OL’ DIRTY BASTARD
On November 15, 1968: Rapper and founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan, Ol’ Dirty Bastard (or ODB) was born Russell Tyrone Jones in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. ODB’s career was launched with his first two hit songs, “Brooklyn Zoo” and “Shimmy Shimmy Ya.” After the debut album went platinum, he and his Wu-Tang Clan have become a fixture in rap’s history. ODB passed away in 2004.
NYC’S FIRST KOSHER BUTCHER
On November 15, 1660: Asser Levy, one of the first Jewish settlers of New Amsterdam, became the first kosher butcher licensed in what later became New York City. His slaughterhouse was located on modern day Wall Street. Today, kosher butchers have become a fixture of New York City gastronomy.
QUEENS TO MIDTOWN AND BACK
On November 15, 1940: The Queens-Midtown Tunnel, designed by Ole Singstad, opened to traffic. The tunnel was featured in the 1997 film Men in Black, when Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith drove their cars upside down on the ceiling of the tunnel.