIRR.

90 Frank Lloyd Wright's only New York house is Crimson Beech (a.k.a. Prefab No. 1), manufactured in parts in the Midwest and reassembled here in 1959. It's still standing, though it's a private residence. 48 Manor Ct at Forest Ave, Staten Island

91 Truman Capote wrote Breakfast at Tiffany's while living in a basement apartment in Brooklyn Heights in the '50s. 70 Willow St between Orange and Pineapple Sts, Brooklyn Heights

92 The British Invasion of the '60s began in Queens—Beatles, 1965, Shea Stadium. 126th St and Roosevelt Ave, Flushing, Queens

93 Long before the salad-dressing empire, Paul Newman lived in an Art Deco apartment building in St. George, in the 1960s, while he was a struggling actor. Ambassador Apartments, 30 Daniel Low Terr at Fort Hill Circle, Staten Island

94 Christopher Walken's parents, a German-born baker named Paul and a Scottish amateur actor named Rosalie, ran Walken's Bakery. Broadway at 30th St, Astoria, Queens

95 "I'm walkin' here!" W 58th St at Sixth Ave

96 In 1970, Bette Midler performed at the Continental Baths with piano accompanist Barry Manilow. Like the club's liberated clientele, Manilow was known to work the room in only a towel. 230 W 74th St at Broadway

97 In the late '80s, NBC was encouraging Jerry Seinfeld to pitch a series. Only problem was, he had no ideas. One night, after playing a gig at the now defunct Catch a Rising Star, Seinfeld and his friend Larry David walked across the street to a Korean deli, Lee's Fruit and Vegetable Market. As the two were cracking wise on the exotic, commonplace assortment of items ("Look at those little bottles of ginseng!"), David hit upon a concept for a radically different sitcom: people just walking around making fun of stuff. You think Blossom had such humble beginnings? 1494 First Ave at 78th St

98 The godfather of hip-hop, Afrika Bambaataa, used to blast music from his window in the Bronx River houses. He moved there in 1971 after his family's Harlem apartment was destroyed by a fire. E 174th St between Bronx River and Harrod Aves, Bronx

99 Christopher Wallace (the Notorious B.I.G.) spent his formative years in Clinton Hill—though his lyrics referred to the more rough-and-tumble Bedford-Stuyvesant nearby. 226 St. James Pl between Fulton St and Gates Ave, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn

100 Jenny from the block? This is the block. Blackrock and Castle Hill Aves, Bronx

101 Gene Simmons first unfurled his obscenely long tongue in 1973 at the Coventry Club—a now-defunct launchpad for punk and rock bands in the 1970s. 47-03 Queens Blvd at 47th St, Sunnyside, Queens

102 Sex Pistols bass player John Simon Ritchie (better known as Sid Vicious) was inside this brownstone on February 2, 1979, when he took a lethal dose of heroin at the age of 21. 63 Bank St between Bleecker and W 4th Sts

103 This lovely Manhattan brownstone exterior is the Huxtables' residence on The Cosby Show, even though they lived in, um, Brooklyn. 10 St. Lukes Pl at Leroy St

104 S.I. reprazent: The original nine members of the Wu-Tang Clan convened at the Park Hill Apartments in Clifton in the early '90s. Park Hill Ave between Palma Dr and Park Hill Ln, Staten Island

105 The Dalai Lama has been to Staten Island. He stopped by the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art in 1991. 338 Lighthouse Ave off Richmond Rd, Staten Island

106 Wu-Tang Clan member Ol' Dirty Bastard—who "hadn't been feeling too good"—died of heart failure at 36 Studios on November 13, 2004. 545 W 34th St at Eleventh Ave

107 Heath Ledger, found dead. January 22, 2008. 421 Broome St between Crosby and Lafayette Sts

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Betty Smith wrote A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1943) while living at the Hotel Margaret, which burned down in 1980 and was replaced by the Margaret Apartments. 97 Columbia Hts between Cranberry and Orange Sts, Brooklyn Heights

In 1888 the Piccirilli brothers of Pisa, Italy, moved to Mott Haven and began knocking out iconic works such as the statue of Honest Abe at the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Square Arch and the lions in front of the New York Public Library. 142nd St between Brook and Willis Aves

Arlene Smith, Lois Harris, Sonia Goring, Jackie Landry, and Rene Minus learned to blend their voices in the choir at St. Anthony of Padua elementary school. As the Chantels, the girls topped the charts with R&B classics such as "Maybe," "Every Night (I Pray)," and "Look in My Eyes" in the late 1950s and early 1960s. E 165th St at Prospect Ave

Long before Regis Philbin settled into his Greenwich Village mansion (complete with tennis court and pool), he grew up in a small gray house in the Van Nest section of the Bronx. 1990 Cruger Ave between Bronxdale Ave and Sagamore St

When Ralph Lauren was born in 1939, his parents brought him home from the hospital to this address in Norwood—back then he was just plain Ralph Lifshitz. 3220 Steuben Ave between Moshulu Pkwy and E 208th St

Staten Islanders get a new entertainment fix when NYC's first drive-in movie theater, with space for 600 cars, opens here in 1948. It's demolished in 1965. 2865 Richmond Ave at Yukon Ave

Arthur Ashe defeated Tom Okker to win the inaugural U.S. Open. USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Flushing Meadows Corona Park

As Godfather fanatics already know, Vito Corleone's funeral was filmed at Calvary Cemetery in Woodside. 49-02 Laurel Hill Blvd between the LIE and BQE, Woodside

Edgar Allan Poe penned The Bells and Annabel Lee at this small farmhouse. 2640 Grand Concourse at Kingsbridge Rd

In 1939, famed Surrealist Salvador Dali was commissioned to do a window display for the old Bonwit Teller department store. He included a female mannequin with a head of roses and a male mannequin wearing a dinner jacket to which 81 glasses of crme de menthe were attached. There was also a bathtub filled with water and flowers. Unfortunately, Bonwit's management thought Dali's "dream space" could use some improvement, so they changed it without his permission. Furious, Dali stormed into the store on March 15 and tipped the tub over, pushing it through the plate-glass window. The incident represented another kind of breakthrough, however: It made Dali a household name. 725 Fifth Ave between 56th and 57th Sts

Arrested for appearing in the salacious and immoral play Sex, Mae West was tried at sentenced at the Jefferson Market Courthouse, now a public library. 425 Sixth Ave at 11th St

Kaufman Astoria Studios was built by Paramount Pictures in the earliest days of talkies. The first two Marx Brothers films were produced here, as were some relatively recent classics (like 1979's Hair). Production stopped during WWII, but was reinvigorated with the 1977 filming of The Wiz. 34-12 36th St at 34th Ave, Astoria

Caustic comedian Lenny Bruce was arrested for indecency at the long-gone Caf au Go-Go on April 3, 1964. 152 Bleecker St at Thompson St

Scientist Alexander P. Anderson was working at the New York Botanical Gardens when he discovered that grains of rice inflate when exposed to high pressure steam. And so, in 1901, puffed rice was invented. Bronx River Pkwy at Fordham Rd

In 1979, 20-year-old football fan John Bowen of New Hampshire died at a Jets game at Shea Stadium (the team played there for 20 years). A remote-controlled airplane from the halftime show took a nosedive into the stands and sliced into him. He died four days later. 123-01 Roosevelt Ave, Flushing

Akeen Joffer, Eddie Murphy's character in Coming to America, gets a job at McDowell's, an obvious parody of the Golden Arches. The filming site, however, was a Wendy's. 85-07 Queens Bld at Reeder St, Elmhurst

The Brooklyn Dodgers once had its "Front Office" at what is now a plain old commercial building. Here, on August 28, 1945, Dodgers GM Branch Rickey made history when he signed Negro League ace Jackie Robinson: Their signatures shattered baseball's color barrier. 215 Montague St between Cadman Plaza and Clinton St, Brooklyn Heights

The giant steel globe that a UFO crashed into in 1997's Men in Black is the biggest global structure in the world. The 12-story-tall, 700,000-pound Unisphere was built for the second New York World's Fair in 1964. 51st Ave between 111th St and Grand Central Pkwy

After a downpour forced cancelation of an earlier show, Diana Ross performed a free concert for an audience of more than 150,000 fans on July 22, 1983. Great Lawn, Central Park

While living in Brooklyn Heights in 1935, Thomas Wolfe wrote Of Time and the River. 5 Montague Terr at Montague St, Brooklyn Heights

More than 1,500 pervs huddled close as Marilyn Monroe's dress billowed in the air during the September 15, 1954, shooting of the famous subway-grate scene in Billy Wilder's The Seven Year Itch. 586 Lexington Ave at 52nd St

The house in the opening credits of All in the Family is located in Rego Park. The real-life home has no porch, even though a number of scenes in the show take place on a veranda. 89-70 Cooper Ave at Metropolitan Ave, Rego Park, Queens

The first midnight showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show was on April 1, 1976, in what was then the Waverly Theater (now the IFC Center). 323 Sixth Ave at 3rd St

The Tonight Show debuted at the Hudson Theatre in September 1954. The first episode of The Price Is Right was televised from there as well, in 1956. 141 W 44th St between Sixth Ave and Broadway

Written by: Alia Akkam, Dan Avery, Ray Dademo, Lara De Meo, Clare Lambe, Dena Libner, Kate Lowenstein, Robert E. Malchman, Scot Meyer, Ali Rohrs, Reed Tucker and James Wolf






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