On this date in...
1670...The English buy Staten Island from the Algonquin Indians. Lots are laid out, and before long speculators are calling it the richest land in the colonies.
1870...The Metropolitan Museum of Art is founded with three private collections of Dutch and Flemish paintings.
1895...A bucolic tract of land in Queens is set aside as Forest Park. Designed by Frederic Law Olmstead, the landscape architect famous for Central Park, Forest Park today encompasses more than 500 acres.
1940...The New York Rangers win the Stanley Cup, defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs in a six-game series. The victory will stand as the team's last championship until a new generation of Rangers brings the Cup back to New York in 1994.