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By On This Day in NYC's History


On March 2, 1903: The Martha Washington Hotel opened on East 30 Street. It was designed by Robert W. Gibson, and was exclusively for women, both transient guests and permanent residents. In 2012, it was designated as a historical landmark by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Martha Washington Hotel

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On March 2, 1933:  The film King Kong premiered at Radio City Music Hall and the RKO Roxy. Crowds were lined up around the block on opening day and tickets were priced at 35 cents to 75 cents. Over a four-day period, the film grossed $89,931.

King Kong Movie 1933

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On March 2, 1976: The Broadway musical Bubbling Brown Sugar opened at ANTA Theater for 766 performances. This musical was based on a concept by Rosetta LeNoire and featured music from numerous African-American artists including Duke Ellington, Eubie Blake, and Count Basie. It was nominated for a Tony Award for the Best Musical and the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical.

Helen Gelzer Bubbling Brown Sugar London

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