The Grown Ups author Robin Antalek gives us her top 10 facts about New York.
I was born in New York so here goes…
1. It would cost about $17,000 to take a cab from NYC to L.A.
2. The narrowest house in NYC is in the West Village: 75 1/2 Bedford Street is just over 9 feet wide.
3. The winter of 1780 was so harsh in New York that New York harbor froze over. People walked from Manhattan to Staten Island on the ice.
4. Times Square is named after the New York Times. It was originally called Longacre Square until 1904 when the NYT moved there.
5. There is a secret train platform in the Waldorf Astoria hotel.
6. Albert Einstein’s eyeballs are in a safe deposit box in the city
7. It takes 75,000 trees to print a Sunday edition of the New York Times.
8. At 772 miles long, the New York City subway system is 81 miles longer than the state’s 641 mile thruway system.
9. Hellmann’s Mayonnaise, the world’s most famous sandwich spread, was first introduced by Hellmann’s Delicatessen in Long Island City, Queens in the early 1900’s.
10. The Brooklyn Children’s Museum was the world’s first museum exclusively for kids.
Ten fun facts about the city/country/state you currently live.
I currently live in Saratoga Springs, NY.
1. The Potato Chip was invented in Saratoga in 1853 at Moon’s Lake House by George Crum.
2. The Saratoga area has over 18 mineral springs. The cold water springs are naturally carbonated.
3. Caffe Lena is the oldest continually operating coffee house in the country.
4. Don McLean first wrote the lyrics to American Pie while at a local bar in Saratoga Springs.
5. Over 2,000 horses are present in Saratoga during the peak of racing season.
6. Portions of the movies “Seabiscuit”, “The Horse Whisperer” and “The Way We Were” were filmed in Saratoga.
7. The tallest mountain in Saratoga County is Hadley Mountain with an elevation of 2675 feet.
8. Saratoga Race Course is the oldest continually operating race track in the country.
9. The club sandwich was invented at the Saratoga Club (Canfield Casino) in Saratoga Springs in the 19th century.
10.Saratoga County has over 1100 homes on the National Register of Historic Places.
If you had a choice to live anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
New York City constantly reveals itself. Always fascinating. There is no place I feel more at home.
From Robin Antalek, author of The Summer We Fell Apart, comes an evocative and emotionally resonant coming-of-age novel involving three friends who explore what it means to be happy, what it means to grow up, and the difficulties in doing both together. Spanning over a decade, and told in alternating voices, The Grown Ups explores the indelible bonds between friends and family and the challenges that threaten to divide them. It is the addictive and moving story of these old friends who wind up confronting their past in order to find happiness in their adult lives that make this novel an anticipated winter release.
Sam Turner, the summer he turns 15, feels lucky enough to enjoy the unexpected attention of his friend Suzie Epstein, even though it’s only a few secret months. For reasons Sam doesn’t entirely understand—and will never question—the budding relationship is kept hidden from their close circle of friends. But before their summer tans can even start to fade, Sam’s world unexpectedly shatters twice: Suzie’s parents are moving away to save their marriage, and his own mother has suddenly left the house, leaving Sam’s father alone to raise two sons.
Watching as her parents’ marital troubles escalate, Suzie Epstein takes on the responsibility of raising her two younger brothers while simultaneously planning an early escape to college to seek independence. Though she occasionally thinks of Sam, it’s her oldest friend Bella Spade she finds herself missing. Embarrassed by the destructive wake of her parents as they left the only place Suzie could call home, Suzie makes no attempt to reconnect with the one person she needs. Its years later that a chance meeting with Sam’s older brother Michael will reunite her with both Sam and Bella—finally forcing her to confront her friends, her past and what she left behind.
After losing Suzie, Bella surprisingly finds her first real love in Sam. But his inability to commit to her or even his own future eventually drives them apart. Watching Suzie and Michael as they seem to have worked it all out, Bella’s only to wonder where she went wrong and how to make it right.
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