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Hidden New York: cow tunnels in the meat packing district

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Anonymous

Sharon Springs, NY

#1 Feb 4, 2014
Cow tunnels on the West Side
Long before the neighborhood became a tourist trap, the Meatpacking District was the aptly named home of many Manhattan slaughterhouses and packing plants. At the turn of the 20th century, cattle came from New Jersey to the Manhattan docks via barge. To simplify their transport from dock to slaughterhouse, the city built underground cattle tunnels, helping the animals avoid everyday human traffic. The passes are located at 34th Street between Eleventh and Twelfth Avenues, and along 39th Street at Twelfth Avenue; they were rediscovered during an archaeological documentary study conducted for the 7 train extension in 2004.
Eltons John

Medford, NY

#2 Feb 4, 2014
Did someone say meat packing??

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#3 Feb 4, 2014
Anonymous wrote:
Cow tunnels on the West Side
Long before the neighborhood became a tourist trap, the Meatpacking District was the aptly named home of many Manhattan slaughterhouses and packing plants. At the turn of the 20th century, cattle came from New Jersey to the Manhattan docks via barge. To simplify their transport from dock to slaughterhouse, the city built underground cattle tunnels, helping the animals avoid everyday human traffic. The passes are located at 34th Street between Eleventh and Twelfth Avenues, and along 39th Street at Twelfth Avenue; they were rediscovered during an archaeological documentary study conducted for the 7 train extension in 2004.
Kudos for sharing what you know about NYC (like the Victorian enclave too), and NY state. Being receptive to learning about different places is a good thing as a two-way street (or tunnel). What do you know about Saratoga Springs, besides the race track and Revolutionary War battles?
Anonymous

Sharon Springs, NY

#4 Feb 4, 2014
Deer Whisperer wrote:
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Kudos for sharing what you know about NYC (like the Victorian enclave too), and NY state. Being receptive to learning about different places is a good thing as a two-way street (or tunnel). What do you know about Saratoga Springs, besides the race track and Revolutionary War battles?
Before horseracing became a big thing, thousands of visitors went to Saratoga each summer for the spas. The spas were believed to heal, similar to the spas in Sharon Springs, where he Jewish population went because they were banned from Saratoga.
Islander

United States

#5 Feb 4, 2014
Anonymous wrote:
Cow tunnels on the West Side
Long before the neighborhood became a tourist trap, the Meatpacking District was the aptly named home of many Manhattan slaughterhouses and packing plants. At the turn of the 20th century, cattle came from New Jersey to the Manhattan docks via barge. To simplify their transport from dock to slaughterhouse, the city built underground cattle tunnels, helping the animals avoid everyday human traffic. The passes are located at 34th Street between Eleventh and Twelfth Avenues, and along 39th Street at Twelfth Avenue; they were rediscovered during an archaeological documentary study conducted for the 7 train extension in 2004.
Curious do you ever venture to Northern, Central, or Western NY?

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#6 Feb 4, 2014
Anonymous wrote:
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Before horseracing became a big thing, thousands of visitors went to Saratoga each summer for the spas. The spas were believed to heal, similar to the spas in Sharon Springs, where he Jewish population went because they were banned from Saratoga.
Ah! That factoid about banning Jewish folk from Saratoga is a gem that I didn't know. About 10 years ago, my bro took me to the track and that was about the extent of the visit to town.

In southern Indiana, there's a similar place. A resort sprung up (pardon the pun) around "magical waters". That would be in French Lick, home of NBA legend Larry Bird (the hick from French Lick). The high and mighty of Chicago (including Capone), St. Louis, Indianapolis, would cavort there. FDR was there. Sporting fans with bucks would divert there between the Kentucky Derby and the Indianapolis 500 in the place's heyday.

Pluto water is sold in French Lick to this day. Don't drink it ... yech! And you can smell the sulphur around. I can't remember if I smelled sulphur in Saratoga.
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Anonymous

Sharon Springs, NY

#7 Feb 4, 2014
Islander wrote:
<quoted text>Curious do you ever venture to Northern, Central, or Western NY?
It depends on your definition of those. There is central NY, western ny, the north country, the NYC exurbs, and the NYC metropolitan area. I always travel downstate, rarely to the north country, and all the time to "central New York", which is considered to be Albany and the surrounding counties. I've never been west of Otsego county, so I've never been to western NY.

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Since: Jan 07

Indianapolis, IN

#8 Feb 4, 2014
Moo'vin on up, to the East Side.
Anonymous

Sharon Springs, NY

#9 Feb 4, 2014
Uh Clem wrote:
Moo'vin on up, to the East Side.
What...? I'm guessing you mean the west side...

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