Posts Tagged ‘ Central Corridor ’

City’s First Subway Car Found

City’s First Subway Car Found

The second week of June 1901 saw the formal opening of the City’s first subway- what was to become today’s Brown Line- a modest straight line connecting the old Central Depot (across from Old City Hall, now Ludlow Plaza Station) and the Ostahanoc River, taking in the Downtown/Central Corridor areas, as well as the bustling…

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The Brothel Five Levels Below the Street

The Brothel Five Levels Below the Street

The old Central Depot, which sat across across Ludlow Plaza from Old City Hall from 1896 until its demolition in 1968, was a wonderful, massive gothic structure, covered in ornament and decoration which one doesn’t find much in today’s construction. It certainly isn’t found in its replacement, the City Centre Square building, a long rectangular…

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Go There: American Insurance Holiday Model Railroad

Go There: American Insurance Holiday Model Railroad

Go There is a feature in which our writers tell you about tourist attractions and other places of interest around the city. The annual American Insurance Co. holiday model railroad display at Central Station has delighted kids since 1952. Each year, Warner Mendelsohn hunches over his soldering gun and recreates the city, in ever-increasing scope…

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Lighting the Natural Gas Menorah

Lighting the Natural Gas Menorah

Programming Change: It has just been announced that, due to the recent snowfall, the plaza in front of the QuadstatesEC (formerly Energonistics, formerly Municipal Gas Works) headquarters on East Main Street in the Central Corridor will not cleared enough for the mass dreidel spin after the lighting of the “Eternaflame” natural gas menorah this evening.…

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What A Character! – Fatty Turkey

What A Character! – Fatty Turkey

A recurring series in which we take a look back at the city’s most familiar advertising icons. From the annals of spokesfigures whose time had come and gone before they’d even arrived, there’s Fatty Turkey, the eponymous mascot of Fatty Turkey Brand Whole Frozen Turkeys. A subsidiary spawned from McLaren Preservatives, the Fatty Turkey Brand…

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Halloween Briefs- Haunted Houses, Politics, Etc.

Halloween Briefs- Haunted Houses, Politics, Etc.

:: As always, there are a smattering of haunted houses/trails/apple orchards/still-empty Service Merchandise stores/whathaveyous around the region, most of which close up shop as Wednesday night. The Central Corridor Jaycees, however, would like everyone to know that their “Thirteenth Floor of Terror” attraction will be running through this weekend, to give everyone a chance to…

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Friday Facts: Graffiti, Flying Ravioli, Native Alabamans

Friday Facts: Graffiti, Flying Ravioli, Native Alabamans

:: Adelmorst is the longest city street name with all the letters in alphabetical order. :: Authorities still do not know who has been heavily tagging numerous Downtown, Central Corridor and Northside buildings with the phrase “Rock-n-Roll” over the last two months. :: Number of barriers erected in the West Sugar neighborhood to prevent speedy…

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Where to Watch the Fireworks

Where to Watch the Fireworks

Yes, there is a second round of official, city-sponsored fireworks at Founder’s Pier on the riverfront this Wednesday at 8:30 pm, but you’ve seen those before. It’s an okay show, but why not try something a bit different? – The fireworks after the Elms (probably) lose to the Millionaires at County Stadium will likely be…

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Urban Legends: Secret Subway, Haunted Skyscraper

Urban Legends: Secret Subway, Haunted Skyscraper

Every city has urban legends, and our city is no different. These stories grow over time, whispered in hushed tones in the corridors of power, retold to generations of passengers by gregarious cab drivers, or a vaguely remembered by an aging bartender at one of the city’s many watering holes. They may have been based…

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New Years for the Three Hoboes

New Years for the Three Hoboes

It’s eleven days until New Year’s Eve, which means downtown visitors can expect to see the familiar figures of regional holiday characters Little Paul, Manuel the Turk and John Portuguese wandering the Central Corridor, Downtown, Boardwalk, South Factoryville and Daisyland Amusement districts. Inspired by a tradition which dates as far back as 1780, the three…

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