The Turner Opera House opened on January 1, 1866 and the building survived a flood and two fires before being rechristened the Victory Theatre in 1919. Community support saved it from the wrecking ball in 1967. It was purchased by the Victory Theatre Association in 1976 and underwent renovations in 1978 and 1988, gaining it's current name upon reopening in 1989.
There are roughly three New Yorks. There is, first, the New York of the man or woman who was born there, who takes the city for granted and accepts its size, its turbulence as natural and inevitable. Second, there is the New York of the commuter — the city that is devoured by locusts each day and spat out each night. Third, there is New York of the person who was born somewhere else and came to New York in quest of something... Commuters give the city its tidal restlessness, natives give it solidity and continuity, but the settlers give it passion. (E.B. White)