Snapshots: Last Days of the Riverfront Transit Center, 1933

Snapshots: Last Days of the Riverfront Transit Center, 1933

April, 1933 – This photo was taken one week before construction was “temporarily” halted on the City Transportation Company’s (Now the City-Suburban Transit Authority) planned transit center on the Ostahanoc Riverfront. To be built in stages, the center would have facilities for regional and local buses, planned subway and elevated train lines and even an…

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A look back: City Timeline 1600 – 1899

A look back: City Timeline 1600 – 1899

By no means complete, this timeline serves to give a general overview of major events in the city’s history, from previously posted items here on The City Desk. Please note that contradictions to this list may crop up in the future, as history is a rather tricky thing, indeed. — Ed. 16?? –  Oldest known…

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Friday Facts: Impes, “Leapin’ Lepean,” Debtors Prison

Friday Facts: Impes, “Leapin’ Lepean,” Debtors Prison

:: Mayor Cosgrove is expected to deliver to City Council on Monday her administration’s plan to make up the city’s now $728 million five-year deficit. :: Expected remedies: Rec Center  and library cutbacks, trash collection, city vehicle usage cuts, wage rollbacks, hiring freeze. :: The plaque on the Trade and Securities Building (43rd Ave and…

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Will The City’s Modern Architecture Masterpieces Be Destroyed?

Will The City’s Modern Architecture Masterpieces Be Destroyed?

The start of the City’s modern preservation movement can be traced back to one date: August 19th, 1959. That’s the date that demolition started on Davis Hall, the historic structure that stood in the center of the City for more than a century.  With its massive marble columns, soaring vestibule and granite interior the building…

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Nice Work If You Can Get It: The Man of a Thousand Theraputic Faces

Nice Work If You Can Get It: The Man of a Thousand Theraputic Faces

An occasional survey of jobs both unusual and extraordinary, and the people who make them happen. Your average celebrity impersonator finds themselves working along the Las Vegas strip or in dinner clubs just outside the theater district, belting out pitch-perfect Lizas or Franks, sweating through motion-for-motion imitations of Rodney Dangerfield or Madonna. Not so for…

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Dockside Residents Will Finally Ride Like The Rest of Us

Dockside Residents Will Finally Ride Like The Rest of Us

The City-Suburban Transit Authority has agreed to add full-length buses to lines serving the Dockside community, in a reversal of current policy and in response to harsh, ongoing criticism from local activists. For years, the CSTA had maintained that Dockside’s narrow streets made maneuvering full-size buses dangerous and difficult, while residents charged that the Authority…

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Friday Facts: Budget Woes, FDR, Himmler Bay

Friday Facts: Budget Woes, FDR, Himmler Bay

:: Estimated five-year city budget deficit awaiting Maribeth Cosgrove when she is sworn in as mayor on Monday: Over $650 million :: Portion of the city budget in ten years that will have to be paid for pension and benefits, according to current union contracts : 61% :: City union contracts up for renewal this…

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The Eat at Joe’s Riots

The Eat at Joe’s Riots

Special dispensation was granted last Friday by the City Council to Ontario-based Sports Restaurant chain “Shoeless Joe’s” to establish a franchise within city limits, making it the first local eatery since the 1931 passing of a restrictive city ordinance to be allowed to use the name “Joe” in its advertising and logo. Why “Joe,” you…

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For your ears: Wasted Words

The final episode of the Wasted Words podcast for 2008, with Olivia Todd and The City Desk contributors Shek Baker, Leonard Pierce and RJ White discussing predictions for 2008, resolutions for 2009, Old Spice, career advice, apocalyptic visions and many, many other topics. [Wasted Words – Episode 22, Sentient Lighting]

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