The Weird and Wonderful of the Big Apple


If Americans have a reputation for being a little on the crazy side, then Manhattan must be a nut house. Surely no one would live in New York if they were sane, right? Well, crazy as they may be, there’s also something romantic about the idea of so many different cultures crammed into one small island, and making it work.

Just as you’d be crazy not to go here to find the best payout online casino, you’d also be crazy not to enjoy all that this city has to offer. But if you’re going to go, you may as well join them and check out these nutty attractions New Yorkers find just another cab off the rank.

The New York Earth Room

The Mona Lisa was terrific, although smaller than imagined. David is exquisite, though not in proportion. We may not know art, but we do know what isn’t art, and this is one of those things. 127,300 kgs of dirt, in a room, in New York. End of story.

Walter Di Maria’s piece went live to the public for a three-month stint in 1977, and the ground still remains. His third work, the previous two also being lots of dirt in a room, is indeed open to the public and anyone who was a fan of Hollywood flop, Waterworld, may find this something worth staring at.

Brooklyn Heights’ Subway Ventilator

New York City’s subway is phenomenal, the best in the world without a doubt. Long enough to stretch to South Carolina, it carries over 6 million of the city’s finest each and everyday around its 472 stations. It is so magnificent, in fact, that one of its ventilation shafts even has its very own town house.

Cunningly disguised as an actual property, nowhere in the world would have the audacity to build an entire house solely dedicated to airing the underground. But New York is just that audacious, just that brazen to dare. 58 Joralemon Street, because how dare we have to look at something so hideous as ventilation.

New York’s Parks

Even the most populated urban space on the planet manages to sneak in a decent amount of greenery to keep its citizens from going completely crazy. But that’s New York for you; if the people want grass, they’ve got it. But did you ever wonder how they managed to grab so much free space? They evicted the dead!

Many of the city’s greatest green areas are repurposed cemeteries. Union Square Park, Bryant Park and Madison Square Park are all previous boneyards, now adorned with swings and slides. Heck, Washington Square has 20,000 corpses underneath it. Even Donald managed to build on the bones of the people (literally) with Trump Tower. Talk about “old with the old, in with the new”.

Gold, Gold, Gold!

New York has always been synonymous with money. Known as the financial capital of the world, its endless skyscrapers and lavish architecture just screams opulence. But there’s even more coin tucked away than the average joe knows.

The Federal Reserve on Liberty Street houses nearly one quarter of all the gold mined on this dear planet of ours. Deposited by the world’s central banks, sovereign states and Austin Powers’ henchman, each bar is worth roughly $650,000 and there is 7,000 tonnes all told. That equates to just a touch under $250 billion in bullion!

Long Lines Building

With so much beautiful architecture in Manhattan, from the Flatiron to the Woolworth Building, you wouldn’t think that someone could build one without windows, would you? We give you 33 Thomas Street, the Long Lines Building.

In 1974, renowned architect John Carl Warneke designed and built this creepy, 550-foot behemoth, smack bang in the middle of the city. Unfortunately, his budget must have run dry before the apertures were installed as not a single pane of glass alludes its facade. Surely there can’t be anything dodgy going on behind those walls, right?

Share this

Recent articles

More like this