JONES BEACH OPENS TO THE PUBLIC
On August 4th, 1929: Jones Beach State Park opened to the public. Spearheaded by the bull-headed Robert Moses, the State Park turned a swampy, low-lying island into a paradise of beaches, boardwalk, and babes. Free from exclusive beach clubs (but not from five dollar hot dogs), the beach was (and is) open to the general public and far away from the hustle and bustle of New York City streets. Plus, The Nikon Theater at Jones Beach frequently hosts famous musicians like Aerosmith and Maroon 5.
YANKEES GET A TASTE OF STRAWBERRY
On August 4th, 1995: Right fielder Darryl Strawberry played his first game for the New York Yankees. Though a feared and talented player on the diamond, Strawberry was embroiled in embarrassing scandals and accusations off of it. The Yankees signing of Strawberry was a bold move considering he was just coming off a suspension for cocaine use. Strawberry did not disappoint, playing steadily if not brilliantly for the team until he retired in 1999.
BORN ON THIS DAY: IRVING FIELDS
On August 4th, 1915: Pianist and lounge musician Irving Fields was born. After a childhood spent in the Lower East Side, Fields began developing his trademark Latin-Fusion style when he landed a job on a cruise ship that brought him to Latin American ports like Havana and San Juan. His distinctive style has been recorded on albums such as Bagels and Bongos, More Bagels and Bongos, Pizza and Bongos, and, of course, Champagne and Bongos. Despite his advanced age, Fields is still a regular on the lounge circuit in NYC.
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