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Toasting The Town remembers Risë Stevens who was born in the Bronx this day in 1913; an opera star, she was especially r...
06/11/2020

Toasting The Town remembers Risë Stevens who was born in the Bronx this day in 1913; an opera star, she was especially remembered for her role of “Carmen.”

Prohibition-Era Toast! The Boulevardier was invented in the 1920s and named after a magazine started by American expatri...
06/11/2020

Prohibition-Era Toast! The Boulevardier was invented in the 1920s and named after a magazine started by American expatriate Edward Erskine Gwynne. To make one, add to a rocks glass filled with ice: 1 oz. Campari, 1 oz. sweet vermouth, and 1.25 oz rye whiskey. Stir to combine, or strain into a cocktail glass, and garnish with an orange twist. Cheers!

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06/11/2020

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“On the ferry-boats the hundreds and hundreds that cross, returning home, are more curious to me than you suppose,And yo...
06/11/2020

“On the ferry-boats the hundreds and hundreds that cross, returning home, are more curious to me than you suppose,
And you that shall cross from shore to shore years hence are more to me, and more in my meditations, than you might suppose.”
-Walt Whitman

A room with a view? This day in 1859: The fashionable Fifth Avenue Hotel opens on 23rd Street!
06/10/2020

A room with a view? This day in 1859: The fashionable Fifth Avenue Hotel opens on 23rd Street!

06/10/2020
Meet me in St Louis 1990 Tony Awards

This day in 1990: "Meet Me in St. Louis" closed at Gershwin Theater; it was nominated for four Tony awards!

Meet me in St Louis 1990 Tony Awards

Pristine! Before the 186-foot spire was added to the Chrysler Building, it was tested for months to ensure it could with...
06/10/2020

Pristine! Before the 186-foot spire was added to the Chrysler Building, it was tested for months to ensure it could withstand not only heat and cold—but also that it would resist tarnishing! Learn more about the stately Chrysler Building and its resplendent spire on TTT: http://ow.ly/lU3gq

By 31 lengths… This day in 1973: Secretariat wins the Belmont Stakes--the first Triple Crown in 25 years!
06/10/2020

By 31 lengths… This day in 1973: Secretariat wins the Belmont Stakes--the first Triple Crown in 25 years!

06/10/2020
Tony Bennett Live at Carnegie Hall - Blue Velvet

No stranger in paradise… This day in 1962: Legendary entertainer Tony Bennett debuted in concert at Carnegie Hall!

Tony Bennett at Carnegie Hall - Recorded Live June 9th, 1962 with Ralph Sharon and his Orchestra. Tony Bennett (born Anthony Dominick Benedetto; August 3, 19...

“By two o'clock the breeze was steady and the bay clear, and the horizon was completely concealed with the spread of can...
06/09/2020

“By two o'clock the breeze was steady and the bay clear, and the horizon was completely concealed with the spread of canvass. The grass in the Battery plots seemed to be growing visibly meantime, and to this animated sea-picture gave a foreground of tender and sparkling green; the trees looked feathery with the opening buds; the children rolled on the grass, and the summer seemed come.”
-Nathaniel Parker Willis

Toasting The Town remembers Brooklyn-born Lady Randolph Churchill—mother of Winston—who passed this day in 1921.
06/09/2020

Toasting The Town remembers Brooklyn-born Lady Randolph Churchill—mother of Winston—who passed this day in 1921.

06/09/2020
Password Plus: Mike vs. Debbie (Part I)

Toasting The Town remembers NYC-born actor Robert Donner who passed this day in 2006; he starred in “Cool Hand Luke,” “Mork & Mindy,” “The Waltons,” and much more.

This is part 1 of an exciting episode of Password Plus with celebrity panelists Vicki Lawrence and Robert Donner. The champion Mike returns after breaking th...

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! This day in 1786: A Mr. Hall, of NYC, was the first to advertise comm...
06/08/2020

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! This day in 1786: A Mr. Hall, of NYC, was the first to advertise commercially made ice cream.

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06/08/2020

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They don’t call it Grand Central for nothin’! Among the large volume of trains it sees every day, Grand Central is also ...
06/08/2020

They don’t call it Grand Central for nothin’! Among the large volume of trains it sees every day, Grand Central is also home to the largest Tiffany glass clock in the world! Learn more about this amazing building and its hidden gems on TTT: http://bit.ly/1bBxGbG

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound!  Grace Church, at 10th and Broadway, is an amazing spot, indeed.  Its roots go all t...
06/08/2020

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound! Grace Church, at 10th and Broadway, is an amazing spot, indeed. Its roots go all the way back to 1806, and its beauty is breathtaking! Learn more, and then stop by, on TTT: http://bit.ly/HI0aHj

This day in 1967: The New York Yankees draft Ron “Boomer” Blomberg—he was the 1st designated hitter in MLB history!
06/08/2020

This day in 1967: The New York Yankees draft Ron “Boomer” Blomberg—he was the 1st designated hitter in MLB history!

06/07/2020
Judy Holliday - The Party's Over

Toasting The Town remembers NYC-born actress Judy Holliday who passed this day in 1965; she received a Tony Award for “Bells Are Ringing.”

From "Bells Are Ringing."

06/07/2020
"30 Rock" Series Highlights

Did you know… “30 Rock” was influenced by creator Tina Fey's experience as head writer for “Saturday Night Live.”

Tonight is the series finale of "30 Rock" on NBC. Here is a compilation of some funny moments from Tina Fey's hit show. Don’t miss a WSJ video, subscribe her...

“My favorite place is Central Park because you never know what you're going to find there. I also like that when I look ...
06/07/2020

“My favorite place is Central Park because you never know what you're going to find there. I also like that when I look out the windows of surrounding hotels, it's seems like I'm looking out over a forest.”
-Haley Joel Osment

In the heart of Little Italy, the Mulberry Street Bar has been an institution since 1908. It started as a convivial soci...
06/07/2020

In the heart of Little Italy, the Mulberry Street Bar has been an institution since 1908. It started as a convivial social club and today remains a favorite neighborhood spot. The bar was made famous by its appearance in "The Godfather III" and "The Sopranos." Learn more about this classic hangout, on TTT!: http://bit.ly/1ND3Hbd

“Each neighborhood of the city appeared to be made of a different substance, each seemed to have a different air pressur...
06/07/2020

“Each neighborhood of the city appeared to be made of a different substance, each seemed to have a different air pressure, a different psychic weight: the bright lights and shuttered shops, the housing projects and luxury hotels, the fire escapes and city parks.” -Teju Cole

06/06/2020
Tension. 1950 Film Noir (Barry Sullivan as Lt. Collier Bonnabel )

TTT remembers NYC-born Barry Sullivan who passed this day in 1994; he starred in more than 100 movies over his long career!

Tension (1949) 95 min - Crime | Film-Noir - 11 January 1950 (USA) A mousy drugstore manager turns killer after his conniving wife leaves him for another man....

06/06/2020
ANNE BANCROFT TRIBUTE

TTT remembers NYC-born Anne Bancroft who passed this day in 2005; she won an Academy Award for “The Miracle Worker.”

The Miracle Worker

“I cannot help but feel it has about it something of the dawning of the universe.  Perhaps because the entire world cont...
06/06/2020

“I cannot help but feel it has about it something of the dawning of the universe. Perhaps because the entire world continues to dream of New York…”
-Jean Baudrillard

Let’s so Islanders! This day in 1989: the Islanders’ Billy Smith retires after a career that included four Stanley Cups!
06/06/2020

Let’s so Islanders! This day in 1989: the Islanders’ Billy Smith retires after a career that included four Stanley Cups!

Bask in the glow!  Fire Island’s 1858 lighthouse boasted a Fresnel Lens made of brass and glass prisms.  Its light could...
06/05/2020

Bask in the glow! Fire Island’s 1858 lighthouse boasted a Fresnel Lens made of brass and glass prisms. Its light could be seen for 21 nautical miles! Learn more about this charming historic structure on TTT: http://bit.ly/1zkbMqy

This day in 1855: Mount Sinai opened on West 28th Street—it’s one of the country’s largest and oldest teaching hospitals...
06/05/2020

This day in 1855: Mount Sinai opened on West 28th Street—it’s one of the country’s largest and oldest teaching hospitals. This image is from 1878.

“I can't wait to get back to New York City…” -Ani Difranco
06/05/2020

“I can't wait to get back to New York City…”
-Ani Difranco

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06/05/2020

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06/05/2020
Joe E. Lewis - Poor Little February

TTT remembers NYC-born comedian/singer Joe E. Lewis who passed this day in 1971. He toured in USO shows and appeared in several movies.

A funny song by the hilarious Joe E. Lewis on Command Performance 01-11-1944

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