New Yorkers of the Past
Ida Primoff, dubbed "the little girl from Hester Street" by the New York Times, wrote the lyrics to The Song of New York commemorating the birth of the City of New York in the late 1800's. Frank Damrosch wrote the music and had the song copywrited and assigned to G. Schirmer, the music publisher. The song was celebrated by The City History Club of New York and was sung in elementary schools in New York after The Star-Spangled Banner. An article in an early newspaper, on the occasion of
by Jody R. LaGreca
My Grandfather Samuel Finkelman was noteworthy in his day as a semi-pro boxer and champion swimmer. He was featured in articles in many newspapers including The New York Times. He possessed superhuman strength and succeeded in accomplishing outstanding feats in dangerous waters. On July 15, 1912 Sam Finkelman swam from East Forty-Second Street to Coney Island, Steeplechase Park in six-and-a-half-hours, covering a distance of nineteen-and-a-half miles using the seal stroke. ...