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By On This Day in NYC's History

WONDERFUL TOWN CLOSES

On July 3rd, 1954: Wonderful Town closed on Broadway after 559 performance. With lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and music by Leonard Bernstein, the musical chronicles the lives of new-in-town sisters as they try to make lives for themselves while dealing with the eccentricities of their neighbors on Christopher street. Wonderful Town won five Tony awards, including Best Musical, and inspired a 2003 Broadway revival.

SAVINGS BANK OPENS

On July 3rd, 1819: The first savings bank in New York City opened its doors. The idea of a savings bank had been borrowed from Europe in hopes that the lower classes would learn how to save rather than spend their money. NYC could have probably chosen a better time to establish a savings bank considering its establishment came at the same time as the Panic of 1819, the first major financial crisis in the peacetime United States.

Image Courtesy of History Lecture

Image Courtesy of History Lecture

DARRYL STRAWBERRY THREATENS TEAMMATES

On July 3rd, 1987: Baseball player Darryl Strawberry threatened Mets teammates Wally Blackman and Lee Mazzilli. Strawberry became incensed after Blackman and Mazzilli criticized his playing. His hostile behavior was another episode in a long series of controversial incidents that marred his otherwise brilliant career.

Image Courtesy of Sports Illustrated

Image Courtesy of Sports Illustrated

Featured Image Courtesy of Wonderful Town

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