All Around the Town: Amazing Manhattan Facts and Curiosities by Patrick Bunyan

By Patrick Bunyan

The place in big apple did George Washington sleep? the place used to be Teddy Roosevelt born? the place did James Monroe die? the place is the birthplace of the Twist? the place was once Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff 's multi-million-dollar penthouse? the place is the positioning of the country's first site visitors fatality? those tidbits are one of the extra than2,000 attention-grabbing entries in everywhere in the city: striking long island proof and Curiosities, the definitive consultant to ancient ny. everywhere in the city brings the city's historical past to lifestyles, highway by means of highway, development through construction, in all its range. The entries, geared up in an easy-to-use structure via road tackle, have been culled from a couple of sources-histories, biographies, newspapers, guidebooks, and maps. they vary from fun anecdotes to accepted and not-so wide-spread historic occasions, from the Dutch New Amsterdam interval to the current day. it's a actually precise guidebook for its old point of view and should pride these trying to find a glimpse of latest York urban past Madison road and Broadway. the second one variation has been revised and up-to-date for a brand new millennium, reflecting a continuously altering urban, and is supplemented with extra anecdotes and greater than 100 new photos and illustrations. it's even more straightforward to exploit, with cross-street info, a extra transportable trim measurement, and three hundred new and up to date locations of curiosity.

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98, subway tunnel powered with with a profit the first week of$334. The store remained at this location 1841. until a huge helix fan. (Author‘s Devlin Q Company C2othing“The basement of a later corner building was the collection) hidden entrance to a subterranean chamber furnished with a grand piano, fountain, and goldfish tank. This sumptuous room served as the waiting room andticket officefor New York‘s earliest subway. The project, completed after fifty-eight nights of tunneling, was built secretlyto avoid the city corruption and graft kickbacks of the Tammanypolitical bosses.

This fledgling enterprise, which sold tea directly from ships arriving from Asia to their New York City c ~ s t o ~ e rwould s , grow to be one of the largest companies on earth, the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company, commonly known as A 8r P. This address was once the home of John Wesley Jarvis, an i ~ p o r t a nearly t American portrait painter. His friend, the writer Thomas Paine, lived with him here for six months in 1806. ere was the first permanent home of King’s College, which was renamed Columbia College after the RevolutionaryWar.

I he current co-operative apartment house was once the twenty-ninth-~oor headquarters of the Sinclair Consolidated Oil Company run by Harry Sinclair. S. Secretary of the Interior Albert B. Fall secretly transferred government oil lands here to Sinclair’s company. The deals, exposed by the end of the decade, became known as the “Teapot Dome” Scandal and resulted in prison terms for both Sinclair and Fall. Roosevelt had a first-floor office here in the mid- 1920s. He was then vice president and New York representative of the Fidelity and Deposit Insurance Company of Maryland.

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