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5 Fun Facts About August 23 In New York History

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1. In 1775, American troops under General George Washington defeated the British in the Battle of Brooklyn, marking the first major battle of the Revolutionary War fought after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

2. The iconic New York Times building, designed by architect Renzo Piano, opened its doors on August 23, 2007. The building features a unique exterior made of ceramic rods that can adjust to changes in temperature and light conditions.

3. On August 23, 1912, the Lincoln Highway Association completed its ambitious project of building a transcontinental road that spanned over 3,000 miles from New York City to San Francisco. The highway was instrumental in shaping modern American transportation and commerce.

4. The Metropolitan Museum of Art was officially established on August 23, 1870. The museum, which is now one of the largest and most visited art museums in the world, showcases over two million works of art from ancient to contemporary times.

5. On August 23, 1971, the first New York City Marathon was held. The race, which had just over 100 runners, started in Central Park and ended in Battery Park City. Today, the NYC Marathon is one of the largest and most prestigious marathons in the world, with over 50,000 participants from around the globe.
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