Thursday, February 10, 2011

New York City Has a History

This post isn't about the movie Gangs of New York (2002).

As the Lemming recalls, that movie was brilliant! Supendous! Exciting! Sure to be a Mega-Blockbuster-Super-Hit! Or words to that effect.

Didn't do all that well in the box office, despite sex, violence, and rave reviews. Didn't do all that poorly, either, the Lemming supposes.

Again as the Lemming recalls, one chap opined that the disconnect between media reviews - and expectations - and ticket-sales realities was due largely to the film being shown in theaters outside New York City.

If the distributors had limited the film to Big Apple screens, this person asserted, a whole lot more tickets per showing would have been sold. Aside from the usual stuff, the film apparently relied on viewers being very interested in - and aware of - the history and culture of New York City.

Those of us who live outside New York City - and quite a remarkable number of folks do - know about that large, economically important, and culturally significant city on the east coast of North America.

But we're not obsessed with the place. Many of us aren't, any way.

And that brings the Lemming to the reason for this post.

Folks interested in the history of New York City have a place to go on the Web. Several, actually. Here's one:And now you know.

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