Here is some trivia from the New – York Historical Society. They might come in handy at your next family gathering or for use during a long trip.
Questions about New York City
- How Much Horse Manure Was Deposited on the Streets of New York City Before the Advent of the Automobile, and What Happened to It?
- Are There More Statues of Liberty Than the One That Stands in New York Harbor?
- How Did the New York Yankees Get Their Name?
- How Did the Boroughs Get Their Names?
- What is the Oldest Building in New York City?
- How Did New York Get Its Famous Nickname: The Empire State?
According to the 89th Annual Report of the Board of Health, nearly 500 tones of horse manure were collected from the streets of New York every day, produced by 62,208 horses living in 1,307 stables. The manure, along with human waste, was deposited on Barren Island, where it was converted into fertilizer in a process said to be “not inoffensive” to residents on the Long Island shore.
There are two Statues of Liberty in New York City. One stands i new York Harbor. A replica of “Lady Liberty” has graced the Brooklyn Museum’s Sculpture Garden since 2002. She is thirty feet tall and was commissioned by William H. Flattau in 1900 to stand atop his building, the Liberty Warehouse in Manhattan. Other Statues of Liberty are found throughout the world, including two in Paris, France.
No definitive answers exists, but there is speculation that it borrows from the Civil War connotaion of the term “Yankee,” in that the team played north of their counterparts, the New York Giants. The Yankees’ other early nicknames, Hilltoppers and Highlanders, similarly drew upon geographic inspiration, but from the location of the team’s first field, Hilltop Park, in Washington Heights.
In 1609 Robert Guet called the island “Mannahata,” after Native American names for the area. Henry Hudson referred to Staten Eylandt after the States General—Netherlands’ governing body. The Bronx is named after Jonas Bronck, who settled in the area in 1639. Brooklyn refers to Breukelen, the Dutch village in the Netherlands. Queens was named after Queen Catherine of Braganza, wife of King Charles II of England (1630-1685).
The Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum, at 5816 Clarendon Road, Brooklyn, is the city’s oldest surviving stucture. Built in stages beginning around 1652, it housed descendants of Pieter Claesen Wyckoff until 1901, when they sold the property. Repurchased by the Wyckoff Family Association in 1961, it was the first building granted protection by the newly-formed Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1965.
Signs commonly point to George Washington. Although other, unsubstantiated stories crediting Washington exist, the best documented source is a 1785 thank-you letter to the New York Common Council for bestowing upon him the Freedom of the City. In addition to praising New York’s resilience in the war he describes the State of New York as “the Seat of the Empire.”
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