Thursday, October 26, 2006

New Yawk, New Yawk

Ok, we have to ‘fess up. We’re junkies for interesting factoids of any kind. It’s true. It also may be true that certain people refuse to play “Trivial Pursuit” with us because we’re so competitive. But, we’re not here to talk about rumors. We’re here to share some fun nuggets of trivia about New York. So, here goes:

Pearl Street was so named because of the volume of oyster shells found there, giving the area a “pearly sheen” in what was then the eastern shore of New Amsterdam. Makes sense and it's easier to say than "That Street that looks like it has a Pearly Sheen."

There are over 6,400 miles of roadway in New York City. Based on our experience driving in the city, at any given time, approximately 6,395 of them are ensnarled in gridlock.

L.I.C is home to Wonton Foods Fortune Cookie Factory, which produces over 4 million fortune cookies a day. Fortune of the Day: A wise client is a Shackman Associates client. Lucky Numbers: 7,16,23,56,97.

The Lights are bright on…Wiechquaekeck Trail. Yup, that was the original name of Broadway. Doesn’t quite have the same ring, does it?

Liberty Island, home to the Statue of Liberty, wasn’t officially known as Liberty Island until 1956. Previously, it was called Bedloe’s Island, named for former owner and Dutch merchant Isaack Bedloe from the 17th Century. With Lady Liberty weighing in at 450,000 pounds and over 101 feet tall, it makes sense that they just gave her the island.

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