Marble Hill – Manhattan versus the Bronx

The answer, in a word, is… bothMarble Hill is the neighborhood which makes up the northernmost part of the Borough of Manhattan but because of the re-routing of the Harlem River it is physically located in the Bronx. According to wikipedia:

“In 1895, the construction of the Harlem River Ship Channel rendered the Marble Hill an island bounded by the canal to the south and the original course of the Harlem River to the north. The Greater New York Charter of 1897 designated Marble Hill as part of the Borough of Manhattan. Effective on January 1, 1914, by an act of the New York State Legislature Bronx County was created, but Marble Hill remained as part of New York County. Later in 1914, the old river was filled in, physically connecting Marble Hill to the borough of The Bronx and the rest of the North American mainland.”

So geographically, Marble Hill does not lie on the island of Manhattan, but rather in the Bronx. And, interestingly from an administrative perspective, Marble Hill belongs to both Manhattan and the Bronx. For example while it is part of the Borough of Manhattan, it falls within two Bronx Community Districts and receives Fire and Police Service from within the Bronx.

Where is the Berlin Wall?

If you answered New York you’d be correct! (at least partially)   Like the “Who is buried in Grant’s Tomb?” question, there is more to this than meets the eye.

The history buffs reading know, of course, that the Berlin Wall was a concrete barrier built by the German Democratic Republic (GDR), more commonly known as East Germany. This ‘wall’ completely enclosed the city of West Berlin, separating it from East Germany and of course, East Berlin.

On November 9th, 1989, after a series political changes and several weeks of protests, the East German government announced that all GDR citizens could visit West Germany and West Berlin. Throngs of East Germans scaled the wall, joined by West Germans on the other side in a momentous celebration. Over the next few weeks, a euphoric public and souvenir hunters broke off pieces of the wall and the governments used heavy equipment to remove most of the rest. The fall of the Berlin Wall paved the way for German reunification, which formally concluded on October 3, 1990, while pieces of the wall were sent around the world.

Four segments of the wall are now located in New York City. One can be found at the entrance to the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum, and another between Gateway Plaza, the North Cove Marina, and the World Financial Center. A third segment can be found among the sculptures in the gardens at the United Nations Headquarters, and the fourth segment exists on East 53rd Street between 5th and Madison Avenue.

Who is Buried in Grant’s Tomb?

A certain cohort of readers may remember Groucho Marx’s famous game show You Bet Your Life, in which he asked contestants, “Who is Buried in Grant’s Tomb?”

To find out for yourself you can visit Grant’s Tomb, a national memorial which is located in Riverside Park in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan.

While it may seem obvious that the tomb is named for the famous General and 18th President of the United States of America, Ulysses S. Grant, it is less obvious that Grant is also accompanied by his wife, Julia.
The true trivia buffs though will know that the real answer to the riddle is that no one is actually buried in the tomb. Mr. and Mrs. Grant are, in fact, entombed!!