• Please add a notation for 2nd Avenue and 9th Street, where one can find sublime sandwiches at the 2nd Avenue Deli. I have been known to go there straight from the airport, suitcase in hand, because I just can’t wait another minute for a good corned beef on rye.

    January 13, 2005
  • Roller coaster facts:

    The Coney Island Cyclone (1927) is neither the oldest wood coaster in the US nor is it the oldest wood coaster operating today…

    The oldest operating coaster in the US is Zippin Pippin (1915) at Libertyland in Memphis, TN. There are some other noteable coasters that are running today that are older than the Cyclone: Jack Rabbit (1920) and Thunderbolt (1924) at Kennywood in Pittsburgh; Giant Dipper (1924) at Santa Cruz Boardwalk in CA; and Thunderhawk (1923) at Dorneypark in Allentown, PA.

    Source: Rollercoaster Database

    January 13, 2005
  • It just looks so huge to me. I look in the center of Brooklyn and Queens, and think someone could grow up, live and die, all within a few blocks. It feels like huge city sci fi madness to me. And makes me realize how small a town Seattle really is.

    January 13, 2005
  • Random question: Does New York mutate and squish in your dreams? I love San Francisco, but whenever I dream about it, it never is the same shape twice, and NONE of the major landmarks show up. I just KNOW it’s San Francisco. (Well, it usually has an excellent transit system in my dream, but otherwise very little resembles The Real San Fran. My absolute favourite version of it was the time I dreamt about it crossed with Venice.)

    January 13, 2005
  • A girl after my own heart. <Arterial plaque and all.>


    January 13, 2005
  • I stand corrected. Amazing attention to detail.

    January 13, 2005
  • Hmmmm. Yes and no. As a kid I longed for every opportunity to get out of the city and into the country, or at least to the beach. And compared to North Brooklyn (B17, where Pratt Institute is), Marine Park, the Rockaways and southern Brooklyn in general did seem much more suburban.

    On the other hand, it’s only six miles from Marine Park (B1) to Pratt (B17): a thirty-minute bicycle ride. It looks vast on the map, but New York is a much more densely packed city than, say, Los Angeles.

    January 13, 2005
  • Random answer: New York doesn’t mutate any more or less in my dreams than any other place. That’s to say that all the locations I visit in my dreams are distorted geographically and or temporally by dream logic. And in my dreams I’m usually focused on a particular room, or house, or street—not the big picture that you see in the detail map.

    Does that answer your question?

    January 13, 2005
  • i’m not nitpicking, but i worked at six flags over georgia for a while and you start learning about all that stuff.

    cool entry though!

    January 14, 2005
  • I get a kick out of the aerial photo of Brooklyn just because it clearly shows the competing grid systems that date back to the five separate towns that were consolidated into Brooklyn in the late 19th century. Especially in my area (north of Prospect Park) it looks like a head of hair parted at Flatbush Avenue.

    The Verrazano Narrows Bridge celebrates its 40th anniversary in May. It opened the month I was born.

    Finally, I am (uncharacteristically) going to speak up on behalf of New Jersey for a moment. Jersey City has some great restaurants, very pretty parks, a view of New York City second only to Brooklyn Heights’, and blocks of gorgeous Victorian homes and apartment buildings that would do Brooklyn proud (the area around Hamilton Park resembles nothing so much as Washington Avenue alongside the park). The NJ5 marker is in the old downtown of Jersey City, near Journal Square; Hamilton Park and all the new office buildings are much closer to the water, pretty much right across from the M10 marker (which is almost smack on top of the building I work in, btw).

    And Newark, well, it’s only fashion that’s left Newark in the dumps and Red Hook hip. Newark has as much history, and better housing stock, and it’s more accessible by public transit. And the restaurants! In Ironbound you can eat enough seafood to stock a small aquarium for $25. And the new performing arts center there is quite nice. NJ6 is indeed the port of Newark, right on the bay; downtown Newark is a fair distance north, across Route 1 and the Turnpike (and off the map).

    So, I wouldn’t live in either town, but given that Williamsburg is now becoming hip, I’m not sure what disqualifies either of them.

    Meanwhile, the icon on this post is a photo of the arch at Grand Army Plaza, the oval at the northern tip of Prospect Park. President Grover Cleveland dedicated the arch in 1892, fourteen years before the completion of Manhattan’s Grand Army Plaza, at the southeast corner of Central Park. Both were Civil War memorials, referring to the Grand Army of the Republic.

    January 14, 2005

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