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.