History UsefulNotes / NewYorkCity

20th Feb '18 4:13:46 PM TheDragonDemands
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* '''Queens''' (Queens County): The home of the two NYC airports, [=LaGuardia=] (named after the city's [[TheGreatDepression Depression]]-era mayor) and [[UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy JFK]] (originally Idlewild), two World's Fairs, underdog baseball team The Mets, the site of UsefulNotes/{{tennis}}' US Open, and lots and ''lots'' of graveyards (Manhattan hasn't had room for burials since the 1850s, so most New Yorkers who opt to be buried wind up resting in Queens). The second most populous borough, with a mix of working-class neighborhoods in the west and {{suburbia}} in the east. Fun trivia: it is the most ethnically and linguistically diverse area in the world, with native speakers of at least 140 different languages living within its 178 square miles. You can find a family-owned restaurant that represents virtually every ethnicity. It's home to nearly half the city's Asian population, and is also one of the few counties in the US where African-Americans (who make up one in five residents) make more money on average than whites.

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* '''Queens''' (Queens County): The home of the two NYC airports, [=LaGuardia=] (named after the city's [[TheGreatDepression Depression]]-era mayor) and [[UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy JFK]] (originally Idlewild), two World's Fairs, underdog baseball team The Mets, the site of UsefulNotes/{{tennis}}' US Open, and lots and ''lots'' of graveyards (Manhattan hasn't had room for burials since the 1850s, so most New Yorkers who opt to be buried wind up resting in Queens). The second most populous borough, with a mix of working-class neighborhoods in the west and {{suburbia}} in the east. Fun trivia: it is the most ethnically and linguistically diverse area in the world, with native speakers of at least 140 different languages living within its 178 square miles. You can find a family-owned restaurant that represents virtually every ethnicity. It's home to nearly half the city's Asian population, and is also one of the few counties in the US where African-Americans (who make up one in five residents) make more money on average than whites. Fun fact: due to "New York City" only absorbing Brooklyn and Queens in the late 1800's, plus local political factors, the "New York Public Library system" covers the boroughs of Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island, but ''not'' Queens and Brooklyn, which have their own independent library systems. Queens is also home to Jamaica station, the main train hub for all east-west travel going into Manhattan - all of the rail lines heading west on Long Island converge at Jamaica, which is also on the subway grid. For travelers heading in to NYC via JFK airport (the bigger of the two airports), a direct train line lines from the airport to Jamaica station, where you then either take an LIRR train or the subway to continue west into Manhattan.
20th Feb '18 3:59:37 PM TheDragonDemands
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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/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."\\

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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/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."\\" According to census records and exit polls, Staten Island is the most consistently conservative of the five boroughs, usually voting Republican while the other four usually vote Democrat.\\
2nd Feb '18 6:59:30 PM nombretomado
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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 for nearly a century afterward there were [[TheRemnant a few diehard holdouts]] (mostly in Brooklyn) who insisted that the decision to merge with the rest of New York 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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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 for nearly a century afterward there were [[TheRemnant a few diehard holdouts]] (mostly in Brooklyn) who insisted that the decision to merge with the rest of New York 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 UsefulNotes/NewYorkCitySubway would be established in 1904.
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.
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