Where Our World Comes From

A few yards from Alexander Hamilton’s grave is Robert Fulton’s.

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Or maybe Robert Fvlton’s. I’d argue that it’s a toss-up who had the bigger influence on American history: the man who helped create our government’s finances, or the man who (a) really helped popularize industrialization and (b) got the Supreme Court to speak up about interstate commerce.

Looking Up

A few months ago, I was at an event at the recently-renovated Williamsburgh Bank. I obviously approve of adaptive reuse, and it’s a gorgeous building, so I was generally happy. However, shoving 400 people onto the main banking floor meant that it was difficult to see some of the beautiful original/restored architectural detail.

So I looked up, at the underside of the dome.