- The first capital of the United States was New York City. In 1789 George Washington took his oath as president on the balcony at Federal Hall.
- The Statue of Liberty is 101 feet tall from base to torch, 305 feet tall from pedestal foundation to torch. She has a 35-foot waist and an 8-foot index finger, and she weighs 450,000 pounds.
- The “New York Post,” founded in 1803 by Alexander Hamilton, is the oldest running newspaper in the United States.
- New York has the most extensive public library facilities in the United States, including the New York Public Library, one of the nation’s largest.
- New York City has 722 miles of subway track.
- More than 800 languages are spoken in New York City, making it the most linguistically diverse city in the world. 4 in 10 households speak a language other than English.
- Times Square is named after the New York Times. It was originally called Longacre Square until the Times moved there in 1904.
- More Chinese people live in New York City than any other city outside of Asia. More Jewish people live there than any other city outside of Israel.
- The oldest cattle ranch in the US was started in 1747 at Montauk on Long Island.
- The Big Apple is a term coined by musicians meaning to play the big time.
- The Bronx was settled in 1639 and is named for the Swedish settler Jonas Bronck.
- New York’s Ethnic Roots: African 15.8%, Italian 14.4%, Hispanic 14.2%, Irish 12.9%, German 11.1%. A 2004 report estimates 20.4% of the population is foreign-born.
- The New York Stock Exchange is the world’s largest exchange. It has an annual trading volume of $5.5 trillion.
- Religion in New York: 70% Christian (40% Catholic, 30% Protestant), 13% No Religion, 5% Jewish, 3.5% Muslim, 1% Buddhist
- The Titanic was scheduled to arrive at Chelsea Piers on April 16, 1912 at the conclusion of her maiden voyage. The “unsinkable” ship struck an iceberg and sank on April 14. Of the 2,200 passengers aboard, 675 were rescued by the Cunard liner Carpathia, which arrived at the Chelsea Piers on April 20th.
The weather in New York City tends towards extremes, can change dramatically from one day to the next. This morning we got up early and had breakfast outside. I was wearing a not so thick jacket because I didn’t feel cold but after 2 hours, the weather started to dropped. Its really a unpredictable weather.
We mingled with Mommy’s friend in the pantry and letting them know the schedule of the funeral services. Mommy was so well-loved. People spoke a lot about her kindness and generosity, how humble she was and how she inspired others in her own way. It saddened me that I was not given the opportunity to bond and mingle with her but at the same token, give us comfort that Mommy is in heaven now. No more suffering, no more pain.
I met Oneal’s youngest sister Jennifer and great-grand niece Novasia. Such an adorable kid. Oneal has a very kind and caring heart. In spite of the recent loss and situation, he still wanted everybody to feel good. We took his sister for shopping, spa, manicure and pedicure. I had my thing too in the salon. I know Oneal didn’t want me to pay attention much in the money but it was soooo expensive here, way way too high compare to the Philippines. Hair shampooing and hair conditioning cost $55 dollars plus tip. Oh boy, welcome to New York.
On the way home, Hubby got his new phone.
Meeting his family really give me assurance that I am more than welcome here. They are all good and loving person.
To be continued….
(This blog article is my personal journey, nothing more, nothing less)