On October 26, 1955, Norman Mailer, Dan Wolf and Ed Fancher begin publishing a weekly newspaper, The Village Voice. The papers are sold for 5 cents per copy; subscriptions for $2 per year. The first issue is 12 pages, and a total of 200 papers are sold.
Julliard-educated trumpeter, bandleader, and composer Miles Davis forms the first incarnation of the renowned Miles Davis Quintet. The band features John Coltrane (tenor sax), Red Garland (piano), Paul Chambers (double bass), and Philly Joe Jones (drums). They release their first album on Columbia Records.
Lincoln Square is designated as a site for urban renewal, a development that later leads to the creation of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
Leftover rains from hurricanes Diane and Connie cause significant flooding in the city, though neither eye crosses directly over the five boroughs. Connie drops more than 12 inches of rain at LaGuardia Airport.