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World's Largest Globe

The world’s largest globe is the Unisphere, which was built for the 1964 New York World’s Fair. This stainless steel globe is 120 feet across (12 stories high!) and weighs 700,000 pounds, including its base.

The Unisphere has been featured in the movie Men in Black, as well as in the opening credit sequence of the TV sitcom The King of Queens. It was also the finishing point of the reality TV show, The Amazing Race 1.

Address: Unisphere, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens, New York.

Oldest Boxing Gym
in the World

Gleason's Gym in Brooklyn, New York, is the oldest and best-known boxing gym in the world. Founded in 1937, it has produced champions such as Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Roberto Duran, Zab “Super” Judah, and Jake La Motta. You can still get in to do your thing for only $15 for a day pass.

Gleason's hosts White-Collar Fights, in which amateurs (including women and kids) get to mix it up in the ring in front of a paying audience. The events happen on Saturdays, usually once a month. Call for a schedule.

Gleason also hosts the Gleason Boxing Hall of Fame, which includes almost every famous boxer you can remember. A total of 121 world champions have made Gleason's their home away from home.

Address: Gleason's Gym, 83 Front Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201-1006; 718-797-2872.


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