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Port Imperial Ferry
During the production of of Sully, Tom Hanks, who played the commercial pilot (Chesley Sullenberger) who famously made an emergency landing in the Hudson River off Manhattan in January 2009, spoke to some of the passengers (all of whom survived the ordeal). "People were in freezing water," he recalled, "and an extraordinary story is that... folks dropped everything they were doing and went right there. I spoke to one guy. I said, 'How long were you out on the wing?' He said, 'If you had asked me, I would have told you I was out there for an hour.' He went back and looked at the actual footage. He was on the wing for seven minutes." * A National Transportation ...
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CBS Broadcast Center
Actors Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna co-host the 2011 National Memorial Day Concert at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., May 29, 2011. Credit: English: U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley (Public domain)

Actors Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna co-host the 2011 National Memorial Day Concert at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., ...(more)

As he was coming out of the CBS Broadcast Center in New York one day shortly after the release of Forrest Gump, talk show host Tom Snyder saw Gary Sinise, who played Lieutenant Dan Taylor in the film, signing an autograph for someone on the street.  "He goes inside the building," Snyder later recalled, "and all of a sudden another guy comes up and he grabs the autograph out of this guy's hand and they start fighting each other to the death on 57th street, for an autograph. We're not talking about the lottery. We're talking about a piece of paper with Gary Sinise's name on it, and these guys are going to kill each other. Welcome to New York..." 
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524 West 57th
April 4, 1968 title card for "CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite" <a href=https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/>(CC BY-SA 3.0)</a>
April 4, 1968 title card for "CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite" (CC BY-SA 3.0)
In her book We're Going to Make You a Star, journalist Sally Quinn recalled an anecdote about Walter Cronkite, best known for his 19-year run as anchorman on the CBS Evening News. According to Quinn, Cronkite once had a problem in the middle of a newscast—when a laxative that he had taken suddenly started working its magic. Naturally, Cronkite denied the story. "That never happened," he claimed during an interview one day. "I am known as Old Iron Bladder. Thank God, though," he added, "for long commercials." [Here's a newsflash: bladders are not the organs targeted by laxatives.]
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Maxwell's Tavern
Kurt Cobain, WFNX, 1991. Credit: Julie Kramer (<a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0">CC BY-SA 4.0</a>)
Kurt Cobain, WFNX, 1991. Credit: Julie Kramer (CC BY-SA 4.0)
While hanging out after one of Nirvana's first shows, at Maxwell's Tavern in Hoboken, one day in 1989, Dinosaur, Jr frontman J. Mascis mentioned his plan to form a band with some people from Screaming Trees. "Don't do that," Kurt Cobain said. "Join our band instead." Mascis, who had released three albums, thought the idea was "pretty audacious" and it never happened.
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Maxwell's Tavern
Kurt Cobain (front) and Krist Novoselic (left) live at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards. Credit: P.B. Rage from USA (<a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/CC BY-SA 2.0">CC BY-SA 2.0</a>)

Kurt Cobain (front) and Krist Novoselic (left) live at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards. Credit: P.B. Rage from USA ...(more)

One day in the summer of 1989, Susanne Sasic, who had designed the sleeve for Nirvana's cover of "Love Buzz" (by the Dutch band Shocking Blue) invited Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon to join her and watch Nirvana's debut show at Maxwell's Tavern in Hoboken, New Jersey. "They're not as good as Mudhoney," she said, "but they're kind of interesting." After a few notes, Moore knew "they were amazing," and he went and stood in front of the stage. He never forgot the show's finale. "They end the set with Chad [Channing] kicking his drums over and Krist Novoselic throwing his bass across the stage. Kurt just starts slamming his guitar onto the stage and everything is in ...
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Lincoln Square Synagogue
Elena Kagan, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Credit: Steve Petteway, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States (<a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0">CC BY-SA 3.0</a>)

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Elena Kagan's penchant for firmly stating a preference before agreeing to a compromise developed at an early age. When she was twelve, Kagan asked to have the first bat mitzvah ever performed at Lincoln Square Synagogue. "I remember she was very definite," recalled Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, the congregation's leader at the time. "She came to me and very much wanted it; she was very strong about it. She wanted to recite a Haftorah like the boys, and she wanted her bat mitzvah on a Saturday morning." Riskin told her that he "could not give her everything" she wanted. She could have her bat mitzvah on a Friday night, not a Saturday morning. And instead of reciting a Haftorah, she could ...
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Professional Children's School
Jerry O'Connell (front) in <I>Stand by Me</i>
Jerry O'Connell (front) in Stand by Me
Jerry O'Connell never planned to be an actor. He got his big break during the production of Rob Reiner's Stand by Me, in which he played husky schoolboy Vern Tessio. "An assistant to the casting director saw me at school," O'Connell later recalled, "and said, 'Would you like to meet Rob Reiner?' I said, 'Sure.' I went home and showed my mom the appointment sheet, and she said, 'You're going to go meet the guy from All in the Family.' I thought I was going to meet Archie Bunker. Here I am at age 11, I walk into Rob's office, and my face falls with disappointment. I say, 'You're not Archie. You're Meathead!' Whenever I see Rob, he still ...
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Metropolitan Opera House
Srinivasa Ramanujan (<a href=https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/>CC0</a>)
Srinivasa Ramanujan (CC0)
The great mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan was a deeply religious, even mystical, man devoted to the Hindu God Narasimba (the lion man). "An equation means nothing to me," he once declared, "unless it expresses a thought of God." Like many mystics Ramanujan often had remarkable visions.  "His presence stimulated me a good deal," he recalled of one incident with a monk. "While asleep I had an unusual experience. There was a red screen formed by flowing blood as it were. I was observing it. Suddenly a hand began to write on the screen. I became all attention. That hand wrote a number of results in elliptic integrals. They stuck to my mind. As soon as I woke up, I committed them to ...
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Metropolitan Opera House
Robert Benchley, photographed from Vanity Fair. Credit: Unknown author (Public domain)
Robert Benchley, photographed from Vanity Fair. Credit: Unknown author (Public domain)
Algonquin Round Table wits Robert Benchley and Dorothy Parker once shared a tiny office in New York's Metropolitan Opera House. "One cubic foot less of space," Benchley once declared, "and it would have constituted adultery."