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61 Delmonico's restaurant—opened in 1837 and still there—is credited with inventing chicken la king, lobster Newburg and baked Alaska. 56 Beaver St at William Sts
62 The telephone was invented in Staten Island! Sort of! Antonio Meucci of Italy landed there to work on his invention, which transmitted voice over wires, in 1850. But the dude was broke and couldn't afford a patent. This is why Staten Islanders hate Alexander Graham Bell so much.
63 For centuries, bathroomgoers had been wiping their nether regions with strips of newspaper, foliage and the occasional unlucky cat until, in 1857, Joseph C. Gayetty of New York City hit upon the idea of packaging sheets of paper designed especially for in the toilet. "Gayetty's medicated paper for the water closet" was sold from his Ann Street shop. 41 Ann St at Nassau St
64 German immigrant Frederick August Otto Schwarz began hawking upscale toys from Europe in 1870 at the Schwarz Toy Bazaar. He relocated twice before opening at 745 Fifth Avenue in 1931. 765 Broadway at 9th St
65 Attention, Dentyne Ice addicts: After he failed to promote the sticky evergreen substance chicle as a stand-in for rubber, inventor Thomas Adams used it to create America's first chewing gum in Long Island City in 1871. 3020 Thomson Ave at 30th Pl, Long Island City, Queens
66 Samuel F. O'Reilly opened the first tattoo parlor with an electric tattoo machine on this spot in 1875. 11 Chatham Sq at East Broadway
67 In 1905, Gennaro Lombardi established Lombardi's, the first pizzeria in the United States. 32 Spring St between Mott and Mulberry Sts
68 Today, the Bronx Zoo is at the forefront of compassionate conservation, but back in 1906, not so much: Congolese pygmy Ota Benga was on display next to the orangutan cage. Bronx River Pkwy at Fordham Rd, Bronx
69 Out-of-work architect Alfred Mosher Butts of Jackson Heights invented the game Lexiko in 1931. Before the board game appeared at Macy's under its new name, Scrabble, Queens dorks played in the basement of their Community Methodist Church. 35th Ave at 81st St, Jackson Heights, Queens
70 In 1963, Nobuyoshi Kuraoka opened Restaurant Nippon: America's first sushi bar. Nippon is still dishing out the fish, but up the street (it's now at 155). 145 E 52nd St at Madison Ave
71 It's been told before, but we love telling it: The Material Girl made her New York club debut in the early '80s as a coat-check girl at the seminal Chelsea disco Danceteria. With an eye for self-promotion even then, the canny 23-year-old cornered house DJ (and future lover) Mark Kamins with a demo tape of her first single, "Everybody." Its infectious synth-pop hooks and dance-floor call to "get up and do your thing" wowed clubgoers, as well as Sire Records A&R man Michael Rosenblatt, whom Kamins had invited to the club. Sire signed the charismatic singer and "Everybody" was released in October 1982, quickly becoming a favorite among New York DJs. Danceteria shuttered in 1986 after the departure of nightlife impresario Rudolf Piper (it's now a nondescript office building), but the club's role in Madonna's meteoric rise was cemented on film in both the "Everybody" video and Desperately Seeking Susan. 30 W 21st St between Fifth and Sixth Aves
In October 1938, physicist Chester F. Carlson became the first person to successfully make a photocopy in his apartment in Astoria. It read 10-22-38 ASTORIA. 046 35th St between 30th and 31st Aves, Astoria
Killmeyer's, a favorite Staten Island haunt since 1859, got a lush new mahogany bar in 1890. (Hey, in SI, this was big news.) Through the years, the bar's transformed into Killmeyer's Old Bavaria Inn, a suds-and-schnitzel-dispensing beer garden. 4254 Arthur Kill Rd at Sharrotts Rd
Mary Ewing Outerbridge set up the nation's first tennis court at the Staten Island Cricket Club in 1874. 50 Bard Ave and Snug Harbor Rd
In 1923, Russian immigrant Sam Born opened a sweetshop, dubbed Just Born. Over the next few decades, he invented both chocolate jimmies and the hard chocolate coating on ice-cream bars. 8 E 12th St between Fifth Ave and University Pl
Before he made tires, Charles Goodyear made rubber toys and bandages in the 1830s, in a factory near West New Brighton, Staten Island.
Way before the Park Slope co-op, there was the Richmond County Poor Farm. Established in 1829, the destitute got room and board in exchange for cultivating fruits and veggies. Brielle Ave between Oakville St and Rockland Ave
New York's first hit musical, The Black Crook, debuted here in 1866 when a Parisian ballet troupe spiced up a dry drama with song and dance. Tickets were 75 cents a piece. Broadway at Prince St, northeast corner
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