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 The western ramp and pylon of Brooklyn Bridge, New York City (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I live in a strange and wondrous place.  My City never sleeps which means should I get a craving for anything in the middle of the night, I can either go downstairs to the 24 hour Duane Reade (drugstore++) or across the street to the 24 hour diner and eat another dinner or breakfast.  I can go to the Opera, the Philarmonic or the theater any night of the week. I can eat any ethnic food any day and visit at least 10 museums anytime.  I can see wonderful, colorful parades on most Sundays in the Spring, and Summer and watch the world go by as Israelis, Pakistanis, Irish, Indians and more walk along Fifth Ave.  That’s just a tiny bit of what makes New York City a wonderful place to experience life. BUT there’s so many things about this city that I didn’t know and here are some of those strange and interesting facts.

  1. In 1857, toilet paper was invented by Joseph C. Gayetty in NYC.
  2. The Jewish population in NYC is the largest in the world outside of Israel.
  3. The city of New York will pay for a one-way plane ticket for any homeless person if they have a guaranteed place to stay.
  4. Pinball was banned in the city until 1978.  The NYPD even held “Prohibition-style” busts.
  5. Albert Einstein’s eyeballs are stored in a safe deposit box in the city.
  6. There’s a wind tunnel near the Flat Iron building that can raise women’s skirts.  Men used to gather outside the Flat Iron building to watch.
  7. New York City has more people than 39 of the 50 states in U.S.
  8. There is a birth in New York City every 4.4 minutes.
  9. There is a death in New York City every 9.1 minutes.
  10. PONY means Product of New York.
  11. The borough of Brooklyn on its own would be the fourth largest city in the United States. Queens would also rank fourth nationally.
  12. New York City has the largest Chinese population of any city outside of Asia.
  13. It can cost over $289,000 for a one-year hot dog stand permit in Central Park.
  14. In 1920, a horse-drawn carriage filled with explosives was detonated on Wall Street killing 30 people. No one was ever caught, and it is considered to be one of the first acts of domestic terrorism.
  15. In nine years, Madison Square Garden’s lease will run out and it will have to move.
  16. Sixty percent of cigarettes sold in NYC are illegally smuggled from other states.
  17. Chernobyl is closer to New York than Fukushima is to L.A.
  18. The Empire State building has its own zip code.
  19. The East River is not a river, it’s a tidal estuary.
  20. There are 20,000 bodies buried in Washington Square Park alone.
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Duane Reade

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Well that’s a mouthful!  But wait…Duane Reade, New York’s very own born-in-Lower Manhattan, all grown-up-now and all over the City  chain of stores REALLY is a prime example of retail natural selection, evolution and adaptation.

It started out as a three store health  and beauty chain in 1960   and look where they are today. 

Others came and went, they stayed and grew – natural selection. As retail outlets failed and left a consumer void, Duane Reade came along and filled each gap – evolution.  Duane Reade started out as a drug store and has morphed into a consumer’s mecca, carrying everything from greeting cards to gum, cosmetics to candy, cleaning products to cat food,   milk to mops, school supplies to sushi and some even serve alcohol – adaptation.  They are all things to all people. a market place where you can get what you want and what you need when you want it and when you need it.

When Duane Reade located on the corner of my street, a whole new world opened up for me!  OMG!  Here was the answer.  YES!

 Need to buy a birthday card on my way to the office? Duane Reade is right downstairs.  Husband coughing a lot, run down and get some cough medicine-Duane Reade!  Oops, no more cat food-Duane Reade!  Cleaning lady coming and I’m out of floor wax and furniture polish-Duane Reade! Milk for breakfast tomorrow morning-Duane Reade! Open 24 hours!  Granddaughter visiting,  gummy bears and cookies-Duane Reade!

And I could go on and on and on…but really, surely you get the picture!!  Duane Reade is there for me (and you) for just about everything and anything I need at all hours.  And there’s more…

The stores look amazing with their new jazzed-up color scheme, I  love the lavender and they’re always clean and well-lit.  I can’t tell you how many times I come home late after a long hard and sometimes bad day at work and before I go into my apartment building, I stop in the store, sometimes just to walk around.  Looking at the nail polish colors makes me feel good and while I’m there, maybe I should buy some soy chips.

I’m lucky in that I have my own personal Duane Reade right downstairs in my building which means the most convenient ATM in the City is at my fingertips.   Thank you Duane Reade.

And lucky for the rest of you, Duane Reade has about 257 stores in the New York Metropolitan area so you should never be too far from finding what you need when you need it! 

Stay tuned readers, there’s more DR forthcoming…that is as soon as they designate me as one of their ten VIP bloggers!  After all, I tell it the way I see it, share my City with all of my readers and probably would be the ONLY blogger whose name consists of products sold in Duane Reade!!!   #DReade

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