Here’s another New York City factoid: NYC holds two international records for building destruction. The tallest completed building ever brought down through planned demolition was the city’s towering (and somewhat phallic looking) Singer Building in 1968.
Conversely, the tallest buildings ever brought down through officially unplanned demolition were the “Twin Towers” of the city’s World Trade Center due to Islamic terror attacks on September 11th, 2001.
Ramblings About Houston Street, Bad Spelling, and the Best Deli in NYC.
This might blow the minds of people outside of New York City. Here in NYC there is a road that runs from east to west across the island of Manhattan named “Houston Street.” The wide road extends to the very edges of the island and forms a boundary for the island’s “villages”–East, Greenwich, and West–and is home to the world-famous Katz’s Delicatessen. Given its name, it comes as a surprise to most persons outside of New York City to learn the street is not named for Sam Houston, the legendary hero of Texas. In fact, it is not even pronounced as “HYOO-stən”!