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The crazy New York City bike messengers

If you saw the movie, Premium Rush, you probably figured those crazy New York bike messengers must be tamer in real life than they were portrayed in the movie.  You’d be wrong.  Premium Rush (and Quicksilver, another movie with a bike messenger theme) actually offer a very close portrayal of a professional bike messenger.  Bike messengers are paid on commission, based on how many messages they deliver.  Financially, it’s in their best interest to go fast – very fast.  Safety wise – well… not so much.  A recent study found their on-the-job injury rates that required time off from work were 1,300% higher than the national average (and three times higher than dangerous meat-packing industry). Bicycle messengers are most often found in the central business districts

Hetty Green – the Witch of Wall Street

Who was Hetty Green? In 1864, Hetty Green, the 'Witch of Wall Street' inherited over $1 million dollars from her father when she was 30 years old.  Hetty, who could read the financial pages when she was 6 years old, didn't hesitate to exercise her aggressive style with her newfound riches.  She increased here fortune by investing  in Civil War Bonds when everyone else shunned them.  She played the market with a skill unequaled by today's modern moneymakers.  But while other aristocrats of her day spent their money languishly, Hetty held on to her hard-earned riches with an iron fist. Hetty Green gained her nickname, the Witch of Wall Street, from her fellow investors who often chuckled when Hetty arrived in

New York City Underground – lost underground tunnels beneath the city see new light

New York City Underground You would presume that city government would have knowledge of every nook and cranny in their city, that they would have every street, subway, tunnel, and building mapped and documented. Surprisingly, many of our older cities have underground labyrinths that are largely or wholly undocumented, long forgotten by time. In New York City, it is believed that thousands of miles of underground tunnels exist, some of which have not seen a human’s presence in over 150 years. Atlantic Ave. Tunnel In 1981, Brooklyn native Bob Diamond confirmed the existence of a massive tunnel located over 160 stories under Atlantic Ave. in Brooklyn. Rumors of the tunnel had existed for many years. Bob first heard of the possible tunnel while listening to a local radio