Attack of the Fifty States
: Attack ofthe 50 States: New York by Bill Schott
Researching items for New York has left me quite frustrated. There isn't enough space in this article to hold just the 'Oh, really?' things, let alone the 'You have got to be kidding me!' stuff.|
As much as I have disappointed people on my not-all-inclusive, drive-by treatments of the first thirty-one states, I figure there is no way I could satisfy all of the New Yorkers, New York-philes, or the What-about-'Friends' folks.
I will do what I can to include what I know, along with what I deem suitable for public consumption.
New York City, often called simply New York, with 3.3 million people within 304 square acres, is the most densely populated city in the United States.
Yankees. Mets. Giants. Jets. Islanders Rangers. Knicks. Nets. NYCFC, Red Bulls
New York City was the first capital of the United States. George Washington was inaugurated on Wall Street.
New York Post established in 1801 as a Federalist newspaper by Alexander Hamilton.
The Big Apple: Brooklyn. Staten Island. Bronx. Manhattan. Queens.
Cooperstown: National Baseball Hall of Fame
Catskill Mountains: Rip Van Winkle Dirty Dancing
Empire State Building King Kong
Twin Towers 911
Adirondack Park: six million acres of protected land.
Harlem Renaissance Globe Trotters The Apollo
Statue of Liberty
Grand Central Station
My family travelled to the east coast in 1970, the year after we had driven out West. I recall New York City for all that I didn't see. We avoided a lot of those dense traffic areas, though we did pass by the Empire State Building. I saw the entrance and a few thousand people milling around. I felt like a bug riding through a shag rug.
I think my dad was simply trying to get through the city. Between the mountains and the city, I feel New York was chiefly presented to me through the filter of a man tired of driving.
The scenery of New York was probably beautiful and awe-inspiring, but after fifty years I confuse it with the mountains of South Korea in my memory.
My daughter went on a mission trip to New York City after her high school graduation. She and her group worked in the Bowery and slept on the floor of a church there.
My wife and daughter had a week together with three other women in New York City. They saw Wicked on Broadway, shopped in Times Square, rode the subway, visited Ground Zero, and bought the Brooklyn Bridge.
I think we're through here, so -- start spreadin' the news, I'm leavin' today.
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