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By the Numbers
Walking Off the Big Apple
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Number of crimes in NYC
1981: 607,461
2010: 105,109

How many times have Donald Trump's companies filed for bankruptcy?
[ABC News]

Number of marriages NYC 1968: 75,351
Number of marriages NYC 2008: 66,670

Number of divorces NYC 1968: 5,320
Number of divorces NYC 2008: 24,965

[Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government]

Cost of Orchestra Row B, Seat 115 at the Met's April 13th production of Die Walküre:
[The Metropolitan Opera]

Air Train: JFK & EWR Passengers, 2011:

Increase in overhead for NYC's
water system:
2003: $102 million
2011: $234 million
[Citizens Budget Commission (PDF)]

The results of our MUG poll which asked, "Should religious-run hospitals in New York state be allowed to deny married same-sex couples the same hospital visiting rights as heterosexual couples, on the grounds that the religion objects to homosexuality?"
Yes: 8%
No: 92%

Average weekday 2010 subway ridership: 4,892,820
Average weekend 2010 subway riderships: 2,687,223

Building projects (including new, additions and alterations) that
started construction in NYC increased by 34.1%
from the twelve months ending November 2010.

Some images
courtesy of Shutterstock

Cultural and literary notes, plus self-guided walks, courtesy of Walking Off the Big Apple, a strolling guide to New York City.

A Walk to Stuyvesant Square

While lacking the mystique of nearby Gramercy Park, Stuyvesant Square makes a pleasant destination for a walk. One certain advantage is that the fenced park is open to the public. No key is necessary. Bounded by E. 15th Street to E. 17th Street and curiously bisected by Second Avenue, the park sits on land that once belonged to the Stuyvesant family. In 1836 Peter Gerard Stuyvesant (1778–1847) made the land available to the city with the understanding it would become a park. Planned in similar fashion to other squares, the park opened to the public in 1850 and became a fashionable residential destination in the latter half of the nineteenth century. The opening of St. George's Church solidified the social standing of the area, especially boosted by the church's chief patron and warden, John Pierpont Morgan.

Subsequent renovations in the twentieth century modernized Stuyvesant Square.The eastern side now serves as gateway to many medical buildings, most of them modern. The park's western side features a statue of Peter Stuyvesant by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, peg leg and all, dating from 1940, and on the northeastern corner sits a statue of Antonin Dvorak (1841–1904). The composer lived nearby for three years during the 1890s. The surrounding historic district, while relatively small, incloses several houses of worship, each with a fascinating story, and attractive row houses.

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