George C. Parker, the conman who fraudulently "sold" the Brooklyn Bridge multiple times, dodged his first prison sentence by grabbing a sheriff's uniform and walking out of the courthouse newspapers.com/image/5990…
Bees indirectly led to the discovery of New York's largest marijuana Farm underneath a Brooklyn cherry factory firstwefeast.com/eat/2015…
The Los Angeles Dodgers got their name due to fans having to dodge Brooklyn's complex network of trolley cars, which killed over 130 people in the first 3 years of operation. With horse drawn trolleys, the horse would stop. The all new electric trolley cars, however, would plow right over you. gizmodo.com/the-la-dodger…
Despite its historical significance, the Brooklyn Dodgers only played in Ebbets Field for 45 years. Coincidentally, the New York Mets played in Shea Stadium for 45 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ebb…
Today I learned about the Tri-Cornered Baseball Game. An exhibition game was played between the Brooklyn Dodger, New York Yankees, and The New York Giants in 1944. Each team would bat and field for six innings, then rest for three innings. The Dodgers won with five runs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
In the anime series Yu-Gi-Oh, the character Joey Wheeler speaks without honorifics, making his way of speaking sound informal/rude. This is conveyed in the English dub by giving him a Brooklyn accent. screenrant.com/yu-gi-oh-j…
In 1884, after a stampede on the Brooklyn Bridge (the longest suspension bridge at that time) due to scared commuters and to boost confidence among New Yorkers, 21 elephants were paraded on the bridge to show the bridge's strength. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bro…
James Cameron was originally hired to write the first Spider-Man film, with Leonardo DiCaprio eyed to star. In his script, Spider-Man accidentally kills a child, calls Electro a "motherfucker", and binds Mary Jane to the Brooklyn Bridge with his webs, before having sex with her. screenrant.com/spider-man…
The origin of the LA (formerly Brooklyn) Dodgers team name was shorted from "Trolley Dodgers", when electric street trolleys first came out they were faster than the previous horse drawn ones and accidents were frequent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los…
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who grew up in Brooklyn, had no hint of an accent when she testified there as a lawyer in 1975. Now that she is a Justice, her accent has returned. time.com/ruth-bader-ginsb…
Queens is the only one of the five boroughs of New York City that uses local neighborhoods (e.g., Flushing) in the mailing address. Mail sent to Brooklyn, Staten Island, New York (Manhattan), and the Bronx uses just the borough name. gothamist.com/news/why-do…
The BMT in Subway's Italian BMT stands for 'Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit' which ran trains like the 7, J, K, L, M, Q and others. They began using the letters for the sub in 1975 despite only having stores in Connecticut and Massachusetts, but none in New York. untappedcities.com/2013/1…
The phrase "I have a bridge to sell you" comes from the exploits of George C. Parker, a comically skilled con man who was infamous for "selling" the Brooklyn Bridge and other scams with great success. theirishmob.com/george-c-…
In Maine's history, 10/24/1871, Louis Sockalexis was born on the Penobscot Reservation. Identified as the first person of Native American ancestry to play MLB, he was signed by the Cleveland Spiders in 1897, 50 years before Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers sabr.org/bioproj/person/l…
Cartoonist Otto Eppers was charged with attempted suicide after surviving a jump off of the Brooklyn Bridge in 1910. A judge dismissed the charge commenting β€œWell, he seems very much alive, doesn't he?” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ott…
You can "TAKE YOUR SECRET TO THE GRAVE" without dying. A hollow tombstone in Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery has a slot for depositing papers bearing secrets. (But at your own risk: the artist who says she'll burn the papers has done "performance art" of reading aloud her own dead mom's diary.) atlasobscura.com/places/t…
Winston Churchill's mother, Lady Randolph Churchill, was born in Brooklyn, New York en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lad…
The creators/directors/writers for Parks and Rec, Bob’s Burgers, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Silicon Valley, Modern Family, The Good Place, American Dad, and Rick and Morty all got their big breaks on King of the Hill vulture.com/2015/02/none-…
Almost twice as many people died in captivity on board British prison ships during the American Revolution than were killed in battle. Remains of the dead would wash ashore for years until a memorial was built to intern the remains of the Prison Ship Martyrs on top of a hill in Brooklyn. whitmans-brooklyn.org/por…
NYC beekeepers noticed their bees making red honey, which led to an investigation that ultimately exposed the city's largest marijuana farm in the basement of a Brooklyn cherry factory thedailybeast.com/how-bee…
Today I learned about Sidney Franklin, a gay Jewish man from Brooklyn who became the first American matador in Spain, befriended and was admired by Hemingway, and was known publicly as β€œEl Yanki” or β€œEl Torero de la TorÑ” wikipedia.org/wiki/Sidney…
Winston Churchill was half American. His mother, Jennie Jerome of Brooklyn, New York, later Lady Randolph Churchill, was a noted beauty of her day winstonchurchill.org/reso…
A Brooklyn mailman neglected to deliver around 40,000 pieces of mail; about 2,500 pounds of US mail were found in the home, locker, & car of mailman Joseph Brucato. When the mail was found, a spokeswoman for USPS said she didn't know when the mail from Brucato's route would be delivered. nydailynews.com/new-york/…
When the Brooklyn Bridge opened in 1883, the public doubted the stability of the bridge. Six days later, a pedestrian fell, causing a woman to scream, which led to a stampede that killed 12. Public concern was only dispelled a year later when P.T. Barnum marched 21 elephants across it. findingdulcinea.com/news/…
Today I learned about bees in Brooklyn who produced red honey which led to an investigation at a nearby marachino cherry factory which led to the discovery of a marijuana farm beneath the factory. The owner committed suicide before getting busted. newyorker.com/magazine/20…
A woman was killed in her car in Brooklyn when a bullet ricocheted off of the ocean nearby and hit her through her open car window. The perpetrator was a man who’d been practicing shooting at a floating beer can on his boat in the middle of the bay. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
The Verrazzano Bridge, connecting New York's Brooklyn and Staten Island,is so long that the curvature of the Earth had to be taken into account in its construction. Its two suspension towers are plumb vertical, but they are 1-5/8-inches (~41mm) further apart at their tops than at the bottom en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ver…
Dwight's brother Mose in The Office was the producer of The Office, as well as the creator of Parks and Rec, The Good Place and Brooklyn Nine-Nine en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
There is a PUBLIC High School in Brooklyn that produced 5 Nobel Prize WINNERS, 3 US Senators, 1 Supreme Court Judge and numerous other scientists, artists and entertainers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
There was once a Mohawk neighborhood in Brooklyn patch.com/new-york/carrol…
When a fire broke out in a Brooklyn theater in 1876 there was only one stairwell accessible by the top floor guests which led to a stampede and jammed the exit. 278 of the 1,000 guests died which led to an overhaul of NYC's fire codes and theater regulations. smartadvocate.com/News/Bl…
In the 1920s, New York Giants players would ride to games in Brooklyn in horse drawn carts. Dodgers fans would wait along the route and pelt the players with beer, coins, and umbrella parts. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Neil Diamond & Barbra Streisand were friends who attended the same high school in Brooklyn where they were both members of the Freshman Chorus and Choral Club en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nei…
In 1996 a stray cat who'd given birth to a litter in an abandoned Brooklyn garage returned to the structure five times after a fire broke out to save her kittens, despite her eyes blistered shut and her paw pads burned from the flames. (Mama and babies all survived.) nydailynews.com/archives/…
Prior to shooting Raging Bull, Robert De Niro trained under Jake LaMotta (whom he played) and actually won 2 of his 3 middleweight fights that he entered in Brooklyn. LaMotta himself felt that De Niro was a natural and was one of the 20 best middleweight boxers of all time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rag…
Today I learned of the first person to jump off the Brooklyn Bridge - a professional high diver who wanted to 'demonstrate that people did not die by simply falling through the air'. He proved himself correct after falling, safely, 135 feet through the air; dying from impact upon hitting the water. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
In addition to the timeless Manhatten, there are four additional classic cocktails named for the remaining four boroughs of New York City. The Brooklyn, the Bronx, the Queens, and the Staten Island Ferry. All but the last date back to the 1930's. wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o…
The legendary pornographic film Debbie Does Dallas was actually filmed at Brooklyn College in NYC en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deb…
Alan Rickman dated the same woman for over 40 years. In 2012 he married her in a secret ceremony, then walked over the Brooklyn Bridge together. They didnt tell anybody until last year. people.com/article/alan-r…
Movies and tv use the same fake beer as a prop. It's called Heisler Beer and it's been used in Parks & Recreation, Workaholics, Roseanne, Star Trek, The Good Place, Brooklyn 99 and more. fictionalcompanies.fandom…
The first person to jump off the Brooklyn Bridge was a professional high diver who "wanted to demonstrate that people did not die by simply falling through the air". He proved himself correct by falling 135 feet safely through the air, only dying when he hit the water. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/R…
Kickstarter's headquarters are housed in the former Eberhard Faber Pencil Factory in Brooklyn, New York businessinsider.com/kicks…
Today I learned about the great blizzard of 1888, which was so powerful it knocked out telegraph lines in the NE US and consequently cut off all communication with Montreal for days. 52 feet snow drifts were recorded in Brooklyn, and more than 400 died nationwide. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
There is a woman in Brooklyn who rents herself out as a mom for $40 an hour. Her services include non-judgmental listening, watching a movie with you, reviewing your resume etc. She will, however, now clean your bathroom or do your laundry. "As any mother says, I'm not your maid," she says. businessinsider.in/Theres…
In 1998, Wu Tang Clan member Ol' Dirty Bastard witnessed a car crash from the window of his Brooklyn recording studio. He and a friend coordinated onlookers and lifted one of the cars to rescue a four year old girl, whom ODB visited in hospital under a fake name. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ol%…
In the United States, there tend to be more friendlier beard regions. Beards are in vogue right now in an urban area like NYC (Brooklyn specifically) or Austin, while beards are more rare in the workplace in more rural areas toolsofmen.com/beard-job-…
Most beers used in movies and television are "fake", with Heisler being one of the most noticeable fakes. The beers seen in shows such as β€œBrooklyn Nine Nine” and β€œParks and Recreation" are, more often than not, O'Doul's NA beer just relabeled and cost production companies $15/beer. draftmag.com/the-most-pop…
The LA Dodgers (previously Brooklyn Dodgers) are named after Brooklyn residents who had to dodge out of the way of trolleys or be run over in the 19th century citylab.com/life/2015/02/…
Joe Shuster the creator of Superman secretly worked on bondage comics to make ends meet. His bondage comics were determined as the driving force behind a gruesome murder done by four Brooklyn teens. cbldf.org/2012/10/the-inc…
In 1968, the New Jersey Americans of the ABA (who eventually became the Brooklyn Nets of the NBA) had to forfeit a home playoff game because a circus had rented the Teaneck Armory, their home court, for that week. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea…

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