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5 Fun Facts About May 24 In New York History

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1. In 1626, Dutch colonist Peter Minuit arrived in Manhattan and purchased the island from the Lenape Native Americans for 60 guilders (about $24).

2. In 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge, one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States, was opened to the public. It connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn and took 14 years to complete.

3. In 1939, the World's Fair opened in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens. The fair, which was themed "The World of Tomorrow," attracted over 44 million visitors during its two-year run.

4. In 1968, the musical "Hair" premiered on Broadway at the Biltmore Theater. The production, which was controversial for its nudity, drug use, and anti-war themes, became a cultural phenomenon and ran for over 1,700 performances.

5. In 1993, the Empire State Building was designated a National Historic Landmark. The iconic skyscraper, which stands at 1,454 feet tall, was completed in 1931 and was the tallest building in the world until 1971.
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