Cities: New York City
|born on||1 January 1898 at 00:01 (= 12:01 AM )|
|Place||New York NY, USA, 40n42, 74w00|
|Timezone||EST h5w (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||10°52' 26°40 Asc. 09°37'|
U.S. city, dedicated at a flag raising to the top of the pole over City Hall at 00:00 midnight starting the day.
On the same day at 12:00 Noon, Robert A. Van Wyck was inaugurated as the Mayor. The government of the new city was turned over to him by the outgoing Mayors of the three cities which had become boroughs of the metropolis. No elaborate ceremony marked Mayor Van Wyck's entrance into office at the City Hall: it was a business affair pure and simple.
Sy Scholfield quotes the New York Times on microfilm:
Greater New York Flag-Raising and Birth Ceremony:
1 January 1898, 00:01 (12:01 am) EST, NYC.
REFERENCE: "The New City Ushered In: Big Parade and Brilliant Display at the Birth of Greater New York." NYT, 1 January 1898, pp. 1-2 ("The flag of Greater New York was officially unfurled over the New York City Hall at
midnight by a touch of a button by the major of San Francisco, 3,700 miles away, and the second city of the world came into existence ... as the City Hall clock marked 12, steam whistles sounded, the bands played more vehemently ... and the flag of the new city ... went to the top of the pole over the City Hall ... [thereafter] for fifteen minutes, there was a saturation of light and sound, and then the snow began to come fast...").
INAUGURATION: 1 January 1898, 12:00 (12 noon) EST, NYC. REFERENCE: "Van Wyck at the Helm." NYT, 2 January 1898, p. 1. "Robert A. Van Wyck became the
Mayor of New York at noon yesterday. At that hour the government of the new city was turned over to him by the outgoing Mayors of the three cities which had become boroughs of the metropolis - William L. Strong of Manhattan and the Bronx, Frederick W. Wurster of Brooklyn, and Patrick Gleason of Long Island City. No elaborate ceremony marked Mayor Van Wyck's entrance into office at the City Hall: it was a business affair pure and simple...").