NYC’S SECRET GARDEN (KIND OF)
On December 17, 1831: Samuel Ruggles established the private Gramercy Park, maintained at the expense of the neighborhood in exchange for exclusive keys. The land he purchased for the park was previously a farm.
VOLUNTEER FIREMEN’S PICNIC
On December 17, 1960: Take Me Along!, a musical based on the Eugene O’Neill play Ah, Wilderness, closed on Broadway at the Shubert Theater after 448 performances.
BORN ON THIS DAY: PAUL CADMUS
On December 17, 1904: Artist Paul Cadmus, best known for his paintings and drawings of nude male figures, was born in New York City.
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