We already brought you a few of Manhattan’s secrets, and now we’re back with eight more! Check out part two of our list below.
Number Eight: Einstein’s Eyes Are in Manhattan
When genius Albert Einstein passed away, his brain and eyes were removed for scientific purposes. His brain was immediately taken to be studied, but the inventor’s eyes were given to his eye doctor, Henry Abrams, who put them in a safety deposit box where they still remain.
Number Seven: Subway Musicians May Not Be Amateurs
There is nothing more annoying than subway musicians on your morning commute to work. But the performers themselves may not be half bad, in fact, some have gone through a process to be chosen to perform in subway stations and have even performed at places like Carnegie Hall.
Number Six: You Can Get Really Good Chinese Food Here
In New York, there is nothing better on a cold night than takeout, especially Chinese. Good thing New York’s Chinatown has the biggest Chinese enclave in the Western Hemisphere. That might explain the 100 million Chinese food cartons used annually in the city.
Number Five: Not All Subway Stations Are Publicly Accessible
Since the New York City subway opened its first underground line in 1904, all of the stations have had public access. That is true except for the one in the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. The platform allowed celebrities staying at the hotel to arrive in a more private fashion, this includes president Franklin D. Roosevelt who used the platform for his Pierce Arrow car which would allow the president to go straight from the car to the hotel’s elevator to the upper floor without being seen.
Number Four: You Could Swing A Stick and Hit A Film Crew
When it comes to movies, stories set in Manhattan are not hard to come by. This means that there are over 40,000 location shoots in the city every year. That includes commercials, feature films, television shows, music videos, and documentaries.
Number Three: Letters Used to Travel as Fast as Email
Back before email and texting were invented, the only way to talk to someone was through letters and the telephone. Luckily, Manhattan had a way to make it easier for people to talk even before social media through a mail tube system which connected 23 post offices within 27 miles. Over 97,000 letters were sent through this system every day before 1957.
Number Two: The Phrase ’23 Skidoo’ Was Invented Here
Ever heard the phrase “23 Skidoo” and have no idea what it meant? The story behind this is there is a wind tunnel on 23rd St. by the Flat Iron Building where men would congregate to see women’s dresses and skirts blow up a la Marilyn Monroe. The police soon caught on and began telling the onlookers to “23 Skidoo” or “get the heck out of here.”
Number One: You Cannot Beat A New York Bagel
If you have a bagel anywhere else besides New York, you will likely be disappointed. Many people believe the water in New York is what makes the bagels best. They might be dense and caloric but with a bagel that good, who’s counting the calories! We hope you enjoyed our list of 15 things you didn’t know about Manhattan!