gasp! I need some air, and was searching for it at - of all places- on google, semi-geek that I am, when I came across this website. Not quite what I was looking for, but refreshing nevertheless.

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Largest New York!

Here I was, casually browsing, when I had an idea - why not check out the Guinness Book of World Records for everything that's New York City? I did, and got thrilled by the results, so here they are, summarized for your convenience, with links to the original article. Note, these are world records, not "largest in the tristate" ones.
  • Most Underground Stations
    The MTA New York City Transit, with 468 stations in a network covering 370 km (230 miles). The railway first opened on October 27, 1904, and serves an estimated 5.1 million passengers per day, or 1.86 billion per year. In addition to the 277 stations situated underground, 153 rest on elevated structures, 29 are built on embankments and nine lie in "open cuts" (trench-like depressions below street level).
  • Most Extensive Underground Railway
    The New York City subway. Apparently, most of the existing network had been completed by 1940 - maybe the 2nd avenue line can change that?
  • Largest Train Station By Number Of Platforms
    The Grand Central Terminal, built from 1903?-13, has 44 platforms on two underground levels with 41 tracks on the upper level and 26 on the lower. The station covers 19 ha (48 acres), and on average some 550 trains and 200,000 commuters use it every day.
  • Most Advertising By A Newspaper
    The New York Times of New York City, USA, has an average advertising volume of 4.5 million column inches per annum.
  • Longest Trading Suspension On The NYSE
    The New York Stock Exchange, New York City, USA, closed its doors on July 31, 1914. It did not fully reopen for 4 months and two weeks - the longest shutdown in exchange history. The suspension in trading was due to the outbreak of war in Europe.
  • Largest Department Store
    The 11-story one-blockful of Macy's at Herald Square, covering an area of 198,500 sq. m. (2.15 million sq ft)
  • Longest Water-Supply Tunnel
    The longest tunnel of any kind is the New York City-West Delaware water-supply tunnel. It has a diameter of 4.1 m (13 ft 6 in) and runs for 169 km (105 miles), from the Rondout reservoir into the Hillview reservoir, in Yonkers.
  • Tallest Scaffolding
    The world's tallest scaffolding was 198-m (650-ft) tall. It was erected around the New York City Municipal Building by Regional Scaffolding & Hoisting Co. of New York City, USA. The scaffolding was in place from 1988 to 1992. It was comprised of 12,000 scaffold frames and 20,000 aluminium planks.
  • Largest Refuse Tip
    Fresh Kills landfill, on Staten Island, New York City, USA,with an estimated 100 million tons (98 million tons) of garbage covering 1,200 ha (3,000 acres).
  • Largest Bookshop
    Barnes & Noble Bookstore, 105 Fifth Avenue at 18th Street. It covers 14,330 sq m (154,250 sq ft) and has 20.7 km (12.87 miles) of shelving.
  • Largest Cinema By Seat Capacity
    The Radio City Music Hall, with 5,910 seats. Originally known as "The Showplace of the Nation," the cinema opened on December 27, 1932.
  • Most Expensive Shopping Street
    Fifth Avenue, New York City, USA, is the most expensive street in the world in which to rent shop space. Retail space costs US$580 per sq. ft.($6,240 per sq. m.).
  • Largest Gift
    The Statue of Liberty, officially known as 'Liberty Enlightening the World', was a gift from the people of France to the United States of America. Transported to the USA in 1885, it was reassembled and dedicated on October 28, 1886. The statue stands 46.50 m (151 ft 1 in) tall, and weighs 252 tons (225 tons).
  • Oldest Jazz Club
    The Village Vanguard cellar jazz club opened in 1935, and has hosted mainstream jazz concerts ever since. Artists who have appeared there include John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Wynton Marsalis, and Thelonious Monk.
  • Most Spent Per Vote in an Election
    Michael R. Bloomberg, the Republican candidate for the November 6, 2001, New York City mayoral election, spent $92.60 for each of the 744,757 votes he won against Democrat Mark Green. Ross Perot, in contrast, spent about $3.59 per vote in the 1992 Presidential race. According to campaign documents filed with the NYC Board of Elections, billionaire Bloomberg spent a total of $68,968,185 on his mayoral campaignmore than the $48.6 million Steve Forbes spent on his 2000 presidential campaign!
  • Most Expensive Burger
    The most expensive burger commercially available is the DB Burger Royale, created by French chef Daniel Boulud and available on the menu of DB Bistro Moderne, New York, USA, for $50 (£30.31). The burger was added to the menu in January 2003 and is served exclusively during the black truffle season.

    "The burger patty consists of ground sirloin steak with a filling of boned short ribs braised in red wine, foie gras, preserved black truffles and a mirepoix [aromatic flavoring or seasoning] of root vegetables," Daniel explains. "The bun is made to a special recipe which includes Parmesan and poppy seeds and is spread with fresh horseradish, tomato confit, fresh tomato, red onion and lettuce.

    "But the extra special ingredients are the addition of fresh black Perigord truffles and truffle dressing." (read more at the website)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Program on the emergence of civilization.

"14 species of large animals capable of domesitcation in the history of mankind.
None from the sub-Saharan African continent.
13 from Europe, Asia and northern Africa."
And disfavor.

They point out Africans’ attempts to domesticate the elephant and zebra, the latter being an animal they illustrate that had utmost importance for it's applicability in transformation from a hunting/gathering to agrarian-based civilization.

The roots of racism are not of this earth.

Austrailia, aboriginals:::No domesticable animals.

The North American continent had none. Now 99% of that population is gone.

Organizational Heirarchy
Heirarchical order, from top to bottom:

1. MUCK - perhaps have experienced multiple universal contractions (have seen multiple big bangs), creator of the artificial intelligence humans ignorantly refer to as "god"
2. Perhaps some mid-level alien management –
3. Mafia (evil) aliens - runs day-to-day operations here and perhaps elsewhere ("On planets where they approved evil.")

Then we come to terrestrial management:

4. Chinese/egyptians - this may be separated into the eastern and western worlds
5. Romans - they answer to the egyptians
6. Mafia - the real-world interface that constantly turns over generationally so as to reinforce the widely-held notion of mortality
7. Jews, corporation, women, politician - Evidence exisits to suggest mafia management over all these groups.

Survival of the favored.

Movies foreshadowing catastrophy
1986 James Bond View to a Kill – 1989 San Fransisco Loma Prieta earthquake.

Journal: 10 composition books + 39 megs of text files

August 31, 2005 12:50 AM


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