Running To New York Redux

Two hours from now, New York will offer another another instance of its storied history of allowing people to dream.

The St. Louis Cardinals will play the New York Mets at Shea Stadium in game seven of the NLCS. While it is frustrating as a Yankees fan to watch post-season baseball from the outside when things looked so promising at the end of the regular season, I fondly reflect on just a small sampling of events through the years that foster dreams.

In 1923, Dr. K Winfield Ney, at Beth Israel Hospital in New York, peforms the first brain tumor operation under local anesthetic.
In 1927, Charles Lindbergh flies from New York to Paris becoming the first person to fly across the Atlantic.
In 1928, the first all-talking motion picture debuts in New York (Lights of New York).
In 1932, Radio City Music Hall opens.
In 1936, the RMS Queen Mary completes its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York.
In 1937, the Lincoln Tunnel opens to traffic.
In 1938, Benny Goodman and his orchestra become the first jazz musicians to headline at Carnegie Hall.
In 1939, the World’s Fair in New York witnesses the burying of a time capsule, to be opened in the year 6939.
In 1941, Orson Welle’s Citizen Kane premieres in New York.
In 1943, “Porgy and Bess” opens on Broadway with Anne Brown and Todd Duncan.
In 1947, Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire” premieres in New York City.
In 1949, New York sees the dedication of the United Nations’ permanent headquarters.
In 1950, Dylan Thomas arrives in New York City for his first U.S. poetry reading tour.
In 1951, New York City passes a bill prohibiting racism in city-assisted housing.
In 1952, The “Today Show” premieres with Dave Garroway and Jack Lescoulie on WNBC.
In 1953, Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” and Walt Disney’s “Peter Pan” open in New York City.
In 1956, Elvis Presley’s first film, “Love Me Tender,” premieres in New York City.
In 1958, PanAm flies the first trans-Atlantic jet trip – New York to Paris.
In 1961, “How to Succeed in Business” opens at 46th St. New York City for 1,415 performances.
In 1962, Tony Bennett debuts in concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
In 1977, “Annie” opens at the Alvin Theatre for 2,377 performances, and Woody Allen’s “Annie Hall” debuts.
In 1978, “Ain’t Misbehavin'” opens at Longacre Theater New York City for 1,604 performances.
In 1996, the cornerstone dedication ceremony takes place for the Museum of Jewish Heritage at Battery Place.
In 1998, Edwin G. Burrows and Mike Wallace release “Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898”; it wins the Pulitzer for history in 1999.
In 1999, Ric Burns releases the first episodes of “New York: A Documentary Film” to critical and popular acclaim.
In 2000, more than 2,000,000 revelers overflow Times Square to welcome the new millenium.

So take heart my friends, New York always allows you to dream.

21 comments… add one
  • great post, AG.

    Nick-YF October 19, 2006, 7:17 pm
  • Fantastic, AG.

    Andrews October 19, 2006, 8:00 pm
  • Thanks, Nick, Andrews. I couldn’t find any Bucky videos. ;)

    attackgerbil October 19, 2006, 8:10 pm
  • What about “October, 2004: Soxbaby Isaac is born at Roosevelt Hospital on the UWS, a mere 36 hours before Big Papi sends the Sox to a victory in Game 4 of the ALCS, sending the team on the way to their first Championship in 86 years”?
    Great stuff, Gerb.

    SF October 19, 2006, 9:19 pm
  • Holy crap Endy Chavez.

    Quo October 19, 2006, 10:11 pm
  • is that the greatest defensive play in playoff history? If the Mets go on to win this thing….

    YF October 19, 2006, 10:22 pm
  • There’s one greatest play in playoff history and that was performed by Derek Jeter.

    walein October 19, 2006, 10:59 pm
  • Double True Walein.
    Big dinger in the 9th by Molina puts StL up by 2. Chavez had not chance at that one.
    I’ll start the 2nd guessing now: going into the 9th with a tie, why doesn’t Randolph trot out his big gun Wagner?

    YF October 19, 2006, 11:28 pm
  • Looks like Adam Wainwright is going to blow this thing. Awful.

    YF October 19, 2006, 11:31 pm
  • LoDuca now up w/ 2 outs, 2 on. Beltran on deck. Don’t wanna go there. Do or die time for Wainwright.

    YF October 19, 2006, 11:40 pm
  • LoDuca walks. Bases loaded for Beltran. Adam Wainwright? Yeah, he looks like he’s about to give it up.

    YF October 19, 2006, 11:42 pm
  • K looking on the curveball!!! Mets go down. No joy in Queens.
    Suck it, Mets fans. But don’t worry, you would just have been swept by Detroit.

    YF October 19, 2006, 11:45 pm
  • That was kind of rough. Ya, at least it wasn’t 8-0, but how do you look at strike 3? Grumble.

    Lar October 20, 2006, 9:09 am
  • Mets got what they deserved. Blowing game 2 against Carpenter, Glavine sucking a$$ in game 5, putting up nothing against Suppan at home last night, Randolph trotting Heilman back out (as YF says, leaving Wagner on the pine, though Wagner did drop a turd the night before so there’s arguability there), so many strikeouts looking (seemed like every time they had RISP someone whiffed with the bat on the shoulder), not much went as it should or could have.
    So, GO TIGERS, I guess. I really want that chip on LaRussa’s shoulder to keep growing. I have a feeling even his own family roots against him.

    SF October 20, 2006, 9:11 am
  • Can the National League lose 12 consecutive World Series games? If it’s going to happen, this Cardinals team has as good a chance as any to continue the AAAA futility against the Major League…

    Paul SF October 20, 2006, 10:33 am
  • Yeah, screw the Mets. I’m very glad they lost, but not so happy that this crappy, crappy Cards team is in the WS. But then all AAAA teams are crappy these days.
    You all realize that we’re going to be bombarded with stories about how TV ratings will be in the toilet because of the WS matchup. Frankly, I think it’s good for the game’s long-term health that a new generation of fans (in this case Detroit) gets to sample glory. This sort of run (as with the White Sox last year) makes lifetime fans out of thousands of kids.

    Sam October 20, 2006, 10:44 am
  • …this is the “who’s got more to lose ws?”…with all the tiger/leyland hype [deserved] during the year, and their easy dispatch of the yanks, i guess it’s not accurate to call them a surprise entry…and with all the talk about how weak the nl is this year, the tigers better win…on the other hand, the cards should be no surprise either…don’t they have the best player in baseball, and weren’t they in the ws just 2 years ago, getting swept by the sox?…so, they better win…i guess…

    dc October 20, 2006, 12:12 pm
  • But the Cards this year are far weaker than the Cards of 2004 — which is why I think everyone is pretty much writing them off. Sure, the Sox had magic or momentum or the gods or whatever on their side two years ago, but the Cards looked terrible in that series — and that team was BETTER than this one. (Although I also think the 04 Sox were better than the 06 Tigers, but that mught be the bias talking).

    Paul SF October 20, 2006, 12:52 pm
  • Just on paper, the Tigers have to be considered big favorites. Forget the whole momentum Cinderella story. The Tigers have been one of the 2 best teams in baseball this whole year (I’ll leave you to guess who I think the other top team was;)) and the Cards have been barely above .500. Paul is right. This team doesn’t approach the 2004 team. Edmonds is not the same Edmonds. You have Encarnacion inexplicably batting fourth, and the pitching staff is both weaker in the starting rotation and bullpen. This series is the Tigers to lose.

    Nick-YF October 20, 2006, 1:02 pm
  • Except for that Chris Carpenter, when on, is probably better than any pitcher on the Tigers. So there’s a “stud pitcher in a short series” factor, which could mean the Tigers are fighting uphill at some point in the series. But I don’t think that’s totally likely, that Carpenter just dominates, and the Tigers are a clear favorite in my book.

    SF October 20, 2006, 2:28 pm
  • Also something to note, is that the Cardinals starters in the 2004 WS did not include Carpenter. To me, Matt Morris, Jason Marquis, Woody Williams and Suppan are the very definition of a slightly-above average rotation WITH all having pretty similar repetoires.

    Quo October 20, 2006, 6:48 pm

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