60 things you maybe not know about New York City!

Yes , I love NYC . And If you know me well then you would also know why ! I know The City pretty well and I have always said if you have a dash of creativity in you, try to live in NYC at least once in this lifetime!

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Would I lived there again, the surprising answer is a no! These days I try to be a constant visitor. I need NYC since I need its vibe, its goodness because this soul of mine gets so maxed out at times and needs a place to be able to exhale the thick air brought by the conservative mentality of people in Massachusetts! Not politically for sure , a blessing indeed but mentally which makes my current city , Boston a bit strange in my opinion !  And I have lived around the globe to tell you NO OTHER major city in the world would compare to NYC!  There is only one and only NYC!  ” and If you can make there , you can truly make it anywhere!

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1. Pinball was banned in the city until 1978. The NYPD even held “Prohibition-style” busts.
2. It is a misdemeanor to fart in NYC churches.
3. It costs $1 million to get a license (medallion) to operate a taxicab.
4. The first pizzeria in the United States was opened in NYC in 1895.
5. In 1857, toilet paper was invented by Joseph C. Gayetty in NYC.
6. The Jewish population in NYC is the largest in the world outside of Israel.
7. Up until World War II, everyone in the entire city who was moving apartments had to move on May 1

8. The city of New York will pay for a one-way plane ticket for any homeless person if they have a guaranteed place to stay.
9. There’s a man who mines sidewalk cracks for gold. He can make over $600 a week.
10. According to New York City’s Office of Emergency Management, the last hurricane to pass directly over the city was in 1821. The storm surge was so high that the city was flooded up to Canal Street.

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11. Hog Island, a one-mile-long island south of Rockaway Beach, was never seen again after the hurricane of 1893.
12. New York City’s leading hurricane historian, Nicholas Coch, a professor of coastal geology at Queens College, believes that this is the only reported incidence ever of the removal of an entire island by a hurricane.

13. Up until 1957, there was a pneumatic mail tube system that was used to connect 23 post offices across 27 miles. At one point, it moved 97,000 letters a day.

14. Albert Einstein’s eyeballs are stored in a safe deposit box in the city.
15. There are tiny shrimp called copepods in NYC’s drinking water.
16. On Nov. 28, 2012, not a single murder, shooting, stabbing, or other incident of violent crime in NYC was reported for an entire day. The first time in basically ever.
17. There’s a wind tunnel near the Flat Iron building that can raise women’s skirts. Men used to gather outside of the Flat Iron building to watch.

18. About 1 in every 38 people living in the United States resides in New York City.
19. New York City has more people than 39 of the 50 states in the U.S.
20. There is a birth in New York City every 4.4 minutes.

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21. There is a death in New York City every 9.1 minutes.
22. The borough of Brooklyn on its own would be the fourth largest city in the United States. Queens would also rank fourth nationally.
23. New York City has the largest Chinese population of any city outside of Asia.
24. New York has the largest Puerto Rican population of any city in the world.
25. PONY stands for Product of New York.\

26. In 1920, a horse-drawn carriage filled with explosives was detonated on Wall Street killing 30 people. No one was ever caught, though it is considered to be one of the first acts of domestic terrorism.
27. In nine years, Madison Square Garden’s lease will run out and it will have to move.
28. UPS, FedEx, and other commercial delivery companies receive up to 7,000 parking tickets a DAY, contributing up to $120 million in revenue for the city of New York.
29. It can cost over $289,000 for a one-year hot dog stand permit in Central Park.

30. Sixty percent of cigarettes sold in NYC are illegally smuggled from other states.

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31. There was one homicide on 9/11, and it remains unsolved.
32. There are “fake” buildings in the city that are used for subway maintenance and ventilation. The building below in the middle, located in Brooklyn, has a fake facade. There is no brownstone within.

33. Chernobyl is closer to New York than Fukushima is to L.A.
34. There are more undergrad and graduate students in NYC than Boston has people.
35. New York City’s 520-mile coastline is longer than those of Miami, Boston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco combined.
36. The Empire State building has its own zip code.
37. The East River is not a river, it’s a tidal estuary.
38. There is a secret train platform in the Waldorf Astoria hotel.

39. When the Dutch first arrived to Manhattan, there were massive oyster beds. In fact, Ellis Island and Liberty Island were called Little Oyster and Big Oyster Island.
40. McSorley’s, the oldest Irish ale house in NYC, didn’t allow women inside until 1970.

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41. Madison Square Park, Washington Square Park, Union Square Park, and Bryant Park used to be cemeteries.
42. There are 20,000 bodies buried in Washington Square Park alone.
43. The original Penn Station was considered to be one of the most beautiful train stations in the world but was torn down because of declining rail usage.

44. NYC garbage collectors call maggots “disco rice.”
45. In 2010, 38% of all 911 calls in NYC were butt dials.
46. Times Square is named after the New York Times. It was originally called Longacre Square until 1904 when the NYT moved there.
47. The entire world’s population could fit in the state of Texas if it were as densely populated as New York City.
48. In 1975, the city of New York sold a private island in the East River for $10.

49. The winter of 1780 was so harsh in New York that New York harbor froze over. People could walk from Manhattan to Staten Island on the ice.
50. From 1904 to 1948 there was an 18th Street station on the 4/5/6 line. It’s abandoned now, but you can still see it on local 6 trains.

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51. The narrowest house in NYC is in the West Village: 75 1/2 Bedford Street is just over 9 feet wide.

52. In 1906, the Bronx Zoo put an African man on exhibit in the monkey house.
53. Credit card minimums ARE legal in the city. In 2010, Congress passed a law saying up to a $10 minimum was legal.
54. It would cost about $17,000 to take a cab from NYC to L.A.
55. In 1922, there was a Straw Hat Riot. It was an unofficial rule in NYC that straw hats weren’t allowed to be worn past Sept. 15, but some unruly kids started snatching people’s hats a few days before that causing an uprising that lasted a few days.
56. Eating a New York bagel is equivalent to eating one-quarter to one-half a loaf of bread.
57. NYC buries its unclaimed bodies on an island off the coast of the Bronx called Hart Island. Since 1869, nearly a million bodies have been buried there. The island is not open to the public.

58. There’s a 150-foot-deep hole (15 stories) on Park Avenue between 36th and 37th streets.
59. The price of a slice of pizza and the cost of single ride on the subway has been nearly equal for the past 50 years.
60. The scary nitrogen gas tanks you see on the corners of streets are used to keep underground telephone wires dry.

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Images are  mine !  The first  Black and White image from top is at The White House .

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A creative woman , a league of her own!

I’m creative ! I have now learned to admit it ! I think in the process of living this life I have proven to myself that I have lived not only a life of creating arts but indeed a life lived in such a way that only a creative person may understand ! I have lived hard times and joyful times equally the same way , simply by a creative intuition!  All you need is to pay attention to the world around! I did and I do . As a photographer and visual artist, some of my subjects are the ones many may don’t see or pay any attention .

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I like shapes , lines , textures and light ..Light is important to me . I like the process of change. What it will become after my touch . Therefore I like to touch , I like to feel , to kiss , to embrace in metamorphosis ! Everything I zoom on has to be personal , meaningful to me, a piece of fabric , a branch or a bare branch , a person,  anything ..My subjects are a true reflection of me ..They speak huge volume about my thoughts and how I see the world..I use my lens , my words , my action only to define the world I see !

For certain creative women,
life is different.
it just is.
We can’t squeeze ( I do but it fits right , I love heels , I feel like a kitten in them ) our feet into high heels or play pretend at Tupperware parties.
We are here for a reason.
We were born with a fire in our bellies and a truth in our throat.
Holding hands with bears and ferns and wolves as we stumble and dance and twirl through this magical journey.
Connected to the luminous,
plugged into the golden,
holding on for dear life to our truths.
We are different and imperfect,
and through our cracks flows the most brilliant beams of hope
and resilience
and unfloundering gratitude.

Poem/words–via Satori

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Maybe you are creative and you had no idea!

Black, bold, sexy and simply beautiful !

The description of beauty is a combination of qualities, such as shape, colour, or form, that pleases the aesthetic senses, esp. the sight! But what is authentic beauty? I feel like almost everyone struggles to embody it but the question still remains ! Tonight I watched the lovely speech of Oscar Winner Lupita Nyong’o’s , best supporting actress for “12 years of slave’.

Beauty to me is to be truly the best version of yourself , inside and out..

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Brown skin, you know I love your brown skin
I cant tell where yours begins, I cant tell where mine ends
Brown skin, up against my brown skin
Need some every now and then

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Where are your people from? Maybe Mississippi or an Island
Apparently your skin has been kissed by the sun
You make me want a Hershey’s kiss, your licorice

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Every time I see your lips, it makes me think of honey-coated chocolate
Your kisses are worth more than gold to me
I’ll be your almond joy, you’ll be my sugar daddy

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Every time you come around, something magnetic pulls me and I cant get out
Disoriented, I cant tell my up from down
All I know is that I wanna lay you down

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Every time I let you in, abracadabra magic happens as we swim
Higher and higher finally we reach heaven
Come back to earth and then we do it all again

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Skin so brown, lips so round
Baby how can I be down?
Beautiful mahogany, you make me feel like a queen
Tell me what’s that thing you do that makes me wanna get next to you

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Brown skin, you know I love your brown skin
I cant tell where yours begins, I cant tell where mine ends
Brown skin, up against my brown skin
Need some every now and then

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Brown skin, you know I love your brown skin
I cant tell where yours begins, I cant tell where mine ends
Brown skin, up against my brown skin
Need some every now and then

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Lyrics by India Arie