#travelwithgdp Fact: Times Square functions as a town square, but is not geometrically a square; it is closer in shape to a bowtie, with two triangles emanating roughly north and south from 45th Street, where Seventh Avenue intersects Broadway. Broadway runs diagonally, crossing through the horizontal and vertical street grid of Manhattan laid down by the […]
#travelwithgdp Fact: The colonial Dutch Director-General of New Netherland, Peter Stuyvesant, ordered construction of the first wharf on the Manhattan bank of the lower East River sheltered from winds and ice, which was completed late in 1648 and called Schreyers Hook Dock (near what is now Pearl and Broad Streets). This prepared New York as a […]
#travelwithgdp Fact: The September 11 Museum was dedicated on May 15, 2014, and opened to the public on May 21. Its collection includes more than 40,000 images, 14,000 artifacts, more than 3,500 oral recordings, and over 500 hours of video.
#travelwithgdp Fact: Brightly adorned with billboards and advertisements, Times Square is sometimes referred to as “The Crossroads of the World”, “The Center of the Universe”, “the heart of The Great White Way”, and “the heart of the world”. One of the world’s busiest pedestrian areas, it is also the hub of the Broadway Theater District and […]
#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.