Here in New York, we always enjoy a good debate over interesting things that we manage to come across. With so much political talk in the air, we’re ready to give you some light-hearted and interesting topics to bring to the table for tonight’s dinner discussion. It seems like one of the things that comes with living in our state, is that we often hear of things that make us scratch our heads in confusion. Ready to try and make sense of all of this? These 8 unexplained natural phenomena will baffle you:
Twice a year, visitors flood the streets of New York a little bit more than usual, in hopes of grabbing the perfect shot of New York City's Manhattanhenge. Lining up miraculously with the gridded streets of New York, the sun sets and aligns itself between our urban streets to give those viewing an unforgettable sunset. Manhattanhenge occurs twice a year, roughly around May 28th and June 12th. This year the first one will take place on May 29th and the 30th! Have you ever captured a great shot of this beautiful phenomenon?
2. Lake George Mystery Spot
Smack-dab in the center of one of our favorite Adirondack vacation spots, you'll find a strange phenomenon hiding right in plain sight. If you stand directly in the middle of this one raised platform that's just outside of the visitors center, you'll find that your voice has an echo! Working best when only one person is standing in the designated area, visitors tend to believe it has to do with the small rock wall on the edge of the platform or that it has something to do with the lake and mountains. Any guesses on what's really happening here?
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3. The Seneca Guns
Heard over both Seneca and Cayuga Lake, unexplained booms have reportedly been heard in New York! This strange phenomenon hasn't only been experienced in New York. Locations up north in Canada and even as far down as Myrtle Beach in South Carolina have also witnessed these loud, strange noises. Scientist have speculated that it has to do with small earthquakes that are happening, while others tie the alarming booms in with local folklore.
4. New York's Gravity Hills
While there are a couple known gravity hills existing in New York, this particular one located on Newell Road in Middlesex is our most popular one to visit. Once you get towards the end of the road, you'll place your car in neutral and suddenly find yourself moving backwards...uphill! That's right, defying all laws of gravity, this hill stumps many of our visitors. To get the exact location and to find out more about these strange hills,
5. Grand Central Station's Whispering Arch
Just outside the Oyster Bar & Restaurant inside Grand Central Station, you'll find people putting their faces close to the archway in a somewhat strange manner. The reason these people are willing to look so strange is because when you have two people standing at the diagonal archways, they can hear each other's whispers! Seemingly impossible with all the noise that is constantly carried throughout the famous station, the odd phenomenon is actually real! Have you ever tried out this strange trick?
6. UFO Capital of the East Coast
Reports dating back to the 1960s show that something truly unusual is happening in the small area of Pine Bush, New York. Many of of our residents who live in the area and those who have visited here will tell you stories of seeing strange lights in the sky that most believe to be UFO's. The town has fully embraced the unexplained phenomena that has consistently happened here over the years, even creating a UFO themed diner called Cup & Saucer! When it comes to the topic of aliens, most people have their own explanation for what has been seen. What's yours?
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7. Balanced Rock of North Salem
Weighing an estimated amount of 60 tons, the origin of this balanced rock has been under debate for quite some time. Initially our residents believed the rock was a result of the glacial period, but some have speculated differently. Some believe that the rock is what's known as a dolmen, a celtic ceremonial stone! What do
you think created this mind-blowing balanced rock?
8. Alligators of New York City's Sewers
The stories and legends of New York City's alligators have long been told. Dating back to the early 1920's, tales of unwanted exotic pets being dumped down residential bathrooms have been told. Sightings of alligators in our frigid climates and urban sewers resulted in a handful of theories as to how these creatures ended up here. Apart of the
Life Underground artwork featured in New York City's subway system by Tom Otterness, a bronze alligator sculpture emerging from a bronze sewer cap is featured on the 14th Street/8th Avenue platform! So, how do you think these alligators wound up in New York?
Have you ever experienced any of these things yourself? Only In New York wants to hear your stories!