By: Elie Kleidman
A New York City Alphabet Book
Believe it or not, but this theater had a different name when it was first constructed in 1750. It was called the B.S. Moss’s Colony Theater and made for Benjamin S. Moss. Back then, there was only one Broadway theater located on Broadway street. They first opened the theater in 1829 and put their first show on in 1866. Their first show was The Black Crook. Now, Broadway has 9 theaters, 5 houses, and currently is performing 30 shows. Also, most theaters can seat up to 1761 people! This theater is now the most popular theater in NY!
This colossal park is home to many species of animals and plants. For example, they have over 230 different types of birds like the mallard, the green heron, the red-headed woodpecker, northern waterthrush, hooded merganser, wood duck and lots more. If you want to find out more about these birds, come to the central park zoo. This zoo opened in 1864 and has 7 exhibits and over 53 different animals! Also, this park has over 19,993 different kinds of plants and trees such as, the eastern redbud tree, Acer Campestre hedge maple, magnolia tree, okame cherry tree, Acer saccharinum silver maple, red maple tree, weeping cherry tree and tons more. And, if all you want to see is plants, come to the Shakespeare or conservatory gardens. They hold over 27 different plants, flowers and so much more!
This place specializes in kosher cookie dough of all shapes and sizes. They serve it in a cup like ice cream and they have over 20 unique and exciting flavors like confetti, brownie batter, fluffernutter and lots more. This place isn’t allergy friendly but has choices that are vegan, gluten-free, and nut free so everyone can enjoy! If you don’t like just plain cookie dough, they have other options as well like cakes and cookies that can be shipped right to your door from just about anywhere! This cookie dough can last up to three weeks as long as it is refrigerated. The cookie dough is made with pasteurized eggs which is why it is safe to eat and really delicious!
This building was constructed during the race to establish the world’s tallest building in 1930. It was modeled after the 22 story Reynolds Building which was built the year before. It took 3400 workers to complete the 102 story skyscraper which took one year and 45 days to build and was finished in 1931. The skyscraper is made out of 200,000 feet of Indiana limestone and is 1454 feet tall. This was the tallest building in 1930 and it was so big that it even got its own zip code!
This building was originally built as the headquarters of the Fuller Construction Company. They named it the Fuller building but because of the unusual triangular plot, the locals gave it a nickname “The Flatiron Building”. Now, the official name is the Flatiron Building. This building is a steel framed skyscraper that is currently owned by the Sorgente Group. It took less than a year to build and is currently used for printing.
The celestial ceiling is located in the main terminal in grand central. This ceiling was painted in 1603 by Johann Bayer. It is a mural of all of the constellations and it was made before grand central even opened. After grand central opened, they realized that the pictures were backward, the east was actually the west and the west was the east. In 1924, the roof leaked making the picture all dirty and made the blue background have patches of black, green, and white. They started to repair it in 1944 and finished in 1945 revealing a brand new mural. Now, the portrait is brand new and in amazing shape.
This park was built by James Corner Field Operations. The park was inspired by a tree-lined walkway in Paris. This park opened in 2009 and was finished in 2014. It was built on the west side of Manhattan on a former New York spur. This park is located 2.33 km above Gansevoort Street to West 34th Street and is 1.45 miles long. Now, NYC owns it and a group of people called “Friends of the Highline” help take care of it.
Washington Irving had many jobs but he was mainly a American short story writer. He wrote a lot of books but they weren’t very long. He was also an essayist, biographer, and a historian. As he got older, he wrote many books. Some of his most famous books were, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Rip Van Winkle, The Devil, and Kidd the Pirate. Even though these books were written a long time ago, they are still read today. His most famous book that is still read today is Rip Van Winkle.
Jean Georges is a French eatery located in Trump’s international hotel and tower. It was opened in 1997 and has a great view Central Park. Also, it has ceiling to floor windows. It was named after Jean-Georges Vongerichten who is a chef and cookbook writer (he has 5 cookbooks). He was trained with the best chefs in France and has 10 restaurants around the world. The food was so good that it got four stars only three months after it opened!
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was born on April 16, 1947. His birth name was Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr. He changed his name in 1973 to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. In high school, he won 71 games for his team and because of that he got drafted by the one-season-old Bucks franchise in the 1969 NBA draft with the first overall pick. Then, 20 years later, he retired after scoring 38,387 points for his team.
Lincoln Center is a bunch of complex buildings dedicated to the performing arts. It is located in the Lincoln Square neighborhood in Manhattan. Also, it was part of the "Lincoln Square Renewal Project" in the 1950s and 1960s. At the Lincoln Center, they put on many different types of performances such as concerts, singing, orchestras/bands, plays, dancing, and tons more. In fact, the big apple circus is even held here!
This museum is the biggest art museum in the USA. It is so big that about 2 million people come each day making it the second most visited museum in the USA. This museum has 24 exhibits, over 2 million works of art, and over 20 structures. The most popular exhibit is Treasures of Tutankhamun. One of the many artifacts found in that exhibit is the base of King Tut’s sarcophagus. But, unlike any other art museum, you are allowed to take pictures to treasure your experience.
Nicki Minaj was born on December 8 in 1982. Her name was originally Onika Anya Maraj but she changed it around when she started singing. At 5 years old, she moved her family to Queens. She has two siblings and is the youngest of both of them. When she got older, she went to Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School and studied to become an actress and a singer there. Now, she is a Rapper/singer, songwriter, actress, and a dancer. She currently has 32 songs, 10 albums, 3 compilation albums, 3 studio albums, and 13 promotional singles.
N is for Nicki Minaj
When Nicki's around,
Opossums live in urban areas but mostly NYC. Because they have such bad vision, they don’t make their own homes. So, if you are searching for them, you will most likely find them in abandoned dens, nests, or sheds made by other animals. They prefer to be near a river or swamp. You can also find them in old buildings, cavities in rocks, brush piles, hollow trees, or fallen logs.
O is for Opposum
Over 103 species,
They eat fruit bugs and mice.
Although their eyesight is bad,
There hearing is nice.
This hotel was constructed in the 19th century and was finished in 1907. It was a dream of Bernhard Beinecke, Fred Sterry, and Harry S. Black to build this hotel. To pursue their dream, they purchased a 15-year old hotel instead of building a whole new one. By 1907, they had transformed it into a 19-story skyscraper that is worth millions of dollars! Now, this hotel has gold encrusted silverware and no less than 1650 crystal chandeliers. It is also known as one of the most elegant hotels in the world!
Located in Queens is the governing body for USA tennis called USTA (United States Tennis Association). USTA consists of 100 tennis courts and has over 700 thousand members. This famous tennis court was founded in 1881 and hosts the US open every single year. It has been hosting the US open ever since it opened in 2015. The headquarters for the USTA is in White Plains and the president is currently Katrina Adams.
This soccer stadium was first built in 1985 and was finished within the same year. The cost for this 3,500 seat soccer stadium in Manhattan was one million dollars! Recently, in 2017, they made it a year-round soccer stadium by purchasing the “Bubble at Baker” which is a heated bubble-like dome. It keeps out the cold and harsh winds. Because of that, the New York Cosmos, all Columbia teams, NY red bulls, and Old Blue R.F.C. can practice here even in the winter. The owners and caretakers of this amazing soccer field is Columbia. They inflate the bubble every winter and then take it down for the rest of the year to keep the soccer stadium in good shape.
This lady that stands on Ellis Island was sculpted by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi. Building her took 90 years (1875965). She is 305 feet tall and is made out of copper. Copper is usually a bronze-like color so why is the statue of liberty green? Well, over time, when copper starts to get old, it turns a greenish color. This statue is made out of so much copper that it could make more than 30 million pennies! This statue symbolizes liberty, freedom, and friendship between France and the U.S. It was first was a gateway for immigrants but now it is an immigration museum. Now, it is owned by New York City and New Jersey.
Turturro was born in 1957 and had two brothers. His full name is John Michael Turturro. Growing up, he went to SUNY New Paltz and Yale School of Drama where he started his career in acting. He is now an American- Italian Actor and he has been for 29 years so far. He was in the shows The Night Of, The Bronx is Burning, and The Fortunate Pilgrim. He was also in four transformer movies as Agent Simmons and many more. He is now 60 years old and lives in Brooklyn with his wife Katherine Borowitz and his two kids.
T is for Turturro
In 73 movies,
But only 3 shows,
He is six feet tall,
And wears fancy clothes.
Union Square is located in Manhattan and was built and dedicated to John Geary. This nine-acre wide town was opened in 2009 and is a public plaza. Inside, this town has high-rise buildings and 9,913 houses. This town is home to over 25,551 people. Also, they have a statue of our first president, George Washington. This statue was constructed in 1814, finished in 1886 and then dedicated in 1865. It is made out of bronze and is the oldest sculpture in the New York City Parks collection.
Vanessa Lachey was born in 1980 with the name Vanessa Joy Minnillo. She has one brother and is the younger sibling by two years. When she was a teenager, she was named Miss Teen USA in 1998. She is a Television Personality, Beauty Queen, Fashion Model, Television Host, and Actress. She has been working for 18 years and has been in three movies and 15 shows. She is married to Nick Lachey and has three children.
V is for Vanessa Lachey
She is a T.V. star,
Born in 1980.
She was in 15 shows,
But only three movies.
This building is the eighth building of the eight world trade centers in the world. It is also the eighth most expensive building, the tallest building in the western hemisphere, and the sixth tallest building in the world. It is 1792 feet tall, has 94 stories, 200 feet wide, and has 104 floors. They began to build it in 2006 and finished in 2014. The architect, David Childs, is well known for doing work on the world trade center also known as the freedom tower. The cost to build this building was over three billion dollars! Now, a company called Port Authorities owns it.
W is for World Trade Center
200 feet wide,
94 stories tall,
this is the 6th tallest building,
So be careful that you don’t fall!
This game is a real-life escape room which basically means that you are stuck in a room for an hour with a problem or mystery and you have to find a way out. If after that one hour is up and you and your group are still not out, your assistant comes in and lets you out. You have to find a key or passcode with the objects around you. You get two hints and if you need more than that, you get deducted ffive minutes from the game for every extra hint you need. The minimum amount of people allowed in is six and the max is 13. When you play this game, it will be you and only the other people you came with and you can’t play if you are under five years old.
Constructed in 1922 and opened 87 years later in 2009, was a baseball stadium that is home to the NY Yankees. This baseball stadium was constructed in 1922 and was opened in 2009. The first 23 games played there, there were 87 home runs made. This stadium can hold more than 54,251 people at a time! It is also worth 2.3 billion dollars! The Yankees own this stadium and play most of their games there.
Zaros is known for one famous treat, their black and white cookies! These cookies are just regular sugar cookies but they have white frosting on one side and black frosting on the other. They have been using the same family recipe to make these cookies ever since they first opened in 1927! These cookies are so good that they get shipped all over the world! Also, each day, over 1.5 million people from all over come to buy them from Zaros.
Proposed: (verb) to form or consider a purpose or design
Act of Incorporation: (noun) a certificate that acts as a chart to build the building
Central Park Arsenal: (noun) symmetrical brick building in Central Park
Pasteurized (past-er-ized): (verb) to expose a food to an elevated temperature for a period of time to kill all of the harmful ingredients that can cause disease
Reynolds Building: (noun) 21 floor skyscraper in North Carolina
Zip-code: (noun) used to assist the delivery of mail
Celestial (sell-est-chul): (adj) painting of the universe beyond earth’s atmosphere
Mural: (noun) a large picture painted or affixed directly on a wall or ceiling
Spur: (noun) an old railroad.
Eatery: (noun) a restaurant
Franchise: (noun) a professional sports team
Tutankhamun (King Tut): (noun) a pharaoh in ancient egypt
Sarcophagus (sar-cough-i-gus): (noun) a stone coffin,
Cavities in Rocks: (noun) a hollow place
Brush piles: (plural noun) a pile of broken branches
Pursue: (verb) to proceed in a plan
Encrusted: (past-tense verb) to cover something with a hard layer
Chandeliers (shan-da-lears): (noun) a light that hangs from a ceiling.
Agent Simmons: (noun) a character in the movie Transformers
Plaza: (noun) a public square or open space in a city or town.
High-rise: (adj) a large number of levels in a building
Miss Teen USA: (noun) Beauty pageant
Hemisphere (hem-is-fear): (noun) half of the globe
Deducted: (verb) to take away from something
1. What dessert is Zaro's Bakery most famous for?
2. Why is the statue of liberty green?
3. Who is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar?
4. Why was the empire state building built?
5. Why is the dough at DŌ safe to eat?
Answers to the questions