9 Things you Didn’t Know about Manhattan
When you hear “Manhattan” what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? Jennifer Lopez: Lady in Manhattan? Manhattan Dressing? Time Square? Square Park? Empire State Building? Rockefeller Center? St. Patrick’s Cathedral? Yes, all of these are found in Manhattan. Last year, the survey had recorded 60 million tourists visited Manhattan. Just imagine the volume of the people walking around the streets every day.
Well, did you know that the word “Manhattan” has been translated as “island of many hills” from the Lenape which was derived from the word Manna-hata, as written in the 1609 logbook of Robert Juet. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manhattan
In this review, we will give the 9 Things you Didn’t Know about Manhattan. Read on for more factual and educational leanings.
💡Twice a year around May 28 and July 12, the sunset aligns with the east-west streets of the main street grid of Manhattan, filling the horizon with an unrivaled cityscape. This event has become known as Manhattanhenge–as coined by NYC native Neil deGrasse Tyson.
💡It costs $1 million to be licensed to operate a cab here. No, that is not a typo.
💡When Philippe Petit walked 61 meters between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center on a tightrope nearly 1,300 feet above the street in 1975, he not only broke records, but he broke laws as well. It has since been called the “Artistic Crime of the century.” If you haven’t seen the 2015 film “The Walk”, then you should see it not sooner than later.
💡Women can walk around Manhattan with their shirts off just like any guy can and it’s perfectly legal, every August, a group of half-naked women gather in Central Park to celebrate International Go Topless Day.
💡 The city of New York will pay for a one-way plane ticket for any homeless person if they have a guaranteed place to stay. Or to make it more straightforward, a one-way ticket to leave the city.
💡The M&M store in Times Square has a two-story-high wall of chocolate that is made up of 72 candy-filled tubes and is the largest candy store in New York City.
💡 Nitrogen gas tanks you see on the corners of streets are used to keep underground telephone wires dry.
💡 The narrowest house is located in Greenwich Village, Manhattan. At 75 1/2 Bedford Street and it’s just over 9 feet 6 inches (2.9 meters) wide.
💡Greenwich Village’s Washington Square Park was once used as a mass graveyard for the victims of those who were killed by the yellow fever epidemic, there are 20,000 bodies buried.
Pretty much makes me recall a movie scene in “I am Legend” where the protagonist scientist Robert Neville just lives across the Square Park. To see the OTS pictures of the movie in places at Manhattan, click the link below:
Pro Tip: If you’re planning to visit Manhattan, make sure to do your research first; also try looking to book your flights using online travel agencies as they tend to, on average, reduce airfare costs by about 43%, a few good ones being Flighthub.com, Travelocity.com, JustFly.com or Expedia.com.