At Untapped Cities, we have a “Daily What?!” series, which consists of one surprising thing every weekday. The column keeps us on our toes at all times looking for quirky New York City stuff. We’ll admit that on some days, we’re stumped, but that rarely happens. To catch you up, here are the Top 10 Daily What?!s of 2014 on Untapped Cities:
A defunct doorway in the Times Square subway that once led to a hotel so popular it was nicknamed “The 42nd Street Club.” Read more here.
Slices at Koronet Pizza are larger than your head. Their crown jewel is the Jumbo slice–from a 32″ pizza–that’ll only set you back about $4. Read more here.
At the Time Warner Center, so many people touch Fernando Botero’s Adam sculpture’s small but prominent penis that it has been worn to a golden shine. Read more here.
In 1947, a man decided to take the bus he was driving to Florida…and didn’t get fired. Read more here.
Image via the New York Fed
The next time you pass by the Graybar Building at Grand Central Terminal, be sure to look up. Three sculpted rats are depicted as if they are climbing the anchor ropes on a ship, a quirky reference to New York’s maritime roots. Read more here.
What is now possibly the worst kept secret at Columbia’s Morningside campus, an intricate network of tunnels connects many of the school’s buildings. These tunnels date back to 1900 when the campus was home to another institution: Bloomingdale’s Insane Asylum. Read more here.
On 57th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenue, across from the Parker Meridien Hotel, is this Gold ATM. That’s right, a machine that dispenses gold. Find out more here.
It’s been a centerpiece in Union Square now for 15 years, but it still bewilders many a passerby. No, these numbers don’t count the national debt or the acres of rain forest being destroyed. Find out what it is here.
When dodging people on Fifth Avenue and at Rockefeller Center, you probably don’t have time to look up and ponder what secrets may lie in the tourist trap. But atop the Art Deco infused Rockefeller Center are some great garden rooftops. Find out more here.
Pugsley’s Pizza has been located behind Fordham Road in the Bronx for almost 30 years and is a true mom and pop pizzeria. As it’s hidden by a gas station, many people walk right by without ever realizing it. Read more here.
When Lehman Brothers purchased One Times Square in 1995, they envisioned a new kind of tenant: advertisers. Instead of renting the offices inside the 25 floor building, they began retrofitting the facade with billboards. By 1997, the profits were up 400%, and the inside was empty. Read more about this and where the New Year’s Eve ball is stored here.