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By On This Day in NYC's History

WE’RE IN THE MONEY

On August 25, 1980: The original Broadway production of 42nd Street opened at the Winter Garden Theatre. The musical chronicled the attempts of a director to mount a musical extravaganza at the height of the Great Depression. The production, which was inspired by a novel and 1933 movie of the same name, ran for 3,486 performances, making it the 13th longest running show in Broadway history.

COME ON IRENE

On August 25, 2011: The five boroughs braced themselves for Hurricane Irene as the City announced it’s plans to suspend subways, buses, and commuter trains. Though Irene certainly did a number on the city (particularly in lower Manhattan), she would be eclipsed a year later by Superstorm Sandy, which did far more long-lasting damage. Check out some news footage below:

BORN ON THIS DAY: SHOCK G

On August 25, 1963: Gregory E. Jacobs, known by his stage name Shock G and as his alter-ego Humpty Hump, was born in Brooklyn. Shock G is the lead vocalist of hip hip group Digital Underground as well as an accomplished pianist, artist, and music producer. Do the Humpty Hump for this native’s birthday.

Featured image courtesy of The Guardian

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