The always popular WEIRD BUT TRUE! series is out with another great selection. This time it’s a look at one of my favorite cities to visit—The Big Apple, otherwise known as New York City.

You can see all the previous editions here. A colorful, fun layout of each will make you smile and often shake your head with awe at the colored photos accompanying each fact. It’s the perfect companion for that next trip or to put into the Christmas stocking.

A few of my NYC favorites include:

  • Instead of giant balloons, the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1924 had elephants and tigers from the central Park Zoo,
  • Some people hear the first three notes of “SOMEWHERE,” a song from the musical WEST SIDE STORY, when certain subway trains leave the station.
  • ADULTS AREN’T ALLOWED at one comic book store in Brooklyn unless they come in WITH A KID.

Three down, 297 to go. You can view 8 more with images on the NGK site. Two are shown on the page and then if you swipe left on the picture of the cats you can scroll through the others.

For the remaining pages you’ll have to get your own copy. It will be passed from one person to the next and enjoyed over and over again. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!


One more WEIRD BUT TRUE! There are only two more MMGM posts this year on the 13th & 20th.

Join the celebration.

Thanks for spreading the middle grade love and for being a part of this awesome tradition begun by Shannon Messenger and carried on here at ALWAYS in the MIDDLE! (CLICK HERE FOR PAST MMGM POSTS)

About Greg Pattridge

Climbing another mountain...always striving to reach the next peak in my life and career.
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  1. This sounds like a lot of fun and fascinating facts about NYC. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I should pick up a copy for my daughter who lives in the Bronx. She would enjoy this. Thanks for the heads up.

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