Penn Station, NJ Transit

NYC has some of the most amazing museums, however, you can see art anywhere in the city.  In fact,  I’ve found that some of the most intricate pieces can be found only a subway ride away…

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Chalkboard Art #21

New York City streets are filled with a lot of things: people, dogs, trash, mysterious things you’re better off not knowing what they are…but my favorite things NYC sidewalks offer are Chalkboard Art.

Call me crazy, but I think that someone is getting a little sick of giving directions in Chinatown…

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The Big Apple and Pneumatic Tubes

Pneumatic tubes are [basically] vacuum tubes used to transport solid objects (think of the drive-thru bank tellers).  New York City implemented a Pneumatic Tube Mail Network in 1897 and used it until 1957.  The tube system connected 23 post offices over 27 miles.  At the height of use, the tubes transported up to 97,000 letters a day!

While I got my initial information from Buzzfeed, they link back to Untapped Cities, which is where you can read all the juicy details.Pneumatic-Tube-Mail-Network-NYC-Kate-Ascher-e1363302482168

66th Street/Lincoln Center, Bronx Bound 1 Train

NYC has some of the most amazing museums, however, you can see art anywhere in the city.  In fact,  I’ve found that some of the most intricate pieces can be found only a subway ride away…

The Big Apple and Pinball

Did you know that the beloved game of pinball was banned in New York City until the law was overturned 1976?  The NYPD even performed Prohibition-style raids in places like seedy porn shops in Harlem and Greenwich Village, which is where pinball machines moved “underground” when they were made illegal in the early 1940s.

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Chalkboard Art #20

New York City streets are filled with a lot of things: people, dogs, trash, mysterious things you’re better off not knowing what they are…but my favorite things NYC sidewalks offer are Chalkboard Art.

Okay, I will confess that I did not see this one–it was sent to me, however, since it nicely sums up my outlook on life, I just had to share!IMG_0303

Exploring The Big Apple

If you think way, way, way, way back you may remember that before Washington, D.C. was selected, New York City was the first city to be the capital of the United States (it then moved to Philadelphia and before permanently locating to D.C.).  I’m not going to lie, it’s not anything that I think about on a daily, weekly, or even yearly basis.

Then one day–not long after I moved here–I was reminded of this when exploring down by Wall Street. I came across Federal Hall and the statue that commemorates Washington’s Inauguration as the First President of the United States on April 30, 1789.

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While every city in the world has it’s own unique history, there is no denying that those in the original colonies are very rich in United States history and have some great stories to tell.  Since I now live in one of these cities, I’ve decided to branch out and share with you some of the interesting history New York City has to offer.  You’ll be able to find it in future posts under “The Big Apple.”

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