8 Things You Never Knew About New York City

Despite what all the transplant hipsters in Manhattan and Brooklyn want you to think, no one knows everything about New York City. It’d be impossible. If the city never sleeps but you do, you’re going to miss something. All you can do to make up for it is look up trivia on the internet and try to remember. Here are eight things you never knew about New York City.

There are Abandoned Subway Stops Everywhere

There are Abandoned Subway Stops Everywhere

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Under the Waldorf-Astoria, Track 61 is a platform for private rail cars with a special elevator that would take guests to their rooms and was used by the likes of General Pershing, F.D.R. and Illinois governor Adlai Stevenson. There’s an abandoned station below City Hall that you can see if you get sneaky when the downtown 6 switches over to the uptown tracks (or you can take a tour with the New York Transit Museum). Williamsburg and Manhattan were supposed to be linked by two tunnels and four tracks until World War II got in the way of construction and things never restarted. There are tons of others everywhere you look, so keep your eyes open next time you’re on the train.

The Hess Triangle Is the Smallest Piece of Private Property in the City

The Hess Triangle Is the Smallest Piece of Private Property in the City

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Eminent domain” refers to the clause in the Bill of Rights that allows the government to seize private property on the condition that just compensation is given to the property’s current owner. As you can imagine, it’s caused some epic legal fights. One such fight began in 1910 between David Hess and the city of New York over the Voorhis, Hess’s apartment building. The building, along with hundreds of others, had been condemned and was to be demolished to make room for widening streets and new subway lines.

Hess fought tooth and nail for years, but, in 1914, was eventually left with only 500 square inches of triangular concrete on the sidewalk. When he was asked to donate the triangle to the city, he spitefully refused the offer, instead turning it into a mosaic that reads “Property of the Hess Estate Which Has Never Been Dedicated For Public Purposes.” For 105 years, the Hess Triangle has sat on the corner of Christopher and 7th Avenue, reminding people that the demonstration of public displeasure can take many forms. And not to let the government walk all over you, even if that means getting majorly spiteful about things.

The Irish Great Hunger Memorial Literally Brings Rural Ireland to New York

The Irish Great Hunger Memorial Literally Brings Rural Ireland to New York

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There have been times in history that the Irish population of New York City was higher than the Irish population of Dublin, a fact that’s indicative of just how much of an influence Irish immigration has had on New York. And since much of that immigration was a direct result of the Famine, it follows that New York’s memorial to the victims would be heartfelt, if a little bit of a hidden gem.

The Irish Great Hunger Memorial is just north of Battery Park and is a piece of rural Irish life dropped onto Manhattan Island. The memorial has an engraved stone from each of Ireland’s 32 counties, part of a gift from Irish President Mary McAleese, and evokes images of a Connacht wetland, an area particularly affected by the Famine. The stone cottage in the memorial was originally built in the 1820s and stood on the west coast of Ireland until it was shipped to New York and reconstructed.

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58 Joralemon Street in Brooklyn Hides a Subway Ventilation System

58 Joralemon Street in Brooklyn Hides a Subway Ventilation System

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New York townhomes are known for their historical value as well as their astronomical real estate value, though a select few have some hidden function for the city’s infrastructure. Number 58 Joralemon Street is one such house. Originally built as a private residence in 1847, the house was bought by the MTA in 1908. It was gutted and turned into a ventilation outlet for the subway system. On top of that, the MTA didn’t bother to gussy the place up at all. They stuck ugly steel vents on the outside of the building and called it a day. It looked like that for nearly a hundred years until 1999, when the MTA finally restored the historic facade of the house.

Queens Is the Most Ethnically Diverse Place in the World

Queens Is the Most Ethnically Diverse Place in the World

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The borough of Queens recently had a very public fight with Amazon over the proposed Long Island City campus, a fight that saw the massive corporation lose to the intense pride Queens residents have in their neighborhoods. It’s not a baseless pride either. Ethnic diversity in Queens is so off the charts, they had to draw new charts just for Queens. Residents come from nearly 200 countries, which is five more than officially recognized as separate countries. It’s not inconceivable that, in Queens, you’ll come in direct contact with more international cultures than you knew existed, no matter how much of a world traveler you are. In fact, people really serious about experiencing as much of the world as possible might as well rent an apartment in Queens and get walking.

And Queens Has the Most Spoken Languages

And Queens Has the Most Spoken Languages

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With that insane level of ethnic diversity come languages. More languages than anywhere else in the world. There are so many languages spoken all over the borough that you can’t even use the language atlas of New York (which appears in Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas) as a reliable indicator of where you can find ethnic populations in the boroughs.

There are so many languages in Queens that some of them are technically dying. Vlashki, an Indo is spoken more in Queens than in its Croatian homeland and Husni Husain, an Indonesian immigrant from West Sulawesi, has to call home to speak Mamuju. The Endangered Language Alliance is canvassing Queens for dozens of Native American languages, Bukhari, indigenous Mexican languages, Irish Gaelic and Ormuri, among hundreds of others. Like we said, you don’t have to leave Queens to experience the world.

Randall’s and Ward’s Islands Are Mass Graves

Randall’s and Ward’s Islands Are Mass Graves

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Let’s bring the atmosphere down for a really morbid fact. In the 19th century, the city bought what would be renamed Randall’s and Ward’s Islands and turned them into dumping grounds for the living and the dead, though sometimes the dead outnumbered the living. The two islands held an orphanage, almshouse, potters field (common grave for the poor), numerous asylums, a children’s hospital, immigration station, rest home for Civil War veterans and the House of Refuge, a notorious reform school. People were dying the whole time and their numbers were augmented by the relocation of common graves, containing roughly 100,000 bodies, from Madison Square and Bryant Parks.

Now Randall’s Island has the Electric Zoo.

One Times Square Is Essentially Abandoned

One Times Square Is Essentially Abandoned

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New York City has a few buildings named after companies or people who no longer inhabit them. Chrysler isn’t in the Chrysler Building anymore, no modern Rockefellers are powerful enough to command Rockefeller Center, and has anyone even seen a Woolworths lately? Times Square is in the same boat, originally named for The New York TimesOne Times Square was supposed to be the new headquarters for the venerable newspaper. But the Times owned the building for less than a decade and turned tail almost as soon as Midtown Manhattan started to go unsavory. The building briefly hosted a speakeasy during Prohibition and an FBI pistol training range and German spy catching operation, but neither prevented the building’s decay. Lehman Brothers bought the building in 1995 and Jamestown Properties bought it in 1997, with both owners working to turn the location into little more than an enormous billboard. Today, Walgreens rents out the three bottom floors and the One Times Square Production Management Team has a few of the top, but there aren’t any other tenants.

It’s a shame, because the building underneath all the advertising is attractive. It has a quintessentially New York look to it, by which we mean it resembles the Flatiron Building, one of New York’s most iconic. Without the ads, the place might actually be worth visiting.

What We Believe About the Holy Spirit from Church Growth

Dr. Elmer Towns

Someone once called the Holy Spirit, “the forgotten person of the Trinity.”

While that may have been true throughout much of church history, we are living in a generation that has rediscovered the important role of the Holy Spirit in our life.

One of the most significant consequences of this awakening is many Christians’ interest in discovering and using their spiritual gifts in ministry.

Understanding who the Holy Spirit is, what He does, how we relate to Him, and what He expects of us in our life is important for Christians.

Who Is the Holy Spirit?

Some people view the Holy Spirit mystically, considering Him to be some kind of force or emanation from God. But the Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit is far more than this. He is not merely a force but a person with all the attributes of personality. But neither is the Holy Spirit only a person. Scripture makes it clear that the Holy Spirit is also God.

Personality involves intellect, emotions, and will. The Holy Spirit knows things that only God knows (1 Corinthians 2:11). He is also identified as loving (Romans 15:30) and subject to grief (Ephesians 4:30). He also acts on the basis of decisions He makes (1 Corinthians 12:11). He is described in Scripture as teaching (John 14:26), testifying (John 15:26), guiding (Romans 8:14), speaking (1 Corinthians 2:13), enlightening (John 16:13), striving (Genesis 6:3), interceding (Romans 8:26), sending workers (Acts 13:4), calling (Revelaton 22:17), comforting (John 16:7), and working (1 Corinthians 12:11).

The early church recognized the personality of the Holy Spirit and responded appropriately. They obeyed Him (Acts 10:19), followed His leading (Acts 8:39), and warned others against resisting the Holy Spirit (Acts 7:51). They associated the Holy Spirit with the other two persons of the Trinity when they baptized converts (Matthew 28:19) and blessed one another (2 Corinthians 13:14). To better understand The Trinity, read this related Article


  1. THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THE WORLD. Concerning the Holy Spirit, Jesus taught, “And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” (John 16:8). A second aspect of the work of the Holy Spirit in the world is that of restraining evil. It is sometimes hard for Christians to believe sin is restrained at all in this present age, but the Bible describes the Holy Spirit as the Restrainer (2 Thessalonians 2:7).
  2. THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. The apostle Paul used five different Greek words to describe spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12:1-7). Pneumatikon (spiritual) describes the character of these gifts as spiritual (1 Corinthians 12:1). Charismata (gifts) emphasizes God’s free and gracious gifts (1 Corinthians 12:4). Diakonia (ministries) describes gifts as opportunities for ministry (1 Corinthians 12:5). Energama (activities) suggests that gifts are an endowment of God’s power or energy (1 Corinthians 12:6). Phanerosis (manifestation) describes gifts as an evidence of God working through us (1 Corinthians 12:7). To learn more, read this article How Many Spiritual Gifts Are There?
  3. THE FULLNESS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. Many Christians have different ideas about the fullness of the Holy Spirit. In the New Testament, the fullness of the Holy Spirit was sometimes associated with tongues of fire, shaking buildings, rushing winds, and people speaking in other languages or doing miracles. At other times, people were filled with the Holy Spirit and none of these things happened. According to the Bible, there appear to be two evidences that a person is indeed filled with the Holy Spirit. First, those who are filled with the Holy Spirit have unique spiritual power in leading others to faith in Christ (Acts 1:8). Second, those who are filled with the Holy Spirit have a divine enablement to fulfill their social roles and responsibilities, particularly in family and working relationships (Ephesians 5:18-33Ephesians 6:1-9). The apostle Paul urged the Christians at Ephesus, “Be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18). But the steps to being filled with the Holy Spirit were summarized by Jesus when He said, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” (John 7:37-38). The four steps to being filled with the Holy Spirit are (1) desire (thirst), (2) repentance of all known sin in your life (come to me), (3) receiving God’s offer of the Holy Spirit to those who obey Him (drink), and (4) acting on the basis of faith in the Word of God (He who believeth in me).
  4. THE FRUIT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. As you live your Christian life in the fullness of the Holy Spirit, you will encourage the Holy Spirit to produce spiritual fruit in your life. The Bible describes the fruit of the Spirit as the character traits of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). Producing spiritual fruit in our lives is one of the primary means by which the Holy Spirit continually transforms us into the image of Christ (Philippians 1:6Romans 8:29). Read this article to learn more about the fruit of the Spirit.

Scripture describes the Holy Spirit as God.

Many of the more than one hundred names and titles of the Holy Spirit in Scripture describe Him in divine terms (God, Acts 5:4; Spirit of God, Genesis 1:2; and Spirit of the Lord God, Isaiah 61:1).

Other names such as Eternal Spirit (Hebrews 9:14), Spirit of Truth (John 16:13), and Holy One (1 John 2:20) describe the Holy Spirit as possessing attributes belonging to God.

Also, the Holy Spirit is described as accomplishing the work of God in creation (Job 26:13), regeneration (John 3:5), and inspiration (2 Peter 1:21).

There is little question concerning the deity of the Holy Spirit.


Dr. Elmer Towns is Vice President of Liberty University, which he co-founded in 1971 with Dr. Jerry Falwell. Dr. Towns has been a popular Sunday school teacher and college and seminary professor for decades.

This article is excerpted and condensed from Dr. Towns’ 60-page eBook Foundational Doctrines of the Faith



I went to church for the 6pm service and about an hour later Nettie, my friend and I went back in the large room where we receive and help new Believers to the next step of their new Christian Journey.

We, Nettie and I were finally on our own tonight in welcoming one of the Ladies each.

It is truly an amazing thing to see close up the faces of New Christians. I welcomed her asked her about the reason why she gave her life to the Lord then prayed for her and her sister. I had a beautiful young Lady from Brazil. She is here on vacation to see her sister that was sitting next to me on my right.

I will follow up and check on her even when she goes back home in 2 weeks. Thank God I have the World Plan from Vonage, LOL.

I thank God for bringing new children into the light and the honor to be part of such wonderful day.

I thank you all for reading,

God Bless you,



Child Of God.

Failure and Success: Faith Dares to Fail


Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each one’s praise will come from God.—1 Corinthians 4:5

God may allow His servant to succeed when He has disciplined him to a point where he does not need to succeed to be happy. The man who is elated by success and cast down by failure is still a carnal man. At best his fruit will have a worm in it.

God will allow His servant to succeed when he has learned that success does not make him dearer to God nor more valuable in the total scheme of things. We cannot buy God’s favor with crowds or converts or new missionaries sent out or Bibles distributed. All these things can be accomplished without the help of the Holy Spirit. A good personality and a shrewd knowledge of human nature is all that any man needs to be a success in religious circles today….

We can afford to follow Him to failure. Faith dares to fail. The resurrection and the judgment will demonstrate before all worlds who won and who lost. We can wait. Born After Midnight, 59.

“Father, keep me faithful today. I don’t need to succeed in the world’s eyes; I’ll wait. Amen.”