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By On This Day in NYC's History

BROOKE SHIELDS

On May 31st, 1965: Actress Brooke Shields was born in NYC. Shields was a child model, but became a star when she appeared in the controversial film Pretty Baby, where she played a child prostitute. She went on to appear in such films as Blue Lagoon and Endless Love. She also starred in TV shows, including Suddenly SusanNip/Tuck, and The 70’s  Show.

 

THE WALDORF ASTORIA’S BEGINNINGS

On May 31, 1837: The Astor Hotel opened in New York City, and would later become known as the Waldorf Astoria New York Hotel, located on Park Avenue in Manhattan. Interestingly enough, the Waldorf Astoria served as Paris Hilton’s childhood home.

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I WAS IN THE 212

On May 31, 1991: Azealia Banks was born in Harlem. Writing rap and R&B as a creative outlet, she released the hit song “212” in 2011. However, she wrote the New York-centric song in Montreal, and likewise filmed the music video there. She has since released numerous mixtapes online.

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