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New Yorker of the past!
Primoff, dubbed "the little girl from Hester Street" by
the New York Times, wrote the lyrics to The Song of New York
commemorating the birth of the City of New York in the late 1900's.
Frank Damrosch wrote the music and had the song copywrited and assigned
to G. Schirmer, the music publisher. The song was celebrated by
The City History Club of New York and was sung in elementary schools
in New York after The Star-Spangled Banner. An article in an early
newspaper, on the occasion of The Song of New York being
adopted by the city at its formation, mentions Emma Lazarus's description
of Primoff as "the pearl of the ghetto." Read more in
the May 5, 1900 New York Times.