Media

1990

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  • The Voice’s phone response system for personal ads now features 900 numbers, allowing people to place ads for free, and callers using the service are billed by their phone company.
  • Neil Young’s Ragged Glory was named best album and Deee-Lite’s “Groove is in the Heart” was named best single in the Pazz & Jop Music Critic’s poll.
  • An arson fire at the Happyland Social Club, an unlicensed club in the East Tremont section of the Bronx, kills 87 people. Most of the victims are ethnic Hondurans celebrating Carnival.
  • Alec Baldwin wins the Obie Award for best performance for his role in Prelude to a Kiss.
  • Wayne Barrett wins the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism alumni achievement award for his reporting.
  • New York graces the cover of Time Magazine in a feature story titled “New York: The Rotting Apple.” The city, recovering from the real estate crash at the end of the 1980s, faces crumbling bridges, tunnels and roads, jobs heading south, and Fortune 500 companies moving to suburbia.
  • The famous New York police and courtroom series, Law & Order, premiers on NBC. It becomes the longest-running primetime drama currently on American television.
  • The Ellis Island Immigration Museum opens.
  • Rabbi Meier Kahane, founder of the Jewish Defense League, is assassinated in a Manhattan hotel by El Sayyid Nosair, a member of an Arab terrorist cell. Nosair is acquitted of Kahane’s murder because no one sees him pull the trigger, but later receives a life sentence for his connection to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
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