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the first new york pizza

It’s almost inconceivable to think of a New York without pizza–no dollar slices, no hitting up the latest wood/brick/coal-oven joint, no arguing over the city’s best slice. But until September 20, 1944, New Yorkers lived this deprived life. It was on this day that the New York Times first introduced the word “pizza.”

Around this time, American troops were plenty in Italy, and they were enjoying the saucy, cheesy delicacy of their host country. The article, titled “News of Food: Pizza, a Pie Popular in Southern Italy, Is Offered Here for Home Consumption,” describes the new food as “a pie made from a yeast dough and filled [their meaning for “topped”] with any number of different centers, each one containing tomatoes. Cheese, mushrooms, anchovies, capers, onions and so on may be used.”

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Architecture, Events, Policy, real estate trends, Starchitecture, Urban Design

cities for tomorrow

Rapidly growing populations and increasingly scarce resources are two of the biggest challenges that cities face today. But how are policymakers, developers, entrepreneurs and designers responding to these issues? For the third year in a row, the New York Times’ Cities for Tomorrow conference will bring together the world’s top urban-thinkers to discuss what’s being done to enact change that will positively shape our expanding urbanscape. This year’s panels will focus in on analyzing winning urban formulas that have helped cities thrive, including the addition of food halls, advanced transit, public/private partnerships, and new approaches to education.

This July 18-19th, join hosts Times senior editor Charles Duhigg and Big City columnist Ginia Bellafante, and speakers such as Jeanne Gang, Danny Meyer, Edward Glaeser, Allison Arieff for nearly 20 riveting talks and discussions. The conference is invitation only but you can apply to attend by visiting NYTCitiesForTomorrow.com >>

History

sea serpent

There’s a lot of strange stuff floating around the Hudson River, but this just might be the best thing ever spotted in its murky waters. On September 30, 1895, the headline “THINKS HE SAW A SEA SERPENT” made its way into the pages of the New York Times. The article (h/t Gothamist), spoke of a Newark, New Jersey man named Philip N. Jackson who confirmed to reporters that he had indeed seen the same sea monster spotted just a week earlier by a Manhattan resident by the name of Willard P. Shaw. Jackson told the Times that with “his naked eye,” he saw the serpent zipping through the water, at times whipping its 100-foot-long body into the air.

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Design, Products

We’ve found the ultimate gift for the dedicated Times reader in your life—or a fun indulgence for a day you feel like treating yourself with something cool. The New York Times Custom Birthday Book is a beautifully bound hardback that culls every front page printed since the year of your birth, embossed with your name and birthdate for a super fascinating snapshot of world history over the course of your life.

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Architecture, Events, Features, Giveaways, real estate trends, Urban Design

2015 nyt cities for tomorrow

Cities for Tomorrow is back again for its second year, and we’ve teamed up with the New York Times to give one lucky 6sqft reader a free pass (worth $595!) to the event taking place July 20th–21st in Midtown Manhattan. Join leaders in the real estate, architecture and urban planning fields such as New York City’s police commissioner, William Bratton, Bloomberg’s Daniel Doctoroff, SPUR’s Allison Arieff, starchitect Bjarke Ingels, and Related’s Stephen Ross as they discuss the challenges facing the globe’s infrastructure and transportation systems. The goal of the Cities for Tomorrow conference is to provide a forum for industry leaders to spark new ideas, relationships and opportunities as they present their expertise in the arts, design, economic development, new tech businesses, income inequality, education and health in a collaborative environment.

HOW TO ENTER: All you have to do is sign up for our newsletter here. If you’ve already signed up, simply leave a comment below telling us what topic off this year’s agenda interests you the most. The deadline to enter is 11:59PM, Sunday, July 12th, and we will email the winner on Monday, July 13th. Good luck!

Those interested in purchasing a ticket can also do so by requesting an invitation through NYTCitiesForTomorrow.com. Enter the 6sqft code CFTSQ20 for 20 percent off the admission price.

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