7. The First Film of a New York City Blizzard Was Shot In Madison Square

Edwin S. Porter, who headed motion picture production for the Edison Company, shot the first film footage of a blizzard in Madison Square Park near 23rd street in 1902. At the time, this blizzard was New York City’s worst one since the Great Blizzard of 1888.

It’s a real step back in time watching the video, since you won’t see the Flatiron Building (which was built a year later), traffic, and definitely not the Shake Shack. Instead you’ll see trolleys, slipping horses and top hats.