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Gilbert Millstein: “He speaks English with the flawless imperfection of a New Yorker.”  Love all things NY? So do we! Si...
01/24/2021

Gilbert Millstein: “He speaks English with the flawless imperfection of a New Yorker.” Love all things NY? So do we! Sign up for Toasting the Town's free newsletter: http://ow.ly/lU2go

Prohibition-era Toast!  New York’s famed Colony Club attracted the likes of the Vanderbilts and Windsors.  To make its s...
01/23/2021

Prohibition-era Toast! New York’s famed Colony Club attracted the likes of the Vanderbilts and Windsors. To make its signature speakeasy cocktail, the Colony… Shake well with crushed ice:�1.5 oz gin�.75 oz grapefruit juice, and�2 tsp maraschino�liqueur. Strain into chilled cocktail glass, and enjoy. Cheers!

Walking on water? This day in 1867, the East River froze solid, disrupting ferry service. There are even stories of New ...
01/23/2021

Walking on water? This day in 1867, the East River froze solid, disrupting ferry service. There are even stories of New Yorkers (commuters?) crossing the river by foot! Several months later, the state approved construction of a bridge from Manhattan to Brooklyn – phew!

This day in 1970, the 1st commercial Boeing 747 flight was inaugurated by Pan Am, on its route from New York’s JFK Airpo...
01/23/2021

This day in 1970, the 1st commercial Boeing 747 flight was inaugurated by Pan Am, on its route from New York’s JFK Airport to London Heathrow. Passengers enjoyed champagne—and more leg room than they’d experienced on prior flights!

The mail must go through! This day in 1673, regular mail service began with monthly deliveries from New York to Boston a...
01/22/2021

The mail must go through! This day in 1673, regular mail service began with monthly deliveries from New York to Boston along the now-famous Boston Post Road. The “mailmen” used axes to make a slash-mark on trees along the trail, marking the way. The road originally ran through Manhattan’s Murray Hill neighborhood and is part of today's U.S. Route 1.

Do you recognize this detail from the façade of one of NY’s most-photographed buildings? Its limestone-and-terra-cotta e...
01/22/2021

Do you recognize this detail from the façade of one of NY’s most-photographed buildings? Its limestone-and-terra-cotta exterior is detailed with Greek faces, lion faces, flower faces, birds, miniature figures and more! (And at 22-stories tall, the building’s height amazed New Yorkers at the turn of the 20th century.)

Toasting The Town remembers NYC-born Jack Lord—of “Hawaii Five-O” fame—who passed this day in 1998.  Lord also appeared ...
01/22/2021

Toasting The Town remembers NYC-born Jack Lord—of “Hawaii Five-O” fame—who passed this day in 1998. Lord also appeared as Felix Leiter in “Dr. No,” the first James Bond film.

The Great Dane! This day in 1956, Victor Borge’s "Comedy in Music " closed at the Golden theater as the longest-running ...
01/21/2021

The Great Dane! This day in 1956, Victor Borge’s "Comedy in Music " closed at the Golden theater as the longest-running 1-man show. Borge went on to enjoy a long career, still performing at 90 years old.

Charles Whibley: “New York indeed, resembles a magic cauldron. Those who are cast into it are born again.” Love NY? Toas...
01/21/2021

Charles Whibley: “New York indeed, resembles a magic cauldron. Those who are cast into it are born again.” Love NY? Toasting the Town's free newsletter is sightseeing for locals. Sign up today: http://ow.ly/lU2go

Toasting The Town remembers Brooklyn-born Barbara Stanwyck who passed this day in 1990. A versatile stage, film, and TV ...
01/21/2021

Toasting The Town remembers Brooklyn-born Barbara Stanwyck who passed this day in 1990. A versatile stage, film, and TV actress, Stanwyck won three Emmys and a Golden Globe. She starred in “The Lady Eve,” “Christmas in Connecticut,” and “Double Indemnity,” among many others.

You can flyyyyy! This day in #BroadwayHistory, 1991: A revival of “Peter Pan" closed at Lunt-Fontanne Theater.
01/20/2021
Peter Pan - I'm Flying

You can flyyyyy! This day in #BroadwayHistory, 1991: A revival of “Peter Pan" closed at Lunt-Fontanne Theater.

Legendary! Pete’s Tavern was a hopping spot in the ‘20s and ‘30s—between all the celebrities, writers, and Tammany Hall ...
01/20/2021

Legendary! Pete’s Tavern was a hopping spot in the ‘20s and ‘30s—between all the celebrities, writers, and Tammany Hall regulars. It remains a favorite to this day, and some well-known faces that have dined there adorn the brick walls. On your way over for a famously good time, learn more about this storied institution, on TTT: http://ow.ly/lU3k7

Tea for Two! This day in 1971: "No, No Nanette" opened at the 46th St. Theater, running for 861 performances. Ruby Keele...
01/20/2021

Tea for Two! This day in 1971: "No, No Nanette" opened at the 46th St. Theater, running for 861 performances. Ruby Keeler and Bobby Van starred in the show, set in Atlantic City.

If it’s good enough for Eloise, it’s good enough for us. The Plaza hotel—a National Historic Landmark—has been an iconic...
01/19/2021

If it’s good enough for Eloise, it’s good enough for us. The Plaza hotel—a National Historic Landmark—has been an iconic presence on Central Park South since opening in 1907. And its Palm Court (which was used as a setting in “The Great Gastby”) serves a mean brunch—or afternoon tea, if that’s more your style. Lobster & waffles, with a Cucumber-Kiwi Gin & Tonic, anyone?

It ain’t over ‘til it’s over! This day in 1972, Yankees baseball great Yogi Berra was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fa...
01/19/2021

It ain’t over ‘til it’s over! This day in 1972, Yankees baseball great Yogi Berra was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Known as one of the greatest catchers of all time, Berra is also remembered for his quips and Yogi-isms.

“Brooklyn’s good. Brooklyn’s funky. Brooklyn’s happening.” - Waris Dirie At more than 150 years young, the BHS and its b...
01/19/2021

“Brooklyn’s good. Brooklyn’s funky. Brooklyn’s happening.” - Waris Dirie
At more than 150 years young, the BHS and its building are looking better than ever. Read more about this wonderful local institution—then stop by!: http://bit.ly/19F8JZu

Delish! The Corner Bistro’s simple burgers are the stuff of legend. Before you go, learn more about this West Village st...
01/18/2021

Delish! The Corner Bistro’s simple burgers are the stuff of legend. Before you go, learn more about this West Village staple, on TTT!: http://bit.ly/1fUX5NE

Toasting The Town remembers NYC-born Frances Drake who passed this day in 2000. She is best known for her role as Eponin...
01/18/2021
Movie Legends - Frances Drake

Toasting The Town remembers NYC-born Frances Drake who passed this day in 2000. She is best known for her role as Eponine in 1935’s “Les Misérables.”

Hollywood actress best known for playing Eponine in 'Les Miserables' (1935)

The White Horse Tavern has been going strong for more than 130 years, and it’s been a favorite of many writers including...
01/18/2021

The White Horse Tavern has been going strong for more than 130 years, and it’s been a favorite of many writers including Anais Nin, Dylan Thomas, and Jack Kerouac. On your way over, learn more about this legendary spot, on TTT!: http://ow.ly/lU3qf

Did you know… Delmonico steak refers to a method of preparation from one of several cuts of beef (typically the rib cut)...
01/17/2021

Did you know… Delmonico steak refers to a method of preparation from one of several cuts of beef (typically the rib cut) prepared Delmonico style—made by Delmonico's Restaurant in New York City during the mid-19th century! This image is from 1891.

Fore! This day in 1916: The Professional Golfer Association (PGA) formed in New York City!
01/17/2021

Fore! This day in 1916: The Professional Golfer Association (PGA) formed in New York City!

“Listen to its music and its legends. Gaze at its ruins and monuments. Walk its sidewalks and run fingers upon the stone...
01/17/2021

“Listen to its music and its legends. Gaze at its ruins and monuments. Walk its sidewalks and run fingers upon the stone and bricks and steel of our right-angled streets. Breathe the air of the river breeze." -Pete Hamill

An establishment befitting of its name, the Landmark Tavern has been delighting patrons since 1868. Once a favorite of n...
01/17/2021

An establishment befitting of its name, the Landmark Tavern has been delighting patrons since 1868. Once a favorite of nearby dock workers, folks now flock there for fish & chips, whiskey, and Irish tunes! Learn more on TTT: http://bit.ly/1clsFXy

Every time you journey through the Holland Tunnel, you are witness to a feat of engineering that opened in 1927. Learn m...
01/16/2021

Every time you journey through the Holland Tunnel, you are witness to a feat of engineering that opened in 1927. Learn more about this marvel on TTT: http://bit.ly/LMSFQW

Some enchanted evening… This day in 1954: "South Pacific" closed after 1,925 performances. It won 10 Tonys!
01/16/2021
South Pacific Overture from South Pacific-1949 Score on Columbia.

Some enchanted evening… This day in 1954: "South Pacific" closed after 1,925 performances. It won 10 Tonys!

Originally on Columbia Masterworks Record# ML 4180 (green label) from 1949.This is from a homemade CD-R.Composer's: Richard Rodgers. Lyricist's: Oscar Hamme...

At legendary NYC drinking establishment McSorley’s, they’ve been pouring out light and dark ale for more than 100 years....
01/15/2021

At legendary NYC drinking establishment McSorley’s, they’ve been pouring out light and dark ale for more than 100 years. For a charming taste of old New York, grab some pals and check out this hallowed institution. Learn more before you go: http://ow.ly/lU3hb

Cheers! This day in 1762: The Fraunces Tavern opened in Lower NYC, originally called the Queen’s Head Tavern.  It was th...
01/15/2021

Cheers! This day in 1762: The Fraunces Tavern opened in Lower NYC, originally called the Queen’s Head Tavern. It was then, and is now, a cozy spot for entertainment, food, and drink! Learn more on TTT: http://ow.ly/lU3mu

“One minute I'm in Central ParkThen I'm down on Delancey StreetFrom the Bow'ry to St. MarksThere's a syncopated beat”- B...
01/15/2021

“One minute I'm in Central Park
Then I'm down on Delancey Street
From the Bow'ry to St. Marks
There's a syncopated beat”- Billy Joel

Did you know… Before closing their doors in 1982, the Checker Motors Corporation of Kalamazoo, Michigan supplied cars fo...
01/14/2021
Taxi Intro [1978][HQ+]

Did you know… Before closing their doors in 1982, the Checker Motors Corporation of Kalamazoo, Michigan supplied cars for “Taxi”!

TaxiHQ Plus, Remastered1978Taxi is an American sitcom that originally aired from 1978 to 1982 on ABC and from 1982 to 1983 on NBC. The series, which won 18 E...

Toasting The Town remembers NYC-born actor Humphrey Bogart who passed this day in 1957.  Named the greatest male star in...
01/14/2021
Sabrina- Humphrey Bogart & Audrey Hepburn - Best Scene

Toasting The Town remembers NYC-born actor Humphrey Bogart who passed this day in 1957. Named the greatest male star in American cinema by the American Film Institute, his many legendary films include “Casablanca,” “The African Queen,” and “Sabrina.”

Here the best scene from the movie Sabrina 1954 with the two greatest actors of all time .

“Skyscrapers and subways and stationsStaring up at the United Nations” - Alice Cooper
01/14/2021

“Skyscrapers and subways and stations
Staring up at the United Nations” - Alice Cooper

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