#travelwithgdp Fact: Tower Optical Company, Inc. is a small, Norwalk, Connecticut-based company which has manufactured the large, silver-colored devices that are used in the Empire State Building.
#travelwithgdp Fact: The One World Center’s architect is David Childs, whose firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) also designed the Burj Khalifa and the Willis Tower.
#travelwithgdp Fact: A 20-minute show can generate $100 to $300, dancers say. But the take is divided equally among up to a dozen performers. At the end of a typical day, after an average of six to eight shows, a dancer might leave with $100 in his pocket.
#travelwithgdp Fact: Cornelius Vanderbilt, an entrepreneur from Stapleton, Staten Island, who would become one of the world’s richest people, started a ferry service from Staten Island to Manhattan in 1810. Although Cornelius was only 16 years old at the time, he had sailed extensively enough in his father’s periauger that he could easily navigate the New […]
#travelwithgdp Fact: Bryant Park is located entirely over an underground structure that houses the New York Library’s stacks, which were built in the 1980s when the park was closed to the public and excavated; the new library facilities were built below ground level while the park was restored above it.
#travelwithgdp Fact: With nearly 53 million items and 92 locations, the New York Public Library is the second largest public library in the United States and the third largest in the world.
#travelwithgdp Fact: There are seven rays on her crown, one for each of the seven continents, each measuring up to 9 feet in length and weighing as much as 150 pounds.
#travelwithgdp Fact: New York City got its most famous nickname from a local newspaper’s horse racing column in the 1920s. Prior to the city’s adoption of the nickname, the phrase “Big Apple” was used to describe a big money prize at important horse races held around the city.