Posts Tagged ‘New York in 1964’

The dinosaurs spotted on the Hudson River

July 29, 2013

Imagine that you happened to be near the Hudson River on a mild October day in 1963, and all of a sudden you notice a barge carrying five giant dinosaur models heading downriver.


It must have been a charming and mysterious sight, so much so that news photographers rushed to snap pictures of the dinos and the crowds they attracted as the barge headed toward the Battery.


What they were doing on the water quickly became clear: these models, created upstate, were on their way to the site of the World’s Fair in Queens.

Later, they were displayed as part of a dinosaur exhibit sponsored by Sinclair, the oil company with a dino for its logo.

SinclairdinolandUnless you count the ones in the Museum of Natural History, dinosaurs have not left any traces in New York City. Their fossils have never been found here.

The next best thing: mastodon remains. Between 1858 and 1925, the tusks, jaw, and teeth of the massive beasts that roamed the city 18,000 years ago have been uncovered in Queens and Manhattan.

[New photo: New York Daily News]

When the Beatles hit the stage at Carnegie Hall

February 18, 2013

BeatlescarnegiehallposterDuring their brief touring years, the Beatles visited New York to play Shea Stadium, Forest Hills Stadium, and the Paramount Theater.

And they also held concerts at Carnegie Hall—the first rock band to do so.

Two shows were staged there on February 12, 1964, days after the group touched down in the U.S. for the first time at newly christened JFK airport and famously appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show.

“The Beatles appeared twice that evening at Carnegie Hall, lounging between shows in an elegantly appointed green room that had provided sanctuary to such icons as Tchaikovsky, Ravel, and Judy Garland,” wrote Bob Spitz in The Beatles: The Biography.

“They were totally relaxed, chain-smoking American cigarettes, not at all intimidated about performing at the most prestigious and legendary concert hall in America, if not the world.”


Beatlemania had gripped New York, and 2,900 fans had shown up. During the first show, at 7:45 pm, they screamed and ran up and down the aisles, leaving the band aloof and frustrated.

“There was no way for them to connect during the impenetrable wall of screaming that went up the moment they took the stage,” states Spitz. “After a meteoric appearance, lasting only 34 minutes, the Beatles dropped their instruments and headed for the wings.”

What the Times Magazine ran one Sunday in 1964

February 9, 2013

The New York Times has published a Sunday magazine since 1896; it was an attempt by new owner Adolph Ochs to set the Times apart from the papers that ran Sunday comic supplements and attract more intelligent readers.


I don’t know what the features were like back in the Gilded Age. But as this table of contents from the October 4, 1964 edition reveals, the articles and sections weren’t all that different from the stories the editors run today: rich kid/helicopter parent problems, national politics, art around the world, a little science and sports thrown into the mix, and of course, a crossword puzzle!