If there’s one thing New Yorkers enjoy it’s one-upping each other with obscure facts about New York. Ok, maybe that’s just us, but if the popularity of the New-York Historical Society’s new video series with NYC Media is any indication, there are at least a few other people on board. New-York Historical has produced a series of 90 one-minute videos entitled “When Did the Statue of Liberty Turn Green? And 101 Other Questions About New York,” based on the book of the same name by the staff of the New-York Historical Society’s Library.
Now, NYC & Co. will feature three of the videos—answering the questions How Did New York Get Its Famous Nickname: The Empire State?, Is it True Manhattan Used to Have Cowboys? and When Was the First Apartment Building Constructed in NYC?—in their visitors center at 810 7th Avenue from November 3 to November 10. The answers involve George Washington, West Side freight trains and architect Richard Morris Hunt. Of course, you can catch all the videos here, and then impress all your friends with your newly-learned trivia.
And don’t forget to tune into Jeopardy! on the week of November 11th for even more New-York Historical Society trivia!
Photo credit: Unidentified artist, Untitled [Union Square, ca. 1870.] Photograph. New-York Historical Society.