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By On This Day in NYC's History


On November 7, 1989: David Dinkins became the first African-American mayor of New York City. Dinkins was known for overseeing a dramatic drop in crime rates in the City’s “gorgeous mosaic,” more so than any other time in its history. Dinkins also oversaw the cleanup and revitalization of Times Square.

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On November 7, 1929: The Museum of Modern Art opened to the public in the Heckscher Building at 730 Fifth Avenue, at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street. MoMA was the first museum in Manhattan to exhibit European modernism and has since become one of the most influential institutions in the field.


On November 7, 1942: Musician Johnny Rivers was born in New York City. A true American rock & roll singer, Rivers remains best known for his singles “Memphis,” “Mountain of Love,” “Poor Side of Town,” and “The Seventh Son.”

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