Today In New York City History

March 20, 2014

This week in 1831, a man known as Edward Smith broke into the City Bank of Wall Street at night and made off with a large sum.

A hefty $245,000 – worth several millions today.

Since then, all manner of thieves have called upon the city’s financial institutions – including a nine year old boy, and the Vietnam veteran in “Dog Day Afternoon.”

But Mr. Smith, whose real name is believed to be James Honeyman, retains his title.

He is remembered as the New York City’s first bank robber!