By On This Day in NYC's History

FAY WRAY’S ON THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING

On March 2, 1933: King Kong premiered at Radio City Music Hall and the RKO Roxy Theater in New York City. The film, groundbreaking at the time, has been remade twice, once in 1976 and again in 2005. You can check out clips from the classic below.


MARTHA WASHINGTON HOTEL OPENED

On March 2, 1903: The Martha Washington Hotel, located at 30 East 30th Street between Madison and Park, opened as the very first hotel exclusively for women.  The building was named a historical landmark by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in June 2012.

489px Hotel Thirty Thirty street level facade On This Day in NYCs History: King Kong Climbed the Empire State Building
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BORN ON THIS DAY: LOU REED

On March 2, 1942: Rock legend and leader of the Velvet Underground, Lou Reed was born at Beth El Hospital (now Brookdale) in Brooklyn. Reed passed away in October 2013 from liver disease at his home in Southampton, New York, at the age of 71.

 

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