Tag Archives: DC

  • POMANDER WALK, Georgetown

    May 7, 2016

    There are some things your webmaster will never be vouchsafed such as the appreciation of hard liquor, the courage to drive a car or any other motor vehicle, and entering Pomander Walk (on the Upper West Side) and Gramercy Park in Manhattan. Such places are always locked behind gates when I am in the vicinity, […]

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    December 12, 2015

    Fire alarm call boxes were first installed in Washington, DC in the 1860sā€“ around the same time they first appeared in NYC ā€” and largely resembled and worked the same way as their NYC counterparts. Ornamental posts like this first appeared in the 1890s: Fire call boxes had a simple pole and protected light on […]

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    February 9, 2012

    The last time I was in DC (December 2007) I quite accidentally stumbled on these remaining streetcar rails on O and P Street in Georgetown. Looks like the city is on a street paving program, but according to this article in Greater Greater Washington, the stones and rails will be spiffed up and put back. […]

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    December 22, 2011

    This line in the Watergate area of Washington, DC, was used by USA mapmakers to divide the world into eastern and western hemispheres between 1848-1884. Thereafter, the USA accepted the meridian at Greenwich Observatory in the UK as the divider of latitude & longitude.

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