Nabe News: September 22

Posted on: September 22nd, 2009 at 1:48 pm by

Cooper Union was the first building (488 Broadway) to receive a proper elevator shaft in 1857.  The original design was blueprinted in 1853 to show in the next year’s World’s Fair.  The academic institution has come a long way, what with the spacecraft looming across the street [NY Magazine]

‘Tis the season for lost cats.  Grieve notes the marked increase in “lost cat” fliers around the neighborhood.  There are too many to count [EV Grieve]

Sign of the past: B & H Lunch equals bliss [Lost City]

The bitter fast food wars are heating up, as Subway is poised to surpass McDonald’s in number worldwide locations.  Ad Age reports that there are 31,800 Subways (150 in Manhattan, including the one Grand Street) and 32,158 Golden Arches [Adage via Grub St]

The opening performance of the Metropolitan Opera was broadcast in Times Square last night.  “With no cars on Broadway, Times Square felt like a weird auditorium, oddly hollow, day-lit at night by countless TV screens flashing epileptically.” [Vanishing NY]

An in-depth look at a number of city locations featured in Ghostbusters.  Definitely required reading for all fans of the franchise [Scouting NY]

Nightmare on Jane Street is a new blog chronicling the terrors of the Jane Hotel in the West Village.  Tempers are flaring, and rightfully so [Curbed]

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