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Happy 350th birthday, New York City! It was three and a half centuries ago today that a bunch of redcoats docked in Brooklyn's Gravesend Bay, which led to a two-week "battle" of sorts that resulted in New Amsterdam becoming New York, subject to British rule and free of the Dutch. What, no party? "The reasons behind New Yorkers' nearly unanimous indifference are, well, historical, chief among them an ambivalence toward the British and a dispassion for the past." Shucks. We wanted to see 350 candles on one cake. [NYT]