The fifteen digit clock on the building facade above Best Buy at 1 Union Square South in New York measures the time from midnight and the time remaining in the day as follows:
From the left side the first seven digits show the time in 24-hour format as hours, minutes, seconds and tenths of a second.
The last seven digits, from right to left, display the time remaining in the day as hours, minutes, seconds and tenths of a second.
The eighth digit in the center represents hundredths of a second.
For example, if the clock shows 120510911495411, the time is 12:05 and 10.9 seconds, and there are 11 hours, 54 minutes, and 49.1 seconds left in the day.
The clock display is called The Passage and is part of larger art installation on the building, called Metronome by Kristin Jones and Andrew Ginzel.
American Airlines Flight 587 crashed near Beach 131st Street and Newport Avenue in the residential neighborhood of Belle Harbor in Queens, New York City shortly after takeoff from nearby JFK Airport on November 12th, 2001.
All 260 passengers and crew were killed, along with 5 people on the ground, and the impact and ensuing fire destroyed several houses.
The NTSB concluded that the Airbus A300-600, en route to the Dominican Republic, encountered wake turbulence from a Boeing 747-400 that took off shortly before it. Flight 587’s first officer was said to have responded with aggressive use of the rudder controls which stressed the tail fin until it snapped off the plane. The plane’s engines broke off as it fell to the ground, with one landing in the parking area of a Texaco gas station on Beach 129th Street.
Requests for free tickets to see a taping of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at NBC Studios in Manhattan’s Rockefeller Center can be made online at tonightshowtix.com. Tickets are released monthly, with a month’s ticket waitlist typically opening during the first week of the prior month.
Numbered stand-by cards are also handed out at 9 am on the morning of taping. The stand-by line typically forms several hours earlier on 49th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues), beginning at the Tonight Show sign and heading towards 6th Avenue. Receiving a stand-by card does not guarantee admission, but you will be able to return at a specific time later that afternoon for cancellations or extra tickets that become available.
Radio City was a name given to the western portion of New York’s Rockefeller Center by its first major tenant, the Radio Corporation of America, or RCA.
RCA, then the parent company of NBC, initially housed its radio-related broadcast operations at Radio City, later adding television production facilities. NBC’s TV studios continue to be located in the Rockefeller Center.