By On This Day in NYC's History

A POLITICAL SCANDAL IN THE MAYOR’S OFFICE

On September 1, 1932: Greenwich Village native James J. “Beau James”  Walker resigned from his post as Mayor of New York City amid a corruption scandal. He promptly fled to Europe with showgirl and future-wife Betty Compton to avoid criminal prosecution.

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THAT’LL COST YOU TWO QUARTERS

On September 1, 1975: The NYC transit fare increased from 35 cents to 50 cents. Quite the hike back then but we wouldn’t mind coughing up only two quarters to ride to subway today. Sure, it would be fair to consider inflation and the like… but, a New Yorker can dream, right?

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BORN ON THIS DAY: DON BLACKMAN

On September 1, 1953: Jazz-funk pianist, singer, and songwriter Don Blackman was born in Jamaica, Queens. Blackman, who passed away from cancer in April 2013, worked as a session musician, recorded two solo albums, and wrote and scored music for TV, commercials, and movies.

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