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NYC’S SECRET GARDEN

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.

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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. His works combined eroticism and social commentary, often creating controversy.

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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.

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