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05/11/2019
Joan Crawford tribute by Ann Blyth

Toasting the Town remembers Joan Crawford, Oscar-winning film and television actress, who passed this day in NYC in 1977.

A Joan Crawford tribute narrated by Ann Blyth from the Turner Classic Movies channel. Features clips from Mildred Pierce. Never mind the blinking clock in th...

The mozzarella at Mike’s Deli is legendary--and its eggplant parm even beat Chef Bobby Flay in a throw-down! Stop on b...
05/11/2019

The mozzarella at Mike’s Deli is legendary--and its eggplant parm even beat Chef Bobby Flay in a throw-down! Stop on by and see what all the fuss is about…on your way, enjoy more about the shop’s storied past on TTT: http://bit.ly/1BCzRe7

Let’s go Knicks! This day in 1973: The New York Knicks beat the Los Angeles Lakers for the NBA championship!
05/10/2019

Let’s go Knicks! This day in 1973: The New York Knicks beat the Los Angeles Lakers for the NBA championship!

“New York is always hopeful. Always it believes that something good is about to come off, and it must hurry to meet it...
05/10/2019

“New York is always hopeful. Always it believes that something good is about to come off, and it must hurry to meet it.” ― Dorothy Parker

This day in History, 1799: Saint Marks Church on the Bowery was consecrated, and it’s still going strong!
05/10/2019

This day in History, 1799: Saint Marks Church on the Bowery was consecrated, and it’s still going strong!

Don’t forget your tote bag! Every week, approximately 250,000 shoppers visit the Union Square Greenmarket. See what al...
05/10/2019

Don’t forget your tote bag! Every week, approximately 250,000 shoppers visit the Union Square Greenmarket. See what all the fuss is about, and learn more about the market’s history on TTT: http://bit.ly/16UgG2F

05/09/2019
Lena Horne - Stormy Weather (1943)

Toasting the Town remembers NYC-born Lena Horne who passed this day in 2010. She was a singer, actress, and civil rights activist.

Here's the full version of a performance that can be found truncated elsewhere on YouTube -- from the 1943 film of the same name, the great Lena Horne delive...

“To live in New York is to constantly consider what beauty is…”-Katherine Lanpher
05/09/2019

“To live in New York is to constantly consider what beauty is…”
-Katherine Lanpher

Just north of the Conservatory Water, an 11-foot bronze statue of Alice in Wonderland (and her friends) has sat since 19...
05/09/2019

Just north of the Conservatory Water, an 11-foot bronze statue of Alice in Wonderland (and her friends) has sat since 1959. It includes plaques with passages from Lewis Carroll's "Jabberwocky" poem. Enjoy more on TTT, then check it out for yourself!: http://bit.ly/116iHGJ

05/09/2019
Don Rickles Just For Laughs 2014

Toasting The Town remembers NYC-born comedian Don Rickles who was born on this day.

The legendary comic Don Rickles, "the father of insult comedy," showcases his many talents at the Just For Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival 2014. Song: "Laugh...

Toasting the Town remembers NYC-born Maurice Sendak who passed this day in 2012. He is remembered especially for the cla...
05/08/2019

Toasting the Town remembers NYC-born Maurice Sendak who passed this day in 2012. He is remembered especially for the classic “Where the Wild Things Are.”

“I gotta dream like New York, as high as the skylineAim for the stars above those city lights”-Tyrone Wells
05/08/2019

“I gotta dream like New York, as high as the skyline
Aim for the stars above those city lights”
-Tyrone Wells

“Drive downtown to Tiffany'sSee what's newThe girl's got shopping to do”-Southside Johnny And The Asbury Jukes
05/08/2019

“Drive downtown to Tiffany's
See what's new
The girl's got shopping to do”
-Southside Johnny And The Asbury Jukes

This is big! This day in 1922: New York Giants’ pitcher Jesse Barnes shut out the Phillies.
05/08/2019

This is big! This day in 1922: New York Giants’ pitcher Jesse Barnes shut out the Phillies.

“One can’t paint New York as it is, but rather as it is felt.” ― Georgia O’Keeffe
05/08/2019

“One can’t paint New York as it is, but rather as it is felt.”
― Georgia O’Keeffe

It’s Greek to us! The Bartow-Pell Mansion is a beautiful Greek-Revival structure in the Bronx's Pelham Bay Park.  Stop...
05/07/2019

It’s Greek to us! The Bartow-Pell Mansion is a beautiful Greek-Revival structure in the Bronx's Pelham Bay Park. Stop by to see the mansion in all its 19th century glory! Enjoy more on TTT: http://bit.ly/1NvllXT

05/07/2019
DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS JR. TRIBUTE

Toasting the Town remembers NYC-born Douglas Fairbanks Jr. who passed this day in 2000. He was a popular actor as well as a decorated naval officer.

Duck tales..woo hoo! The 3.5-acre Duck Pond sanctuary within Central park is a beautiful, serene setting.  On your way o...
05/07/2019

Duck tales..woo hoo! The 3.5-acre Duck Pond sanctuary within Central park is a beautiful, serene setting. On your way over, learn more about its history, on TTT: http://bit.ly/1aslmYa

Get ‘yer news here! This day in 1835: The 1st edition of the New York Herald hit newsstands.  This image shows the pap...
05/07/2019

Get ‘yer news here! This day in 1835: The 1st edition of the New York Herald hit newsstands. This image shows the paper’s office in 1903, fully established in “Herald Square.”

“In New York the sky is bluer, and the grass is greener, and the girls are prettier, and the steaks are thicker, and t...
05/06/2019

“In New York the sky is bluer, and the grass is greener, and the girls are prettier, and the steaks are thicker, and the buildings are higher, and the streets are wider, and the air is finer, than the sky, or the grass, or the girls, or the steaks, or the air of any place else in the world.” ― Edna Ferber

05/06/2019
The Man Who Came To Dinner

Toasting the Town remembers NYC-born actor Monty Woolley who passed this day in 1963. He’s known for his role in “The Man Who Came To Dinner.”

My favorite jeer from actor Monty Woolley in the delightful comedy "The Man Who Came To Dinner" also starring Bette Davis, Ann Sheridan and Billie Burke.

05/06/2019
Alice Faye Tribute- "You'll Never Know"

Toasting the Town remembers Alice Faye who was born this day in 1915. An actress and singer, Faye was a star of the ‘30s and ‘40s.

This is a tribute to one of the most talented and one of the most underrated actresses in Hollywood history: Alice Faye. The song is her Oscar-winning tradem...

“A heart in New York arose on the streetI write my song to that city heartbeat”-Simon & Garfunkel
05/06/2019

“A heart in New York arose on the street
I write my song to that city heartbeat”
-Simon & Garfunkel

What a theater! This day in 1891: The incomparable Carnegie Hall opened on 57th Street and Seventh Avenue.
05/05/2019

What a theater! This day in 1891: The incomparable Carnegie Hall opened on 57th Street and Seventh Avenue.

Cornering the burger market! The Corner Bistro has long been a favorite of writers, poets, actors, and other Greenwich V...
05/05/2019

Cornering the burger market! The Corner Bistro has long been a favorite of writers, poets, actors, and other Greenwich Village regulars. And for good reason—the burgers are delicious! On your way, read more on TTT: http://bit.ly/1fUX5NE

Win by a nose? This day in History, 1905: 40,000 attend the grand opening of Belmont Park. The feature race ends in a de...
05/05/2019

Win by a nose? This day in History, 1905: 40,000 attend the grand opening of Belmont Park. The feature race ends in a dead heat.

One cappuccino, coming right up! One of the oldest cafes in Greenwich Village, Caffe Reggio has been serving up classic ...
05/05/2019

One cappuccino, coming right up! One of the oldest cafes in Greenwich Village, Caffe Reggio has been serving up classic coffee drinks since 1927. Dominic Parisi started the shop by investing his life savings in a fancy machine and serving up America's first cappuccinos! Learn more on TTT: http://bit.ly/1HtSUes

It’s Presidential! This day in 1895: The permanent Washington Arch in Washington Square is completed. Learn more about...
05/04/2019

It’s Presidential! This day in 1895: The permanent Washington Arch in Washington Square is completed. Learn more about this iconic structure on TTT:

“When I’m in New York, I just want to walk down the street and feel this thing, like I’m in a movie.” ― Ryan A...
05/04/2019

“When I’m in New York, I just want to walk down the street and feel this thing, like I’m in a movie.” ― Ryan Adams

“It wasn’t so much that I thought there was nowhere to go, in this huge city; but with so many places to go, where w...
05/04/2019

“It wasn’t so much that I thought there was nowhere to go, in this huge city; but with so many places to go, where were you supposed to begin?”
― Kelly Braffet

Joltin’ Joe! This day in 1936: Legendary New York Yankee Joe DiMaggio made his major-league debut!
05/03/2019

Joltin’ Joe! This day in 1936: Legendary New York Yankee Joe DiMaggio made his major-league debut!

“We all need to make time for a burger once in a while.” -Erica DuranceWith its charming décor and red tin ceiling,...
05/03/2019

“We all need to make time for a burger once in a while.”
-Erica Durance
With its charming décor and red tin ceiling, J.G. Melon has been a neighborhood institution since Jack O'Neill and George Mourges (the ‘J’ and ‘G,’ respectively) opened it in 1972. Head on over for a delicious burger—and on your way, learn more on TTT: http://bit.ly/1cCnWME

05/03/2019
Gene Raymond

Toasting The Town remembers NYC-born Gene Raymond who passed this day in 1998. He was an accomplished actor (and decorated military pilot).

Yes, there were hunks in the movies before the 1950s. Gene Raymond set hearts a flutter on both sides of the fence.

05/03/2019
30 Rock Season 4 Promo

Did you know… In 2009, “30 Rock” garnered 22 Emmy nominations--the most a comedy show had ever received in a single year!

"Another successful interaction with a man!" - Liz Lemon Wooot! They're back! Finally, NBC's Thursday Comedy Night Done Right is complete! =D 30 Rock's Seaso...

Love the ‘80s?  The 1880s, that is.  Stroll down Yorkville’s charming Henderson Place, and step back in time!  Learn...
05/02/2019

Love the ‘80s? The 1880s, that is. Stroll down Yorkville’s charming Henderson Place, and step back in time! Learn more on TTT: http://ow.ly/lU3bx

This day in History, 1931: The Empire State Building officially opened in NYC!
05/02/2019

This day in History, 1931: The Empire State Building officially opened in NYC!

Curtains up! This day in 1913: The Longacre Theatre opened at 220 W 48th St. It was named for Longacre Square (the origi...
05/02/2019

Curtains up! This day in 1913: The Longacre Theatre opened at 220 W 48th St. It was named for Longacre Square (the original name of Times Square).

05/01/2019
BETSY JONES-MORELAND TRIBUTE

Toasting The Town remembers NYC-born actress Betsy Jones-Moreland who passed this day in 2006. She starred in “Last Woman on Earth.”

“Mulberry Street... and Worth... Cross and Orange... and Little Water. Each of the Five Points is a finger.”-Daniel ...
05/01/2019

“Mulberry Street... and Worth... Cross and Orange... and Little Water. Each of the Five Points is a finger.”
-Daniel Day-Lewis in “Gangs of New York”

Take a spin!  Central Park's first carousel arrived in 1871 and was cranked by hand.  (Later, horses and mules took over...
05/01/2019

Take a spin! Central Park's first carousel arrived in 1871 and was cranked by hand. (Later, horses and mules took over the duty!) Today’s model is a circa-1908 beaut once used on Coney Island. Learn more about this colorful gem, on TTT: http://bit.ly/QB6u7o

Go team! This day in 1903: The Highlanders (later the Yankees) secure a win vs. Washington in their inaugural home opene...
05/01/2019

Go team! This day in 1903: The Highlanders (later the Yankees) secure a win vs. Washington in their inaugural home opener!

This day in 1961: The 1st shuttle flights between Washington D.C., Boston and NYC begin, on Eastern Airlines.
05/01/2019

This day in 1961: The 1st shuttle flights between Washington D.C., Boston and NYC begin, on Eastern Airlines.

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