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Tell the Story of New York in 10 Objects

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February 09, 2012 06:10:25 PM
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Richard Thompson

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Montclair, N.J.

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The backyard clothes line clothespin

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Health, hygene & education.

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February 09, 2012 06:05:12 PM
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dan k

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chelsea

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see below:

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1.Brooklyn bridge
2.Yellow taxi
3.Graffiti
4.Steam pipe exhaust tube on the street
5.Subway car
6.Flatiron bldg.
7.Wall st bull
8.Grand central clock (or ceiling)
9.The oyster (tied to the origins of our wealth)
10.the Cyclone (don’t underestimate the importance and influence Coney Island had on our country)

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February 09, 2012 06:04:49 PM
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richard burten

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Oradell, New Jersey

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The Flushing Remonstrance

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This is the foundation of both New York's and the US Constitution

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February 09, 2012 05:59:44 PM
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andrew bain

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manhattan

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A slave shackle.

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Without it the story would be incomplete.
There is this illusion that slavery was
only a southern phenomena, whereas
unpaid labor built New York from day one.

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February 09, 2012 05:59:44 PM
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Jill

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East Side/NYC

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The oyster!

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It was the food of the native Indians, and later both the poor and the rich harvested from our rivers in abundance. We're still finding the shells when we excavate. We're literally built on the oyster.

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February 09, 2012 05:59:30 PM
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Mary

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Bronx

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Any "Ray's Original Pizza" sign

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It shows the "I'm first/I'm best" spirit of New York--exasperating, humorous, infectious

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February 09, 2012 05:58:40 PM
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Rachel

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Brooklyn

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The window catwalks in grand central terminal

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Just one of the many spectacular features of GCT. The zodiac ceiling and the whispering hall are also special.

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February 09, 2012 05:58:23 PM
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Dan Higgins

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Westchester

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A Spaldeen (others have done this already)

By the way - if you called it a "Spalding", you didn't live in the part of the Bronx I did! (Wakefield)

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Every child in NYC played with one (before video games)

You will find them EVERYWHERE in the city - on rooftops, in sewers, on El tracks, on fire escapes.

Off the point / Stickball / Punchball / Boxball / Hit the stick all required a Spaldeen.

You would stand in the 5&10 holding one ball in each hand head-high. Drop them both, then take the higher-bouncer. Then take another out of the box, and repeat until you had the highest bouncer in the box.

And you had a straightened coat hanger with a loop on the end to fish them out of the storm drains.

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February 09, 2012 05:57:42 PM
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Joby Jacob

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Hollis Hills, NY

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The Flushing Remonstrance

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The Flushing Remonstrance was the letter the people of Flushing sent to Governor Stuyvesent asking that he leave the Quakers alone. As far as they were concerned if the Quakers didn't bother anyone they could not in good conscience persecute them. It influenced the First Amendment and presages the unique New York attitude about religion.

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February 09, 2012 05:55:09 PM
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Jill

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Upper West

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The yellow taxi...

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...from the checker to the hybrid. They're every where (and many natives never learn how to drive!). You know the movie scene is a New York street if the majority of the cars are yellow.

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February 09, 2012 05:54:59 PM
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Matthew Yanchuk

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Brooklyn

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NYC subway map

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It is read by millions from New Yorkers to visitors and you get o know the lay out of the city in one page.

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February 09, 2012 05:33:24 PM
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Elizabeth S. Titus

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Upper West Side/CPW

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NPR podcast of show about Walt Whitman, his life in NYC at a pivotal time in history, his most famous poem, Song of Myself

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Song of Myself

XXIV

by Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman, a kosmos, of Manhattan the son,
Turbulent, fleshy, sensual, eating, drinking and breeding,
No sentimentalist, no stander above men and women or apart from them,
No more modest than immodest.

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February 09, 2012 05:22:14 PM
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Elizabeth S. Titus

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upper West Side/CPW

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Vintage postcard of Chelsea Piers showing Lusitania

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Transatlantic travel began in NYC, and the Lusitania sailed from Chelsea Piers on the doomed voyage that led the US into WW1.

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February 09, 2012 05:15:07 PM
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Rich Koch

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UCNJ

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Any manhole cover

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Why? Because it was the infrastructure of New York - the sewers, the piped in water, and later gas, electricity and communications - that allowed New York to expand north from the Battery, to become the battery the country's explosive growth. And it was the ability to put it all under our feet that allowed our city to become an architectural and by extension cultural powerhouse.

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February 09, 2012 05:14:42 PM
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Elizabeth S. Titus

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upper West Side/CPW

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Section of plank and rail from the High Line

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The best of the best of NYC! Who doesn't love the High Line? It has layers of the city's history, plus, it shows what anyone with the gumption can do to make things happen in the city!

"The High Line was built in the 1930s, as part of a massive public-private infrastructure project called the West Side Improvement. It lifted freight traffic 30 feet in the air, removing dangerous trains from the streets of Manhattan's largest industrial district. No trains have run on the High Line since 1980. Friends of the High Line, a community-based non-profit group, formed in 1999 when the historic structure was under threat of demolition."

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February 09, 2012 04:53:38 PM
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Elizabeth S. Titus

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Upper West Side/CPW

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The Unisphere

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The Unisphere sits in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens. It is a famous sight and is visible to drivers on the LIE, the Grand Central, and Van Wyck, as well as to airline passengers arriving and departing from LaGuardia and JFK.

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February 09, 2012 04:16:25 PM
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Laura Benin

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Queens

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The Pigeon

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During my childhood in NYC, pigeons greeted me every day as I walked home from school. Their very abundance on the streets made me think that they were a special city bird. Of course, my mother advised me to stay away from them because they were "dirty," thus making me fearful of all birds and all animals in general.

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February 09, 2012 03:52:32 PM
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JESSA KRICK

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Tarrytown, New York

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The object I am nominating is an edition of Washington Irving's Diedrick Knickerbocker's History of New-York (1809).

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This book was Irving's first great literary success, launching the author's career as the noted American author of his day. In addition, thanks to this book, "Knickerbocker" has become synonymous with New Yorker. Beer, short pants, even bread shared this name over the years. Today it lives in the name of our basketball team, the New York Knicks!

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February 09, 2012 12:13:41 PM
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Peter

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New Jersey

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Steel Cable

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Invisible to many and found in every building with an elevator... in every major bridge.
Without it the city couldn't move... or have been built to such size... or extend its influence into its environs.

Almost every city resident or worker uses it daily without touching it!

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February 09, 2012 12:12:55 PM
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Christina

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Allendale, NJ

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The "M" Metropolitan tab

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What would NYC be without it's museums.

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