Roosevelt Island Lighthouse: a little lighthouse in New York surrounded by mysterious stories of insanity-driven construction

Built in 1872 and known then as the “Blackwell Island Lighthouse”, the 15-meters-tall stone lighthouse at the northern tip of Roosevelt Island was constructed, if the legends can be believed, by the deranged occupants of a nearby insane asylum. But what’s not in doubt is that it was built by the city as a navigation aid for boats avoiding the rocks in the so-called “Hell Gate” waters. Historically, for nearly two centuries, Blackwell was the name that identified the island that lies in the East River just off Manhattan. For…

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#TodayInHistory – September 1

September 1 – Some important events on this day. 1255 👉🏼 Königsberg (modern day Kaliningrad) founded by Teutonic Knights and named in honor of the Bohemian King Ottokar II 1267 👉🏼 Rabbi Moses Ben Nachman establishes a Jewish community in Jerusalem 1715 👉🏼 King Louis XIV of France dies after a reign of 72 years—the longest of any major European monarch. 1914 👉🏼 The last passenger pigeon, a female named Martha, dies in captivity in the Cincinnati Zoo 1939 👉🏼 World War II starts when Germany invades Poland by attacking…

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