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By On This Day in NYC's History

NEW AMSTERDAM

On February 2, 1653: New Amsterdam, now known as New York City, was incorporated as a city. The first mayors, Arent van Hattem and Martin Cregier, were appointed the same year.

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GRANDER CENTRAL TERMINAL

On February 2, 1913: After almost ten years of renovation, the new Grand Central Terminal opened to the public at midnight. More than 150,000 people from all over the city visited the terminal on its opening day.

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ZIEGFELD THEATER

On February 2, 1927: The Ziegfeld Theater opened at 6th Avenue and 54th Street in Manhattan. The theater was named in honor of the original Broadway theater and opened with musical, Rio Rita. In 1933, due to the Great Depression, the theater became Loew’s Ziegfeld and operated as a movie theater until it was purchased by Billy Rose in 1944.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

On February 2, 1876: The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs, now known as the National League, was formed in New York City. It was established with eight charter members with teams in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Hartford, Louisville, New York, Philadelphia, and St. Louis.

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