Broadway Theatre District
"...The popularity of Times Square as a destination is due, in part, to the convergence of several subway lines. Beginning in 1904, it became a magnet for various businesses and was a natural home for a theater district because it was easily accessible to the masses. And the masses come here. Every New Year’s Eve, about a million people gather..."
"...Theater History goes back much further. It began in 1750 in lower Manhattan and by the 1800s, theater became THE most popular form of public entertainment, regardless of class. Theater was the Internet, the cable, the movies, the video games in the lives of New Yorkers..."
Saint Patrick's Cathedral
"...Fourteen buildings comprise Rockefeller Center and became 'a city within a city' with buildings marked as specific places of business for nations around the world to set up office, a United Nations of Commerce. The center of it all is 30 Rockefeller Plaza, or '30 Rock' (as in the the famous TV show!)..."
New York Public Library View from route
"...In 1830 a huge and dangerous anti-Catholic, anti-immigrant mob gathered here, surrounding the church. At that time this neighborhood was predominantly Irish and the Irish were hated. The crowd chanted “Paddies of the Pope” and they threatened to burn the church to the ground..."
Chrysler Building View from route
"...When it opened in 1911 it was the largest marble building ever built in the US. The stacks contain 125 miles of shelving..."
Grand Central Terminal
"...The Chrysler people bested Craig Severance by secretly building a spire which they hoisted up to the tower a few months later. Their glory was short lived as less than a year later..."
New York City Subway
"...And over the years the Main Concourse ceiling had become blackened by what people thought was coal dust and soot from the trains. When they analyzed the composition of the dirt they found it was tobacco smoke! In fact, they left a patch of it on the ceiling so you could see the difference! At one time you couldn’t even see these constellations above..."
Charging Bull Statue
"...According to local legends, subway fares are decided by something known as the 'Pizza Principle'. In the 1960s when the average cost of a regular slice of pizza rose to 60 cents, subway fares were soon to follow. Believe it or not, the trend continues to this day with both hovering around $3.00!"
Alexander Hamilton Custom House
"...And the people of New York loved it, but the police hated it! You can’t just lay your “trash” in front of the Stock Exchange, so they impounded it. But there was a public outcry and it was put out here on display and it’s for sale if anybody wants it..."
Canyon of Heroes/ Ticker Tape Parade Route
"...And in those days just to show up at a duel proved your manhood, or sometimes they’d fire into the air, and that’s what Hamilton did. He fired into the air and Aaron Burr shot him right in the side..."
Brooklyn Bridge View from route
"...The Ticker Tape was the internet of the day and its how bankers got their stock prices and news on these long strips of paper. They had tons of it in their offices and when a parade would come through, they would just throw it out the windows.. "
Statue of Liberty & NYC Skyline View from Staten Island Ferry
"...You see when John Roeblings conceived of this bridge they said it would be impossible to span the distance from Brooklyn to Manhattan this way and so he came up with the idea of grounding those giant towers..."
"...The thing that many people don’t know is that she stayed in those boxes here in NYC for about a year. The deal was that the French would give us the statue but WE had to pay for the pedestal on which she sits. Well there was a financial panic several years prior and we couldn’t raise the money..."
National 9/11 Memorial
"...This graveyard contains the remains of many great Americans, Signers of the Declaration of Independence, Senators and Congressmen from the 1700’s and 1800’s and this guy, Robert Fulton. Does anyone know who Robert Fulton is?..."
"...Of all the cherished symbols and tributes in the museum and the memorial there is one that is most cherished of all. You see, after the second day the clean up crews were finding nothing but destruction and death among the ruins until one day, a few weeks later, they saw a branch sticking up through the rubble..."
New York Stock Exchange
"...The Dutch didn’t come here to escape religious persecution or to start a new life, they came here as traders! They would trade guns and ammo to the Indians for beaver pelts..."
"...Founded in 1792 by a group of 24 investors who wanted to formalize their trades and signed the Buttonwood Agreement. They called it that because they signed it under a buttonwood tree..."
One World Observatory Upgrade
"...The sailors would come in here and line up around the rotunda and you can still see indentation in the marble from where they used to stand..."
"...Immersive LED displays, interactive touch screen video, and dining options mean there's plenty to do, but the true draw is the view- hundreds of feet above even the impressive New York Skyline stretching across all of Manhattan..."