Yesterday, just as we were publishing about the return of the MTA’s vintage “Nostalgia” trains and buses, we caught sight of the Omnibus in Midtown on 3rd Avenue with a sign “Keep Back: BUS IN TOW.” The service started yesterday along 42nd Street, so its possible the bus might need some maintenance. This exact bus (#2969) was also featured at the MTA Vintage Bus Festival and a very observant reader noted via Twitter that this is the same as type of bus Rosa Parks was on when she refused to give up her seat.
On the night of Sept. 1 1858, a mob of villagers stormed the grounds of the quarantine station on Staten Island and set fire to almost all of the buildings in the hospital complex. Image via Public Health Chronicles.
In 1858, before Staten Island consolidated with the rest of New York City, the New York Marine Hospital housed around 1,500 persons suffering from infectious diseases. The practice of medicine was in a less sophisticated state and in the 19th century this was the City’s best defense against new diseases, such as smallpox, cholera, typhus and yellow fever. While quarantine is a practice that strictly limits the civil and human rights of an otherwise “free” person, the architecture of the City’s many islands reflect this once mainstream practice. On September 1, 1858 the site was burned down in a mob protest that stemmed from community outrage about the hazards of housing a quarantine hospital of this scale in what was essentially their backyards. (more…)
The Christmas tree lighting in Rockefeller Center is this Wednesday so we found these five quirky facts about the most famous Christmas tree in the world.
After the holidays, the Christmas tree lives on. For example, in 1971 they used the 30 bags of mulch on nature trails across the city. In 2005, Habitat for Humanity used the heartwood to make doorframes for houses for the needy; and last year, about 15 percent of the tree went into making paper for a book called The Carpenter’s Gift. In 2007, the tree was used to build houses in New Orleans for those affected by Hurricane Katrina.
Greenest tree around. Since 2007, the tree has been lit completely by solar-powered LED lights–over 30,000 of them! (more…)
On December 2nd 1657, The Nieuw Amsterdam City Council ruled that Tavernkeepers could not sell liquor in exchange for household goods. Believe it or not, the Dutch wives of the era (back in the day of gender norms, eh?) were coming to their local politicians complaining that their possessions were dwindling with the presence of an alcoholic family member.