It’s International Women’s Day today, and we love the women of New York. All of them. But today we’d like to remember a few of New York’s finest that, while no longer with us, impacted our lives in wonderful ways.
Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) was born in New York City in 1884. FDR’s wife distinguished herself in her own right; she was a champion of social reform and racial equality. Mrs. Roosevelt is honored with a playground in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn and a monument in Riverside Park.
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (1929-1994) Her efforts to save and renovate Grand Central Station resulted in a plaque inside the terminal acknowledging her role in its preservation. The reservoir in Central Park was renamed the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir in 1994 in recognition of her contributions to the city.
Diane Arbus (1923-1971) Arbus believed that a camera could be “a little bit cold, a little bit harsh” but its scrutiny revealed the truth; the difference between what people wanted others to see and what they really did see – the flaws. With this philosophy, she visited seedy hotels, public parks, even a morgue to document the people of New York.
Nora Ephron (1941-2012) Nora, Nora, Nora. What can we say? New York was the backdrop for some of her most memorable movie moments. Remember the Empire State Building at the end of Sleepless in Seattle? You’ve Got Mail highlighted the best of the Upper West Side: Zabar’s, Barney Greengrass and Gray’s Papaya. The faked orgasm scene at Katz’s deli in When Harry Met Sally is now a movie classic. Let’s face it–Nora was as New York as a bagel with a schmear.
We hope everyone celebrates all of the incredible women in their lives today!