History UsefulNotes / NewYorkCity

29th Nov '17 5:26:48 AM alnair20aug93
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* '''Staten Island''' (Richmond County): Known by other New Yorkers for the Ferry to Manhattan, high tolls, and relative suburbanity (in that order). Third-largest in geographic size but least populous by far with a population 480,000, it is the least dense borough and the only one not connected to the subway (though it has its own local train that uses the same fare system). As a result, Staten Islanders are more likely to own cars than other New Yorkers. Combined with the fact that it stands at a bit of a remove from the rest of the city geographically but is only separated by a narrow channel from New Jersey (specifically Hudson, Union, and Middlesex Counties), this different character has led to occasional grumblings from New Jerseyans that the island should really be part of NJ, and frequent jokes from other New Yorkers that it basically already is. Its four road bridges are tolled at $14-16, rising from time to time.[[note]]Though discounts exist for residents. Take that, everyone else![[/note]] If this article was written two decades ago, Fresh Kills Landfill would've replaced "high tolls" in this entry's first sentence. It's now being turned into a park 3 times the size of Central Park. Incidentally, a ''third'' of Staten Island is protected parkland, including beaches, wildlife refuges, and dense woodlands. Two large hills straddle a ridge spanning most of the island; Todt Hill is the highest natural point along the Eastern Seaboard. Numerous historical sights, some [[UsefulNotes/TheColonialPeriod pre-Revolution]], dot the island. Richmondtown in particular is preserved colonial village, a subject of many field trips for New York schoolkids. If you're into urban exploration, the island's brownfield areas have much to offer. The whole island competes with Manhattan's Washington Square for the title of "most reputably haunted place in New York State."\\

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* '''Staten Island''' (Richmond County): Known by other New Yorkers for the Ferry to Manhattan, high tolls, and relative suburbanity (in that order). Third-largest in geographic size but least populous by far with a population 480,000, it is the least dense borough and the only one not connected to the subway (though it has its own local train that uses the same fare system). As a result, Staten Islanders are more likely to own cars than other New Yorkers. Combined with the fact that it stands at a bit of a remove from the rest of the city geographically but is only separated by a narrow channel from New Jersey (specifically Hudson, Union, and Middlesex Counties), this different character has led to occasional grumblings from New Jerseyans that the island should really be part of NJ, and frequent jokes from other New Yorkers that it basically already is. Its four road bridges are tolled at $14-16, rising from time to time.[[note]]Though discounts exist for residents. Take that, everyone else![[/note]] If this article was written two decades ago, Fresh Kills Landfill would've replaced "high tolls" in this entry's first sentence. It's now being turned into a park 3 times the size of Central Park. Incidentally, a ''third'' of Staten Island is protected parkland, including beaches, wildlife refuges, and dense woodlands. Two large hills straddle a ridge spanning most of the island; Todt Hill is the highest natural point along the Eastern Seaboard. Numerous historical sights, some [[UsefulNotes/TheColonialPeriod [[UsefulNotes/TheThirteenAmericanColonies pre-Revolution]], dot the island. Richmondtown in particular is preserved colonial village, a subject of many field trips for New York schoolkids. If you're into urban exploration, the island's brownfield areas have much to offer. The whole island competes with Manhattan's Washington Square for the title of "most reputably haunted place in New York State."\\
28th Nov '17 6:20:03 PM nombretomado
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After UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, with most of Europe in ruins, New York emerged to replace [[LondonTown London]] as the world's premier financial center and [[GayParee Paris]] as the capital of the art world. The UsefulNotes/UnitedNations Headquarters was built in Manhattan along the East River, turning New York into a political center as well. Midtown Manhattan went through a huge construction boom fueled by post-war prosperity. However, not all was well. Starting in 1950, New York's population began dropping, thanks to the highways (many of them built by the aforementioned Robert Moses) running out into the growing suburbs (though Moses' plans to put through freeways through the heart of Manhattan never went through due to neighborhood protests and the slow decline of his power). In TheSixties, the city, under the inept mayorship of John Lindsay, experienced a series of strikes by transit workers, teachers and sanitation workers, a riot between college students and construction workers, and a blizzard that crippled the city. The rise of container shipping killed New York's ports, as the new Port Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal in [[{{Joisey}} New Jersey]] could handle the massive stacks of shipping containers that New York could not. Times Square became increasingly seedy, filled with porn theaters and other disreputable businesses, and came to symbolize the city's decline.

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After UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, with most of Europe in ruins, New York emerged to replace [[LondonTown London]] UsefulNotes/{{London}} as the world's premier financial center and [[GayParee Paris]] as the capital of the art world. The UsefulNotes/UnitedNations Headquarters was built in Manhattan along the East River, turning New York into a political center as well. Midtown Manhattan went through a huge construction boom fueled by post-war prosperity. However, not all was well. Starting in 1950, New York's population began dropping, thanks to the highways (many of them built by the aforementioned Robert Moses) running out into the growing suburbs (though Moses' plans to put through freeways through the heart of Manhattan never went through due to neighborhood protests and the slow decline of his power). In TheSixties, the city, under the inept mayorship of John Lindsay, experienced a series of strikes by transit workers, teachers and sanitation workers, a riot between college students and construction workers, and a blizzard that crippled the city. The rise of container shipping killed New York's ports, as the new Port Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal in [[{{Joisey}} New Jersey]] could handle the massive stacks of shipping containers that New York could not. Times Square became increasingly seedy, filled with porn theaters and other disreputable businesses, and came to symbolize the city's decline.
28th Nov '17 9:10:02 AM TheWanderer
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The year 1898 marked the beginning of the modern City of New York, with the consolidation of New York (then composed of Manhattan and the Bronx), the city of Brooklyn, and outlying areas in what is now Queens and Staten Island. This was a fiercely debated decision at the time which barely acquired a majority to vote for it, and to this day there are a few Brooklynites who refer to Brooklyn's decision to merge with the rest of New York as "The Great Mistake of '98". The cities of Yonkers and Mount Vernon were also given a vote to join NYC and become [[WhatCouldHaveBeen the sixth and seventh boroughs]], but this was rejected by voters. The NewYorkCitySubway would be established in 1904.

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The year 1898 marked the beginning of the modern City of New York, with the consolidation of New York (then composed of Manhattan and the Bronx), the city of Brooklyn, and outlying areas in what is now Queens and Staten Island. This was a fiercely debated decision at the time which barely acquired a majority to vote for it, and to this day for nearly a century afterward there are were [[TheRemnant a few Brooklynites diehard holdouts]] (mostly in Brooklyn) who refer to Brooklyn's insisted that the decision to merge with the rest of New York as was wrong and [[InsistentTerminology continually referred to it as]] "The Great Mistake of '98". The cities of Yonkers and Mount Vernon were also given a vote to join NYC and become [[WhatCouldHaveBeen the sixth and seventh boroughs]], but this was rejected by voters. The NewYorkCitySubway would be established in 1904.


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28th Nov '17 5:07:43 AM DesertDragon
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* The Art/StatueOfLiberty and Ellis Island. (Yes to both)
** Nearby Ellis Island, which housed the immigration processing station (now a museum), is, as decided in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Jersey_v._New_York a Supreme Court case]], partly in both New York and New Jersey, however. (The parts of the island that were created by landfill, mostly dirt and rock from the building of the Subway, are in NJ).
*** The case's rationale was that the laws and agreements respecting the two islands granted the land of the islands as they naturally are/were to New York, but the water and submerged land remained New Jersey territory. Therefore, while Liberty Island is in New York (because there's no landfill), it's entirely surrounded by New Jersey territorial waters and thus technically an exclave of NY in NJ (and thus of NYC in Jersey City).

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* The Art/StatueOfLiberty and Ellis Island. Island (Yes to both)
** Nearby Ellis Island,
both), the latter of which famously housed the United States' main immigration processing station (now a museum), is, as decided in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Jersey_v._New_York a Supreme Court case]], on the East Coast. An estimated 40% of Americans had at least one ancestor pass through here. Interestingly, the islands are partly in both New York and New Jersey, however. (The Jersey. The parts of the island islands that were created by landfill, mostly dirt and rock from the building of the Subway, are in NJ).
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NJ. The case's rationale was that the laws and agreements respecting the two islands granted the land of the islands as they naturally are/were to New York, but the water and submerged land remained New Jersey territory. Therefore, while Liberty Island is in New York (because there's no landfill), it's entirely surrounded by New Jersey territorial waters and thus technically an exclave of NY in NJ (and thus of NYC in Jersey City).
27th Oct '17 12:22:40 PM bitemytail
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* '''Staten Island''' (Richmond County): Known by other New Yorkers for the Ferry to Manhattan, high tolls, and relative suburbanity (in that order). Third-largest in geographic size but least populous by far with a population 480,000, it is the least dense borough and the only one not connected to the subway (though it has its own local train that uses the same fare system). As a result, Staten Islanders are more likely to own cars than other New Yorkers. Combined with the fact that it stands at a bit of a remove from the rest of the city geographically but is only separated by a narrow channel from New Jersey (specifically Hudson, Union, and Middlesex Counties), this different character has led to occasional grumblings from New Jerseyans that the island should really be part of NJ, and frequent jokes from other New Yorkers that it basically already is. Its four road bridges are tolled at $14-16, rising from time to time.[[note]]Though discounts exist for residents. Take that, everyone else![[/note]] If this article was written two decades ago, Fresh Kills Landfill would've replaced "high tolls" in this entry's first sentence. It's now being turned into a park 3 times the size of Central Park. Incidentally, a ''third'' of Staten Island is protected parkland, including beaches, wildlife refuges, and dense woodlands. Two large hills straddle a ridge spanning most of the island; Todt Hill is the highest natural point along the Eastern Seaboard. Numerous historical sights, some [[TheColonialPeriod pre-Revolution]], dot the island. Richmondtown in particular is preserved colonial village, a subject of many field trips for New York schoolkids. If you're into urban exploration, the island's brownfield areas have much to offer. The whole island competes with Manhattan's Washington Square for the title of "most reputably haunted place in New York State."\\

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* '''Staten Island''' (Richmond County): Known by other New Yorkers for the Ferry to Manhattan, high tolls, and relative suburbanity (in that order). Third-largest in geographic size but least populous by far with a population 480,000, it is the least dense borough and the only one not connected to the subway (though it has its own local train that uses the same fare system). As a result, Staten Islanders are more likely to own cars than other New Yorkers. Combined with the fact that it stands at a bit of a remove from the rest of the city geographically but is only separated by a narrow channel from New Jersey (specifically Hudson, Union, and Middlesex Counties), this different character has led to occasional grumblings from New Jerseyans that the island should really be part of NJ, and frequent jokes from other New Yorkers that it basically already is. Its four road bridges are tolled at $14-16, rising from time to time.[[note]]Though discounts exist for residents. Take that, everyone else![[/note]] If this article was written two decades ago, Fresh Kills Landfill would've replaced "high tolls" in this entry's first sentence. It's now being turned into a park 3 times the size of Central Park. Incidentally, a ''third'' of Staten Island is protected parkland, including beaches, wildlife refuges, and dense woodlands. Two large hills straddle a ridge spanning most of the island; Todt Hill is the highest natural point along the Eastern Seaboard. Numerous historical sights, some [[TheColonialPeriod [[UsefulNotes/TheColonialPeriod pre-Revolution]], dot the island. Richmondtown in particular is preserved colonial village, a subject of many field trips for New York schoolkids. If you're into urban exploration, the island's brownfield areas have much to offer. The whole island competes with Manhattan's Washington Square for the title of "most reputably haunted place in New York State."\\
27th Oct '17 11:36:37 AM DustSnitch
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* The UsefulNotes/StatueOfLiberty and Ellis Island. (Yes to both)

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* The UsefulNotes/StatueOfLiberty Art/StatueOfLiberty and Ellis Island. (Yes to both)



After the war, immigration [[SerialEscalation increased further]], and New York's status as the gateway to America was acknowledged with the construction of the Statue of Liberty in 1886. Tammany Hall took advantage of this immigration to consolidate its own power through the Gilded Age, becoming the [[TropeCodifier codifier]] for corrupt political machines. It used its power to win the votes of the poor masses and muzzle opposition through a combination of handouts, cronyism, [[PoliceBrutality police oppression]] and TheMafia, letting the city fall into squalor and turn into a premier WretchedHive as the city's tenements became increasingly packed. Social reformer Jacob Riis would document New York's poverty in his 1890 book ''How the Other Half Lives'', which soon became one of the pioneering examples of photojournalism.

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After the war, immigration [[SerialEscalation increased further]], and New York's status as the gateway to America was acknowledged with the construction of the Statue of Liberty Art/StatueOfLiberty in 1886. Tammany Hall took advantage of this immigration to consolidate its own power through the Gilded Age, becoming the [[TropeCodifier codifier]] for corrupt political machines. It used its power to win the votes of the poor masses and muzzle opposition through a combination of handouts, cronyism, [[PoliceBrutality police oppression]] and TheMafia, letting the city fall into squalor and turn into a premier WretchedHive as the city's tenements became increasingly packed. Social reformer Jacob Riis would document New York's poverty in his 1890 book ''How the Other Half Lives'', which soon became one of the pioneering examples of photojournalism.
23rd Sep '17 10:00:59 AM LtFedora
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* The Empire State Building. (Yes.)

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* The Empire State Building. (Yes.)) The distinctive Art Deco skyscraper was the tallest building in the world when it was finished and held the record for 36 years. It is the most iconic building in New York and perhaps the United States as a whole.
8th Sep '17 2:25:00 AM jamespolk
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* NewYorkCityCops
* NewYorkCitySubway
8th Sep '17 2:23:50 AM jamespolk
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!!'''Tropes associated with New York City'''

* BigApplesauce
* TheBigRottenApple
* FultonStreetFolly
* NewYorkCityCops
* NewYorkCitySubway
* NewYorkIsOnlyManhattan
3rd Jun '17 11:29:06 AM Cailleach
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* '''The Bronx''' (Bronx County): The birthplace of hip-hop, it's also home to a famous zoo and the New York Yankees UsefulNotes/{{baseball}} team, until recently the most successful sports franchise on Earth[[note]]In case you are wondering, it was deposed in 2012 by Manchester United and Real Madrid, two European [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball association football]] teams.[[/note]] and still arguably the most hated. Since TheSixties, it's been the borough most associated with [[TheBigRottenApple urban deprivation]], especially in the South Bronx (a longtime unofficial slogan was [[BrooklynRage "only the strong survive"]]); though it's still the least affluent of the Five Boroughs, it's not nearly as much of a WretchedHive as it once was. Fun piece of trivia: this is the only borough on the US mainland. Manhattan and Staten Island are their own islands, while Brooklyn and Queens are on the [[http://x9f.xanga.com/e031433007134280939779/b211607553.jpg western end of Long Island]].

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* '''The Bronx''' (Bronx County): The birthplace of hip-hop, it's also home to a famous zoo and the New York Yankees UsefulNotes/{{baseball}} team, until recently the most successful sports franchise on Earth[[note]]In case you are wondering, it was deposed in 2012 by Manchester United and Real Madrid, two European [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball association football]] teams.[[/note]] and still arguably the most hated. Since TheSixties, it's been the borough most associated with [[TheBigRottenApple urban deprivation]], especially in the South Bronx (a longtime unofficial slogan was [[BrooklynRage "only the strong survive"]]); though it's still the least affluent of the Five Boroughs, it's not nearly as much of a WretchedHive as it once was. Fun piece of trivia: this is the only borough on the US mainland.mainland[[note]]Unless you count the small Manhattan neighborhood of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manhattan#Marble_Hill Marble Hill]], which was severed from the island during the building of the Harlem River Ship Canal and then attached to the Bronx by filling in another river, but is still considered part of Manhattan[[/note]]. Manhattan and Staten Island are their own islands, while Brooklyn and Queens are on the [[http://x9f.xanga.com/e031433007134280939779/b211607553.jpg western end of Long Island]].
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