Miracle on 34th St – Spot!

NYU Langone Hospital has a children’s hospital at 34th Street, the Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital. The newest children’s hospital in NYC provides inpatient and outpatient care for children who have rare and complex conditions, as well as more common childhood illnesses. The hospital has installed a large sculpture near the front door that adds a bit of fun to what can be an upsetting and frightening experience: Spot!. A 38 foot tall sculpture of a dalmatian balancing a taxi on her nose. And yep, it is a real NYC taxi. The scuplture is by Donald Lipski, a NY artist living in… Read More

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Miracle on 34th St – NYU Langone Hospital

New York University is one of the oldest colleges in New York City. The university opened in 1931, established by a group of prominent New Yorkers interested in establishing a non-denominational college for “the mercantile class”. The first classes offered were in architecture, civil engineering, astronomy, chemistry, sculpture, painting, English and modern languages, as well as classical Greek and Latin. The medical school opened in 1841. The school now offers medical degrees and continuing education courses for those in the medical profession. The school has about 700 students and another 1,100 residents and fellows. Most of them spend their time… Read More

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Miracle on 34th St – FDR Drive

The eastside of Manhattan has a raised highway running along the waterfront. It starts in the Financial District and goes North until it meets Harlem River Drive. The highways official name is the Franklin D. Roosevelt East River Drive, but NYers refer to it as The FDR. The presidents name was added after his death in 1954 to commemorate a hometown man. The road is a 9.44-mile (15.19 km) limited-access parkway, which means trucks are not allowed on it. Most underpasses and entrances are not high enough for trucks, but every week some truck tries to get on and is… Read More

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NYC By The Movies – Miracle on 34th Street

When I was young (and not so young), I watched Miracle on 34th Street every year. If it was on TV, I was there. The old black and white film takes place between Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day in New York City. The story centers around a department store Santa Claus who claims to be the real Santa. It looks at the people surrounding the case and the changes that happen in their lives from knowing him. The film has become a holiday classic, it won 3 Oscars, is in the Film registry at the Library of Congress, and part of the Academy Film Archive.… Read More

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