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5 Fun Facts About August 13 In New York History

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1. In 1941, construction began on the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel, also known as the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel. This underwater motor vehicle tunnel connects Brooklyn to Lower Manhattan and was completed in 1950.

2. On August 13, 1942, the first night game was played at Ebbets Field, home of the Brooklyn Dodgers. The Dodgers defeated the Cincinnati Reds 6-1 in front of a crowd of more than 33,000 fans.

3. The New York City blackout of 1977 began on August 13, when lightning struck an electrical substation in Westchester County, causing power failures throughout the city. The blackout lasted for 25 hours and resulted in widespread looting, arson, and other crimes.

4. In 1998, East Harlem native Tito Puente was honored with a street named after him. The section of 110th Street between Lexington and Third Avenues was renamed Tito Puente Way, in honor of the legendary Latin jazz musician and composer.

5. On August 13, 2014, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill into law establishing a $15 minimum wage for fast-food workers in New York City. This was the first city in the United States to establish a minimum wage that was higher than the state's minimum wage.
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