A New York That Was Not

In 1945, the real estate titan, William Zeckendorf—the man who owned the Chrysler Building and the Astor Hotel—proposed building an airport in the heart of Manhattan that would be elevated 200 feet above the street level.

A project that had the boldness of one conceived by the Nazi architect, Albert Speer, the Manhattan Airport required 990 acres spanning from 24th to 71st Streets and Ninth Avenue to the Hudson River. Below it would be a transit hub as well as offices, restaurants and stores.

The plan never took off from the drawing board, of course. We have to fly out of J.F.K or La Guardia, both of which are in Queens.

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Is Stuckey’s Coming Back?

Pralines, pecans and Stuckey’s.

Founded in 1937, Stuckey’s is a roadside chain known for its signature pecan log rolls and teal tile roof. Over the years, its been running out of fuel.

Then came the pandemic, which built an appetite for car travel and with it, a “market for snacks and Americana.” Could this wave of interest in road-tripping bring back Stuckey’s from oblivion?