I’ve recently discovered that New York City is a pretty inspiring place. (In theory; I’ve never been!) This post is basically a collection of little facts that I found really interesting – I hope they inspire you too!
Please note: I didn’t do a huge amount of fact-checking, so there may be some inaccuracies.
- Pinball was banned in the city until 1978; after Pearl Harbour there were dramatic raids that involved the smashing of pinball machines with sledgehammers. (http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/gadgets/toys/4328211-new#slide-2)
- New York City will pay for a one-way flight for a homeless person, providing they have a guaranteed place to stay. (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/29/nyregion/29oneway.html?_r=0)
- Albert Einstein’s eyeballs are stored in a safe deposit box in the city. (http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/03/einsteins-brain-arrives-in-london-after-odd-journey/)
- There are tiny shrimp called copepods in New York’s drinking water. (http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2010/09/what_makes_new_york_tap_water.html)
- On November 28, 2012 not a single violent crime was committed: the first ‘violence-free’ day in living memory (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-20536201?p=1)
- The winter of 1780 was so incredibly cold that New York harbour froze over: you could walk from Manhattan to Staten Island on ice. (http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=F30C1FF9355517738DDDAD0A94DA415B818DF1D3)
- NYC buries unclaimed bodies on Hart Island, of the coast of Bronx. Since 1869, nearly one million bodies have been buried there. The island is closed to the public. (http://www.smh.com.au/world/hart-island-holds-a-million-graves-of-babies-and-unidentified-and-poor-people-20140329-35q9g.html)
Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day!