In our series NYC v. Paris, we previously covered all the Statues of Liberty in both cities. Today, we’re looking at the Eiffel Tower. It might surprise you to know that New York City has its own Eiffel Tower replica. It’s pretty small, but it has a prominent location…just off the Long Island Expressway in Queens.
Jackson Heights in Queens epitomizes the city’s most ethnically diverse county when judging by the countless cultural distinctions of its residents. Though the neighborhood has a large population of South Americans and East Asians, it is the concentration of South Asians who comprise the majority. Here, the heap of Indians, Bangladeshis and Pakistanis have founded a home of their own. To those paying attention, Jackson Heights will prove an authentic slice of South Asia in New York City’s largest borough. (more…)
While the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fair in New York may be a distant cultural memory, it’s undeniable that its architectural remnants–the New York State Pavilion, the Tent of Tomorrow, and the Space Needle–are some of Queens’ most recognizable landmarks. Symbolically, the two mid-century World’s Fair, not only culturally defined New York but also the United States.
On Tuesday night, after 90 minutes of debating with the CB3 community board, LeRoy McCarthy – who in October 2013 tried to have a street in Brooklyn renamed in honor of The Notorious B.I.G – did not receive approval from the board to rename the intersection of Ludlow and Rivington to “Beastie Boy Square.” The reasoning for this decision was that the group – which photographed the intersection for the cover of their classic 1989 album cover – did not fit the guidelines required for co-naming, which includes community involvement and volunteering.
Nonetheless, New York City has a history of renaming streets, parks and playgrounds after famous musicians. Today we share some places located around NYC which has paid honored to some of the artists who helped shaped the identity of the city.
New York has become one of the safest big cities in America, but it has a colorful history as far as violent crime is concerned. This week we visit some of the city’s more picturesque settings for slaughter (and no, we’re not including The Dakota).
1. Station Square, Forest Hills, Queens: Son of Sam