1783 – November 25: British troops
depart; New Yorkers celebrate
Evacuation Day, the day Gen. George Washington returned to the city with his
Continental Army and the last British forces left the newly recognized independent
United States. War veteran John Van Arsdale climbs up a greased pole to remove the
Union Jack left in defiance by the British, replacing it with the Stars and Stripes.
Cholerapandemic reaches North America. It breaks out in New York City on June 26, peaks at 100 deaths per day during July, and finally abates in December. More than 3500 people die in the city, many in the lower-class neighborhoods, particularly
Five Points. Another 80,000 people, one third of the population, are said to have fled the city during the epidemic.
New York Stock Exchange and hundreds of other buildings are destroyed by the
Great Fire, which rages for two days in the
Financial District. Efforts to stop the fire are limited by sub-zero temperatures, which freeze water in hoses, wells, and the
East River. Twenty-three insurance companies are wiped out by the resulting claims.
Mary Cecilia Rogers, a young woman known popularly as "The Beautiful Cigar Girl", disappeared and her dead body was found floating in the
Hudson River three days later. The details surrounding the case suggested she was murdered. The death of this well-known person received national attention for weeks. The story became immortalized by
Edgar Allan Poe in his story "
The Mystery of Marie Roget". Despite intense media interest and an attempt to solve the enigma by Poe, the crime remains one of the most puzzling unsolved murders of New York City.
January 13: A train wreck occurs just south of
Spuyten Duyvil Creek when a local train from
Tarrytown crashes into the tail end of an express from
Albany, which had stopped on the tracks to make an emergency repair. At least 10 persons were killed, including a state senator.
Great Blizzard of 1888, or "White Hurricane", paralyzes the Eastern seaboard from
Maine; in New York City causing temperatures to fall as much as 60 degrees. About 21 inches (53 cm) of snow fall on the city, but enormous winds whip it into drifts as much as 20 feet deep. Regionally, over 400 people are said to have died in the storm's path.
1896 Eastern North America heat wave prostrates the city, with temperatures exceeding 90 °F for nine days both day and night, with stagnant air and oppressive humidity. In all, 420 people die, mostly in crowded tenements in areas such as the
Lower East Side.
August 30: Prior to its departing to training ahead of
World War I,
27th Infantry Division participated in a large send-off parade in New York City along 5th Avenue.
Great Influenza Pandemic" rages across the country and worldwide. On one particularly virulent October day, 851 people died in New York City alone.
November 1: The actions of a substitute motorman filling in during a strike lead to a subway crash in
Malbone Street Wreck kills 97 people heading home from work and injures a hundred more.
Wall Street bombing kills 38 at "the precise center, geographical as well as metaphorical, of financial America and even of the financial world".
Anarchists were suspected (
Sacco and Vanzetti had been indicted just days before) but no one was ever charged with the crime.
August 6: New York Supreme Court associate justice
Joseph Force Crater disappears, last seen entering a taxicab. He was declared legally dead in 1939. His mistress Sally Lou Ritz (22) disappeared a few weeks later.
New York Yankees celebrating
Lou Gehrig appreciation day. That day, Gehrig (who was diagnosed with ALS) spoke in his farewell address by saying: "... today, I considered myself, the luckiest man on the face of the earth."
Population: 7,454,995. White non-Hispanic population peaks at 6,856,586 or 92% of the total.
The first two television stations in the city signed on the air for the first time. The first was WNBT Channel 1 (now
WNBC Channel 4), to signed on the air. And the second was WCBW (now
WCBS-TV) Channel 2, to signed on the air.
Race riot erupts in Harlem after an African-American soldier is shot by the police and rumored to be killed. The incident touches off a simmering brew of racial tension, unemployment, and high prices to a day of rioting and looting. Several looters are shot dead, with blood everywhere, and about 500 persons are injured and another 500 arrested.
Holland Tunnel fire caused by exploding truck carrying eighty 55-gallon drums of
carbon disulfide seriously damages the tunnel's infrastructure and injures 66, with 27 hospitalized, mostly from smoke inhalation.
New York Yankees won 12th World Series title, defeating the Brooklyn Dodgers in five games.
October 11: Channel 9 became the last VHF station in the city to sign on the air as WOR-TV (now
March 29: A bomb that exploded in Grand Central Terminal, injuring no one, marked the end of self-imposed hiatus of George Metesky, a.k.a. the "Mad Bomber". In 1951 alone he had five bombs explode at New York City landmarks, such as the
New York Public Library Main Branch.
October 2: The "
Sunday Bomber" began placing and detonating bombs on successive Sundays from October 2 through November 6, injuring dozens, killing a young teenager, and involving over 600 NYPD officers.
Mid-air collision between
TWA Flight 266 (inbound to Idlewild Airport, now
United Airlines Flight 826 (inbound to
LaGuardia Airport) over Miller Field,
Staten Island. The TWA aircraft crashed at the site, killing all aboard, while the United aircraft continued flying for about eight miles until it crashed in the
Park Slope section of
Brooklyn, narrowly missing a school. All 128 aboard both aircraft died, along with six persons on the ground in Brooklyn.
October 3: 23 are killed and 94 injured when an improperly maintained and operated steam boiler explodes and rips through a
New York Telephone Company building cafeteria at lunchtime in the
Inwood section of Manhattan.
December 11: Board of Estimate votes unanimously to reject
Robert Moses's proposal to build a Lower Manhattan Expressway which would have cut through from the Williamsburg Bridge to the Holland Tunnel and dramatically changed Soho and Little Italy.
October 8: James "Groovy" Hutchinson, 21, an East Village hippie/stoner, and Linda Fitzpatrick, 18, a newly converted flower child from a wealthy
Greenwich, Connecticut family, are found bludgeoned to death at 169 Avenue B, an incident dubbed "The Groovy Murders" by the press. Two drifters later pleaded guilty to the murders.
Singer Building demolished. Tallest structure ever destroyed until the World Trade Center is destroyed on September 11, 2001.
January 12: Jets win their only Super Bowl Championship, beating the
Nor'easter kills 14 and injures 68. Dubbed the "Lindsay Snowstorm", outer borough residents (especially in Queens) accuse the city of favoring Manhattan for snow removal (streets in Queens were not cleared a week after the storm). Lindsay subsequently loses the Republican primary for re-election.
May 21: Two
NYPD officers, Waverly Jones and Joseph Piagentini, were shot by members of the
Black Liberation Army in
Harlem. The gunmen, Herman Bell and
Anthony Bottom, still in prison as of 2017, were rearrested in jail in connection with the 1971 killing of a San Francisco police officer. Bottom was released in 2020.
John Wojtowicz and
Salvatore Naturale held up a Brooklyn bank for 14 hours for cash to pay for Wojtowicz's wife's sex change operation. The scheme failed when the police arrived, leading to a tense 14-hour standoff. Natuarale was killed by the police at JFK Airport. The incident served as the basis for the 1975 film Dog Day Afternoon.
Battery Park City is created on land reclaimed from the Hudson River with 3 million cubic yards of soil and rock excavated from numerous locations throughout the city.
February 18: Hometowners Kiss plays their first
Madison Square Garden show, the first of what would be six such shows during that decade (three more were in Dec. 1977, all of these 1977 "Garden shows" were sold outs and two more afterwards in July 1979).
April 26: Grand opening in Manhattan of
May 16: A New York Airways helicopter idling at the helipad on the
MetLife Building – then the PanAm Building – toppled over and its rotor blade sheared off. The blade killed four people on the roof and then fell over the edge and down 59 stories and a block over to Madison Avenue where it killed a pedestrian.
May 25: A fire at the Everard Baths at 28 West 28th Street in Manhattan killed 9 patrons.
July 13–14: New York City again loses electrical power in the
blackout of 1977. Unlike the previous blackout twelve years earlier, this blackout is followed by widespread rioting and looting. Many neighborhoods, most notably Bushwick, were almost completely devastated.
August 10: David Berkowitz, the city's "son of Sam" serial killer, is captured outside his
Yonkers apartment and brought back to the city for indictment and detention.
Mainstream prominence of
disco music confirmed with December 14 release of Saturday Night Fever (set in the Italian-American community of Brooklyn). Also that evening, city formed
heavy metalers Kiss plays the first of their three night return gigs through the 16th at Madison Square Garden, all sold outs like their first such "Garden gig" that February 18.
May 25: Six-year-old
Etan Patz vanishes after leaving his
SoHo apartment to walk to his school bus alone. Despite a massive search by the
NYPD the boy is never found, and was declared legally dead in 2001.
Pope John Paul II visits city, gives speech at
U.N. against all forms of
concentration camps and
tortures in light of the then 40th anniversary of
World War II's first establishing of both in his native Poland by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union and continuation afterwards by post-war Polish Communists.
Non-Hispanic white population totals 3,668,945, down over 3 million from 1940 and representing only 51.9% of total population.
Sister city relationship established with
May 6: Staten Island Ferry American Legion II crashes into a Norwegian freighter during the AM rush hour; 71 passengers injured.
July 3: First article about "rare cancer seen in homosexuals" (AIDS) appears in the New York Times.
AIDS is reported from here, with the city as #1 in descending order of U.S. cases of this disease (San Francisco and Los Angeles, later the first city where symptoms of it were reported to the
CDC in June of this year.
Ed Koch is sworn into his second term as the city's 105th mayor.
March 20: Frances Schreuder, ~nee Bradshaw, is arrested in her Manhattan townhouse at 10 Gracie Square for 1978's
Franklin Bradshaw murder of her multi-millionaire father that she forced her younger then-17 years old, son, Marc, into committing out of fears of her disineritence from Franklin's will.
June 22: Willie Turks, an African American 34-year-old
MTA worker, is set upon and killed by a white mob in the
Gravesend section of
Cats premieres on Broadway and subsequently holds the record for longest running Broadway show from 1997 to 2006.
Sister city relationships established with
Cairo, Egypt, and
April 15: New York Post under new owner
Rupert Murdoch issues famous headline "Headless Body in Topless Bar"
Michael Stewart is allegedly beaten into a coma by New York Transit Police officers. Stewart died 13 days later from his injuries at
Bellevue Hospital. On November 24, 1985, after a six-month trial, six officers were acquitted on charges stemming from Stewart's death.
Terence Cooke, Catholic archbishop of New York, dies at 62.
October 29: 66-year-old
Eleanor Bumpurs is shot and killed by police as they tried to evict her from her Bronx apartment. Bumpurs, who was mentally ill, was wielding a knife and had slashed one of the officers. The shooting provoked heated debate about police racism and brutality. In 1987 officer Stephen Sullivan was acquitted on charges of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide stemming from the shooting.
Bernhard Goetz shoots and wounds four unarmed black men on a
2 train on the subway who tried to rob him, generating weeks of headlines and many discussions about crime and vigilantism in the media.
Edmund Perry, returning graduate of
Phillips Exeter Academy in
Exeter, New Hampshire, is shot to death in Harlem by undercover officer Lee Van Houten after Perry and his brother, Jonah, attacked Van Houten to get money for a film. Van Houten was acquitted the following month.
Ed Koch is sworn into his third and final term as the city's 105th mayor.
March 7: Channel 5 changes its call letters from WNEW-TV to
March 17: St. Patrick's Day –
Rosanna Scotto joined
WNYW Channel 5 as a news reporter for the station's 10 P.M. weeknight newscast. At the time, she said: "In Manhattan, Rosanna Scotto, Channel 5 News".
July 7: A deranged man, Juan Gonzalez, wielding a machete kills 2 and wounds 9 on the
Staten Island Ferry. In 2000 Gonzalez was granted unsupervised leave from his residence at the Bronx Psychiatric Hospital.
August 26: The "preppie murder": 18-year-old student Jennifer Levin is murdered by
Robert Chambers in
Central Park after the two had left a bar to have sex in the park. The case was sensationalized in the press and raised issues over victims' rights, as Chambers' attorney attempted to smear Levin's reputation to win his client's freedom.
October 4: Broadcaster
Dan Rather is attacked on Park Avenue by two men, one of which repeated "Kenneth, what is the frequency?"
November 19: 20-year-old
Larry Davis opens fire on police officers attempting to arrest him in his sister's apartment in
the Bronx. Six officers are wounded, and Davis eludes capture for the next 17 days, during which time he became something of a folk hero in the neighborhood. Davis was stabbed to death in jail in 2008.
November 24: 2
Port Authority police officers and a holdup we're seriously shot and wounded in a shootout at a
December 20: A white mob in
Howard Beach, Queens, attacks three African-American men whose car had broken down in the largely white neighborhood. One of the men,
Michael Griffith is chased onto
Shore Parkway where he is hit and killed by a passing car. The killing prompted several tempestuous marches through the neighborhood led by
June 16: Bernhard Goetz is acquitted of the four attempted murders but convicted of one illegal gun possession count in 1984's subway shooting.
Joel Steinberg and his lover
Hedda Nussbaum are arrested for the beating and neglect of their six-year-old adopted daughter
Lisa Steinberg, who died two days later from her injuries. The case provoked outrage that did not subside when Steinberg was released from prison in 2004 after serving 15 years.
March 8: The first of the copycat Zodiac Killer
Heriberto Seda's eight shooting victims is wounded in an attack in Brooklyn. Between 1990 and 1993, Seda will wound 5 and kill 3 in his serial attacks. He is captured in 1996 and convicted in 1998.
September 2: Tourist
Brian Watkins from
Utah is stabbed to death in the
Seventh Avenue – 53rd Street station by a gang of youths. Watkins was visiting New York with his family to attend the
US Open Tennis tournament in Queens, when he was killed defending his family from a gang of muggers. The killing marked a low point in the record murder year of 1990 (in which 2,242 were recorded) and led to an increased police presence in New York.
January 24: Arohn Kee rapes and murders 13-year-old Paola Illera in
East Harlem while she is on her way home from school. Her body is later found near the
FDR Drive. Over the next eight years, Kee murders two more women before being arrest in February 1999. He is sentenced to three life terms in prison in January 2001.
July 23: The body of a four-year-old girl is found in a cooler on the
Henry Hudson Parkway in
Inwood, Manhattan. The identity of the child, dubbed "
Baby Hope", was unknown until October 2013, when 52-year-old Conrado Juarez is arrested after confessing to killing the girl, his cousin Anjelica Castillo, and dumping her body.
December 28: Nine people were crushed to death trying to enter the
Nat Holman gymnasium at
CCNY. The crowd was trying to gain entry to a celebrity basketball game featuring hip-hop and rap performers including
Heavy D and
December 10–13: A
noreaster strikes the US Mid-Atlantic coast. The storm surge causes extensive flooding along the city shoreline.
December 17: Patrick Daly, Principal of P.S. 15 in
Red Hook, Brooklyn is killed in the crossfire of a drug-related shooting while looking for a pupil who had left his school. The school was later renamed the Patrick Daly school after the beloved principal.
Sister city relationships established with
Budapest, Hungary, and
February 26: A bomb planted by terrorists explodes in the
World Trade Center's underground garage, killing six people and injuring over a thousand, as well as causing much damage to the basement. See:
World Trade Center bombing
August 31: William Tager shoots and kills Campbell Theron Montgomery, a technician employed by
NBC, outside of the stage of the Today show. Tager is also identified as one of possibly two men who assaulted
CBS News anchor
Dan Rather on
Park Avenue in 1986.
December 15: Disgruntled computer analyst Edward J. Leary firebombs a
3 train with homemade explosives at
145th Street, injuring two teenagers. Six days later, he firebombs a crowded
4 train at
Fulton Street, injuring over 40. Leary is sentenced to 94 years in prison for both attacks.
June 5: In a collision on the Williamsburg Bridge, a Manhattan-bound J train crashed into a stopped Manhattan-bound M train after passing a red light at high speed, killing one and injuring 50.
December 8: A long racial dispute in
Harlem over the eviction of an African-American record store-owner by a Jewish proprietor ends in murder and arson. 51-year-old Roland Smith, Jr., angry over the proposed eviction, set fire to
Freddie's Fashion Mart on
125th Street and opened fire on the store's employees, killing 7 and wounding four. Smith also perished in the blaze.
Second Avenue Deli owner Abe Lebewohl is shot and killed during a robbery. The murder of this popular deli owner and
East Village fixture remains unsolved as of 2013.
June 4: 22-year-old drifter John Royster brutally beats a 32-year-old female piano teacher in
Central Park, the first in a series of attacks over a period of eight days. Royster would go on to brutally beat another woman in
Manhattan, rape a woman in
Yonkers and beat a woman, Evelyn Alvarez, to death on
Park Avenue on the
Upper East Side of Manhattan. In 1998, Royster was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
November 7: A Manhattan couple, Camden Sylvia, 36, and Michael Sullivan, 54, disappear from their loft at 76 Pearl Street in Manhattan after arguing with their landlord over a lack of heat in their apartment. The landlord, Robert Rodriguez, pleaded guilty to tax evasion, larceny and credit card fraud following the missing persons investigation. The couple is presumed dead.
Acela Express train begins operating between Washington, D.C. and Boston, stopping at New York Penn Station.
Population: 8,008,288. First time population officially reaches this mark, and marks reversal of suburban flight of the 1970s and 1980s with an increase of nearly one million residents over two decades. Over 1.2 million foreign-born residents arrive in New York between 1990 and 2000.
May 10: Actress Jennifer Stahl is killed with two other people in an armed robbery in her apartment above the
Carnegie Deli in Manhattan. The victims were bound and shot
point-blank in the head.
June 25: Baseball returns to Brooklyn for the first time since the 1957 departure of the Dodgers with the first game of the
Brooklyn Cyclones in Coney Island.
September 11: The two
World Trade Center twin towers and several surrounding buildings are destroyed by two jetliners in part of a coordinated
terrorist attack by radical terrorists ("9/11"), killing 2,606 people who were in the towers and on the ground.
January: New York City is put in a "Drought Warning" after a warm and dry winter. That is upgraded to a "Drought Emergency" in March until the Fall.
March 11: The
Tribute in Light memorial is unveiled and lit up every day for the next month. It has since been lit up every September 11.
The Tribeca Film Festival was founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff.
January 24: Four teenage boys drown in the
Long Island Sound near
City Island when their overloaded dinghy sinks. A communication misunderstanding between them and the 911 dispatcher contributed to their deaths
March 10: Police officers James Nemorin and Rodney Andrews are killed during an undercover drug sting in Staten Island. Their killer was originally sentenced to death, but this was changed to life in prison after the death penalty was ruled unconstitutional in the state. 
May 16: 57-year-old Alberta Spruill died of heart failure due to the use of stun grenades when police raided her Harlem apartment looking for drugs after a tip from an unreliable informant
Peter Braunstein sexually assaults a co-worker while posing as a fireman, later leading officials on a multi-state manhunt. Braunstein was later sentenced to life and will be eligible for parole in 2023.
November: After over 190 years in Manhattan the Fulton Fish Market moves to Hunts Point in the Bronx.
January 11: 7-year-old
Nixzmary Brown dies after being beaten by her stepfather, Cesar Rodriguez, in their
Brooklyn apartment. Rodriguez was convicted of first-degree
manslaughter in March 2008.
February 25: Criminology graduate student
Imette St. Guillen is brutally tortured, raped, and killed in New York City after being abducted outside the Falls bar in the SoHo section of Manhattan. Bouncer Darryl Littlejohn is convicted of the crime and sentenced to life imprisonment.
Jennifer Moore, an 18-year-old student from New Jersey is abducted and killed after a night of drinking at a
Chelsea bar. Her body is found outside a
Weehawken motel. 35-year-old Draymond Coleman was convicted of the crime and sentenced to 50 years in 2010.
January 2: film student Cameron Hollopeter suffered a seizure in the station and fell off the platform onto the tracks at the
137th Street-City College station.
Wesley Autrey saved his life as a train was approaching. Autrey was given numerous awards and prizes, and his two daughters were given a scholarship.
March 14: 32-year-old David Garvin goes on a shooting rampage in
Greenwich Village, killing a pizzeria employee and two auxiliary police officers before NYPD officers fatally shoot him.
July 9: Police officer Russel Timoshenko is shot on duty after pulling over a stolen vehicle in
Crown Heights, Brooklyn and dies five days later.
October 3: City Council votes to relax mayoral term limits to allow Michael Bloomberg to run and serve for a third term.
December 2: 25-year-old aspiring dancer Laura Garza disappears after leaving a Manhattan nightclub with a sex offender named Michael Mele. Her remains are found in
Olyphant, Pennsylvania in April 2010. On the first day of his trial in January 2012, Mele admits to killing Garza and pleads guilty to first-degree manslaughter.
Nets play their first game in the
Barclays Center, bringing professional sports back to Brooklyn for the first time since the departure of the Dodgers in 1957.
Hurricane Sandy brings flooding and high winds that result in several deaths and widespread power outages. The
New York Stock Exchange, public schools, and all mass transit service were closed as a result. At least 43 deaths have been directly attributed to the storm in New York City alone.
March 9: 16-year-old
Kimani Gray dies after being shot by undercover New York police officers in Brooklyn.
September 21: First NHL game ever played in Brooklyn with relocation from Long Island of the
New York Islanders. The move ultimately does not go well and the team in 2018 announced its intention to move out of Brooklyn back to Long Island.
2016 Manhattan explosion. A bomb explodes in
Chelsea, Manhattan, wounding 29 people. A second device—reportedly a pressure cooker attached to wiring and a mobile phone—was found four blocks from the site of the explosion and was removed safely. A suspect, Ahmad Khan Rahami, is apprehended two days later.
May 8: The
Trump Death Clock website unveiled a companion billboard in Times Square. The Trump Death Clock is based on the claim that had measures been implemented one week earlier, 60% of American COVID-19 deaths would have been avoided.
Registered Nurse Sandra Lindsay, received her second and final dosage of a EUA approved COVID-19 vaccine. With the second dosage, she is expected to have a 95% immunity to COVID-19.
November 10: Concrete jungle is also becoming for scaffolding that surrounds that concrete. It's a beautiful landmark school that was built 80 years ago, which is covered in scaffolding, boards and netting.
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