I Never Knew That About New York


A treasure trove of fascinating trivia about the city that never sleeps

Did you know:

  • Grand Central Terminal is the largest railway station in the world.
  • Columbus Circle is the point from which all official distances to and from ...
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A treasure trove of fascinating trivia about the city that never sleeps

Did you know:

  • Grand Central Terminal is the largest railway station in the world.
  • Columbus Circle is the point from which all official distances to and from New York are measured
  • When Queen Elizabeth II visited Trinity Church in 1976, she was presented with 279 peppercorns in back rent
  • Macy’s owns almost a full city block…but not the real estate its famous sign featuring its signature red bag is on.
Take a delightful journey from the bottom of the island of Manhattan to the top and discover extraordinary facts about New York along the way.  You’ll find yourself saying,  “I never knew that about New York!”
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Library Journal
Most people will acknowledge that New York City is kind of a big deal. Many know that it's bursting with historic national treasures. But just how many, and in what close proximity to one another, may surprise even the most seasoned New York trivia buff. This guide starts at the southern tip of Manhattan, where Giovanni de Verrazano was the first European to set eyes on the island in 1524, and works its way north, block by block, neighborhood by neighborhood. The centuries fly by, bringing with them colonial churches, 19th-century mansions, the advent of the skyscraper, and 1950s bohemian hangouts. Television and theater producer/quiz master Winn (I Never Knew That About London) does an excellent job of cataloging the sights and stories of hundreds of years with just enough detail to spark curiosity. The whole thing is a bit heavy in tone, but the delicate and detailed illustrations by his wife, Mai Osawa, lighten the mood and keep the book flowing smoothly from Battery Park to the Cloisters. VERDICT Comprehensive, fascinating, and thoughtfully laid out, this is a great read for the armchair tourist and pavement pounder alike.—Emilia Packard, Austin, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142180631
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/25/2014
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 140,585
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Winn is a freelance writer and avid collector of trivia. He is married to artist Mai Osawa, who illustrates all the books in the series.

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