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By On This Day in NYC's History


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.

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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.


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.

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