Glasgow’s fairytales of New York

by Julian Westaby.

On Friday 19th November, Rudy Giuliani, former Mayor of New York, addressed SCDI’s Annual Dinner in Glasgow. Here’s a few parallels between the two Cities that might surprise you.

Glasgow IS New York

Glasgow and New York look very similar. Glasgow’s charm acts as a magnet for film directors who continue to transform our beautiful Victorian architecture, grid layout and endless cobbled lanes into movie sets reminiscent of New York.

Stars like Robert Duvall, Gillian Anderson, George Clooney, Charlie Sheen and Keira Knightley have all made movies in the city.

Uncle Sam belongs tae Glasgow!

Uncle CamNew Yorker, ‘Uncle’ Sam Wilson is the personification of the USA but his parents were Glaswegian. Samuel Wilson, was a meat-packer in Troy, New York during the 19th Century. During the War of 1812, Wilson helped the troops fighting the British by sending them crates of meat, carrying the stamp ‘U.S’. (which stood for United States). The soldiers, familiar with Sam Wilson’s operation, jokingly, claimed the U.S stood for “Uncle Sam.” The name stuck and now represents the very ethos of Americana.

Two Great Cities of The World

Glasgow and New York are both in Lonely Planet’s guide of the World’s Top 10 city destinations to visit.

Get my slippers, make a pizza-Sinatra

It’s nice to go travelling, but it’s so much nicer to come home. Both cities have a Central Station amidst their very similar, City centre street grid systems. Glasgow’s gorgeous new station hotel has just been re-christened ‘The Grand Central’.

The Wee Apple

New York is the most densely-populated city in the United States, with 8.5 million people. Greater Glasgow is the most densely-populated city in Scotland, with 1.25 million citizens.

Bobby ThomsonThe Staten Island Scot

Glaswegian Bobby Thomson played Major League baseball and was renowned as “the Staten Island Scot”. On October 3, 1951, Bobby was playing for New York Giants in a playoff against the Brooklyn Dodgers. Thomson blasted the dramatic, winning home run, famously christened “the shot heard ’round the world”. After all these years, Thomson’s is still one of the most talked-about home runs in US baseball history.

It’s your turn! Win some hooch!

Glasgow has at least TWO Statues of Liberty! One of them is in a VERY high profile position in the City and if you’re a Glaswegian, you’ll have walked past it, If you can tell us where either (or both) of these statues are, we’ll enter you into the Uncle Sam’s hat to win a very special bottle of prohibition-proof Malt Whisky (another Glasgow product that went on to change America), So go, tell us, where are they?

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