June 22: Billy Wilder

Filmmaker Billy (Samuel) Wilder, whose Some Like It Hot (1959) was named the all-time greatest American comedy film by the American Film Institute in 2000, was born in Austria-Hungary on this date in 1906. Wilder fled Nazi Germany for Paris and then Hollywood, where he established himself as a film director with Double Indemnity, which […]

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Susan Reimer-Torn: Upper West Side #4

Shattered Glass by Susan Reimer-Torn On May 16th, 1902, a brick came flying through the window of Lustgarten’s kosher butcher shop on the Lower East Side. An irate Jewish housewife who lived down the teeming street sent those glass shards flying. She was one of thousands of women protesting the soaring cost of kosher meat. […]

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