Today I learned of the Bohemian Grove: A restricted 2700 acre campground in California that is only available for the world's elite. It is described as a private vacation getaway yet it is famous for hosting the Manhattan Project planning meeting in 1942, that led to the creation of the atomic bomb. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boh…
New York City has a GDP per capita just over $100k. 4 out of the 5 boroughs have a GDP per capita between $30k-42k. This $100k average is skewed by Manhattan, which has a GDP per capita of $386,500. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bor…
The Lenape tribe were the original inhabitants of Manhattan, New York and were forced to leave 300 years ago. Tribes from across the country returned to New York last year for the first Pow Wow in centuries to celebrate their origin. youtu.be/NChFWyOhFUY
There is a string called an "eruv" encircling most American cities, including almost all of Manhattan, strung from pole to pole. The one in Manhattan costs $100k / year to maintain. businessinsider.com/jewis…
Danny DeVito used worked as a hair dresser in his sister's beauty shop for six months when he was just 19. The salon was at a central place in New Jersey and he loved the female attention, though eventually decided he is better off moving to Manhattan and trying to find an acting gig. theguardian.com/film/2012…
In 2005 Manhattan was home to both the lowest-income ($9,320 household income) and the highest-income ($188,697 household income) census tract in the USA. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dem…
The original plot for the TV show Frasier had Kelsey Grammer playing a paralyzed media mogul cared for by a street-smart nurse in a Manhattan penthouse. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
In 1944 Lex Luthor was the first character in a comic book (and one of the first in fiction) to use an atomic bomb. The United States Department of War asked this story line be delayed from publication, which it was until 1946, to protect the secrecy of the Manhattan Project. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lex…
Comedian/Actor Joel McHale took an Uber from Rochester, NY to Manhattan. His flight out was canceled and needed to get to his appearance on Jimmy Fallon, so he spent $700 on a (350 mile, 5-6 hour) Uber ride and paid $200 in tips, as well as paid the driver additional money for his gas back. 13wham.com/news/local/ube…
Thanks to skyrocketing real estate prices, Manhattan gas stations are worth much more than the money the owner can make selling gas. wnyc.org/story/say-goodby…
On May 24, 1626, Peter Minuit purchased the island of Manhattan for the equivalent of $24 worth of beads and trinkets. thereformedbroker.com/201…
With 168,151 people per square km, the Lalbagh Thana neighborhood of Dhaka, Bangladesh, is most densely populated administrative subdivision in the world (~6.2x denser than Manhattan!) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lal…
Manhattan Project nuclear physicist Alvin Weinberg was fired from his job for continually advocating for a safer and less weaponizable nuclear reactor using Thorium, one that has no chance of a meltdown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alv…
In Manhattan by the 1870s, horse manure added up to millions of pounds each day and over a 100,000 tons per year. Horse refuse and the remains of dead horses littered the streets. 99percentinvisible.org/ar…
At 17,207 acres (27 square miles) the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport is larger than Manhattan & is the 2nd largest airport by land area in the US complete with its own ZIP code. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dal…
The B-29 Superfortress project cost $43b (in 2020 dollars), making it the most expensive weapons program durning WWII. The Manhattan project was only $28b. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boe…
In 2018 Arik Matatov, 24, has been making $50,000 demands of dozens of Manhattan businesses that aren’t wheelchair accessible and pocketing the cash, or suing them for $5 million if they don’t cough it up. He when he was caught walking his own without assistance he unfurled a blind walking cane. nypost.com/2018/07/30/law…
Today I learned about the Roosevelt Island Tramway is an aerial tramway in New York City that spans the East River and connects Roosevelt Island to the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The tramway is the first commuter aerial tramway in North America, having opened in 1976. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roo…
Today I learned of Qian Xuesen, a Chinese rocket scientist and mathematician, who worked on the Manhattan Project during WW2 to help America build the world's first atomic bomb. During the Cold War, he was accused of being a communist and fled America to China, where he helped China build its first atomic bomb. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qia…
Brooks Brothers, established April 7th 1818 in Manhattan by Henry Sands Brooks - later inherited by his sons - has dressed almost every US president since the 19th Century. Abraham Lincoln was famously assasinated wearing a Brooks Brothers suit. grailed.com/drycleanonly/…
The Manhattan projects main security was run by Dorothy Mckibbin atomicheritage.org/profil…
Archeologists discovered a sailing ship from the 1600s buried 15 feet beneath Manhattan. youtu.be/SX1xmaKPb9o
It cost $20 million to evict the last four tenants of a Manhattan apartment building to renovate it. The last tenant was so stubborn and savvy that he received $17 million of the money, plus use of a $2 million condo for life. nypost.com/2014/03/02/hot…
Today I learned about Bernie Goetz, a man who shot 4 men who were harassing him on a Manhattan subway but was later found not guilty on all of his charges except for one for carrying an unlicensed firearm. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/198…
Today I learned of the Eruv of Manhattan, a ritual string of almost 33 KMs suspended 4 meters from ground that set a perimeter in which jews can carrie some activities otherwise forbitten outside home on Saturday. jewishcenter.org/manhatta…
Because copper was prioritized for conventional war materials, the Manhattan Project borrowed 14,000 tons of silver from the US Mint for the electromagnets used in the Oak Ridge uranium refining plants. americanscientist.org/art…
Today I learned about Deadline, 1944 sci-fi story about the use of nuclear bomb. It includes topics such as uranium enrichment, methods of isotopic separation and moral questions about the weapon. Author had no knowledge of Manhattan project and came up with the idea from scientific journals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
The HEPA filter was conceived during WWII to guard soldiers and scientists, especially those working on the Manhattan Project, from radioactive particles. cooperhewitt.org/2018/12/…
An alcoholic court stenographer in Manhattan repeatedly typed I hate my job instead of documenting speech during cases independent.co.uk/news/wo…
The streets in Manhattan don't run North-South. They aren't even close. As you head "uptown", you are moving 29 degrees to the East of due-north. nytimes.com/2006/07/02/ny…
On July 9, 1776 after George Washington had his troops gather in Lower Manhattan to hear a reading of the Declaration of Independence, a mob went to Bowling Green and beheaded a statue of George III of Great Britain; the body was sent to Connecticut to be melted down into musket balls. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Manhattan has a small section of land connected to the mainland US. Marble Hill was previously the tip of Manhattan island, but was cut off by a canal in 1895 and eventually joined to the Bronx in 1914 when a creek was filled in. It has, however, remained technically part of Manhattan. atlasobscura.com/places/m…
The actor, Angus Cloud, who portrays the drug dealer Fezco on Euphoria was plucked off of a Manhattan street specifically for the role. He had no prior acting experience, and had moved to the city two years prior on whim after visiting friends and deciding not to return to California gq.com/story/angus-cloud-…
On May 10, 1849, an escalation in the public rivalry between two actors led to a deadly riot at Astor Place Opera House in Manhattan, where National Guard had to intervene, and 25 people were killed and more than 120 were wounded. newyorkhistoryblog.org/20…
The land in Manhattan Beach, CA was formerly sand dunes. During the 1920s and 1930s, some excess sand was sold & shipped to Waikiki, Hawaii, to convert their reef and rock beach into a sandy beach. The sand was also used to build the Los Angeles Coliseum and portions of the Pacific Coast Highway en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
During the Battle of Verdun, the French and German armies each fired more than 100,000 shells a day for more than 300 days over an area of 10 km2 (6 times smaller than Manhattan). In total, about 50 million shells were fired during this battle alone lesfrancaisaverdun-1916.f…
Vancouver, Canada has the least affordable housing in North America, more expensive than Manhattan and San Francisco digg.com/2017/most-unaffo…
In 1977, the Pan Am Building (now the MetLife Building) in Midtown Manhattan offered a helicopter shuttle service to the airport. The helipad and service were discontinued permanently after a helicopter overturned atop the building, slashing four awaiting passengers to death. nydailynews.com/new-york/…
TITANPOINTE, sometimes known by its street address "33 Thomas Street" is a windowless skyscraper in downtown Manhattan. It is also been described as the likely location of the National Security Agency (NSA) mass surveillance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/33_…
During the 18th century, thousands of ships, carriages, and some buildings were scuttled and used to extend the Manhattan shoreline almost double its original size, and was a forgotten project until its rediscovery while debris clearing after 9/11 cityroom.blogs.nytimes.co…
Today I learned about Juan Rodriguez, the first person documented to live in Manhattan Island. He is also considered the first immigrant, the first person of African heritage, the first person of European heritage, the first merchant, the first Latino, and the first Dominican to settle in Manhattan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jua…
There is a beautiful "Manhattan of the Desert" named Shibham in Yemen founded in the third century. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi…
Today I learned of Harry Daghlian, a 24 year-old physicist with the Manhattan Project. He accidentally dropped a brick into the centre of a plutonium core and exposed himself to a lethal dose of radiation, dying 25 days after the accident. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
One Manhattan Zip Code is worth $42billion in home values, even taking mortgage debt into account walletwyse.com/analytics/…
Only 42% of Manhattan residents were born in New York State. In Midtown Manhattan that number drops to 34%. dnainfo.com/new-york/2017…
Americans use the term "downtown" to describe a city's "city center" regardless its geographic location because the term was inherited from New York β€” where businesses occupied the bottom of Manhattan island en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dow…
The codename for Microsoft's DirectX was "Manhattan Project", a reference to the US weapons program that developed the nuclear bomb. The name was an intentional allusion to Microsoft's aim of unseating Japanese video game makers as the dominant force in the market. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dir…
Today I learned of the Manhattanhenge an event during which the setting sun or the rising sun is aligned with the east–west streets of the main street grid of Manhattan, New York City. The term was coined by Neil deGrasse Tyson en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
The longest tunnel in the world is the aqueduct that takes water from upstate New York to Manhattan. It is 13.5 feet wide and 85 miles long. insideedition.com/media/v…
Today I learned of the Nazi Spy in Manhattan who got away in 1935. At Pier 86 in New York City, an Abwehr (German military intelligence) agent with the alias William Lonkowski attempted to pass secrets via a violin case and although found with the documents he was let go because Germany wasn't at war with USA. trove.nla.gov.au/newspape…
Manhattan's population reached an all-time-high in 1910 and is now significantly lower observer.com/2014/09/manh…
Manhattan's 4 last remaining phone booths are free of charge cbsnews.com/news/last-cal…
The September 11 terror attacks on the WTC released a dust cloud of toxic asbestos fibers across Manhattan, with an estimated 410,000 people exposed. It is believed lung cancer and mesothelioma cases in the city will reach a peak in the year 2041 (four decades after 9/11) asbestos.com/world-trade-…
Terry Gilliam's movie version of Watchmen was going to end with Doctor Manhattan going back in time to save himself from becoming Doctor Manhattan. Causing Rorschach, Nite Owl, and Silk Spectre to be transported to an alternate universe where The Watchmen only exist in comic form io9.gizmodo.com/this-is-t…
On 9/11, private boats were responsible for rescuing half a million people from Manhattan. youtube.com/watch?v=MDOrz…
Before killing Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr founded the Bank of Manhattan, which became JPMorgan Chase en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JPM…
Manhattan still has a farmhouse, the Dyckman House, that has been preserved since 1785 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dyc…
Manhattan has over 20 bridges connected to it, and yet only one of them goes to New Jersey. windagainstcurrent.com/20…
Chase's octagon shaped logo, designed in 1961, is a stylized representation of the water pipes laid by its predecessor, the Manhattan Company, which Aaron Burr had formed as a water company in 1799, in a backdoor attempt to circumvent Alexander Hamilton's Bank of New York monopoly. newyorktraveler.net/burr-…
DuPont received a total of $1 for their involment in the Manhattan Project. However, they had to return 33 cents when they asked to leave the project early. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
Just one minute prior to the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, US Planes dropped an unsigned letter over the city addressed to professor Ryokichi Sagane, who had studied with three of the scientists who worked on the Manhattan Project, urging him to tell the public about the danger of the bombs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ato…
Alcohol consumption in Manhattan in the week after 9/11 increased by 25 per cent compared to the same period the year before. Tobacco consumption rose by 10 per cent, marijuana consumption by 3.2 per cent and church and synagogue attendance by 20 per cent. telegraph.co.uk/news/worl…
The phrase 'waiting for the other shoe to drop' originated in Manhattan where rooms were built on top of one another and when a neighbour took a shoe off and dropped it, you inevitably heard the other one drop as well, hence the phrase meant to await something inevitable which was to happen. inc.com/melanie-curtin/th…
The 9/11 memorial lights are a temporary setup on top of a Manhattan parking garage youtube.com/watch?v=LKPkJ…
The Morris-Jumel Mansion is Manhattan’s oldest home, and also one of its supposedly most haunted. It was originally built in 1765 as the home of former British Army officer Roger Morris. When Morris fled America for England at the outbreak of the Revolutionary War, the house was confiscated atlasobscura.com/places/t…
In 1978 an undergrad student notified the chief structural engineer of Citicorp Center in Manhattan that the building would collapse in strong winds. Realizing the student was correct, the chief contacted NYPD and had a 10-block emergency plan drawn up while they quickly fixed the building. slate.com/blogs/the_eye/2…
It cost $20 million to evict the last four tenants of a Manhattan apartment building to renovate it. The last tenant was so stubborn and savvy that he received $17 million of the money, plus use of a $2 million condo for life. nypost.com/2014/03/02/hot…
Journalist Bob Simon who covered crisis, unrest, and war in 67 countries over 46 years, died in a car crash in Manhattan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob…
There was a hurricane not too far off the coast of New York on September 11th, 2001. In a satellite image of the hurricane, you can see the smoke coming from lower Manhattan. If not for a different storm the night before, the hurricane might have brushed the city, forever altering history. weather.com/storms/hurric…
Manhattan's population is 30% lower than what it was in 1910. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dem…
During the last ice age Manhattan was covered by an ice sheet taller than any building there today. Evidence of the glacier is seen by boulders (glacial erratics) deposited in Central Park and the smoothness of rocky outcrops like Umpire Rock. nytimes.com/2018/06/05/sc…
John Lennon and Yoko Ono visited an astrologer Who told them John would be shot and die on an island. So disturbed were they that they cancelled their extended Greek Isles vacation. Ten years later he died ... on Manhattan island. express.co.uk/news/uk/742…
The September 11 terror attacks on the WTC released a dust cloud of toxic asbestos fibers across Manhattan. An estimated 410,000 people have been exposed. It is believed lung cancer and mesothelioma cases in the city will reach a peak in the year 2041 (four decades after 9/11) asbestos.com/world-trade-…
Nazi Germany spent 50% more on the V2 rocket program than the U.S. did on the Manhattan Project to develop the atomic bomb wikipedia.org/wiki/V-2_ro…
There are only four phone booths left in Manhattan nytimes.com/2016/02/11/ny…
Eggs Benedict isn't British and has nothing to do with Benedict Arnold, it was invented in Manhattan in 1894 by a man called Lemuel Benedict en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egg…
Chien-Shiung Wu was a Chinese-American physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project during WW2, helping the US build the first atomic bomb. Later, she got famous from her experiment disproving parity conservation. Her two male colleagues won the 1957 Nobel Prize in Physics, but she was snubbed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Today I learned about 75Β½ Bedford St, at 9.5 feet wide it is the narrowest house in Manhattan. It's in the West Village and some famous people have lived there, including William Steig who wrote "Shrek!" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/75%…
Forty years ago, a prominent designer received a call from an undergrad architecture student who told him that a design flaw in his 59-story Manhattan skyscraper could cause it to collapse during a storm. Initially he scoffed, then disturbingly, figured that she was right... theaiatrust.com/whitepape…
The First Computer With Random Access Memory Was Built By The Manhattan Project In Order To Calculate The First Hydrogen Bomb's Specifications atomicheritage.org/histor…
In 1942, a company in St Louis, MO began processing radioactive material for use in the Manhattan Project. The waste was illegally dumped in a landfill in a residential area in St. Louis, and a SubSurface Smoldering Event (the landfill is on fire) is encroaching on the nuclear waste. hbo.com/documentaries/ato…
Hardcore punk band Black Flag tricked a promoter into playing a show at Manhattan Beach's Polliwog Park by saying they were a Fleetwood Mac tribute band. jimruland.net/?p=1668
40% of the buildings in Manhattan could not be built today. If made today, the buildings would be shorter and less dense due to the zoning code. nytimes.com/interactive/2…
Today I learned about the East Side Access project in Manhattan; running 15 years behind schedule drove its estimated costs to over $11B and makes it one of the world's most expensive underground rail projects despite it only being 2 miles long. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eas…
Students at Pace High School in Manhattan are granted University identification badges, which allow them access to the University's campuses. Starting in the 11th grade, students can take classes for credit at Pace University en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pac…
Harry Truman, as vice president, didn’t know about the Manhattan project. He learned of it only after Franklin Delano Roosevelt died and Truman was sworn in as president. theatlantic.com/internati…
In Manhattan roads are organized so that avenues run north/south and streets run east/west. The only major exception to this rule is Broadway which runs diagonally across the majority of the city. becomeanewyorker.com/stre…
There is a public high school in Manhattan with an acceptance rate of less than 3%. Students are 64% female, 36% male. The Phoenix is the school's mascot, meant to symbolize the school rising from the ashes of the World Trade Center after 9/11 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
There's a wire that goes around Manhattan which allows observant Jewish people to do many tasks forbidden on the sabbath. mentalfloss.com/article/9…
The isle of Manhattan was originally called New Netherlands by the Dutch and subsequently New Amsterdam. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
For the past 60000 years a group of indigenous people has been living in an island, the size of Manhattan, completely isolated from the modern world. They are extremely violent and will kill anyone that dares to come ashore. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
Peter Minuit purchased Manhattan for $24 worth of trinkets, an amount worth approximately $1,050 in 2015 dollars en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
A copy of SimCity 2000 is part of the Museum of Modern Art's collection in Manhattan, New York en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sim…
In 1993 then 38-year-old Jerry Seinfeld dated Shoshanna Lonsteinβ€”then 17 and a senior at the private Nightingale-Bamford School in Manhattan. people.com/archive/cover-…
The neighborhood of Marble Hill was separated from Manhattan in 1895 for a shipping canal and was then connected to the Bronx in 1914, but is still politically part of Manhattan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Despite Loch Ness being roughly the same size as Manhattan, the only island in it is smaller than a suburban house block. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
The Dutch traded the island of Manhattan to the British for Run Island, near Indonesia, for its supply of nutmeg. factmyth.com/factoids/dut…
Today I learned of Stirling Colgate, who attended Los Alamos Boy's School when the Manhattan Project took it over for development of A-bombs, later becoming a physicist contributing still classified information for the development of the H-Bomb...at Los Alamos...and was heir to the Colgate Toothpaste Fortune en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sti…
Walt Disney World is 40 square miles, making it the same size as San Francisco and 2x the size of Manhattan. traveltips.usatoday.com/d…
Today I learned of β€œUgly George” who filmed himself roaming m the streets of Manhattan in an open chested silver vest and short shorts asking women to take their clothes off for public access television. The β€œUgly George Show” aired weekly for 10 years nytimes.com/2005/07/10/ny…

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