NYC’S SECRET GARDEN
On December 17, 1831: Samuel Ruggles established the private Gramercy Park, maintained at the expense of the neighborhood in exchange for exclusive keys. The land he purchased for the park was previously a farm.
On December 17, 1904: Artist Paul Cadmus, best known for his paintings and drawings of nude male figures, was born in New York City. His works combined eroticism and social commentary, often creating controversy.
VOLUNTEER FIREMEN’S PICNIC
On December 17, 1960: Take Me Along!, a musical based on the Eugene O’Neill play Ah, Wilderness, closed on Broadway at the Shubert Theater after 448 performances.